Also glad to see this game is blowing up. It’s juts so good. I’ve completely dropped Blackout and just play regular MP on BO4 now. Got my 3rd win last night and had to literally cut the game off and go to bed to stop myself from playing. Too addicting.
Besides the quality oozing out of Apex, there are three big problems with the three major BR titles:
Fortnite: Building things is a primary part of the game, and there are a lot of people that don't want to build anything in their BR. Fortnite was so popular that it was thought impossible that this game could be topped in popularity just two weeks ago.
PUBG: Doesn't run very well, inventory management is not great, just less forgiving in general (especially in terms of surviving sniper fire from enemies in prone)
CoD BO4: Good, but player count is going down (never sparked in popularly like Fortnite and PUBG due to being a paid title). Player count is more important than other titles in a BR game due to the size of matches.
There are other BR games that have tried, but none have THE JUICE like Apex has.
PUBG hasn’t been the game for a while and the fact it has 200,000 concurrent players means jack shit when COD in its worst years could hold double that in one console. PUBGs console versions are dogshit and the game doesn’t have the clout it used to have so at this point the game is slowly dying. Look at Twitch numbers which matters a lot more then some of you are willing to admit and you’ll how much more viewers fortnite gets.
Can they even port the source engine to Switch or iOS/Android? And how the hell would you get the feel of the game w/ phone touch controls? Guess that hasn't stopped the other BR games from finding success on mobile...
The first BR game where I don't need to play with my friends to have fun. Actually the most fun mp shooter since ut99 and quake 3 arena. Some of the fights in this game even remind me of these games, thanks to the high ttk, the fast paced movement and some of the crazier abilities.Combined with the insane polish and insane qol features this is some GOAT contender at this point,at least for now.
They need to react fast and jump to other platforms and mobile to maintain the momentum. Really rooting for them, the game is a *good shooter*, not janky and some thought went into the game design (for ex ping system) and deserves to be top BR.
I wonder if EA has told DICE not to even bother with their Battle Royale mode anymore. I mean after Apex who even wants to play that? Next time don't add a single player game to a multiplayer franchise that no one was asking for.
Absolutely well deserved. My friend hasn't got the best hearing and the ping feature when I play with him is so useful as he always hates asking what someone said when he couldn't hear them properly. Ping feature and all the other accessibility features should be the standard moving forward in MP games.
This should be a wake up call to Epic, you can't just keep dumping all your ideas into Fortnite just for the sake of continually updating the game. They left the game linger in a spot where a lot of the top streamers were unhappy with the meta and additions over the past couple months and someone came along with a serious contender and for the time being stole their momentum.
I'm glad. How many games can let you play as a Polynesian man, let alone a gay Polynesian man? Or a non-binary character? For many players this might be their first experience of non-binary gender identities.
Only speaking from my personal perspective, but to briefly describe why I prefer Apex;
Fortnite gunplay never felt as satisfying to me, and I never warmed to either the building system or the art style. It just seemed like it was too much fanfare and not enough focus on the raw tactility and the visceral nature of weaponry.
PUBG and H1Z1 are just too unpolished and janky for my liking. The visuals are poor, the animations a bit weak. They simply lack quality of life options, polish and fluidity.
Blackout is a bit too much like more COD (which I've kind of exhausted), and didn't do enough to truly seperate it, make it unique or stand out. The visuals and art direction are a bit meh, I'm not keen on perks being part of loot, nor do I like the use of vehicles etc either.
Then comes Apex Legends. To me the actual gunplay feels more slick, visceral and punchy than some or all of the others. The characters, the map, visuals/art, quality of life features, unique elements, unique weapons etc just make it stand out more and feel cooler.
I absolutely love the ping system. It is one of the coolest features ever in a BR game, and totally changes the dynamics and level of strategy and indirect communications, even with people who don't have a mic. Then there's the cool legends and all their unique abilities that you get from the get go, which adds gameplay diversity, depth, more team play reward, and further strategy. Plus little things like the zip wire boosters, zip line drop ships, general fluidity of movement, controls, climbing, sliding, the overall designs and look of things, the weapon balance etc. It's altogether just really fluid, polished and satisfying, and there's enough unique elements to seperate it whilst still remaining pretty grounded.
Mind you, I don't know how much staying power it'll have for me. Only time will tell, but so far I've been hooked.
That is actually a good point. PUBG and Fortnite still are there own thing and will always have interest. Blackout on the other hand really doesn't have a place in this battle anymore. It is by far the worst of all 3. It has it's sales though so I doubt Activision even cares