Despite the fact that a lot of players take Fortnite very seriously, it remains a cartoony, fun game that lends itself to creativity and goofy antics. We’ve rolled into a fight riding our Scootin’ emote more than once – skill-based matchmaking be damned.
Still, there are certain Fortnite sounds that make the most fun-loving Fortnite player sit up in their chair and build themself into a box. Here are five of the most terrifying sounds in all of Fortnite as of Chapter 2 Season 2. This list will undoubtedly change as Epic add new items and remove some of these.
5. Drum Gun/Grappler
We put the Drum Gun and Grappler into the same category because there’s only one of them in each match. In truth, the fact that there’s only one of them makes their sound a bit more terrifying than if everyone had one.
There are few things scarier than a controller player with Midas’ Drum Gun or a skilled opponent with the Grappler. Hearing a Grappler while you have high ground inherently makes you nervous. When someone starts spraying their Drum Gun, your knees become equally weak.
4. Purple/Gold Tac Shotgun
Going up against a Purple or Gold Tac is intimidating, especially if you’re stuck with a Green or Gray counterpart. You know that your opponent can chunk you for massive damage and possibly end your game if you’re not at 200 HP.
This is a particularly terrifying sound if you hear it during an early-game fight. You might be stuck with a Burst AR and no heals, meaning your opponent can end you in one shot.
3. Purple/Gold Pump Shotgun
We put this one ahead of the Tac shotgun because of the one-shot power. No one is safe from a perfect shot from the Purple of Gold Pump, even if you have an inventory full of health and shields.
In the hands of a skilled player, the Pump Shotgun is the ultimate trump card. You could take an opponent down to 1 HP, but it doesn’t matter if they put their Pump in your face. That deep, meaty sound is one of the most intimidating in all of Fortnite.
A Minigun is particularly terrifying in Squads. You can manage an enemy Minigun in solos, but there isn’t much that you can do against a team with one or more Miniguns. Some of the most skilled players in the world have died to Minigun spraying when they’re outnumbered.
Hearing a Minigun spamming a structure is enough to send fear into the heart of the most experienced Fortnite player in a Squads match.
1. Heavy Sniper
The Heavy Sniper is, undoubtedly, the most terrifying sound in Fortnite – even post-nerf. First of all, we have a year + of experience with a Heavy Sniper one-shotting us to the body with 150 HP. That informs our thoughts when we hear one in-game.
The sound, itself, is inherently terrifying. When you add to that the fact that a single shot could end your game, it’s enough to scare every level of Fortnite player. On top of all of this, you know that a team could Rocket-Heavy Sniper or double-Heavy Sniper your box, instantly killing you. It’s hard to put any weapon ahead of the Heavy Sniper in terms of the intimidation factor.
Did we miss any scary Fortnite sounds? Let us know what you think in the comments and on Twitter.
Opinion: are rare and OG skins bad for Fortnite players?
The rerelease of the Recon Expert skin begs the question: is keeping skins exclusive to longtime players bad for the Fortnite community? We explore this topic.
OG Fortnite skins: few have them and everyone wants them. Those who have the OG Ghoul Trooper, Skull Trooper, and Renegade Raider can flaunt their Fortnite experience in every lobby they enter.
Is this a good thing for players, though? Are exclusive, OG skins a positive for the Fortnite community, or are they a way for Epic Games to rake-in cash at the expense of their player base? Today, we’re exploring this divisive topic.
This discussion was triggered by the rerelease of the rare Recon Expert skin in the Fortnite Item Shop. It hasn’t been in the normal rotation since it was first released back in 2017. Until now, only the OG Fortnite players had access to this skin.
Take the ‘OG’ element of this skin out of the equation. Look at it objectively. Is it anything special? Is there any reason to purchase this skin other than the (now irrelevant) status symbol of owning it?
