Fortnite Isn’t Ready For This
EA has entered a new realm of gaming. Jumping into the ever growing (and nearly over saturated) pool of free to play battle royale games with it’s hit Apex Legends. Carving out a new little niche and adding some overall spice to this genre of gaming, Apex Legends has grossed over 10 million players in just 3 days, compared to the 200 million players Fortnite has at its disposal right now.
As we know, Fortnite has torn up the gaming market for over a year, by being free to play and making money only off the choice of the player to buy season passes and skin packs for their character; yet, it seems the king of the “victory royale” now has a threat to its throne. Adding a bit of a mixture to the overall battle royale formula, Apex Legends seems very reminiscent of games like Call of Duty, Overwatch, and other battle royales. The game adds features like player classes, with different class abilities, and emphasizes the importance of teamwork, actually adding ways to help and communicate with your teammates in a way that no other team deathmatch or battle royale game has done before.
The game feels like a normal first person shooter with a couple of special abilities and certain quirks. One of these involves something called the “jump master”. This is a feature in the game that insures one player controls when and where your team will enter the game, and making sure that all members of said team are landing together. Now, this feature is special, not only because it makes sure that there are no stragglers, but because it also adds an overall feeling of camaraderie and teamwork to the game, making it feel as though you are not alone in this game. This may sound like a bad thing to some people, but there are ways that the jump master doesn’t have so much control, like the ability to peel off from the group. Peeling off from the group allows players to somewhat set off on their own and spread out to make sure that the whole squad isn’t looting the same area or getting team killed as they hit the ground.
Apex Legends adds a whole bunch of new elements to this genre of gaming, that I personally always felt Fortnite and PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds have been lacking. The game ensures that those who aren’t team players still work in their own way without hindering their team and gives you a bunch of information in ways that makes sure you don’t feel overwhelmed. I highly recommend the game and look forward to it’s future.