Well, Apex Legends has come along as a surprise. On February
4th Respawn Entertainment announced and released Apex Legends, a new
Battle Royale game set in the Titanfall universe. What was one of the best
points about it, it was all completely free to play. Loot boxes are included
however the only things that they provide are cosmetic items, nothing that it going
to give you an edge in the game.
I have played Apex Legends since it was announced, I watched
the reveal and downloaded the game straight away, the first thing that really
impressed me about the game is how well it worked straight out the box, so to
speak, the game play felt slick, there weren’t any issues and that’s how it has
felt every time I have played the game. What surprised me even more is that
there was no word of it before, no open or private betas, and the game just
feels so polished, so complete.
I must admit that I am not a big battle royale fan, I never
got on with PUBG, Blackout just wasn’t for me and Fortnite I was never
interested in, I have tried each of the mentioned games but the genre in
general never really appealed to me. That was until this came along, I love the
Titanfall universe so being able to see the different weapons from the previous
games was brilliant and the gun play has been brought across, for those of you
who have played either of the first 2 games, you will know what I mean here. That
excellence, that way you can feel for the guns when shooting, just the sheer
brilliance of the gunplay is one of the reasons for my love with this game.
The pilot’s movements are smooth and feel just like they
should, there is just the exception that wall running isn’t included, and that
isn’t a bad thing, I don’t think the wall running would have made this fun, it
would have been one of those were if you mastered it, you would take everyone
down from running along walls amongst other things. I personally think this
would have created a lot of frustration and I don’t think the game would have
enjoyed as much success if this had been included, so bravo Respawn on making
Another thing I started to notice when playing more and more
matches, and this was especially apt when playing with randoms, and this was
the use of the pinging system. We know theres people in the world who don’t
have a microphone, or are shy, introverts or generally have issues with
socialising, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I struggle with socialising
with people, I must really push myself out of my comfort zone when playing online
if I’m to switch my mic on and unfortunately it doesn’t happen often as my
anxiety usually gets in the way, that is where the ping system is simply
marvellous. You can ping items with the press of a button, suggest a destination
with the ping of a button, mark up enemies by double tapping the ping button…. You
see where I am going with this? Just because I don’t have my mic on, doesn’t
mean to say I still can’t communicate and help my team mates.
Another fantastic feature within the game comes in the form
of the accessibility options and being able to convert your words into text. So,
if someone on your team is hard of hearing, you can switch this on and boom,
what players are saying come up as text…. What an age we live in!
The characters within the game, are called ‘Legends’…
Funnily enough. You can select from an array of different Legends to play as,
each come with there own unique abilities or specials. I have favoured Wraith
the most, I love her portal to get others out of trouble… When I’ve managed to
use it correctly… Also lifeline, her Care Packages have provided me with some
awesome gear to keep me going.
Speaking of keeping going, this is another feature I like in
the game that seems to be lacking in other Battle Royales, and that is the
ability to revive and even respawn players back into the game. If someone on
your team dies and you can no longer revive them, you can collect there card
from the gear crate they drop and take it to a respawn beacon, bringing them
back into the fight, but be weary though as it can take a few seconds for this
to happen and while your trying to revive or respawn a teammate you are vulnerable
to other players, so just keep those eyes open.
I have to admit though that even with all the amazing
features and how smooth the game runs, there is a downside playing with randoms,
that downside is that you will always been teamed up with 1 or 2 people who are
going to go Rambo and just run into any cross fire they can find, one jumpmaster
dropped us right into the middle of a firefight which meant I had no weapon and
lasted all of 22 seconds.
Which is why I’ve tended to play with my friends more as there is still that better element of communication, you always know most of your friends plays and how they are going to approach it, and each of us use that to play to our strengths and help each other few, and doing this has netted me a few wins, which is nice as I have never won at another battle royale before. This is another thing I want to briefly comment on, this is the only Battle Royale that I have played were I have felt like I can win, in the others I’ve never had that feeling, I’ve always felt like someone is going to come and screw me over, which is what generally happens, but not in this. I’m not entirely sure what it is, but there is something about the team work in Apex Legends that makes you feel like you have a chance at winning.
An excellent game that shows how a battle royale should be done and the one Battle Royale that I enjoy playing and will go back to time and time again. Congratulations Repawn ?