Release date: February 4, 2019
Released on February 4, 2019, this game seemingly came out of nowhere to surpass 25 million unique players and more than 2 million peak concurrent players in about a week. A new contender in the battle royale genre, Apex Legends is a refreshing take on the popular game type.
In Apex Legends, you're part of a three-person squad. You'll choose from eight characters called Legends, each with its own unique abilities. Then, your team will drop into a map with 19 other teams (60 players total) with no equipment. Your goal is to look for and loot the best equipment available, such as guns, ammo, armor, medkits, shield cells, and more. An ever-shrinking safe zone forces teams into a smaller space on the map, resulting in more firefights. Your goal is to be the last team standing. If a teammate gets knocked down, you can pick them up. If they are completely killed, you can recover their banner within a set amount of time and have them jump back into the match, so you can have a full squad once again. This is different from other battle royale games where, once a teammate dies, they stay dead for the rest of the match. A word of advice, the time to kill (TTK) of an opponent is a bit longer than a normal first-person shooter (FPS); you'll have to rely on several headshots, positioning, and utilizing all the unique abilities of your Legend, as well as working together with the rest of your squad.
New Legend - Seer
Passive - Heart Seeker
Visualize and hear the heartbeats of nearby enemies when aiming down sights to get a clue to their location. Seer is able to “ADS” even while not holding a weapon.
Tactical - Focus of Attention
Summon microdrones to emit a focused, delayed blast that goes through walls, revealing enemies (and their health bars!), plus interrupting their actions.
Ultimate - Exhibit
Create a sphere of microdrones that reveal the footsteps of enemies moving quickly or firing their weapons within.
Class Passive: Recon
Scanning survey beacons reveals the next circle’s location.
New Weapon - Rampage
Rampart’s latest creation, the Rampage LMG, blasts onto the scene and has absolutely no chill. This high-powered heavy ammo LMG takes its time but packs one hell of a punch. The Rampage excels at mid-range combat but struggles up close with a slower fire rate. Not one for just accepting weakness, Rampart managed to modify the Rampage’s internal combustion mechanism with, what else? Thermite! Loading a thermite grenade into the Rampage’s special chamber overclocks the fire rate and lets Legends go on a, well... rampage!