Some will say “yes, there is,” and to those people I say: by all means, buy the skin. The reality is, however, that this skin would receive a fraction of the purchases if it was released for the first time in 2020. People are buying it for the ‘OG’ factor, and that’s not a good thing for the Fortnite player base.
We’ve seen this play out several times in Fortnite. The Ghoul and Skull Trooper skins received similar attention when they were rereleased to the Item Shop. Subjectively, these are more interesting skins than the Recon Expert, but their purchases were fueled by the artificial status symbol that came with them – just the same.
Epic threw the true OGs a bone with the aforementioned Trooper skins, giving them exclusive variants that weren’t available to those who recently purchased the items. This doesn’t solve the problem, though. In fact, it creates a new one: account selling.
There will always be a market for video game accounts, whether players are buying alt accounts or ones with a plethora of skins that they missed. By adding ‘OG’ variants to skins, however, Epic are only fueling this black market economy. You can find an account with all of the OG skins on PlayerAuctions for nearly $10,000 USD.
Epic don’t allow players to buy and sell accounts – something that any longtime fans of Tfue will know. Tfue purchased an account with OG skins back in the early days of Fortnite. Epic responded by banning his purchased account and main account, which triggered the Tfault movement that many fans know all too well.
At the same time, Epic are indirectly fueling this economy by keeping certain skins exclusive to those who played during the early days. And we haven’t even mentioned the number of scammers that operate of sites like these.
To be clear, we’re not talking about exclusive Battle Pass cosmetics. These should be exclusive to each season – there’s no arguing that. The argument is that Epic are fueling the account-selling market and raking-in profits every time they rerelease an old skin – all at the expense of, largely, young Fortnite players.
The Renegade Raider is one of the last, true OG skins that hasn’t returned to the Item Shop. You’d be crazy to think that it wasn’t eventually coming back, even if they give the OGs an exclusive variant. It will be an incredibly lucrative Item Shop rotation when Renegade Raider does make her return.
There isn’t much that we can do about this practice, and it’s not the worst thing a video game company has done to make money. To their credit, Epic have handled microtransactions extremely well in Fortnite. This practice is calculated and a bit manipulative, however, and it deserves to be called out.
In the end, our message is this: buy the skins that you want to buy because you like how they look, not because you think they’ll be rare or offer you some sort of artificial status symbol. It can all go away in an instant, as OG Recon Expert owners now know, firsthand.
Fortnite weapon tier list for Chapter 2 Season 2
Let’s close out the season with a Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 weapon tier list.
How do the Fortnite weapons rank in Chapter 2 Season 2? We wondered that ourselves, so we sat down and thought it out. Here’s a breakdown of our tier list of all of the weapons in Fortnite as of May 19, 2020.
Want to skip the explanations and see our list? Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find out where everything landed.
The weapons in the S-tier include Midas’ Drum Gun, Brutus’ Minigun, Skye’s Scar, and the Heavy Sniper. As you may have expected, the three most powerful mythic weapons took hold of the S-tier, along with the post-nerf Heavy Sniper. The fact that you can one-shot any structure is enough to keep the Heavy in the S-tier indefinitely.
In any other season, you’d see the shotguns, Scars, and Aug in the S-tier. The introduction of mythic weapons shook things up.
The A-tier is the biggest tier of them all, which is probably a good thing. Having a variety of weapons gives players the best chance of getting one from the A-tier or above.
The A-tier contains both Epic/Legendary shotguns, the Scar, Aug, Minigun, and Rocket Launcher. All of these are powerful weapons that most people will carry over everything else (outside of the S-tier, of course).
The B-tier is a step down in most cases. Here, you’ll find the SMG, Tactical Shotgun, Suppressed AR, and Meowscles’ Pew-Pew Rifle – not to be confused with the Heavy AR. A lot of players will choose a Scar or Aug over Meowscles’ gun, which put it in the B-tier.
The SMG could have made it into the A-tier, but it isn’t as sought-after as the others in A. It’s also far more common, so we put it in B-tier. It’s a tweener, but we think it fits.
