Fortnite Chapter 2 Is a Minecraft-Michael Bay Mashup Nightmare

Wes Messamore @thehuli
October 15, 2019 18:15 UTC

The painfully-long blackout is over, and Fortnite Battle Royale players have their new map and game updates. Fortnite Save The World players got nothing except a roadmap. But honestly, they might be the lucky ones.

Epic Games is calling the Battle Royale update “Chapter 2,” and it hardly lives up to all the hype. Fortnite players had to stare at a black hole on their screen for two days for this?

Fortnite Chapter 2 Is Minecraft Aquatic Meets Michael Bay

What a disappointment.

Where to even begin?

Let’s start with the boats, fishing, and treasure hunting.

If I wanted to do any of that, I’d play Minecraft. Honestly, the Fortnite Chapter 2 update is basically just a ripoff of the Minecraft Aquatic update. Real creative, guys.

Fans are roasting Epic Games for taking cues from Minecraft. | Source: Twitter

And more exploding items like gas tanks and barrels isn’t the exciting twist gamers craved. It’s lazy. They’re not enhancing survival shooter gameplay. They’re just turning Fortnite into a flashy Michael Bay movie.

New Battle Pass Skins Are Epic Failures

Then there are the ridiculous new Fortnite skins, which give off the impression that the artists at Epic Games are running out of ideas.

Running out of ideas, Epic? | Source: Twitter

An eight ball for a face? Really?

Fortnite is unintentionally becoming a horror game. | Source: Twitter

And I don’t know what this is, but I don’t like it. It’s a nightmare. That is way too horrific. If you wanted to play a stupid looking horror game, Five Nights at Freddy’s has you covered.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Gameplay Is Surprisingly Socially Conscious

Worst of all, Epic Games fails to deliver on one of the only Chapter 2 features gamers actually want.

According to Epic, the new Fortnite will have “less grind” than the previous version. That’s important because leveling up your Battle Pass to unlock all the tiers of Fortnite dances, costumes, and items took way longer than you’d think.

But now they’re making you fish off “Sweaty Sands Pier” and search chests to advance your Battle Pass level. That’s not fun. It’s a chore. No one is playing Fortnite to go fishing off a pier.

Fortnite’s fishing update proves that Epic’s flagship title has jumped the shark. | Source: Epic Games/YouTube

That adds nothing special to the gameplay. Speaking of gameplay, one Chapter 2 update that will definitely affect gameplay is that players can now hide in barrels and haystacks. In other words, the geniuses at Epic Games are encouraging campers. They’re taking this whole “summer camp” theme too far.

On the other hand, it’s clear that Epic Games is concerned that parents say the game is too addictive. A socially-conscious reinvention of a once-proud franchise, Fortnite Chapter 2 sucks so badly that some former fanboys might actually put down the controller (or mouse and keyboard) and pick up a real-life fishing pole.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Wes Messamore @thehuli

Living in Nashville, Tennessee, United States (since 2001). Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in 2009 (majored in Entrepreneurship). Organized Senator Rand Paul's first and second online fundraisers in 2009. Got the highest-paying non-profit internship in Washington DC in 2010. Roving editor for the Independent Voter Network. Applying economic principles, I accurately predicted the effect of cannabis legalization on drug-related violent crime in 2010. Email me | Follow Me on Twitter (followed by: fmr Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), fmr NM Gov. Gary Johnson, and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY))