For a long time I was… I don’t want to say an Overwatch apologist, because I don’t think Overwatch is a game that needs apologising for. To this day, it’s a fine multiplayer game with a lot of obvious care and attention into making it the best game it can be.
After last week’s Nintendo Direct, I finally decided to put my hand into my pocket and shell out for Nintendo’s online service. The service that had been, up until a few months ago, free for everyone. Amongst the primary reasons for me finally paying the startlingly reasonable price for the service was the release of another, brand new Tetris game.
Tetris 99 is the unholy union of the most iconic and well loved puzzle game of all time, and the Battle Royale genre. An idea as ridiculous as it is obvious. And having played a couple dozen games of it, I’m amazed that all of my common complaints about every battle royale game I’ve played before now manage to apply to this game too.
I have a lot of time for Respawn Entertainment. Outside of them making Titanfall 2, which sorely underappreciated, in part due to a poorly time release window, the founders (Jason West and Vince Zampella) came from Infinity Ward before forming their own studio. Key people begin the huge swell of Call of Duty popularity off the back of Modern Warfare. And my personal favourite game in the franchise; Modern Warfare 2.
So, not only do I find out that Respawn have a new shooter out, and it’s set within the Titanfall universe, and it’s going to be free to play, and it’s already out! Of course I was going to drop whatever I was doing and desperately scramble to download it. The only thing that would cause me some sense of hesitation, would be the fact that it was a Battle Royale game, a burgeoning genre I, historically, never got along with. Apex Legends though, it’s managed to turn me around entirely.