[appicon]The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that's OK. If you disagree with what we've chosen, let's try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

 

Fortnite

Someday, Fortnite will be seen as a massive milestone in mobile gaming. The game itself is fun, and the tip of the spear in the battle royale genre right now, sure, but it's what the game represents. It's the game that smashes down a massive wall between the platforms. Here is the hottest game in the world right now, that has Twitch streamers joining up with athletes and rappers to play. That game, the exact same game, is on mobile right now. Sure, it had to be scaled down visually a bit, and the controls need some tweaking, but this is Fortnite. Just, in your pocket. How crazy is that? How incomprehensible was this before March?

It helps that the game itself is fun. The colorful look to the game makes Fortnite feel like more than just the drab, generic military shooter experience that PUBG provides in comparison. This is a beautiful game, full of color, and nice little visual surprises. It feels like a world, and there's all sorts of environmental storytelling. Compare this to some of the other battle royale games, where they just feel like a desolate island, and there's little special. So much of Fortnite stands out because the style is so distinctive. Even the beautiful sunsets add to the experience, that this game looks good as well as feels good. Also, the game isn't afraid to be funny, with its goofy outfits and weapons. Other battle royale games are at best emergently funny, and at worst unintentionally through glitches and whatnot. Fortnite has a toilet factory and ridiculous dance emotes.

But Fortnite is a serious experience regardless of how whimsical it migth be. The panic that sets inwhen somebody is near, triggering that fight or flight response, is amazing. Tension is the domineering emotion of battle royale games, as you never know when your end will come, or when the next enemy might just be. And then, whe nyou get into those firefights, will you succeed? Or will you choke? Plus, there's all the strategic play decisions: do you want to drop in with a bunch of people and play for chaos early? Or are you patient enough to drop away from everyone else, at the same time having more uncertainty about your situation? Can you take the risk of building the structures you need to build, though what if your opponents have a rocket launcher to take you down? Everything that's strong about the battle royale genre, Fortnite has and iterates upon.

The building aspects need a bit of work on mobile as I don't think you can build as fast as on console, and definitely not on PC. And a few things like item descriptions need to come to mobile as well. But, after playing a few rounds, I couldn't believe it: this felt like Fortnite. It's not a different game, it's just using a different control scheme. It's essentially the same as going from mouse and keyboard to controller. And I'm excited to see if some expert touchscreen players can hold their own against these other control methods. There might be some folks who can track heads really well, in a way that's tough on a controller with an analog stick.

Fortnite is absolutely going to cause shockwaves. Other manufacturers might have to find ways to get thier titles on mobile. Why not? Especially when publishers are showing that they're willing to jump in with their own takes on popular genres (see NetEase and its many battle royale games), why not just take the full-measure of releasing the same game on mobile? Make whatever adaptations are necessary, but just find a way to make it happen. I'm curious to see how ARK: Survival Evolved pulls off its mobile adaptation, for example.

Fortnite isn't quite available to everyone yet, but this game just massively disrupted 2018. Especially if this does well – and I wouldn't be surprised if this does incredibly well in China in particular – then it forces other developers to rethink what they're doing with their games. Why design only for the latest and greatest hardware, when mobile represents such an opportunity to have the same game, just on a phone or tablet? That's what Fortnite represents: a massive change, and the coming of the great gaming convergence. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go chill out on my couch and get some Victories Royale. Just kidding, I'm probably going to die getting sniped out of nowhere...again.

  • Jeremy Price

    So the game of the week is a game that’s not even out... must have been a pretty crappy week for games.

    • Milotorou

      While its true that it wasnt the biggest week for games, I think its simply the fact Fortnite is literaly taking the gaming world by storm, seeing such a title land on mobile shows how far mobile gaming can go, more than any title could in a very long time

      • Rattyfus

        I'm bored by this game already. Seriously, stop jerking off until you have something to show.

      • Milotorou

        Good for you, its not everyone's case though.

        Fine if youre already bored, you can move on to something else, a lot of people out there have been playing for months and arent bored of it.

      • Michael Rabattino

        Everybody wants to be a hipster who doesn’t like the current popular thing and question those who do...🙄

      • Milo

        Yeah, thats the way it is hahaha

        TBH im playing both Fortnite and PUBG right now and i love both, I dont care about what others think ill play what i like 🙂

  • Vladimir Emmanuel

    Guys, please help me with a spare invite code, seems i tried to login in fortnite mobile without a code, and now my pc client doesnt let me login. pustanvladimirjr@yahoo.com Thank you very much!

