Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 4, 2019, without any prior announcement or marketing. Respawn Entertainment soon announced an upcoming Nintendo Switch version with crossplay coming in March 9th, 2021.
Why It Rocks
Manages to fix all of the worst parts of battle royale games while being fun and interesting to play in its own right.
Fast paced and engaging gunplay as to be expected from the guys who made Titanfall 2.
Much greater emphasis on team play and coordination.
Teams can jump together and stay together during the initial drop-in sequence thanks to the inclusion of a jump-master mechanic.
A super intricate pinging system that allows tight communication on the level of voice chat without needing a mic.
Only one character per team, meaning there can be greater emphasis on synergy between playable characters.
Memorable and interesting playable characters with unique abilities that can change up how the game plays, but never enough to where you feel helpless playing as a different character.
A super simplistic and easy-to-use inventory system:
Organizes everything into different slots (Armor slots, item slots, weapon slots, and weapon upgrade slots if you have the right weapon. If not upgrades go into item slots)
Automatically drops gear if you pick up a better version (Drop level 1 armor if you pick up level 2)
Ping system works into inventory as well (By pinging empty weapon or armor slots, you can let your team know if you need a weapon, weapon upgrade, armor, etc.)
Weapons and ammunition are color-coded, making it very easy to know and spot ammo that you need.
An incredibly well designed map with recognizable landmarks and unique locales with clearly marked loot tiers in each zone (high tier, mid tier, etc.).
The Season 3 map, World's Edge, is even better with even more varied locales, a loot train, and ultra high-tier loot vaults that can be opened with keys found in drones flying around the map.
Well designed weapons that all function differently so you can adapt your play-style.
Free-to-play, so there's no reason to not at least try it, unless you really hate battle royale games.
All microtransactions are strictly for cosmetic items, such as skins or portrait frames.
An interesting setup by having it as a spinoff to the Titanfall universe, which helps expand the universe.
The character abilities are even directly based off of abilities from Titanfall 2 (Wraith has phase shift, Lifeline has A-wall, Pathfinder has grappling hook, etc.).
Players who are killed can still be brought back to life if surviving players on their squad pick up their banner and bring it to various re-spawn points on the map, which means dying once isn't the end of the game.
No Titans or wall running in a Titanfall game, which can be a turnoff for fans of the series.
This can be excusable since it is a spin off game and not an official Titanfall game, and these elements might throw off the balance in a big battle royale game.
In Respawn's defense, they have stated that they couldn't add Titans without destroying the game's balance, and that wall-running didn't fit a Battle Royale format.
Like with other Battle Royale games, luck can play a big factor, primarily with the chance of finding good gear. This can get frustrating, especially when you fight a player with better gear and weaponry.
Occasional connection issues.
This was made in place of Titanfall 3, and while it is a great game, many can be understandably disappointed about there being no Titanfall 3 for another few years.
While the ping system and jump-master mechanics encourage great teamwork, numerous players rarely use these which can lead to poor communication and the team doing poorly.
This is especially frustrating when a player quits before their squad members can revive them.
While microtransactions are entirely cosmetic, they can be rather expensive. A single legendary skin costs $20 USD.
Melee attacks feel rather clunky to use.
The amount of rewards given on the free side of Battle Passes is almost insulting.