If you have yet to dive into the latest Respawn Entertainment shooting fray, then we highly recommend you do so as soon as possible, as APEX Legends is a fantastic free-to-play Battle Royale experience.
Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment recently launched APEX Legends, which as mentioned before is a new free-to-play battle royale shooter available right now for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Set in the Titanfall universe, APEX Legends shakes up the battle royale genre with a cast of unique characters, squad-based gameplay, innovative mechanics and more.
If Titanfall and Borderlands had a baby its name would be APEX Legends, as this new shooter delivers a squad-based battle royale experience with a uniquely Respawn flavor. Players will select from one of eight Legends – each with their own unique abilities and playstyles – and the last team standing wins. Combatants can choose from unique characters like Bloodhound, the tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map, or Lifeline, a battlefield medic who can shield teammates and bring them back from the brink of death. Balanced squads and teamwork are critical, as each Legend is easy to pick up and learn but challenging to master.
APEX Legends showcases several new genre-leading innovations, starting before players even start the match. Once players are ready to begin, they’ll choose their drop point with the Jumpmaster system, giving each squad full control over exactly where they drop in. Is it smarter to head straight for the most valuable loot and risk early conflict with other teams, or make for one of the outlying areas to plot an attack and let other squads pick each other off?
The innovations don’t stop there as APEX Legends also delivers Respawn Beacons, one-time use locations where defeated teammates can be revived, a contextual Ping communication system that allows players to call out enemies, weapons, locations and more with the push of a button, and an intelligent inventory system which automatically attaches gear and equipment to the appropriate weapons once players pick them up. All together it creates a battle royale experience unlike any other, complete with Respawn’s commitment to top-notch quality and fun.
The first season of APEX Legends is scheduled to kick off in March and will give players the opportunity to purchase a Battle Pass to gain access to exclusive cosmetic items earned through gameplay. APEX Legends will follow a seasonal model with each themed season bringing new content to the game in the form of new weapons, new Legends, new skins and more.
We have already put countless hours into APEX Legends, trying to outlast to our online gaming combatants . While I have yet to be a member of the winning team as the last team standing (I have come as close to 3 squads left), the game offers an attractive an alluring dangling carrot that impresses upon you to continue the fight, long after you have said ‘this next round will be my last’…yeah right!
After the unfortunate launch that was Titanfall 2, (due to a poor launch window, among other things) it is certainly great to see Respawn Entertainment back in the spotlight with something as increasingly enjoyable as APEX Legends. Let us hope that this latest Respawn development effort can receive the deserving success the studio certainly deserves.