In April 2021, I played 70 hours in Apex Legends. The legend I play most often may have the same number of kills. Although I have been playing since the first day, this is a game I like from a distance—a game that I often rest and forget the entire season at once.
In December 2021, at the time of writing, I spent more than 700 hours in Apex Legends. As a horizon alone, I have killed more than 3,000 times and have been promoted all the way to diamonds through hard work. I obsessively check the (very selective) leaderboards to see if I am in the top 100 this week and sneak into the hottest places to finally get those elusive 20 kills/4,000 damage badges.
In this bizarre year, I briefly became a competitive Splatoon 2 tournament player, but Apex is still not only a multiplayer shooter, but also a unique game that definitely defined me throughout the year.
I have always liked Apex Legends. From day one, I have been obsessed with its slippery and fanatical pursuit of the traditionally slow Battle Royale format. But Apex is a very difficult game. I never took the time to experience its gunfights at first. Although the pace of the game is fast, you still need to understand the bullet drop and recoil mode.
The early Apex didn’t seem to have a firm foothold. Still associated with the Blomkamp-style military science fiction of Titan’s Fall, the game has a muddy feeling in its settings and characters. It’s fun to release legends, but it doesn’t fully fulfill the weird and wild characters they might become. Although Kings Canyon is a fantastic first step in this newer and faster battle royale game, it can be boring to watch it sometimes.
Nevertheless, I appear every other season, and every time I declare that this is the multiplayer shooter I have been waiting for since Hawken’s premature death.The edge of the world brought an explosion of colors and Public transit Into the game (before Respawn tragically blows it up). Olympus went further and brought the game to a primitive floating city-a beautiful, arbitrary man-made arena, full of vitality, comparable to the game’s own cutscenes.
But there are still things that keep me away. Despite all the improvements, I haven’t discovered the most important element of any hero-driven shooter in Apex. I haven’t found my main.
In hindsight, it took me so long to get to know Dr. Mary “Horizon” Somers, Apex Legends resident astrophysicist, which is a bit strange.I absolutely Write news posts Regarding her coming to this website in November last year, she did not establish contact once, as a fool, Divergent The Scottish girl has flawless red hair and a hobby of space nonsense, Respawn has basically disappeared Let me participate in their popular battle royale— It wasn’t until some former RPS friends asked me to join their live broadcast in May that everything finally started.
I like to play her for mechanical reasons, please pay attention. Her toolkit perfectly incorporates everything I like about Respawn shooting games-a kind of passiveness that allows her to ignore the fall and stagger and move with the increase in air control, making crossing the map a pleasure. Going back to other characters (even sports-centric legends like Octane), it feels sluggish when Space Mama’s anti-gravity action allows you to cross the largest maps effortlessly and whimsically.
But Apex does a very good job of helping you “show” the role you are playing. It’s not just ability—from sitting and shaking the camera to first-person animation, voice barking, and interaction with other characters, everything promotes the idea that you are acting as a person, not a loader. When that character happens to be an idealized version of yourself, this attraction cannot be ignored.
Let me talk a little bit about my personal situation-as a transgender person with (probably) ADHD, I often find that my self-awareness is very loose. Because of this, I pay a lot of attention to the roles that show the parts of my self that I know or desire.The horizon is everything, from her thick red hair to her Anxious, irritable idle animation.
I know very well that I am not actually a fictitious astrophysicist. I don’t want to be a mother. Any possibility of me entering the field of science disappeared in high school. But in the process of trying to become more horizons, I found a part of myself, and I learned to love more. When I lean towards (somewhat potentially) Scottish style, I prefer my voice. My hair is cut straight under the same top-heavy weight, which is unbelievable. By exercising more frequently to adapt to the outfits I commissioned (frankly at an irresponsible cost), I became more comfortable with my body.
Apex finally put a middle-aged white woman in the game is not so bold. There is a wider discussion about where Respawn continues to succeed and fail in representing different cultures, races, and genders (though I do think it succeeded to a large extent). But on an intuitive level, I found that Respawn felt that a character who looked, sounded, and behaved like me was worthy of being added to its roster.
This year I not only fell in love with your space fish. In the past few seasons, Apex Legends’ storytelling has been in a state of speeding. Now there are reasons to care about the character in a way that it never appeared when the game was released.
Over time, the characters develop confrontation, friendship, romance, and consequences, are laid out in the film, and function through the ever-growing interpersonal voice network.Your teammates are not just friendly gunners, they are quarrels and flirts Hate each other.
But the community gave this actor more personality-Respawn not only tolerated but actively encouraged such efforts.Fan produced Comics, artworks, and animated short films have become CanonAlthough Respawn ultimately still controls the classics, the number of sounds that helped shape the Apex universe is staggering.
These stories may have bigger stakes than life and sci-fi nonsense, but most importantly, they exist to humanize a group of very rooted murderers. Apex’s list may consist of evil scientists, crazy Max pit fighters, cyberpunk hackers, and text skeletons, but these shorts and comics reveal that most of them are wrestling-style appearances. The exaggerated roles conceal a group of familiar people with serious flaws.
(And, uh, three robots).
Apex Games may be a bloody sport, but they are increasingly becoming containers for a group of strange disasters, exhausted warriors and paranoia, venting their dissatisfaction on the bloody stage.
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However, if Apex is not just an absolute explosive game, then all this, whether it is the actor or the world, or my ethereal clone, will not work. It’s still a kind of fun, the perfect balance between the instant crazy gunfights, tight downtime and battle royale in “The Fall of Titans”, played in a delightful 20-minute clip.
In the past year, it will only become bigger and better. The new important content is Arenas, which is a 3v3 mode similar to Valorant. You can see the team face off in the knockout, buying weapons with a light economic system, prompting you to obtain higher risk parts on the map in exchange for currency. This is a wonderful way to fight directly with your favorite guns and promote some cruel and nervous return.
Every new season will add something new to the pool. So far, Olympus has become the best map in the game and only needs to be changed slightly in Season 9. That season’s new legendary Valkyrie quickly became popular with her instant jetpack and shameless lesbian flirting.Even in the lowest season of this year, the 10th season, there are still some much-needed changes to World’s Edge-although unfortunately it was not done Blow up fragments.
Underperforming legends like Rampart and Wattson also got some much-needed love this year. Although it took me a minute to grow, the vast storm point jungle island on Mount Olympus is quickly becoming my favorite map, helping me reach the diamond in this ranking season. Over time, the community will also find new ways to increase the speed of the game engine.You’ve heard of tap strafing, but did you know that the popular new sport technology is just for Hit the ground?
Look, I’m always looking for a new shooter to take over my life. For many years, Apex Legends was almost that game, but it was not completely ready for me to join all the way. However, since the live broadcast in May, there has been almost no night that I did not get off the boat to participate in another round of Outland’s favorite blood sport-as each class progressed, I found more in the pure act of running and shooting. Fun (occasionally floating) through the battlefield of Apex.
2021 is full of games that I like.Gorgeous, creative, heart-to-heart games, such as sable, Urban landscape designer and Alien One, Those games that will stay with me for a long time. But if I’m really honest with myself, Apex Legends is the game that defines me in 2021-it embodies my idealized version, sliding down hills at supersonic speeds, by steadily improving my goals and occasionally throwing my singularities Climbing the team” the robot son of the bad guy.
At this rate, Apex Legends may also become my decisive game in 2022. I caught you when I arrived at Apex Predator, didn’t I?