Plus: Meet the Legends, See the Weapons, Get FREE Skins…
Battle Royale newcomer Apex Legends is an absolute blast with some very fresh ideas injected into the experience, and brings AAA quality FPS action to an otherwise boring genre.
It looks like Fortnite may have an actual contender as a new addition to the Battle Royale gaming world has a new addition.
Apex Legends is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, having only been out for one week, the game has already got 25 million active players.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment of the Titanfall series of games and published by gaming giant Electronic Arts, Apex Legends has wowed critics and gamers alike, even more so given that the title was unannounced and had a surprise launch last week, and also that this AAA online game is absolutely free.
Here is my impression of Apex Legends based upon my expectations from the game, my experiences and my honest and unbiased opinion. Please note that this is not a review. Read on and enjoy the article. Played on PlayStation 4.
So, What’s the Story?
Following the Frontier War of Titanfall 2, nothing was left, so most people moved to the Outlands. However, just like the days of old, pioneers, explorers and outlaws alike compete for their opportunities to take anything of value that they can find, while making some money and a little bit of fame, in a brooding new blood sport known as the Apex Games.
Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe, a double hit game series from the same developer, however the game doesn’t allow you to pilot any of the awesome, giant Mechs from Titanfall.
Meet the Legends
Instead, you get to play as an established “Legend”, 30 years after Titanfall 2. Each of these Legends, of which there are 8, have unique skills and abilities and are grouped into diverse roles of either Offense, Defense, Support and Recon.
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Each Legend’s Special Abilities are as follows:
- Bangalore; Rolling Thunder – call in an artillery strike.
- Bloodhound; Beast of The Hunt – move quicker and show enemies.
- Caustic; Nox Gas Grenade – spread a toxic gas in the vicinity.
- Gibraltar; Defensive Bombardment – targeted mortar strike.
- Lifeline; Care Package – supply drop of defensive gear.
- Mirage; Vanishing Act – deploys decoys and cloaks.
- Pathfinder; Zip Line Gun – deploy a zip line usable by anyone.
- Wraith; Dimensional Rift – create a tunneled portal for 60 seconds.
The game matches you to 2 other players which make up your squad. There are 19 other squads, which makes for a 60 player skirmish on the game map.
Welcome to the New Frontier
Upon starting a new match, a random selection turn is assigned to each player which will determine whether or not you are able to choose the Legend you want.
When the game starts, all players are deposited from a drop ship and must make their way to a landing spot, following a “Jump Leader” who is randomly assigned from the squad, or choosing to go it alone.
Just like other Battle Royale games, once landed, you must first look for weapons to use since you start with nothing. This is probably the most important aspect of the game as it will determine your ability to defend your self.
Once you have found a weapon, and maybe some armor and items, you (and/or your squad) can then get to finding advantageous positions and engaging in combat. Be warned though, if you want good weapons, items and lots of ammo, you will have to look hard for them.
As an added tactical incentive, you can only carry two weapons at a time, however you can swap out any weapons you wish at any time.
Memorizing some of the best map locations is all well and good, however you will need to fully engage the map since your jump location is randomly assigned with each new game, making some parts of the map more difficult to get to from the start.
Combat in Apex Legends is some of the best I have ever seen in an online game, being of the quality expected in a large AAA title such as Halo or Call of Duty, and the game engine allows for a very fast pace and frantic action.
Harking back to classic tactical shooter, Apex Legends brings back original FPS action reminiscent of Unreal and Quake; where being very fast and utilizing crouches, jumps and circling is absolutely imperative. It’s brilliant!
The game also adds an extra sense of urgency by including an ever shrinking ring, similar to Fortnite’s storm. You must avoid being caught in the Ring’s shrinkage, all the while planning your tactical combat moves.
While the game encourages squad play, and that is how the game is best played, you can go it alone and just try to get your kills, but be aware that there are some extremely talented players out there who already know the best spots and the best weapons.
That being said, there are some unique features to the game which can aid you greatly in combat:
Pinging – Command Your Squad
You can signal areas of interest to your squad or give basic commands such as “Let’s Go Over There” by Pinging to your squad. By aiming your cross hairs over an item or area, the game will call a context-sensitive action, such as Pinging a weapons cache, This will not only give a verbal notification to your squad, but will highlight it on their map.
