The arrival of Apex Legends it has come from nothing. Electronic Arts has opted for a strategy supported by audiovisual media to try to open a gap in the increasingly crowded genre of Battle Royale. Now, is there room for the proposal of Respawn Entertainment? That is something that remains to be seen, but what we can assess from this moment are the similarities and differences between this title and the undisputed leader of these particulars The Hunger Games of the video game: Fortnite.
Free, fundamental key
Although Apex Legends and Fortnite are in some ways like night and day, since the first is set in the universe of Titanfall and the second has many more simultaneous players in their games, the truth is that there are some points in common and against that allow us to establish a clear comparison. The first thing is that both are free; rather, they are free to play. This means that we do not have to pay if we do not want, but in both titles we have at our disposal micropayments for cosmetic elements and extras. In no case we talk about titles pay to win for the design of its business model.
60 players vs 100 players
The games start similarly. A huge map where dozens of players fall on inhospitable terrain where at the end of the game there can only be one. There is no place for dialogue: only guns are understood. The problems are solved with shots, but while in Apex Legends the games are 60 players – in the future the number will be expanded to 90 concurrent users – in Fortnite: Battle Royale are from 100 players. And why 90 and not 100? You will ask. The answer is very simple and also explains another fundamental difference between the two: the title of Respawn bases its meetings on teams of three players (they should always be multiples of three); in the work of Epic Games, on the other hand, we find games in solitaire, in pairs or in squads.
- Apex Legends: 60 players; squads of three.
- Fortnite: Battle Royale: 100 players; individual modality, pairs or brackets.
First person vs third person
The perspective is key to the playable section. Let Fortnite be in third person and Apex Legends in subjective view they make the visual coverage and the height of the camera change and, therefore, the strategy is diametrically opposed. This aspect will be fundamental for followers and detractors of both types of shooting games.
Skins and Heroes
Personalization is key at Fortnite; either through its emotes or the extravagant accessories with which we can change the appearance of our avatar, Apex Legends has embraced the idea of Heroes, as happens in mass phenomena such as League of Legends or the most recent Overwatch, which have triumphed with this model. The existence of these predefined characters makes the game take on a more rolero role by making players have to choose between different characters, each with their skills and individual attributes and different from those of others. The positive is that everything is balanced because all players have the same Heroes at their disposal, so no one plays with an advantage, it's all a question of skills.
Construction versus destruction
That verticality and fondness for the construction of Fortnite is not in Apex Legends. It is possibly one of the great differences in terms of the gameplay itself, since the possibility of building it makes the previously defined mapping gain in verticality, in defensive strategies to be covered, or simply to reach inaccessible places in another way.
Collection of elements: nothing new under the sun
Although in Apex Legends we can resuscitate a partner if we fulfill certain conditions of the game, the two games are similar as far as collection elements are concerned. Weapons, accessories, healing objects … Everything to sharpen our offensive or to cover our backs.
Cross game: democratization by flag
The cross-play is a controversial issue, not so much for Microsoft, Nintendo or platforms as Steam but for Sony, which has refused the possibility of sharing servers with versions of other platforms other than PS4. But when the Japanese gave green light to cross game among all the systems with Fortnite: Battle Royale, the ban was opened to future similar cases.
Y Apex Legends will be one of the lucky ones. Respawn entertainment has confirmed that they will guarantee cross-play in the future, although it will have certain limitations. "Because of how the systems were built at the beginning," they say, progress and purchased objects will not be carried from one platform to another, that is, if a PC player level 20 and with several aspects of characters unlocked (have already been bought with real money or with the one obtained by playing) log in to PS4 or Xbox One, you will have to start over from scratch on that platform.
Apex Legends is now available for download on PC, PS4 and Xbox One through Origin, PS Store Y Xbox Live. For its part, Fortnite with its Battle Royale mode is free on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, iPhone and Nintendo Switch.
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