You think you’ve seen suffering? You thought the Wailing Woods chest challenge turned you from the wiry, young Steve Rogers into the symbol of America? You’re a fool, because one of Fortnite’s week 7 challenges is more challenging and frustrating than any in season 4 yet.
Each week, Battle Pass owners are granted access to a list of challenges which contribute towards progress on their tiers; the higher you can go, the more stuff you unlock. This season’s Battle Pass feels like more of a grind to dust off than last season’s, which means that everyone is almost instantly jumping on the challenges as soon as they can to step a few tiers up.
Epic, in their infinite wisdom, have regularly included chest challenges in season 4. In the simplest terms possible, you must open chests in a specific location. The aforementioned Wailing Woods challenge was a notorious one, so too was the challenge for Dusty Divot.
Risky Reels’s chest challenge, however, is like watching Platoon while getting stabbed with a pen as My Bloody Valentine plays abrasively in the background.
Risky Reels is one of the Fortnite map’s smallest named locations but also one of its most dense in terms of chest quantity. This essentially entails dozens and dozens of players dropping in this tiny space like rabid dogs. If you’ve already finished your challenges for this week, now’s probably the best time to pick up some Victory Royales — with the Shifty Shafts challenge, Tilted Towers in general, and Risky Reels, the playercount dwindles dramatically in minutes.
There are about ten or so chests to find in Risky Reels, each in close proximity to each other. This means that if you miss a single one during the challenge, you may as well just return yourself to the lobby before someone else does. Other players will hoover up everything in sight in Risky if you miss your chance for even a single chest.
Of course, you aren’t always guaranteed a chest even if you land at a spot before someone else. When I was struggling desperately to power through it for my Battle Star walkthrough, I must have landed at a typical spot before anyone else five times without any luck. And it’s not one or three or five chests you have to open — it’s seven.
I did finally manage to open seven chests, but it took me a large part of my day. I mowed through it far quicker when I changed mode, however. By dipping into the sniper LTM, enemy traffic was far lower and the chance to immediately die was also less significant — it’s hard to snipe someone when there are thirty people in one spot so you’re likely to have many human shields.
I also watched the patterns of where people would land and learned from them. A large volume of players opted for the long shed of sorts and also the house with the camera in, but few ventured over to the restaurant — landing on the bottom floor and hoping that there was a chest in the toilet eventually helped me to beat the challenge.
But I am not the same man. I’ve seen dozens of dead bodies, the bitter dancing of those who know their time is up, the swarms of humanity congregating on one single tiny hut like flies on pig shit. Next time, Epic, maybe just go back to that weird letter challenge again.