Respawn Banner – Resurrection is Key
Another great feature is the Respawn Banner. This allows you to pick up a fallen comrade’s banner and take it to a respawn point. If successful, your dead squad-mate will be revived and respawned into the game like nothing ever happened.
This also provides another tactical element to the game, because although it initially seems like an advantage, enemies who are aware of this will watch for you taking the chance and subsequently try to finish you off.
Weapons – Go Equipped
The game’s weapons are your standard fayre; rifles, pistols and throwable ordnance. However, all weapons in the game can be upgraded on the fly by finding loot such as advanced sniper scopes and rifle stocks, improving accuracy, power etc.
There are 6 weapons types:
- Assault Rifle
- Sub Machine Gun
- Light Machine Gun
- Sniper Rifle
Of the 6 weapon types there are 3 models and each model has a lot of variants and skins which can be unlocked through game play or purchased.
For more information there is a Beginner’s Guide on the Apex Legends Official Website: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/apex-legends-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks
Extra Content – Come Get Some
At the moment, you can get promotional skins for free right now from either Origin, PlayStation Store or Xbox Live.
The same goes for variations on Legends. Skins and accessories can be unlocked through game play or purchase.
Purchasing options in the game come from Apex Legends coins which can be purchased via Origin, PlayStation Store or Xbox Live (Great British Pounds and U.S Dollar):
- 1,000 Apex Coins – £7.99/$9.99
- 2,150 Apex Coins – £15.99/$19.99
- 4,000 Apex Coins – £31.99/$39.99
- 6,700 Apex Coins – £47.99/$59.99
- 11,500 Apex Coins – £79.99/$99.99
Electronic Arts have also promised an evolving Battle Royale experience with regular seasons, content updates and DLC.
Battle Royale Evolved
When Apex Legends was shockingly simultaneously announced and released on the same day last week, I was eager with excitement and anticipation after hearing it was set in the Titanfall universe.
However, my excitement quickly turned to dismay when I went to the official website to look it up and learned that it was a Battle Royale game, and I instantly thought “Great, another Fortnite”. I am neither a Battle Royale fan, nor a Fortnite supporter.
That being said, I do run a gaming blog and I had to respect the game and at least try it out to see if I could possibly write about it and include it on my blog.
Although the game presents itself as a Battle Royale, which it is, it is pretty clear, rather quickly though, that Apex Legends is not the Battle Royale next door. It’s bigger, better and bolder and it’s quite clear that Respawn Entertainment have worked hard to bring a high fidelity FPS title into the Battle Royale genre, with astounding results:
- The graphics are polished to a tee.
- The game play is fluid and dynamic.
- Squad play is awesome fun.
- Character design and development is astounding.
- Special abilities set this game apart.
- The map is large and highly detailed.
- Weapons are various and extremely fun.
- Every match really is different.
- Each match furthers your understanding of the game’s mechanics.
This is one game I am currently enjoying and I can’t wait for more content.
All I can say to Respawn and EA is well done and thank you. It’s a game to be proud of.
Thanks for reading,
Michael – Editor/Owner – ChartX Games.
PC System Specifications
OS: 64-bit Windows 7
Processor (AMD): AMD FX 4350 or Equivalent
Processor (Intel): Intel Core i3 6300 or Equivalent
Memory: 6GB – DDR3 @1333 RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7730
Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GT 640
DirectX: 11 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 22GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7
Processor (AMD): Ryzen 5 CPU or Equivalent
Processor (Intel): Intel Core i5 3570K or Equivalent
Memory: 8GB – DDR3 @1333 RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ R9 290
Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
DirectX: 11 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: Broadband Connection
Hard-drive space: 22GB
- “Apex Legends smashes 25 million player mark, dominates Twitch“. Eurogamer. Retrieved 12/02/2019.
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Many thought that his youth (and adulthood) playing video games was a waste of time but here he is writing about them for a living.
Michael has a background in IT and enjoys (apart from video games) building and repairing PC’s, digital artwork (Photoshop, 3DS Max) and has interests in too many subjects to mention.