    • Michael Rabattino

      Me too! I’ve been asking everywhere 😥

      • Vladimir Emmanuel

        it resolved itself.. just wait

      • Michael Rabattino

        Good to hear!

  • Mr. Mayhem

    Apparently TA doesn’t allow comments that have a different viewpoint than theirs, stay classy TA.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Apparently TA has been on a train with no internet service and couldn’t approve your comment right away. But you stay classy and keep jumping to conclusions, typical internet commenter.

      • brianj22

        Stay classy TA. Attacking user comments you disagree with like bosses! Good luck with your platform.

      • Milotorou

        What exactly did he disagree with ?

        A comment was simply approve a few hours after it was posted and the guy blamed them, TA did nothing wrong smh

  • Milo

    Might not be your type of game then.

    Just like MOBAs or Fighting games for example : No, you dont earn any advantages for winning games or earning levels, the point is to have everyone at the same level of power and have a balanced battle, if you need a sense of progression you might be better off playing an MMORPG or something of the sort, this aint it.

    No judging here, to each their own, no game will please everyone.

  • RazJUK

    Some of us actually prefer the "drab, generic military shooter experience" of PUBG.

    • Milotorou

      I actually think both are absolutely great at what they try to achieve !

      Whats wrong with liking both ?

      Man the bashing of these games is absurd lol, theyre both great. (i know you didnt bash, im talking more about people in general)

  • brianj22

    How can I not search for this on TA? How is this not the number one game under hot games? The number one GOTW is not even searchable on the website?

    • Shaun Musgrave

      The people who have the power to make the necessary backend adjustments were on a train without internet for the last handful of days. We on the B-Team did our best to keep things running on their absence, but there are some site features we simply don't have access to. Everything should be caught up shortly now that the brass are back.

  • GreatWizard

    The post conveys a sense of progression!

  • Pj Hickey

    Loving the game so far, just find I sometimes shoot on accident trying to jump, definelty needs an option to make the buttons bigger or move. Can’t for the live of me move the sniper quick enough.

    Took the jailbreak off my iPad to play this and it was worth it. Not willing to lose it on my iPx just yet tho but it’s very tempting

    • Milotorou

      I second this : The UI should be customizable, why it isnt already that way is a bit strange to me, I mean the current controls do work pretty well but allowing players to move buttons around just makes sense

      • Pj Hickey

        The iPad come in different sizes. I have a 9.7 pro so I can’t hit the jump fine but I imagine others with the 10.5 and 12inch models will struggle a little

      • Milo

        I play on an iPad Pro 10.5, yes the jump button feels a bit off to me, im getting used to it buti would move it down a bit if i could.

        Also, the emotes button at the top right makes no sense to me xD I would have that button at the bottom right corner instead

  • marksapolloa

    Is that s site sponsored by Epic or something? The game isn’t all that, glitchy controls, poor graphics, freemium rubbish pushing pay to win on you, and you run around for a few mins then die then go back to the lobby then repeat endlessly, kinda utterly pointless.
    This is a game for those with an iPad Pro 10.5” and a wireless controller. Oh but let’s not forget this mobile version will have you playing against players on consoles and PC’s......
    Oh yeah, once your competing against those people on your mobile just you wait for Epic to start ‘promoting’ those add on’s you can’t afford without spending real money to help you compete on mobile....

    • Jesse Johnson

      What a ridiculous comment. I stopped reading at pay to win. There is literally zero ways to pay to win in Fortnite. Go back to your cave troll.

      • marksapolloa

        Reiiiggghhhttt meanwhile we have a story on Fortnite making 1.5 million dollars in 2 days... yeah I think I’m right, your wrong and defending pay to win. Theirs a massive reason it’s ‘free’..

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        You really have no idea what you're talking about.

      • marksapolloa

        Yes I do, do you think Epic are going to give the game away? Or are they going to maximise profit from it and tap into the multi billion dollar freemium mobile market?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Yes, they're doing it through absurd cosmetics absolutely no one needs to buy... Not pay to win stuff or whatever it is you're on about. If you think you can spend money to win in Fortnite, you need to learn how the game works.

      • marksapolloa

        So the game is in essence completely free? Because you cannot buy anything bar clothes? How does it make money then?