C-tier weapons are usable, but not ideal. This includes the regular AR, Suppressed sniper, Suppressed SMG, Epic/Legendary Pistol, and Boom Bow.
You’d be content to have any of these in your loadout, but you’d drop one of them for a counterpart in a higher class.
D-Tier is our smallest tier, outside of F. The Pump Shotgun and Rapid-Fire SMG are lonely, here. A lot of players choose Blue Pumps over Tacs, but probably not the majority. On top of that, the Gray and Green variants are so unreliable that they drag the weapon down to D.
The Rapid-Fire SMG, while interesting, is not meant for the current Fortnite meta. The clip is far too small and runs out quickly. You’ll use these weapons, but will be looking for an upgrade.
We’ll start by saying that no Fortnite weapon is truly F-tier, so we threw the Rusty Can in here and called it a day.
Now, for the E-tier, we have Heavy AR, Burst AR, Deadpool’s Pistols, and the Pistol. Deadpool may have gotten screwed here, but we don’t know too many players who leave The Yacht with his pistol. Most people would rather have an SMG, Shotgun, or something else they find in The Vault.
The Heavy AR and Burst AR can perform well but they’re far too unreliable to regularly carry. Few players choose these weapons over the regular AR, to the point where a lot of people prefer a Gray AR to a Blue Burst or Heavy.
So, there you have it. That’s our full tier list at the end of Chapter 2 Season 2. We left out The Kingsman, as that has been disabled at the time of writing. If we had to put it in there, we’d probably place it in the E-tier – although it can be useful in preventing fall damage.
We also neglected the Harpoon Gun, which is technically a weapon. As a weapon, we’d rank this in the D or E-tier. As an item, however, it’s easily in the A-tier if not S-tier for its ability to fish and deal damage. Since there’s such a discrepancy, we decided to leave it off of this list.
Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments and on Twitter. We’ll have another tier list when Chapter 2 Season 3 releases after the news begins to slow down!
This day in Fortnite history: Season 4 releases
Two years ago, today, Fortnite Season 4 released on all platforms.
It has now been two years since the meteor struck Dusty Depot and turned it into Dusty Divot, setting all of the subsequent plotlines into motion.
Season 4 was one of the most popular and significant seasons in Fortnite history. The original theme of the season was a superhero battle, but the loading screens soon revealed that the heroes were involved in a movie. The real plot revolved around the man in the meteor: The Visitor.
This was the first season that Epic released unlockable styles through the Battle Pass. It took them a few seasons to get the most out of this system, but Carbide and Omega were the first two skins to have progression-based styles.
The Battle Pass for Season 4 was a decent one, in retrospect. We had the aforementioned Carbide and Omega outfits, Valor, Squad Leader, Zoey, and Teknique. You don’t see too many players wearing these skins in 2020, however. Teknique is, probably, the most popular skin from this season.
As far as map changes for Season 4, we saw the introduction of Dusty Divot, the Villain Lair, the Hero Mansion, and some craters in places like The Prison, Tilted Towers, and Risky Reels. Moisty Mire also transitioned to a movie set, which was the iteration of Moisty that most players liked the best.
We also saw progressive map changes, this season. The Fortnite government began excavating the meteor and cleaning up Hop Rocks that appeared around the map.
Season 4 was the season that introduced the Epic and Legendary Burst AR, Jetpack, Shopping Cart, Bouncer, Thermal AR, Stink Bomb, Dual Pistols, and the infamous Drum Gun.
Season 4 was the height of Fortnite’s popularity. It was one of the most exciting times to be a Fortnite player and it all culminated in the first-ever in-game event: the Rocket Launch.
Fortnite’s first in-game event set the stage for everything that followed: the Rifts, Kevin, the butterfly, the mech vs. monster fight, and the transition to the Chapter 2 map.
There are several contenders for the ‘best season of Fortnite,’ but Season 4 is a strong one. Fortnite was fun, wholesome, and just getting started.
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