Apex Legends Is Still The Best Battle Royale, And It’s Not Even Close

My first Battle Royale skydive was in PUBG Early Access. Landing on the outskirts of Lipovka, I made short work of enemies with the devastating SCAR-L. There were brief moments of satisfaction, but securing this delicious chicken dinner tested my patience for dozens of hours and proved too frustrating. Fortnite’s cartoon aesthetic and enticing crossovers scratched my occasional FPS itch, but the base-building mechanics constantly shattered the combat dynamics. Warzone’s sensory overload was downright overwhelming. With arena sizes that seem to rival open-world games, high fighter counts, and pesky purchasable killstreaks, Call of Duty’s battle royale reminded me that less is more.

And then there’s Apex Legends, the big equalizer – where skill, tactics and stupid luck (RNG) fused into intense, energetic combat. Even five years after the surprise launch of Apex Legends continues to be the best battle royale out there.

Titanfall’s parkour physics have shown that flashy animations complement tight shooting and empower players. Apex Legends may not have wall-running or explosive mech action, but movement remains fluid. Grappling, sliding, crouching, wall jumping, mid-air turns, and sprinting make fights exciting and streamlined. Additionally, interactions beyond simply firing your R-301 or throwing a thermite reward experimental/strategic play. For example, while useful for incapacitated individuals, Knockdown Shields can also be repurposed as mobile cover for teammates with low health. I can’t count the number of times I’ve frantically discharged a shield battery or reloaded my wingman behind a downed ally to save the day. Blocking walk-through doors with Loba’s Black Market Boutique or kidnapping unsuspecting enemies with Wraith’s Dimensional Rift are other great examples of Apex Legends mechanical depth redefining engagements.

Smaller squads mean encounters don’t lengthen, but compact maps also catalyze third parties. When a firefight ends, a new one inevitably begins. This keeps the tension high and generally leads to shorter matches (who doesn’t love to do a few rounds before work?).

At the heart of Apex Legends’ charm is its infectious ensemble cast. PUBG’s bared character creator, Fortnite’s various superficial cosmetics, and Warzone’s unforgettable avatars keep nothing in the way of Respawn Entertainment’s eccentric prizefighters. Narrative beats tend to be incidental — they’re revealed in movie trailers or comics — but voice lines, skill kits, and lore events contextualize characters’ motivations. Bangalore is the newest badass soldier in a military family. She often comments on optimal weapon mounts when pinged. Whereas the light-hearted genius Wattson might blurt out cheesy puns about electricity when celebrating a decisive victory.

Certain squad combinations will also trigger unique barks and conversations. Loba is hostile to Revenant, her parents’ killer, but is correspondingly warmer to alleged love interest Valkyrie. These distinct personalities add to the competitive shooter’s replayability and, more importantly, allow players to feel connected to their legend of choice.

Season 13 is in full swing with the addition of defensive warrior Newcastle, major changes to Storm Point’s tropical beaches, and tweaks to ranked mode that encourage team play. Compared to its contemporaries, Apex Legends sets a new standard for battle royales with accessible yet elegant controls, enticing gear like heirlooms, finishers, and badges, likeable playable characters, and strong developer support in the form of returning/original seasonal events. If you’re looking for a multiplayer experience that perfectly balances competition and flashy fun, look no further than the untamed, laser-swept frontiers of the Outlands.

https://www.gameinformer.com/opinion/2022/05/30/apex-legends-is-still-the-best-battle-royale-and-its-not-even-close Apex Legends Is Still The Best Battle Royale, And It’s Not Even Close

Sarah Ridley

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