Best Ongoing Game 2021: Apex Legends

PC Gamer’s Best Ongoing award celebrates an older recreation that supplied the most effective updates, new content material and assist throughout the previous yr. This yr we honour Respawn’s killer battle royale, Apex Legends. We’ll be updating our Game of the Year 2021 hub with new awards and employees picks every day all through the remainder of December.

Nat Clayton, Features Producer and Space Mom: Apex Legends has at all times been good. But for these first few years, it felt like Respawn was nonetheless determining methods to run an ongoing battle royale. This yr, the studio nailed it. Season 9 is the clear standout, bringing us not solely a powerful new character in Valkyrie but in addition a completely new Arenas recreation mode—a distinctly Respawn tackle Counter-Strike through which you instantly get into a good struggle. Arenas proved that Apex has legs past battle royale, cementing the sport as not only a good BR, however among the finest group shooters round.

But it additionally looks like Apex is simply a lot extra assured this yr, each as a recreation and as a world. Respawn’s storytelling has gone into overdrive, bringing in group artists and animators to assist flesh out the world whereas leaning totally into voice traces and BR downtime to deliver the sport’s solid to life. Apex is a cleaning soap opera now, and each new season fleshes out relationships and escalates the drama between our far-future murderbuds.

The newest season, Escape, has reinvigorated my pleasure after a considerably lacklustre tenth season. Like Olympus, Storm Point is a beautiful reimagining of what an Apex map can appear like, and Ash is a powerful initiator who manages to be greater than mere Titanfall 2 nostalgia. Even this yr’s weakest season, Emergence, nonetheless managed to present World’s Edge a much-needed makeover—even when it uncared for to explode Fragment.


Ultimately, Apex remains to be the most effective and solely shooter for punting your self down a hill at 400 mph as a floating Scottish lass. What extra might you ever ask for?

Phil Savage, UK Editor-in-Chief: Apex’s maps have quite a lot of character, and—as every will get tweaked and upgraded over its seasons and thru Town Takeover occasions—loads of historical past, too. King’s Canyon has coated its huge empty areas with new sights, and World’s Edge is tearing itself aside below the load of its mining trade. Despite this, every new map manages to deliver its personal character. The latest Storm Point looks like a powerful response to earlier maps, with extra clearly outlined routes that funnel gamers right into a handful of fight arenas.

I do not fairly love the brand new map but—its design can result in an intense collection of fights harried by the closing of the ring, however appears simply as prone to end in lengthy stretches of interminable downtime. Everything feels just a bit too unfold out; the following circle simply barely too distant—no less than till you attain the following flashpoint and stumble into one other massive battle. But the enduring enchantment of Apex is that, regardless of the my points with the present map rotation, the entire recreation is constructed on strong fundamentals. Try sliding right into a teamfight, SMGs blazing, and inform me every other battle royale is price your time.

Apex Legends' new series 11 hero Ash.


(Image credit score: Respawn Entertainment)

Alan Dexter, Senior Hardware Editor: I have not had a lot likelihood to play Apex Legend this yr, what with so many different new video games taking on my time (361 hours in New World and counting.) Even so, after a quick dalliance in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, I discovered myself hankering after Apex as soon as once more. No different recreation manages to nail the texture that Apex manages—participant management feels so rattling good, that almost each different first-person shooter feels clunky as compared. If I can not effortlessly run, bounce, and slide my solution to victory the best way I can in Apex, then no matter recreation is attempting to seize my consideration is finally doomed.

The solely downside I’ve with Apex is that even a comparatively small break can really feel like a lifetime. Returning to seek out myself in a brand new season with new characters, maps, and weapons makes for an uphill battle—one which no quantity of sliding goes to treatment. I have not managed to thoughtlessly throw myself off Storm Point but, however I’m positive it is coming. I definitely do not have a really feel for the brand new map but, that is for positive. And I have not had an opportunity to check out Ash both, defaulting to Caustic and Lifeline within the few video games I’ve managed to leap into. Still, the previous really feel remains to be there, and Apex Legends nonetheless stands head and shoulders above best shooters.

Graeme Meredith, Video Producer: “Stealthy goblin” is what I’ve been known as in Apex Legends. I began taking part in this yr after some fellow PCG colleagues acquired me hooked, however most of the time I fortunately play alone, and solely look to make mischief. Yes, some play for the group based mostly meta, however being a solo participant who’s solely in search of to disrupt others’ playtime is its personal reward—there’s a real delight and terror in fastidiously monitoring an undoubtedly higher equiped group throughout the map. Survival is commonly unlikely, however creeping quietly and selecting my second fastidiously has turn into a coronary heart pounding habit (at some point I’d even win…). That’s what makes Apex so nice—with pals it’s the most effective battle royale there may be, however for solo me, it’s truly the most effective survival horror of the yr.

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