Welcome back to Engadget’s Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where we run down what our editors are playing. And basically, we’ve been dying a lot in Apex Legends. We’re also catching up with Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4, and Just Cause 3 from 2015. There’s no shame in bringing up older games — I bet we’ve all got a mighty large backlog to work through.
We’d also love to know what you’ve been playing, shout out in the comments below!
Titanfall 2 was a masterpiece. So the fact that it got buried in between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare felt absolutely criminal. Instead of giving us a dose of the same FPS multiplayer action we’ve seen for years, Titanfall 2 featured an inventive single player campaign, refined giant robot combat, and some of the best shooter movement we’ve ever seen.
Enter Apex Legends, a surprise entry in the Titanfall universe, but one without the series’ signature titans and wall running. At first glance, it seemed to be just another battle royale entry, where a ton of players duke it out for dominance on a large map, a la Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite. But it turns out, what we got some something much more. Developer Respawn Entertainment managed to boil down many of the great mechanics from Titanfall, while also progressing how battle royale games work. You can hit a button to “ping” items, enemies and spots you’d like to investigate, letting you communicate with your team without voice chat. Accessories automatically attach themselves to their appropriate guns when you find them. And each of the characters has a distinct personality and skills, similar to Overwatch.