So, what's the community review of this? I rather loathe having to install the Origin launcher thing, so best have some glowing reviews first.
To make the question more specific: how bad are the f2p aspects, and how's the team-up/co-op or whatever is the preferred community mode of the thing?
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- I like that the squad size is 3 as it means you're not at a disadvantage when/if you don't have 4 people to play
- No pre-game lobby at all means that if your squad dies early, there's not much waiting to get another game. You can be jumping out of the plane again in 30 seconds
- The in-game pinging system is good enough that it promotes non-verbal communication (i.e. you don't have to be on voice chat with your team to succeed)
- The Apex client seems a lot better optimised than something like PUBG - it's quite responsive and easy to use, plus FPS/performance is good and stable. It also doesn't take forever to load
- When you shoot someone, they don't immediately turn into a large building (like in Fortnite)
- F2P seems fine, you get skin/item drops the more you play and eventually get enough currency to unlock the two heroes which aren't available straight away. You can pay to unlock them but they're not "OP" or any better than the starting heroes, just different
- The game has knockdown shields, so you have a chance to defend yourself a little from gunfire when you're down and waiting for a rez from your team, you don't just immediately get shotgunned over and over and then put out of the game forever as soon as you're downed like in PUBG
- If you do get put out of the game, your team has 90 seconds to retrieve your banner from your loot box, then they can take you to a respawn beacon - you fly back in to where they are but with no loot, so you get a second/third/fourth chance at life if you die early but the rest of your team wins the fight
- Flight system appoints one "jumpmaster" who gets to pick when you jump out of the plane and where you go, it keeps the squad together by default unless you explicitly press and hold a button to go off solo - good for squad play right from the start
- Having heroes with abilities is a nice change from other BR games - it pays to have people with support abilities and defensive tank type players as well as outright nukers
- Origin sucks, plus the invite system is a bit crap - it sometimes takes a while for invites to show up and friends don't always appear online when they are
- Steam integration is supposed to show you the friends you have on Steam who also have Origin accounts, but it doesn't seem to work properly
- There's seemingly no MMR, so you can be fighting total noobs who've never played before, or people who've played constantly since release
- If you play on a squad with randoms, they often leave early or just do plain stupid things - a premade squad of 3 is still by far the best way to play
- There's only one map - its design is good for now but it'll get quite boring after playing for a little while
Worst con on that list is no mmr, I am bad enough at shooters (and/or games) that I'd feel bad imposing on people partying up if the difficulty didn't get adjusted for me inevitably dying to shooting myself in the foot :s
Luckily I have found the Battle Royale game for me, Tetris 99. Hard as hell, and the multiplayer actually barely matters, but I do get angry at people I have in practice not at all interacted with for ruining my game
Will grab Apex this weekend, have a lot of quota left for the month. I sort of suspect that my computer wont run it well though, so it'll be an experiment.
Turns out I am bad at tetris as well.
Pacing-wise Apex actually feels pretty awesome, quick and decisive. I need to practice some hitscan shooters though, been like 15 years since I last played one (original CS a bit back then, but really the more correct statement is that I've never played one). (Re)Learning within Apex seems a hopeless task seeing how there is still rather little shooting per minute of gameplay.
Can always play Quake Champions, dude, you don't get more kills per minute than that.
If one could get a quake-style rocket launcher reliably in Apex I'd be a lot more comfortable with it, so that's the wrong practice
More an issue of snap aim and playing around corners (well, quake had that too, but a very different style)
Best thing about Apex is that it made me fix my computer such that it now no longer lags in DOTA either.
Worst part about Apex is that I must play with randoms : (
Half the time randoms just go off and do their own thing
Randoms also have zero faith in getting resurrected and disconnect as soon as they are killed.
Ah yes, forgot about that
Ok when me and play with randoms we have a pretty good win rate
Ok, my computer is still not fixed and throttles badly in Apex
I think I'll move from Germany this summer though, so I can't reasonably get a better setup just now. You'll have to make do without me~