[REVIEW] Apex Legends: There’s A New BR In Town

There’s a new Battle Royale game that was released Monday that’s taking Twitch by storm. Apex Legends is the name.

Created by Respawn Entertainment, who are the makers of Titanfall 1 and 2, comes not a sequel but a game set within the same universe. Apex Legends is a free to play BR (battle royale) game that is available to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox.

There were rumors going around the industry that Respawn was working on a new title that most assumed would be Titanfall 3. Sunday night came around and there were whispers of a BR game that would be released on Monday, that turned out to be confirmed. I had mixed feelings about this because I’m not a huge fan of BR’s, but Titanfall is one of my favorite series.

I feel that BR’s lately have been stale due to the fact that nothing is unique about them. Except Fortnite but that game has been on another level of it’s own. However Apex Legends brings a breath of fresh air to the genre.

Where most BR’s have multiple modes of play like solo, duo, and squads, Apex has one mode currently. Instead of the usual 100 players in a match, there’s only 60 in this game and everyone is on a team of 3. This seems like a much more manageable mode, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more modes added over time.

You can choose to be a character from a pool of legends that have unique abilities. One character can make duplicates of himself, while another can make portals for herself and the team. They remind me of Overwatch heroes and their abilities which isn’t a bad thing.

With the abilities of legends I thought there would be a character that outshines the others but that’s not the case. Abilities don’t feel overpowered and help supplement the firefights that take place between players.

The gameplay has a similar feel to Call of Duty Black Ops 4. Where the Titanfall series shined was the maneuverability it gave players. You could double jump, run on walls, and zip line almost anywhere. There are still aspects of that style here but it’s been dialed back a bit.

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Another cool feature of the game is that there is a respawn system. In most BR’s if a teammate doesn’t revive you, then you’re done. Being able to revive your teammate that’s been eliminated adds another level of urgency to the game, and it’s so much fun.

Since the game is free, they have to make money off of it somehow. So there are microtransactions in the game. More so, there are also loot boxes in the game, which is very surprising since there is a current legal battle about the use of loot boxes in video games.

You can play this game and earn currency, or you can purchase coins with real money and buy items and loot boxes. The good thing about the loot boxes is that they tell you what your percent chances are to receive a item. It’s nice to actually see what your money can potentially get you.

This game has a lot of potential to be great. It’s been the most watched game on Twitch since it dropped, maxed around 500k people watching on Monday. It’s currently been hovering around 200k since then which is pretty good.

Apex Legends has the potential to be that new game, but whether it will or not remains to be seen. I personally hope this game continues to succeed, and am looking forward to seeing what’s next.

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