Apex Legends is a free-to-play Battle Royale game that, in the short time since its release, has seen its player base grow to over 25 million.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment, it is available to anyone with an Origin account so there is really no reason why you shouldn't at least try it out for few games.
The basic concept is that you, along with 2 friends (or random people on the internet, I don't judge), team up to form a squad to compete in the Apex Games against 19 other teams for the glory of being the last team standing. Think Hunger Games, only you aren't killing teenagers and being a slave to the Capitol.
Each player gets to chose a character from the roster who has a unique set of abilities which will benefit the team either in terms of offence, defence, healing or exploration. You are then launched into the arena with no resources at your disposal. Where your Squad Leader chooses to land has a huge impact on the sort of advantage you gain in the first few minutes of gameplay as you scrounge for guns, armour and ammo.
From, there, it's simple. Stay alive and outlast the other players as the size of the playable area incrementally decreases.
- It is damn fun to play and relatively simple to learn, as long as you are familiar with gaming mechanics.
- There is a built-in communication system so if you don't have a mic, you can still relay important information to the rest of the squad through your character.
- The players are on a level playing field aside from knowledge of game mechanics and the map. You are not going to face characters who have stronger abilities because they have done the grind.
- Any additional content you can purchase via microtransactions is purely cosmetic. You don't need to spend money but that doesn't mean you won't want to.
- There is no commitment or cooldown period if, for some reason, you cannot complete a match.
The Not Good
- It's still early days, so sometimes the game struggles to connect to servers and there are juddering moments where your character freezes up while this stabilises.
- I struggle to see other players as they are presented as kind of faded and grey if they are not in your squad. This makes it hard to be both offensive and defensive and to actually get kills.
- Playing solo is just not as fun as playing with people you know, especially as you might find yourself with a language barrier with the strangers in your squad. This is not a fault of the game, of course. But Apex Legends is definitely best played with friends. Although, the limit to three people can also pose problems if you have three friends online at that time with you.
Basically, this is something you can install and jump right into. Because it's free to play, it won't be hard to convince friends to join you and squad up for a few games. The game mechanics are clever and intuitive and even those not used to Battle Royale style gameplay should pick this up very quickly and enjoy it, even if you don't get kills right away.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
OS: 64-bit Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
GPU RAM: 1 GB
Minimum 22 GB of free space