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Eminem's Fortnite Cameo Was the Main Event, but He Wasn't the True Star of the Show

Trying to log into Fortnite during the Eminem "concert" on Saturday, December 2, was like attempting to reach the front of the iPhone line back in the day when it looked like it stretched out for miles. This was my experience during the Big Bang event, with a waiting time of at least one hour and twenty-five minutes. Like millions of other players, I didn't manage to get in, nor see Eminem perform outside of Ninja's live stream.
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Eminem? More like LamEminem! Sorry, my dad jokes have the creativity of a rain-soaked plank of wood in the middle of the driveway.

While Fortnite PR didn't explicitly use the word "concert" and said "appearance by Eminem," it was most certainly implied that the artist would perform in some concert-related scenario. Sadly, this wasn't necessarily the case.

The first time the "Rap God" appeared on stage in Fortnite, he was performing the Oscar-winning song "Lose Yourself." That lasted a good 60 seconds (I counted), and then the show got interrupted by another instance of Eminem known as Marshall Never More.

Marshall was singing "Godzilla" (feat. Juice WRLD) while being as huge as the mutated lizard itself. At one point, he was even spewing out flames. This song was also cut short after 1 minute and 24 seconds.

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That was it, Eminem in Fortnite that lasted a combined total of 3-4 minutes, fillers included. Suffice it to say that people were left disappointed. Other artists like Ariana Grande performed in special events in Fortnite, but her feature lasted for a whole 6 minutes and 55 seconds. Travis Scott's psychedelic show, "Astronomical," was even longer, at 8 minutes 57 seconds.

Eminem might have been the main attraction, but the brightest stars were the three new modes: Fortnite LEGO, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival. The LEGO mode drops on December 7, Rocket Racing on December 8, and the Festival starts on December 9. Also, the changes in Chapter 5, Season 1 seem cool.

Fortnite LEGO is precisely how you would imagine it. The world and characters you play with have been transformed into LEGOs with a ton of stuff to explore and enjoy. The aesthetic and art design have dopamine-inducing graphics, which will surely make people want a real-life collection of their own. Marketing, ey, what can you do...?

Rocket Racing is an entirely separate "universe" in Fortnite made by Psyonix, the developers behind Rocket League. It should be one of the most fun racers of this kind out there. From the short gameplay presentation, it looks like a mix between Ubisoft's TrackMania and Mario Kart.

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We didn't get a lot of details about the game, but from what was shown during the gameplay video, it's clear that it's heavily inspired by the drifting and elimination mechanics from Nintendo kart racers. If everything turns out as the developers envisioned, Rocket Racing should be an immensely fun experience for kids and adults alike. But let's keep the hype levels to a minimum until it comes out.

Lastly, Fortnite Festival is a Guitar Hero-like music rhythm game where you must press the right buttons at the right time. Some of this was shown during Eminem's brief appearance.

No artists or songs have been officially named yet, but according to a leak from @Hypex on X/Twitter, we should expect some heavy names during the December 9 release of Fortnite Festival. The five songs allegedly appearing are Pokerface by Lady Gaga, Numb by Linkin Park, Africa by Toto, Thunder by Imagine Dragons, and the all-time classic rock hit Poison by Alice Cooper.

Chapter 5, Season 1, has arrived and changed everything again, starting with Peter Griffin from Family Guy. It's more hardcore than ever, taking influence from more mature games like PUBG and Call of Duty. Aside from the weapons featuring mods and accessories, vehicles have also gone through a bit of an overhaul.

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New cars have been introduced, like the Grandeur Trailsmasher SUV, which is basically a Mercedes G-Class. There's also the Dodge Challenger-inspired Scorpion. The best part is that if you own the Octane, Cyclone, Jäger 619, or Lamborghini Huracán STO Car Bodies in Rocket League, you also get them in Fortnite.

A new section called "Cars" has made its way into Fortnite in the player Locker menu. There, you'll find Car Bodies, Decals, and Wheels. These are purely cosmetic, so they won't provide gameplay advantages.

So, given that you find cars in random places in Fortnite, how will you know which one's yours? The answer is pretty simple: entering any sports car automatically turns into the pre-assembled car from your Locker.

Even if you exit the vehicle and someone steals it, it will still look like yours until the end of the match. However, you can only transform one car per match, which sounds trickier to explain than actually doing it.

With these new game modes, Fortnite is slowly becoming the "All-Game," where you will soon find any genre imaginable for free. But is it too big to fail, or is it just a matter of time until it topples? 

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About the author: Codrin Spiridon
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Codrin just loves American classics, from the 1940s and ‘50s, all the way to the muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. In his perfect world, we'll still see Hudsons and Road Runners roaming the streets for years to come (even in EV form, if that's what it takes to keep the aesthetic alive).
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