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Now that the developers are nerfing shotguns and builds in Fortnite, it might be about time to reevaluate all those other weapons you’ve been ignoring. In this video, our intrepid video team wanders into the wilds of Fortnite to judge every single weapon category — from the simple pistols, to SMGs, to shotguns, assault rifles and more.
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Even as weapons are nerfed and new tools are added to the randomized arsenal, some constants remain. The revolver still totally sucks. Watch the video above for plenty of insight, but I’m going to spoil a few of the highlights — the SMG category is generally pretty useless. Even the mighty Minigun (which counts as an SMG for some reason) isn’t that useful in a fight, unless you’re running with a huge team and enjoy dismantling buildings, walls and ramps — which, I might add, just got a whole lot easier thanks to recent rebalancing patches.
There’s a lot of stuff you need to know about how weapons works. Shotguns are still great and can kill in a single hit, with the Double-Barreled Shotgun coming out on top. The worst of the shotgun bunch are those Heavy Shotguns. They might look and sound fancy, but they don’t get the job done. Who needs range when rushdown is your best strategy. There’s plenty of mechanics talk, too — essentially, there are hitscan weapons, and physics fall-off weapons. The Sniper Rifle has physics, so it takes time for your shots to reach your targets. Not so for the Assault Rifles, Shotguns, and SMGs of Fortnite. Those guns hit instantly. In some ways, a powerful Assault Rifle is actually a lot more useful than a Sniper Rifle for this reason alone — at least, if you aren’t a master Sniper that can score moving headshots.