Battle Royale shooter 'Apex Legends' gains popularity


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/11/battle-royale-shooter-apex-l.html


#2

I am a huge fan of Titanfall 2 and while Apex Legends is not Titanfall it has enough good mechanics in there to make me want to play a Battle Royale game occasionally. I hope it does well for Respawn.


#3

Players choose from a limited list of classes to received special powers and offensive accents

You mean like South Boston?


#4

“far less whimsical than fortnite”? I may try this! :slight_smile:


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@jlw, do you know do they have any kind of leveled server play? Like n00b servers, experienced servers, etc… Are there any kind of “training ground” types of play styles?

I never with messed fortnite much (thought the building was silly, but obviously, that’s me… and it’s not a judgement, just a preference), and I really WANTED to be able to enjoy PubG but the learning curve for a non-super twitchy middle aged guy is BRUTAL, so I kind of dropped off.


#6

There is a training ‘mode’ that is about 5 minutes long and then you are dumped on the island. It takes some learning but its not bad at all. Much easier than Fortnite.


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Don’t want to be an asshole here but it’s not really very nice for a white guy to label minority voice actor performances as ‘offensive accents’. I can see how some folks can legitimately take offense - but I don’t see much evidence of it so far (closest are some comments that one of the voices sound like a crude approximation of a Jamaican accent). I don’t think it’s great to take offense on people’s behalf like that.


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Played my first game this morning, after watching Skill Up’s short review. Training mode is great for practicing shooting the various guns (something Fortnite sorely lacks), but then I had no idea what I was doing in the first game.

How do you decide when to drop with the team, and control the entry? I didn’t find out how to open the map. I then had trouble telling where my teammates were, as the HUD is cluttered with ping points, so I had to rely on the map to find them.

I’m still looking forward to trying again a few times tonight, despite being completely lost at this stage.


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I’m on the fence on picking this up. Typically i’m a grump when it comes to playing with others. Even friends. And when its in a competitive environment my grump and stress factor goes up so i find it hard to enjoy… Overwatch for example i’ve largely switched to playing single player deathmatch as i dont have to worry about losing/winning.

That said i do have a few friends that are getting into Apex, the game looks solid but the competitive nature on it is something that’s holding me back from trying it ]:


#10

I am hoping solos and duos comes out soon.


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Is anyone actually offended by the vernacular some of the characters use? I was generally impressed with the diversity of the included Legends and didn’t feel like it was anywhere near tokenization, but I guess I wouldn’t. I’d like to read/hear the perspective of some WoC/PoC on it.


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I’ve played a bit with my teenager, and I like it a lot more than Fortnite, mosty because I didn’t like the building silliness. It will be interesting to see how much of Fortnite’s milkshake they drink by providing a better game, and what directions they take it during their coming year in the spotlight. I have little doubt the game will be a roaring success, it has all the good parts of FN and PUBG but done better, and removes a lot of the crappy and annoying stuff.

I admit I didn’t think of the accents as offensive, I just liked that of the 8 characters at least 3 of them are not whities and one is a robot (with an admittedly middle USian accent). 3 of them are women as well. I have no idea how accurate the accents are to the purported origins of the characters, but it is nice to see some diversity on the screen.


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