APEX Legends – Battle Royale Evolution

Are you looking to get out of the Epic Games Fortnite Battle Royale giant? Want to try something new and refreshing that doesn’t carry a heavy tag (Call of Duty Blackout) – maybe Apex Legends is the next game for you. EA Games is offering a ‘play for free’ game that they advertise as ‘the next evolution of battle royale’ where 60 players jump into a match and compete for victory.

APEX Legends boasts innovative combat techniques where you can respawn your fallen squad-mates, use Smart Comms, and utilize a ‘intelligent inventory’.

From the start you will have a full roster of Legends you can pick from which hold certain special abilities to help you and your squad achieve your victory on the APEX Legends world – check them out below:

bangalore

Bangalor

  • Tactical Ability: Smoke Launcher
    • High-Velocity smoke canister that creates a smoke wall when launched.
  • Passive Ability: Double Time
    • Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster briefly.
  • Ultimate Ability: Rolling Thunder
    • Call in an artillery strike.

bloodhoud

 

Bloodhound

  • Tactical Ability: Eye of the Allfather
    • Briefly reveal hidden enemies, traps, clues.
  • Passive Ability: Tracker
    • See tracks of your enemies.
  • Ultimate Ability: Beast of the Hunt
    • Enhance your senses – move faster and highlight your prey.

causti

 

Caustic

  • Tactical Ability: Nox Gas Trap
    • Release canisters of Nox gas that are triggered when shot or by enemies.
  • Passive Ability: Nox Vision
    • See enemies through your gas.
  • Ultimate Ability: Nox Gas Grenade
    • Covers a large area in Nox gas.

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Gibraltar

  • Tactical Ability: Dome of Protection
    • Throw down a dome-shield that blocks attacks for 15 seconds.
  • Passive Ability: Gun Shield
    • Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that will block incoming fire.
  • Ultimate Ability: Defensive Bombardment
    • Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a position you mark.

lifeline

Lifeline

  • Tactical Ability: Doc Heal Drone
    • Call in your Drone of Compassion to heal nearby teammates.
  • Passive Ability: Combat Medic
    • Revive knocked down teammates faster while protected by a shield wall – healing items are used 25% faster.
  • Ultimate Ability: Care Package
    • Call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive gear.

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Mirage

  • Tactical Ability: Psyche Out
    • Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy.
  • Passive Ability: Encore!
    • Automatically drop a decoy and cloak for five seconds when knocked down.
  • Ultimate Ability: Vanishing Act
    • Deploy a team of decoys to distract enemies while you cloak.

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Pathfinder

  • Tactical Ability: Grappling Hook
    • Grapple to get to out-of-reach places.
  • Passive Ability: Insider Knowledge
    • Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring’s next location.
  • Ultimate Ability: Zipline Gun
    • Create a zipline for everyone to use.

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Wraith

  • Tactical Ability: Into the Void
    • Reposition quickly through the safety of a void space, avoid all damage.
  • Passive Ability: Voices from the Void
    • A voice warns you when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, the voice is on your side.
  • Ultimate Ability: Dimensional Rift
    • Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allows your entire team to use them.

This surprise launch by Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, who are a subsidiary of the mega game publisher Electronic Arts, launched APEX Legends on February 4th, 2019 – and probably the most surprising thing about it is that it is completely free. If you’re a fan of EA and the games they publish, you’d know that they follow a pretty standard approach when releasing games – they very rarely, if ever, produce games that are free and come without multi-million dollar advertisements and marketing schemes. It is clear that EA is looking to bust into the battle royale super saturated market. Epic Games’ Fortnite has had and is still pursuing tremendous success in their platform of ‘free to play’ while accruing massive amounts of profit through in-game purchases that are only for aesthetic and not pay to win purposes.

From our POV – it looks like APEX Legends takes on all of the great mechanics, items, and aesthetics of the major battle royale games and pushes them into one, action packed battle royale environment. APEX Legends is available for PC, Playstation 4, and XBOX One. Are you gonna spawn in?

Check out more APEX Legends on the EA site here.

Dive Deep with Anthem

Dive into an unfinished world ravaged by the Anthem, an energy source of pure creation that causes catastrophic disasters, violent storms, and terrifying mutations. Unleash your power with the javelins, suits of armor that give you superhuman abilities and help you fight back against overwhelming odds.

If you’re a gamer like us, you’ve likely heard of the upcoming sci-fi action game Anthem – developed by BioWare and being published by Electronic Arts – slotted for release worldwide on February 22nd this year.

Today, EA dropped their first video of the gameplay series which outlines everything you need to know about the world you’ll be playing in, the powers you’ll have, and everything you’ll be up against while navigating Anthem.

 

The Story

The Legion of Dawn fought back deadly forces centuries ago and created a haven for their people to live in – but while humanity lives comfortably within their safe and protected home, the dangers outside continue to grow. An old enemy called the Dominion is on the rise and is threatening the peace Legion of Dawn created. As a Freelancer you are an elite javelin pilot and it is your job to protect Fort Tarsis, your friends and your family. You will team up and venture outside the walls of your home and put a stop to the rise of the Dominion.

