Apex Legends: Mobile arrives with a new game mode and character; See the test | battle royale

Apex Legends is a free online multiplayer game produced by Respawn Entertainment, the same developer of the Titanfall series, and published by EA Games. The mobile version of the game, originally available for PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (via Origin), arrives May 17 for Android phones and iPhone (iOS). . A direct competitor to titles like Fortnite and PUBG, Apex’s premise is to put 60 players into an arena that gets smaller over time. The main difference is that in this game, the characters have special powers and abilities that they must use to survive.

With new features like exclusive character, independent patch cadence, and no cross-platform overlap, Apex Legends: Mobile aims to be a new experience for players and not just a port of new hardware. But did the game succeed in proposing it? The take you I tested the game beforehand and counted the next impressions.

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Apex Legends Mobile will be a standalone version of the game seen on consoles and PC – Image: Disclosure / EA Games

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Apex Legends follows the classic Battle Royale logic: players are thrown into the arena and then have to fight to be the last to survive. However, opponents are not the only concern for those who want to win the match. Although large, the game’s maps have a ring around them that get smaller over time, forcing the remaining survivors to go to the same area.

In the game, players must fight to survive in an arena that shrinks in size over time – Image: Disclosure/EA

The game offers Battle Royale game modes, where every man is for himself, in duos or trios. Among teams in particular, Apex Legends shows why it has achieved so much success. The characters, who are called Legends in the game, have unique abilities that must be combined for a strategy, just like in Overwatch. Communication is essential to the success of the tactic, as well as exploring, in the best possible way, what each character has to offer best.

Each Legend has different skills, which is essential when making teams – Image: Disclosure / EA Games and Respawn Entertainment

Once in the arena, players must scavenge for weapons, ammunition, armor, grenades, or any other type of item that they can use to survive. The game also offers a progression system, whereby weapons can be upgraded, buy skins, and unlock more legends with the acquired resources. in the game.

The idea of ​​Apex Legends: Mobile is to operate as a standalone title, and not as a port of the original game for mobile devices. For this reason, the game has already been developed with new platforms in mind, from adapting the controls to mobile screens to exclusive content. At launch, the game comes with 3 game modes, as well as 9 classic and exclusive legends.

Apex Legends Mobile arrives with three main game modes: Battle Royale, Arena and Team Deathmatch – Photo: Disclosure / EA Games

Upon accessing the game, the player will go through a tutorial, where they learn about the Apex system, such as controls, weapons, revival of partners, vitality, legends skills and movement. Once done, he will have the option to enjoy three different main game modes: Battle Royale, Arena, and Team Deathmatch.

While the first two are similar to those already featured in the title for consoles and PC, the third mode is a mobile-exclusive mode where there is a PvP battle between teams of six and whoever collects the most deaths wins. For each of the modes, different maps are available at launch. In Battle Royale, what comes next is World’s Edge. King’s Canyon, which has so far been anticipated in the game’s launch mode, was in need of some more polishing and will soon arrive in mode. As for the Arenas, Overflow, King’s Canyon Artillery, Skull City, and Thermal Station arrive with the game.

Fade is the exclusive legend of Apex Legends Mobile – Photo: Reproduction / Luiza M. Martins

Another welcome addition is the inclusion of an exclusive legend for the mobile version of Apex. In addition to Bangalore, Bloodhound, Caustic, Gibraltar, Lifeline, Octane, Mirage, Pathfinder and Wraith, players can enjoy Fade and his powerful abilities. With increased speed when sliding, the ability to roll back to a position 60 meters behind, and also shoot a bomb that prevents others from dealing or receiving damage, the Solace super soldier brings new mechanics and integrates well with others. Game legends.

Apex Legends: Mobile also offers third-person play, as well as including features to facilitate communication between teams. At the moment, the game will not have cross-platform gameplay, and you will receive content from seasons with different stories and time periods than those shown on consoles. Compatibility with the controls is not excluded, however, it does not reach at all.

The game offers first-person or third-person play options – Image: Reproduction / Luiza M. Martins

It is worth noting that the game will be free as on consoles, and will have microtransaction options – fortunately, for cosmetic purposes only or for those who want to speed up the progression with legends. However, the game will feature daily and weekly challenges to obtain battle passes and upgrades.

Technical aspects and performance

In our tests, Apex Legends: Mobile worked well and kept the FPS rate stable even in UltraHD mode. By the way, the graphics are as beautiful as those seen in the console versions: colorful, cartoonish and have a detailed texture, given the limitations of the platforms. In games with bots, AI has also proven to be balanced, which is important for training less experienced players.

However, the game’s biggest criticism goes to adapting the controls to the mobile screen. On the smartphone on which we conducted the tests, the iPhone 12 Pro with a screen of just over 6 inches, there was a feeling of discomfort, and the buttons are constantly pressed at inopportune moments. That’s because command planning has become relatively close and confusing. The possibility to play with a controller, although not confirmed, will be very welcome in the game.

Adjusting the controls on the mobile screen can be embarrassing for some players – Image: Reproduction / Luiza M. Martins

However, this is not enough to spoil the game experience which remains fun, tactical and agile. For Battle Royale fans, it will be a satisfying feeling to explore the game world on the go, especially since the game remains free on mobile devices.

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