Lessons from dominating at Apex Legends

I hated Fortnite. I gave it a real crack but could not get into it, kind of like jogging.

My friends were super into the smash hit multiplayer release, they were well hooked, they spent money on new look weapons and outfits, many of them absolutely loved it for months on end.

I found the controls clunky, my connection (and my aim) slightly off, the gameplay repetitive and overall my skills were massively lacking. I was quickly of the opinion I was never going to be good enough to enjoy it. I still reckon I was right about that. I tried.

However, the free-to-play Electronic Arts release Apex Legends changed my entire opinion about these new battle royale type games. Don’t forget I am old now, trying new things over the age of 40, these multiplayer death matches are what all the kids are doing these days. Well not my kids, not yet.

Jump. Find stuff. Survive as long as possible. Win rarely. (Credit: Downunder Dad)

Apex has great characters, fast paced gaming, interesting terrain, stunning graphics, amazing sound effects, jokes and a logical path of progression. It was fun as fuck, even when I sucked… even though I still do.

There’s still the freaks. Seriously some of the statistics I see on other players’ profiles convinces me I am a derelict and futile PlayStation peasant, not worthy to charge their controllers. However, that is exactly what EA got absolutely right, these ‘Apexperts’ are in the same game, the same match, sometimes the same squad and it is still fun for all players of all levels.

…that is exactly what EA got absolutely right, these ‘Apexperts’ are in the same game, the same match, sometimes the same squad and it is still fun for all players of all levels.

The thing I loved most about Fortnite was teaming up with mates that were also on headsets, whether it was quads or duos. In Apex Legends all teams are threesomes and when you arrange a session with a trio all communicating together, it is the bomb. Sick fun.

So just as I did for Call of Duty – Black Ops 4 here is a look at the lessons I have learned from a few months of sucking balls kicking ass at EA’s Apex Legends, which I have played on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Stay away from your teammates
I know it sounds risky and overly heroic, but whether you are a phenomenal modern-day guru or a pathetic bottom-feeding noob, you will stand more of a chance getting all the good stuff and keeping it for yourself if your pesky squad members aren’t around to pinch it all. Then if any trouble does arise it is up to them to rapidly run to your rescue, unless it is them getting shot at. In that case they should be fine to handle their own shit, maybe swoop in for a cheap kill.

Disregard your teams’ abilities
I am not referring to your individual IRL (in-real-life) strengths as gamers, I mean your characters’ special weapons. Similar to the above tip of not sticking together, knowing how to use your legend’s three abilities is overrated when trying to win not die quickly. Having Pathfinder place a strategic zip line, hanging about while Lifeline deploys her health drone or using Caustic’s gas to protect a defended area is more about having some cute fun than being effective or helpful. Just run around and shoot everything, away from your teammates.

Winning does come. Especially if you find some guru squad mates. (Credit: Downunder Dad)

Ping everything
Be sure to ping everything, especially if it is white and level one. Your fellow team members will especially love this, even if you can see they have higher level shields and helmets. Ping hard, particularly when they have your banner and are looking to revive your sorry-ass for the third time. Ping that nearby respawn beacon AMAP (as-mother-fucking-much-as-possible). They need and will appreciate the assistance. When in doubt, ping even more with the classic Gomez track and Ping One Down gleefully ringing in your ears.

Be sure to ping everything, especially if it is white and level one. Your fellow team members will especially love this, even if you can see they have higher level shields and helmets.

Be a patient Jumpmaster
Wait as long as possible before launching your squad from the Dropship, they will love the extra time to think about where to land and what to do when being the last team on the ground. When you eventually do start plummeting down towards the surface of Kings Canyon or now World’s Edge take your time, float leisurely and enjoy the view. If you are not the Jumpmaster, see above, just ping everything.

Carry items you don’t need
You never know when you might need what and when in Apex Legends, so be sure to carry around everything you can regardless of the weapons you are running with. There is no need to try and help your squad members level up their weapons and attachments, if they need something they could have grabbed it themselves. Having heaps of different ammo means you can randomly fire off into the distance to give away your position any time you like. This is great for taking down curious squads within ear shot who come for a peek. Grab everything that in purple or yellow just in case, but do not tell anyone.

Fight don’t heal
You have health and shields, enough to get you through any decent fight. You carry a bunch of syringes and cell battery things for when you are done with all the killing. There’s no need to duck behind a rock like some sort of desperate and heaving rat, just stay in the moment. Let the sissy-babies heal up while you keep shooting. If you do pause to think about how you are traveling health-wise, then chances are you simply need to focus on more killing.

Apex Legends is a formidable answer to the money-making machines that were Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and the aforementioned Fortnite.

As additional bonus content, here are some points from my Call of Duty – Black Ops 4 piece that I think are extremely relevant here:

Get angry
Chances are you’re better than all the other players in any game that you spawn into, so if things aren’t going your way it is obviously annoying. Make sure you get as angry about this as your real-life health will allow. Being frustrated and furious will make you a much better player. Take your emotions out on anything within reach and recognise that it is all part of growing into a better player, and a better person.

Make excuses
If you have maxed out your anger it is time to start making some excuses. Common excuses for being killed in online games include the servers, the connection, the game cheating and other players being unethical. However, here’s some additional excuses you may not have considered; your internet service provider, the wireless controller’s Bluetooth connectivity, the TV’s refresh rate, your cat, your children, your diet, your landlord, your parents and even your HDMI cable quality. But never yourself. It’s not your fault.

It’s a bloody great game so it is no surprise it comes from Electronic Arts. Apex Legends is a formidable answer to the money-making machines that were Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and the aforementioned Fortnite. Call of Duty integrated a relatively well-received version of this multi-player game-type into Black Ops 4, but it didn’t do it for me. Apex Legends did it for me big time and it still does, after all… “it’s in the game!”

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