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Apex Legends Review

Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams, Cheryl Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Like Fortnite, the play area shrinks over time, forcing players to keep moving or else find themselves outside the play area which can be fatal. Players communicate via game chat or with text indicators to team mates.

The game focuses on a wide variety of characters, each with a special ability. Like Overwatch, this means it’s often described as a character-based-shooting-game. Learning how to use the different abilities is a big part of getting better at the game. Players also need to work well in a team, reviving each other when they die, and providing tactical information to each other by the ping system.

The ping system means that you can play the game without having the voice or text chat enables. Also, many younger players choose to turn off voice chat apart from their friends so they can play and communicate only with people they know.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Respawn (@Respawn)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. As a Battle Royale game, the round length varies depending on how well you last. Players will not want to stop toward the end of the game as this means they are doing well.
 
Players: You can play this with 60 players online. Cross Platform: Can play across PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC.

CostsCosts

Apex Legends usually costs £0 to £17.99. 

Apex Legends

Apex Legends: Bloodhound Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99

Apex Legends: Lifeline Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99

Apex Legends: Octane Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99
 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One. Apex Legends is free to download and start playing, meaning that no purchase password is required from parents. As signified in the ratings the game includes purchases that range from £7.99/$9.99 to £79.99/$99.99. While this money will only unlock cosmetic improvements, it is also a way to gain access to all the playable characters in the game more quickly.

Apex Packs that can be earned in the game or purchased with money, offer a “loot box” style chance to win items of varying rarity. This is not classed as gambling by the Gambling Commission in the UK as these items don’t have any monetary value outside the game.

There are special editions of the game that come with special skins and currency:
  • Lifeline Edition
  • Octane Edition
  • Pathfinder Edition
  • Bloodhound Edition

All these purchases are cheaper if you have EA Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features sustained depictions of violence towards human characters and moderate violence. Players can use a range of modern military weapons such as pistols, sniper rifles, automatic guns, frag grenades and knives. Successful hits from a firearm will degrade the health a character over time and is indicated by some splattering of blood and a reduction in the characters health gauge. Once this reaches a critical point, they will become immobile and eventually die and respawn or are revived by a team mate. Finisher cut scenes provide the best examples of realistic looking violence, although powerful looking the effects are not classed as very strong violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can opt to sprint automatically, or by tapping a button (toggle). You can switch this on during play by double tapping L in the game if you switch this option on. You can choose Toggle or Hold for crouching and aiming.
 
Our Apex Legends Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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