PC Gamer’s Best Sustained Award recognizes an old game that has provided the best updates, new content, and support in the past year. This year we pay tribute to Apex Legends, Respawn’s killer battle royale game.We will update our Best Game Hub of 2021 For the remainder of December, there will be new awards and employee choices every day.
Nat Clayton, feature film producer and space mom: Apex Legends has always been good. But in the first few years, it feels like Respawn is still figuring out how to run the ongoing battle royale. This year, the studio succeeded. Season 9 is the obvious leader. It not only brings us powerful new characters in Valkyrie, but also brings us a brand new arena game mode-an obvious rebirth version of Counter-Strike, and you can immediately enter a fair battle. Arenas proved that Apex has legs beyond the battle royale, and consolidated the game not only as an excellent BR, but also as one of the best team shooters around.
But I also feel that Apex is more confident this year, whether as a game or as a world. Respawn’s storytelling has become super fast, bringing in community artists and animators to help enrich the world, while relying entirely on voice and BR downtime to bring the game’s cast to life. Apex is now a soap opera, and each new season will enrich the relationship between the murderers of our distant future and upgrade the drama.
After the tenth season was slightly boring, the latest season of “Escape” made me cheer up again. Like Olympus, Storm Point is a gorgeous reimagining of the appearance of the Apex map, and Ash is a powerful initiator who is not just nostalgic for Titanfall 2. Even in the weakest season of the year, Emergence still managed to give World’s Edge a much-needed transformation-even if it neglected to blow up the Fragment.
In the end, Apex is still the best and only shooter, able to set herself down at 400 mph as a floating Scottish girl. What else can you ask for?
Phil Savage, Editor-in-Chief, UK: Apex’s maps have a lot of personality, and as each map adjusts and upgrades in its seasons and town acquisition events, there is also a lot of history. Kings Canyon covers a vast open space with new attractions, and World’s Edge is falling apart under the weight of its mining industry. Nevertheless, each new map manages to bring its own personality. The recent Storm Point feels like a strong response to earlier maps, with clearer routes leading players to a few battlefields.
I still don’t like the new map-its design were able This led to a series of fierce battles due to the closure of the ring, but it seemed likely to lead to long and endless downtime.Everything feels a bit too scattered; the next circle is just a little bit also Far away-at least until you reach the next flashpoint and plunge into another battle. But the enduring appeal of Apex is that no matter what problems I have with the current map rotation, the entire game is built on a solid foundation. Try to join the team battle, SMG is hot, tell me that any other battle royale is worth your time.
Alan Dexter, senior hardware editor: I didn’t have many opportunities to play Apex Legend this year, and there are so many other new games taking up my time (361 hours and counting in the new world.) Even so, after a brief flirtation in the multiplayer game of Halo Infinite, I found myself again Longing for Apex. No other game has this feeling like Apex-player control feels very good, compared to almost all other first-person shooters feel clumsy. If I cannot run, jump, and slide to victory as effortlessly as in Apex, then any game that tries to attract my attention is doomed to fail in the end.
My only problem with Apex is that even a relatively small break can feel like a lifetime. Returning to the new season with new characters, maps and weapons will be an uphill battle-no amount of sliding can make up for this. I haven’t managed to throw myself out of Storm Point lightly, but I’m sure it is coming soon. Of course I haven’t felt the new map yet, that’s for sure. And I didn’t have a chance to try Ash, Caustic and Lifeline were used by default in the few games I managed to jump into. Nevertheless, the old feeling is still there, and Apex Legends is still ahead of most competitive shooters.
Graeme Meredith, video producer: “Invisible Goblin” is what I said in “Apex Heroes”. After some PCG colleagues made me addicted, I started playing games this year, but usually I have a lot of fun by myself and just want to prank. Yes, some are played for team-based meta-games, but being a solo player who just wants to destroy other people’s game time is a reward in itself-tracking carefully on the map is undoubtedly better equipped The team is a real joy and fear. Survival is usually impossible, but crawling quietly and choosing my moments carefully has become a heart-pounding addiction (one day I might even win…). This is why Apex is so great-with friends, this is the best battle royale game, but for me, it is actually the best survival horror game of the year.