Fortnite’s got many amazing features and items, but there are some additions that simply should never have graced the game.
Constant updates are a double-edged sword of video game design. On one hand, it allows developers to continuously offer new updates in order to keep their games fresh. On the other, they can make an already great experience into a worse overall product.
We wanted to take a look back through all that Fortnite Battle Royale has contained throughout its two years. While we’re still in love with the gameplay, it’s been a bumpy relationship due some of the additions listed below. Naturally, we’ve got to start with the B.R.U.T.E..
B.R.U.T.E. Mech – Season X – Patch v10.0
In all honesty, we just don’t understand what Epic Games was thinking with introducing the BRUTE with Season X. Every major game studio has dedicated playtesters working tirelessly creating logs of every possible issue in the game before big releases.
It’d be hard to miss the BRUTE’s impact on game balance and we highly doubt that nobody at Epic said anything warning of this result. They decided to release it anyway.
The mech, for those that haven’t felt its wrath yet, packs enough firepower to wipe a full squad in a single button press. These behemoths can launch 10 missiles before reloading, have shotgun turrets which deal 50-75 damage a hit, and can even harvest materials by simply stomping the object out of existence.
To make things worse, the BRUTE can ‘overshield’ itself by using 200 mats (of any type) to gain a protective barrier. Careful and concentrated fire can bring down the mech fairly quickly, but a moderately decent player will be able to avoid destruction for a lengthy stretch.
Oh, don’t forget. The mech also features a self-destruct nuclear blast which downs/eliminates anybody within range. A truly unbalanced menace to the meta.
X-4 Stormwing – Season 7 – Patch 7.00
Fortnite has always had building as a core mechanic. So, when Epic introduced the Stormwing, players were outraged at its ability to easily destroy builds without proper risk.
The X-4 Stormwing not only could ram through builds, but also gave the ability to easily gain high ground by literally flying around in a plane. You could even carry your squad on the wings. The flying tank included a turret which dealt average damage.
Battle Royale has always been about a game of survival combined with the ‘thrill of the hunt.’ The decision making between taking the shot or avoiding a fight is sacred to the genre. The Stormwing obliterated that concept has players simply flew around the map with 5,000 health monsters.
Epic did nerf the plane slightly to have it take more damage when ramming builds. The nerf didn’t prove to very impactful and, eventually, Epic decided to completely remove the Stormwing in patch 8.00.
Storm Flip – Season 9 – Patch 9.20
The Storm Flip’s a unique one for this list since it’s gameplay impact has been mixed. In casual games, the Storm Flip often gets misused by getting thrown too early preventing major damage.
However, in competitive matches, the Storm Flip’s power is so immense that Epic was forced into banning the item from two World Cup qualifiers and the FWC Finals.
Storm Flips scale in damage depending on the current storm damage. The idea of the storm’s threat is key for Fortnite, but allowing players to control such a force takes things too far.
Competitive end-games come down to very tight 40-50 player battles in close quarters. Inexplicably, Epic Games did not think about this before releasing the Storm Flip. Top tier players ended up holding onto the Flip until end-game and then getting 5-10 eliminations by pressing a single key/button.
The Storm Flip has been nerfed somewhat, but still remains in the game. Epic Games has said that they are looking into how they’ll handle its inclusion in future competitive events.
Infinity Blade – Season 7 – Patch 7.01
Everybody’s heard of the Infinity Blade, the overpowered homage to another Epic Games series.
We actually loved the idea of Epic bringing in bits and pieces from other titles when the Infinity Blade was announced. The idea of seeing our favorite franchises make a small appearance intrigued us right up until we saw the Blade in-game.
Our hopes were that Epic would add a permanent or semi-permanent monument to the series, but they instead put the legendary sword into all game modes as a weapon.
You could swing at enemies for 75 damage per blow (in quick succession) and jump for miles. In addition, the sword granted the wielder 200/200 health and shields. The combination of these factors made the Blade an extreme nuisance to play against. Builds became essential death traps as the item could simply blast through them with a swing.
Thankfully, Epic realized its horrific mistake and vaulted the weapon on December 14, 2018. The fact that it only remained in-game for three days really shows its overpowering presence.
Original Boogie Bomb – Season 2 – Patch 1.11
The Boogie Bomb has been a mainstay throughout the last two years and it can still be quite bothersome in close fights. However, the original Boogie Bomb offered significantly more than the current iteration.
In the beginning of Season 2, getting hit by a Boogie Bomb essentially meant you were going to die no matter what. Duos and Squads allowed for team based counter-play, but Solos drove people mad as getting clipped meant you were going to dance and dance and dance.
The key difference is that the original Boogie Bomb’s effect did not end when you took damage. Instead, you would have to bob and weave between builds or cover for a full 5 seconds. Storm and fall damage did not affect the duration either.
Epic Games patched the item within a few weeks and made damage break the effect. This is quite common in all video games that contain long ‘crowd-control’ effects.
The Baller – Season 8 – Patch 8.10
Lastly, we’ve got the Baller. Added in Season 8, the Baller offered lighting fast rotations with relative ease of use.
The Season 9 version of the Baller wasn’t nearly the horror that the release version was. When it was added, the vehicle had a whopping 300 health. This made it hard to take down and allowed players of all skill levels to make effective rotations throughout the map.
Fortnite’s early days emphasized timing and awareness by forcing players to be careful of the Storm and other players. Other vehicles chipped away at this concept, but the Baller blew the idea up and threw into the trash. Why would you carefully choose a landing site, time your rotations, and be mindful of other teams when you can just hop into a Baller and roll?
Casual games took a hit in quality from the vehicle, but competitive games (as usual) were most impacted. The clip shown above is from the end-game of a high tier weekend tourney Final during the early days of Season 8. Describing that chaos as a ‘mess’ would be an understatement.
Are there any other Fortnite additions that you think should’ve made it into the list? We had any extended list originally, but wanted to cut it down to the most brutally unbalanced items. While the Infinity Blade reigned supreme for a long time, the B.R.U.T.E. certainly makes a strong case for the worst addition ever.
5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try
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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.
Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.
We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.
Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.
Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943
Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.
Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888
Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.
Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739
Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.
Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806
Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.
50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710
50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.
Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!
Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite
Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!
Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.
Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!
Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite
Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.
Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.
The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.
The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:
- Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
- Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
- Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
- If all Props are not found, the Props win.
Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).
Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.
Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021
|Island Name||Island Code||Creator|
|Prop Hunt: Modern Mall||1679-1165-5282||Regirom|
|Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe||8851-5874-9250||Regirom|
|Lazer Tag Prop Hunt||4313-9914-2759||Puzzler|
|Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition||9565-6442-7019||Shride|
|Mall Prop Hunt!||7666-6510-5877||Gamerzhits|
|Prop Hunt Infinite||7263-1478-7522||Puzzler|
|Prop Hunt: The Simpsons||3913-1259-2687||Marablind|
|Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt||1534-1221-2242||SHAVERMAN46|
|Stranger Things Prop Hunt||7011-8363-9120||Mr_glaisternator|
|The Office Prop Hunt||3006-8634-9197||Mr_glaisternator|
|Prop Hunt With Abilities||9249-3264-0093||TeamUnite|
|Prophunt: Esports Villa||5097-8380-0119||H4llover4ter|
|Silhouette Prop Hunt||5176-4146-5073||ChannelFN|
|Swimming Pool Prop Hunt||3487-1374-0131||Fortniteart|
|Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt||6180-5637-0525||Shinohara|
Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)
Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.
Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.
UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.
Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.
While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.
However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.
Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.
Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.
The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.
In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.
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