Battle Royale games don’t often sit right with me. It’s not that the games are bad, instead it’s more that the games become a monumental challenge which I find difficult to adjust to, especially when I’m more used to games where you grind for gear, such as The Division 2 (read about our Division 2 Brands and Bonuses), or levelling up allows you to unlock better weapons as you would normally find in games like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 (read our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Review) or Battlefield.
It’s not just me.
Even the best players in Battle Royale games can spend an untold amount of hours running through different sessions only to get killed and be out of the game just because they didn’t manage to get a decent weapon in time.
Foraging for armour and weapons does sound like fun. But when the circle begins to shrink and you find yourself being shot and killed and having to restart and do it all over again in the next round, it becomes laborious.
In games such as these, skill is certainly of the essence. Also, you need patience and good communication if you’re working in a team. If you know someone is near, you need to communicate this with your team mates. If you know where a supply drop is, you need to communicate this with your team mates. When you’re working in a team, there is no ‘I’ because, the better equipped your team is, the better your chances are of survival.
With this in mind, I decided to give Respawn Entertainments Apex Legends a bash.
Firstly, as discussed, teamwork is an important element and Apex goes someway in making sure that communication is as easy and as clear as possible thanks to their unique ping system. The idea is that there is a single button which allows you to simply tap and let everyone know what you’re doing.
This means that if you’re teaming up with strangers, you don’t need to sit with the microphone glued to your face in order to communicate what you’re up to.
Want to tell others where to go? Point to the area on the map, ping it and viola. Want to talk about a weapon upgrade on the map? Aim your crosshair on the upgrade and ping it. Seen a nearby bunker and want to hold up there? Ping it. Want them to order a pizza to be delivered to your house…OK, that won’t work, but you could try?
In other games, playing with strangers has been unbearable. Yodelling commands, pointless exclamations in the microphone, rampant music in the background, dogs barking in the background (maybe just my dog), you get the point.
The ping system goes someway in highlighting that it’s one of the core features of Apex Legends and this makes it one of the best Battle Royale games that I’ve come across as there is an emphasis on cooperation. Reviving squad mates when they’re near death is a feature among all modern shooters and getting knocked down doesn’t mean that you’re out for the count in Apex.
Instead, when you’re down, you can be given a new lease of life if someone takes the banner which your character drops upon death and then places it on one of the beacons that are dotted around the map.
This gives less experienced players some breathing room and allows them to pick up the basics of the game and highlights the importance of working together. After all, it’s unlikely that you’re going to get very far on your lonesome when other players also have the opportunity to revive their squad members.
The game also brings in character classes that we’re familiar with in other games. Think Overwatch. The game focuses on similar classes from classic shooters and comes with a combat-focused Bangalore, a defensive tank build called Gibraltar and the stealth class known as Wraith.
The notion of choosing and learning about different classes on different games does come across as quite a daunting task for many of us. Picking a certain class often provides a wildly different experience and it also corresponds with a steeper learning curve at the same time.
Not with Apex Legends and, instead, the game focuses more on equality.
The classes are different enough for their abilities to remain unique, but they’re also similar enough so that they complement each other rather than replace. This makes switching classes less complex and it builds into the idea that teamwork is important rather than just running around on your own with the legend with the best abilities.
While this sounds good, it can also act as a negative for some, because the game removes the ability to play solo or as a duo and instead only squad mode is available which is disappointing for those who prefer single player gameplay.
Much like other Battle Royale games, the core mechanics behind the game is to be the last one standing.
The game features a smaller number of players in a session and this allows for smoother gameplay compare to other games I’ve tested. The graphics are also top notch which adds to the positive experience that I’ve had playing Apex Legends. Also, the game features a number of weapons and add-ons which are fun and generally great to use.
On the whole, Apex Legends is a great game. It’s fun to play and it’s very addictive.
It’s fun for those who are new to the battle royale scene and the team play element means that it’s fun for those, like me, who aren’t typically drawn to the battle royale games.
Being a free game as well also means that it’s definitely worth a try and you’re not losing out if it’s not too your liking. Who knows, you might just find a new favourite in your game collection.