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Apex Legends vs. Blackout: Is the F2P Battle Royale Better than its Paid Rival?


Apex Legends vs. Blackout: Is the F2P Battle Royale Better than its Paid Rival?

Apex Legends vs. Blackout: Which is Better?

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The team over at Respawn Entertainment announced and launched their new first-person battle royale game Apex Legends just last Monday, and players quickly flocked to this free-to-play game to see what all the commotion was about.

Sure, this isn’t the first battle royale game to hit the market, but it features lots of intuitive design choices that make it stand out from an already crowded space. It takes aspects from the games in the genre that helped pave the way like Fortnite, PUBG, and Blackout.

Apex Legends biggest draw comes in the form of character classes. Each character in legends offers three abilities that offer a variety of different tools players can use to get a quick edge on their opponents. Some abilities are movement based, some offer reconnaissance, and others provide aerial denial.

These abilities work in tandem with each other to provide a level of synergy not offered in other competitive battle royale games on the market and make the moment to moment gameplay exhilarating.

Currently, there is only one game mode offered in Apex Legends which involves teaming up with a squad of three players.

Solo players might worry about having to communicate with a team especially if they don’t have a microphone, but Apex Legends has implemented an in-game communication system known as pinging, which allows players to simply tap a button to communicate a large amount of information quickly.

The game will decipher what information to relay based on what you’ve highlighted with the ping. Weapons, armor, items, and even enemies are called out by name if you’ve tagged them with your ping. This makes callouts and team play fast and fluid without the hassle of miscommunication.

Shooting is the bread and butter of every battle royale game so it needs to feel top notch.

Apex Legends’ weapons are responsive and offer predictable recoil instead of random recoil patterns. This means players who are skilled with a weapon will be able to manage the recoil and incentives you to always be on the lookout for some of your favorite weapons. It offers a nice variety of weapons as well with a number of different weapons in each class.

From start to finish this is an extremely polished game, which isn’t a surprise coming from the team that brought us Titanfall 2, one of the best shooters of this generation. Apex Legends is a strong foundation to build upon, which Respawn has already laid out big plans for.

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