Apex Legends is INTERESTING. I feel like it’s the adopted child of Fortnite, The borderlands series, and Overwatch. It then throws in some initial screens from what feels like Mortal Kombat? and DOTA 2 loading screens.
Interesting isn’t bad or good. The best way to describe Apex Legends is the following way:
Imagine there’s a white board at the development house main conference room. On that board is every Battle Royale game and all their strengths. Then there’s check marks next to all the items for the Apex Legendscore functionality.
Then there’s another whiteboard with all semi casual FPS games. Same concept as above. Put them all in the cooking pot of development. With the resources of Electronic Arts and this is what the result is.
Apex is Interesting!
Again this isn’t a bad thing. It is just interesting. There’s a lot of positives that we can say about taking all the good and making sure all the bad isn’t in there, but also it just felt weird when the first few seconds I opened up my map and I felt as if I was in a mod of Fortnite. And then I opened an item crate and the graphics were straight out of Borderlands.
I feel that Apex Legends is more of an example of gaming companies being allowed to protect their IP via patents than allowing for this abomination-esque clone to exist.
The game overall looks very good and it seems very smooth. There are a lot of cool features such as being able to be revived after your teammate kill you, if they find your banner fast enough. I feel like this feature, although cool, will be under utilized except in tournaments as people are used to exiting the match after they die.
Another exciting feature of the game is that there’s are different classes and visual customizations with your character. It isn’t everyone in their underwear or severely overpriced limited-edition costume. But it’s more along the lines of Overwatch. With building characters for certain play styles and the in game purchases include different customization looks for the characters. I’m never really into looking different (I ride a Pinto horse in World of Warcraft still), but do understand the current industry. This game covers that area nicely with the initial set of items being quite extensive and diverse. There’s two ways to redeem, either through earned currency or “premium” currency.
The gameplay is smooth, the weapons, although relatively simplistic have enough variety and go back to a more normal look. And feel than the over the top items in some games. No laser guns here, but actual guns with a look and feel that are comfortable. One can also add on attachments automatically (again showing the smooth gameplay). So no need to be headshot while trying to review which attachment to use as it has a smart system of adding such features.
Apex Legends Jump Out? It’s Cool!
There’s a very cool mechanism when you jump out of the really cool looking gunship (which at least isn’t a bus with balloons). You can jump together with your team. This is perfect for someone like me because I NEVER know where to jump and can never get the gliding part right – so it’s nice to just follow someone automatically and jump with your team. Of course, there’s a feature that allows you to be an absolute solo artist and jump whenever you want. The odds of your survival are diminished severely since everyone usually jumps together in their three-person squads.
There’s enough variation of the characters but are also pretty standard fair. As of this review of the game, there are already many articles of which one the best of the existing set of characters is. There’s no ranking needed here, it’s always the ones that can heal and / or revive faster! That’s the authors opinion only so let’s not start a battle here. There’s already two available for purchase via earned currency or premium currency and both characters are quite fun to play.
More maps, More characters and More story lines
A really cool feature is when getting ready to jump. You can clearly see the whole map (kudos to great compressed rendering here!) and you see these giant creatures outside of the playable area. You see the potential of Respawn thinking of creating a bigger world and a future. In addition, vision of seeing more maps, more characters and more story lines.
One thing that I want to touch upon is the skill level required. It’s still a new game so I haven’t seen any tactics that we can take as an advantages, and even have won a couple times to my surprise. The game play again is so smooth and refined that it allows for skilled players (instead of players taking advantage of glitches) to really shine. It feels that there’s a minimal learning curve and allows for anyone to join and have varying chances for victory.
Again – Apex Legends is free (to play), so a highly recommended yes here to download it and play it.
Enjoy and never be a jump master who jumps your team out of the zone for insta death. Not cool.