Your Home

Your home is a fortified settlement called Fort Tarsis and it will serve as your operations center. Here, you will interact with characters from all walks of life and push through the story line of the game. You can pick up contracts from different factions, upgrade your javelins in the Forge, and more as you develop your character. Your home is named after the leader of the Legion of Dawn – General Helena Tarsis – and is one of several cities built after the Legion unshackled humanity from the evils that engulfed their world.

Your Team

Just like most games of this type, you are outfitted with a team to help you progress through the game – a team with select abilities to boost you outcome in the battles ahead. Here are the descriptions for your team taken from the official Anthem site:

  • Owen is an optimistic and ambitious young cypher who’s learning the trade at your side. He can get himself in trouble in his urge to prove himself but is always enthusiastic and vital to the success of your missions.
  • Faye is a mysterious cypher who comes from a prestigious background. She is fascinated by the Anthem of Creation and driven to learn more about it, to the point that her personal relationships have suffered.
  • Haluk is a grumpy but dedicated Freelancer who keeps your javelin in working order. He’s a legend in the Freelancer world and your begrudging mentor, though he hasn’t suited up himself in quite a while.

To explain a few things there – a Cypher is a human who is gifted with and rigorously trained in the ability to communicate mentally over long distances. They also hold the abilities to do complex analytical calculations and process incredible amounts of information and will serve you in a support role with information and analysis throughout your expeditions – hence Faye’s incredible devotion towards the Anthem of Creation…and speaking of that, the Anthem of Creation is an unknowable force and source of pure creation – the Shapers harnessed the power of Anthem to create the world as it is, but left their creation unfinished. The Anthem cannot be easily contained and it unleashes world-altering cataclysms and if you try to wield it’s power, you’ll likely end up corrupting yourself. With the rise of the Dominion, it is said that Dominion has discovered a way to harness the power of the Anthem…

 

The Dominion

Led by the Monitor, a ruthless Dominion commander, the Dominion is a ferocious militaristic society that calls the mountainous North their home. Their main goal is to enslave all of humanity. The Monitor believes he can, in fact, harness the power of the Anthem and use that power to end the ‘needless suffering’ he has witnessed.

Release Date

Are you going to jump into the world of Anthem and take on the Dominion? You can pre-order now and have the game ready for the official launch date of February 22nd for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC – Early Access starts on February 15th for Origin and EA Access members.

Featured Anthem Products:

  
Credit/Sources: EA/Electronic Arts, BioWare, Anthem Wikia

The Division 2 – Private Beta

Pre-Order for Private Beta

Pre-Orders are open and private beta dates are ready for The Division 2, which is being released March 15th of this year. For access to private beta you can pre-order now or if you’re not quite ready, you can sign up for a change to play the beta. Don’t worry, if you already pre-ordered The Division 2, you can redeem your code to get access to private beta.

Private Beta will go live on February 7th and will be playable until February 10th. Look’s like Ubisoft is offering the following editions for pre-order:

  • Standard Edition (Digital)
    • Gets you access to private beta.
    • Capitol Defender Pack, “The Lullaby” Exotic SPAS-12 Shotgun and Hazmat 2.0 outfit.
      • PC Epic Games Store, PC Ubisoft Store, PS4 Ubisoft Store, PS4 Playstation Store, XBOX Ubisoft Store, XBOX Microsoft Store
  • Gold Edition (Digital)
    • Private beta access, base game.
    • 3-day early access to the game starting March 12th. Year One Pass, includes 7-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customization items, activities, and more.
      • PC Epic Games Store, PC Ubisoft Store, PS4 Ubisoft Store & XBOX Ubisoft Store
  • Gold Steelbook Edition (Physical)
    • Private beta access, The Division 2 Steelbook Gold Edition.
    • 3-day early access to the game starting March 12th. Year One Pass, includes 7-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customization items, activities, and more.
      • PS4 Ubisoft Store & XBOX Ubisoft Store
  • Ultimate Edition (Digital)
    • Private beta access, base game.
    • 3-day early access to the game starting March 12th. Year One Pass, includes 7-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customization items, activities, and more. Three more digital packs: Elite Agent, Battleworn Secret Service, First Responder)
      • PC Epic Games Store, PC Ubisoft Store, PS4 Ubisoft Store & XBOX Ubisoft Store
  • Dark Zone Collector’s Edition (Physical)
    • Private beta access, The Division 2 Steelbook Gold Edition
    • 3-day early access to the game starting March 12th. a 30cm-high Ubicollectibles figurine of Heather Ward, The Division 2 Specialized Agent, and other high-end physical items, including a book of lithographs, the game soundtrack, and a Washington, DC map packed together in a premium box.
      • PC Ubisoft Store, PS4 Ubisoft Store & XBOX Ubisoft Store
  • Phoenix Shield Collector’s Edition (Phoenix)
    • Private beta access, base game.
    • 3-day early access to the game starting March 12th. The Year One Pass and 3 additional digital packs: Elite Agent, Battleworn Secret Service, First Responder. Ubicollectibles high-end one-sixth scaled articulated figurine of Brian Johnson with equipment and gear, and other high-end physical items including a Steelbook metal case, a Book of Lithographs, the selected Game Soundtrack and a Washington, DC map.
      • PS4 Ubisoft Store & XBOX Ubisoft Store