Fortnite has had time to develop, a year to listen to their players and over a year to fix their mistakes. The skill gap his significantly dropped as there is no difference between a new player and an veteran player (I don’t mean a player who started a week ago, I mean has had a season of experience)
Planes, Boomboxes, Quad Launcher, Grappler, Dynamite and much more are items that ruin the game because they are an item that overrules a pro player’s building technique. These items allow players who don’t know how to build the ability to make the playing field fair and it’s garbage.
Fortnite built their game off of the idea of building and the fact they are trying to get rid of it or hard nerf it is insanity. If they want to retain their current players and not bring in new ones (Which is what matters, the concurrent player count) they need to stick to their roots and stop adding shit that doesn’t need added and start to balance and fix the game
I personally haven’t gotten the chance to experience a true online game however I have played through the tutorial, been able to analyze the characters from their trailers and website as well as watching Twitch clips of streamers playing the game
The tactical abilities are fairly balanced, I thought Wraith’s invisibility was really overpowered but I was then told that an update made it to where she can no longer see players and her vision is distorted. After hearing that, I already could see they listened to their players and fixed the problem in a common sense manner. (Fortnite took 2 1/2 months to remove the Drum Gun, a weapon with the fire rate of an SMG and the damage of an Assault Rifle (40ish Damage)).
The ultimates and passives was a unique idea to me with Apex as well it adds a way to level the playing field and comebacks can happen at any given time. Gibraltar’s ultimate is also balanced as I saw that the player themselves will take damage if standing in the radius. The ultimate’s are not too OP and nor are the passives, however they are very situation based and I can see them being useless when cornered or if you’re a support, unusable
If I were to choose a game for competitiveness and simple fun I would easily choose Apex, but a game that runs easy and fun with friends would be Fortnite. The realization hit me that games are no longer fun without playing playgrounds in Fortnite, the game is in a weird state where battles don’t take skill anymore and the servers themselves are in their own little battle royale and it sucks. Nobody plays on West coast servers because it’s simply horrible and everyone chooses East coast servers because they actually get better connection. But even I get 35-40 ping as the base low.