Top Critic Average
Apex Legends' mix of exciting characters, excellent gunplay, and unmatched FPS movement keep it a consistently fresh thrill.
Apex Legends is a quiet revolution in how we communicate in games, and an excellent team-based battle royale I can recommend to anyone, caveat-free.
Apex Legends is squad-based battle royale done right, complete with cool heroes, a superb communication system, and polished mechanics.
It's amazing it runs on the hardware at all, but the performance is a huge compromise, especially in a solely competitive environment.
An immaculate battle royale that could be sold at a premium price point, but instead is one of the best free-to-play games ever.
Respawn successfully blends battle royale and hero shooters to great effect, raising the bar for free-to-play first-person shooters
Apex Legends continues to be a superb battle royale game, but you do not want to play it on Switch unless that's your only option.
Respawn hammers out a lot of the dents in battle royale, and its addition of some of the best ideas in shooters gives a new shine to the genre.
It would be remiss of me not to point out the small but diverse roster of characters in Apex Legends. Out of the current band of eight Legends, the presence of four people of color and two LGBTQ characters is a heartening first step. In particular, the mysterious hunter Bloodhound is probably the most — if not the first — prominent example of a nonbinary character in a mainstream shooter. Yet Apex Legends also faces the same narrative challenges that the relatively progressive Overwatch had with inclusivity. In a genre that carries a greater emphasis on gameplay rather than storytelling, injecting meaningful representation can admittedly be a trying process.
After five seasons of updates and changes, Apex Legends is still very much the top-notch battle royale experience it was shortly after it launched.