A guide with everything you need to know about the fashionable battle royale.
A couple of days ago Apex Legends was presented to the world, a new game pigeonholed in the growing battle royale genre and destined to expand the Titanfall universe. If you followed the presentation of the game, you will see that it also opened its servers immediately after being announced. EA and Respawn had put all the ingredients in the pot to get all the attention on Apex Legends and they did it! So if you are starting to play or plan to play soon, in this guide we leave you a handful of tips, keys and curiosities of Apex Legends that can guide you in your first hours of play.
Put all this into practice.
- When a character dies, a chest with the things they had equipped appears on the ground. The color of that chest reveals the rarity of the rarest item worn by the fallen character. If you see a chest of a low rarity, you may not be interested in opening it.
- Pay attention to the color of the numbers that appear on the interface when shooting your opponents: red means that your opponent has no armor. White, which has a level 1 armor. If they come out in blue, you’re hitting a level 2 armor. In purple, the armor is level 3. And if they come out in yellow, then you’re shooting at the head.
- Each character has 100 health points, and these are represented in four segments of 25 points each. The highest possible health value is 200.
- When a teammate dies, you have 90 seconds to inspect their supply box and retrieve their card to revive them. If you go down, stay in spectator view for at least that long: maybe you can get back into combat.
- Just in case you didn’t already know, Apex Legends has a tutorial. Make sure to complete it on your first visit to the game to familiarize yourself with the main controls and mechanics. It also saves us a lot of beacons in this guide …
Doubts and curiosities
All about support, monetization and the world of Apex Legends.
Did you miss the Apex Legends launch event? Do you need to brush up on something? Do you have any questions or want more information? You are in the right place in the guide. Let’s start with the basics: if you want to try the game, you can free on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Of course, EA and Respawn Entertainment monetize the game by selling numerous content of a strictly cosmetic nature (appearances, poses, victory cameras, etc.) in what we all call “loot boxes”, which can be obtained with a premium currency or by playing, as we level up.
Similarly, we have eight legends Output (playable characters): 6 of them free, and 2 that can also be unlocked with the premium currency or with the one you get naturally in the game. As you can see, there is nothing we can label as pay to win around here, at least as of this writing. We do know, on the other hand, that in the future we will also have a battle pass (like those of Fortnite, Rocket League or Quake Champions, for example). There are no details on its price or release date yet, but you can see the current prices of each micropayment below.
What is offered to us in exchange for all this monetization? Basically an ambitious plan post launch support that could well last “years and years”, as indicated by Respawn Entertainment in the game trailers. In fact, in one of them we can briefly appreciate the Apex Legends roadmap for Year 1, which is divided (how could it be otherwise) into three future seasons. Each of them incorporates new content and features to the program, although between one and the other we will not stop seeing constant updates adjusting the balance and technical performance of the game.
All the characters that we can buy are unique in terms of aesthetics, customization possibilities and abilities, which are divided into three types: passive, active and definitive. They are quite self-describing names. Regardless of the character you choose, you can access the same variety of equipment and weapons. The latter include assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, light machine guns, and pistols. If you’ve played Titanfall, you should already be familiar with most of them. What’s more, it didn’t take long to compare the weapons from Titanfall and Apex Legends.
If we want to focus strictly on the playable aspect, we will find that Apex Legends supports a maximum of 60 players per game. There are no playlists to participate alone or in a duo (as the “ringleaders” of the genre do): we are always part of three-person squads. If you have two friends, perfect; If you only have one, you will also be matched with a random player. If you go solo, you can appear with two random ones or with a squad of two players. Doing the math, you see that each game begins with 20 squads of three challengers each. Also, you must bear in mind that you cannot repeat a character within the same squad: each player chooses their avatar in turn before starting the game.
Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe, specifically 20 years after the events of Titanfall 2. In fact, if you see the trailers and locations of the game you can identify some areas that we had already seen previously. However, think of this game as a spin-off where you will not find familiar faces, or titans, or pilots. There is no double jump, no race for the wall, no leaders of the Militia or the IMC. But you will recognize classic weapons and see a handful of new mechanics and features.
PC: system requirements and tuning tips
Get a stable gaming experience.
If you play or want to play Apex Legends on a computer and need some guidance, in this section of the guide we answer questions like “can my computer run this game? Any tips to improve the fluidity of the game?” If you have a powerful machine and / or you already know how this world works, do not bother to continue reading from this point on. You may want to help others set up the game. For our part, we will leave Apex Legends minimum and recommended requirements, and some basic tips to make the game work better.
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
- CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700
- GPU RAM: 1GB
- HARD DRIVE: 30 GB
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
- CPU: Intel i5 3570K
- RAM: 8GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
- GPU RAM: 8 GB
- HARD DRIVE: 30 GB
We assume the listings are for playing at 720p and 30fps, and 1080p and 60fps respectively. When it comes to graphics and configuration, we leave you with several annotations so you can play with the greatest fluency possible without sacrificing every last pebble on the stage. Keep in mind that almost everything you will see below is strictly linked to the parts that your equipment has and may not work for any computer.
- Run the game in full screen for a better response time. It also prevents the graphics card from rendering the desktop, which could increase performance slightly. Minimize the applications you run in the background, which are probably just Origin and Discord.
- If you can afford it, select the native resolution of your monitor. Choosing lower resolutions will improve the frame rate, but the image will be blurry. Do you need to sacrifice pixels for frames? Then slide the adaptive resolution bar to at least 60 or 65 frames.
- Generally, you’ll want to disable V-Sync to free up the fluidity of the game. On monitors with variable refresh rates, you will prefer to use FreeSync (AMD) or G-Sync (Nvidia). If you are using an Nvidia GPU and your monitor has FreeSync, you can take advantage of this technology by using a DisplayPort cable and running the game in full screen. You must also have FreeSync activated, of course.
- Lighting, shading, and ambient occlusion are typically some particularly demanding items. Take this into account when you are going to lower the quality of the graphics, although logically it is a matter of personal taste.