Apex Legends has taken the world by storm since it was released one week ago, and over 25 million players have jumped online for a game of EA's new free to play first person battle royale game. As I headed over to Twitch last night, there were over 600,000 people watching Apex Legends streamers. To put this into context, Fortnite streamers had accumulated around 90,000 viewers. It's fair to say that this game is doing incredibly well at the moment.
I've been a huge fan of first person shooters for most of my life, spending an unbelievable amount of hours playing the Call of Duty and Halo franchises over the last decade and a half. As Fortnite is a third person shooter, I found it difficult to truly immerse myself in the game. Something always felt slightly wrong whenever I played it. Yet, Apex Legends has provided me with a battle royale game that I can play for hours on end.
Over the last couple of days, I've spent a lot of time trying out all of the characters and their abilities, and am here today to post a list of the three characters I believe will enhance your performance on Apex Legends.
Lifeline is a combat medic Legend with abilities that will help to keep both you and your squad alive.
Passive Ability - Combat Medic
Lifeline's passive ability is one of the most useful of all the Legends. She's granted the bonus of being able to revive teammates 25% faster than all other Legends, and can also replenish health and shields 25% faster. Not only this but when you're reviving someone, you'll be covered by a defensive shield. This is a wonderful thing to be able to rely on when you're in the middle of a battle with another squad and bullets are flying above your head.
Something I'd recommend here, however, is that you remember to only revive your teammates once they're out of direct fire. Asking them to crawl around the corner or behind a rock could be the difference between life and death.
Tactical Ability - Healing Drone
Once charged, Lifeline's drone will heal both you and your teammates when you're in close proximity to it. This is effective throughout the entire game but can be extremely useful in early exchanges when you may not have found great loot.
Something to be aware of, however, is that the drone can be destroyed by allies. To avoid this, only place the drone when you're behind cover or in a building. Enemies can also use your drone should they get close enough, so keep an eye out.
Ultimate Ability - Care Package
Many people may not look upon Lifeline's ultimate ability as powerful because it's not doing direct damage to the enemy. However, by calling in her care package, you and your squad will be rewarded with gear upgrades that could swing the battle in your favour.
Something to remember, however, is that you may give away your position if you call Lifeline's care package into an open area.
Bloodhound is the perfect Legend to select if you're an aggressive player who likes to get right into the action.
Passive Ability - Tracker
If you're the kind of player who likes to hunt down the enemy then Bloodhound's passive tracking ability is going to be of value to you. This ability will track the movement of enemy players who have been within the vicinity in the last 60 seconds. You'll be able to see footprint indicators, whether they've opened doors, climbed ropes, or even been shot.
Something to be aware of, however, is that you could run into a squad full of well-stocked players if you're going to chase people around the map. Make sure you're ready to fight if you're planning to use this ability aggressively.
Tactical Ability - Eye of the Allfather
Playing as Bloodhound, you'll have the advantage of information on fast recharge. This tactical ability allows you to periodically reveal if there are enemies in the near vicinity, and will also alert you to traps that have been placed. This is really useful if you haven't seen anyone for a while and are worried there are enemies hiding in buildings around you.
The downside to this ability is that it does reveal your location to the enemy, too. Make sure you're not hindering yourself by using it too much.
Ultimate Ability - Beast of the Hunt
This is without doubt one of the most powerful abilities in Apex Legends at the moment. Once activated, Bloodhound users will receive a massive speed boost that allows you to sprint around the battlefield as a man possessed. This is great if you're the kind of player who wants to flank enemies or just run at them aggressively to get the upper hand. If that wasn't enough, enemies will now be highlighted in red while the rest of the screen changes to black and white. This makes it really easy to spot and kill enemy squads who may be trying to hide.
The only downside to this ability is that is can sometimes give you too much confidence. Make sure you're not deep in enemy territory on your own when the ability expires or you could find yourself in trouble.
A highly versatile Legend, Bangalore is perfect for players who want to be aggressive going forward but also get out of danger quickly.
Passive Ability - Double Time
Bangalore's passive ability is one of the best in the game. Double Time grants the user a major speed boost whenever Bangalore takes damage. This means that you'll have a great chance of escaping should you be caught out by an enemy squad. You can also use this in an attacking capacity if you choose to stick around and fight. With better movement speed than your opponents, skilled players will be able to outmanoeuvre opponents to win gunfights.
Tactical Ability - Smoke Launcher
Smoke Launcher does exactly what it says on the tin. If you find yourself in a tricky situation, you can make use of Bangalore's tactical ability to fire two smoke canisters at the enemy. This will allow you to either run away from a tight spot or take advantage of the enemy confusion and go for the kill.
Something to note here, however, is that the smoke can also hinder your own teammates, so be careful that you don't just set this off right in front of them or you'll be receiving a few unsavoury words down the microphone.
Ultimate Ability - Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder is a really cool ultimate ability that allows Bangalore to call in a bombardment that moves across a selected area of the map. There are two situations in which this can be useful. The first is if you're looking to put some distance between you and an enemy squad. By setting the Rolling Thunder to target the middle ground, you can stop the enemy players from being able to advance towards you. This will allow you to heal, relocate, or even just run off into the distance. Secondly, if you have enemy players trapped, you can call in Rolling Thunder to flush them out or finish them off.
Something to consider here is that Rolling Thunder doesn't seem to be too effective as an actual weapon because it takes a while for it to arrive. However, it does cause a lot of issues should people become trapped in the zone.
Lifeline, Bloodhound, and Bangalore are just three of a great selection of Legends. There isn't a single one that I haven't enjoyed, but I believe this is a great set for everyone to make use of as they're very effective, even for newcomers.
Have you played Apex Legends yet? If so, let me know what your favourite Legend is below.