• This is a character in the video game "Apex Legends." (CNS photo by Electronic Arts)

The free-to-play 'Apex Legends' hits record number of gamers

Adele Chapline Smith / CNS    |    03.05.2019
Category: Videogames


NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Apex Legends" (Electronic Arts), a first-person multiplayer shooter, drew a record 10 million gamers within the first 72 hours of its release. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, this free-to-play title takes place within the popular "Titanfall" universe but features hero characters instead of Titan mechs.

Twenty squads of three form up to engage in a battle royale-style conflict across an arena that shrinks as gameplay continues, much like "Fortnite." Squads skydive into the arena with nothing and land in a location of their choosing. They then search for medical supplies as well as weapons and explosives to use against opponents until there is only one team left standing as the champions.

Along with taking note of the resulting combat and some gory images, parents should exercise the usual caution where online gaming is concerned since youngsters might be exposed to unsuitable language and inappropriate behavior by other players.

Players select one of eight available characters called Legends, each of which features certain abilities. These personas are divided into offensive, defensive and supportive roles. Lifeline, for instance, is a pink-haired Caribbean medic with a healing drone, making her an excellent choice for gamers who want to be more reserved and cautious.

Wraith, by contrast, specializes in offense, opening rifts in the fabric of reality that give her an upper hand when it comes to maneuverability. Choosing the right combination of Legends leads to the formation of an effective and reliable team that has a solid chance at securing the championship.

"Apex Legends" includes special twists not found in similar games. And the simple ease of playing also sets it apart.

The game's greatest asset, though, is its focus on teamwork. Players can't simply rush in, guns blazing, and expect to come out on top. Winning requires the communication, prudence and patience necessary to create a cohesive unit.

No one character is stronger than another, moreover, and special abilities aren't always as useful as they might sound. Thus players must rely on one another in order to succeed. Lone wolf strategies won't work in this arena.

Playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

The game contains blood-splatter effects and moderate violence. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Entertainment Software Rating Board rating is T -- teens.

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Smith reviews video games for Catholic News Service.

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