Apex Legends

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Epic battle royale game is more realistic than Fortnite.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 172 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While main goal is to survive and be the last squad standing, there's also a focus on teamwork, communication. Players work together as a unit, calling out items and enemies to each other, as well as healing, reviving teammates when needed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are, for the most part, given positive, upbeat personalities. Not much backstory is provided, but most characters are presented in a positive, even heroic, light.

Ease of Play

Straightforward first-person shooter with easy, intuitive controls. Each character has his or her own unique specializations and abilities, which can take some time and practice to learn.


Main focus is survival, with teams hunting each other. Depending on players' luck and skill, some matches might see fast, frantic gun battles, while others might see long periods of quiet. Death in game isn't an issue due to ability to be revived by teammates and flown back into the fray. Non-graphic blood.


No profanity or explicit language in game's dialogue, but online nature of competition opens players up to potentially offensive conversations through in-game party chat.


Free to play but with heavy focus on microtransactions -- mainly in form of in-game currency used to buy cosmetic customizations for profiles, weapons, characters. You can also use the currency to unlock other characters or buy Apex Packs (loot boxes filled with random items). You can spend money to buy these items immediately, but you can also earn the same items through regular gameplay. Set in Titanfall universe, a popular shooter franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. Teams of up to three compete in matches with up to 60 players to be the last team standing. Violence is persistent and more realistic/less cartoonish than what kids have experienced in Fortnite. Still, although blood's shown on-screen, it isn't overly graphic, and there's no explicit gore. The gameplay, which has a focus on teamwork and communication, will be easy to pick up for first-person shooter fans. While there isn't any profanity in the dialogue, online play could open players up to iffy language in party chat. And although the game is free to play, microtransactions allow players to unlock cosmetic items and characters immediately with real-world money, as opposed to over time through gameplay. This game is part of the Titanfall universe, which is a popular shooter franchise.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOpeyuk February 11, 2019

Better than fortnight as no silly dancing

Game plays well and I can see it being very popular with preteen gamers.
Its 1st person and slightly more graphical than fortnight but concept it very similar... Continue reading
Parent Written byABC Mouse February 13, 2019

Cartoonish Battle Royale similar to Overwatch

This game has seemingly replaced Fortnite in popularity, as I’ve noticed my son and his carpool switch the subject of their lengthy conversations to Apex Legend... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNerdy_Comic_Guy July 15, 2020

This game is good and promotes diversity and gives all kids a relatable character

First off let me say that Apex Legends is my favorite game and it is far better than Fortnite both by gameplay and by messages. This game not only has the battl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byXxEthanxX August 30, 2019

Let your kids try the game

When most parents of younger children see 'blood' in a rating they overreact. There is zero gore in Apex Legends. Most games use blood as a warning... Continue reading

What's it about?

APEX LEGENDS is a free-to-play battle royale fight-for-survival game set amid the backdrop of the Titanfall universe at the end of the Frontier War. While the war between the IMC and Militia forces may have ended, peace didn't come without a price. The Frontier has been left in disarray and chaos, with many settlers relocating even further to The Outlands, a remote cluster of planets teeming with new resources and opportunities. But with these new opportunities comes a new breed of outlaws and explorers, heroes and villains. This has given rise to a new bloodsport, the Apex Games, in which teams fight for survival in last-person-standing matches where death is only an inconvenience. Some fight for fame and fortune, while others have more personal reasons to compete. Whatever their motivations, it's only the best who live long enough to earn the title of "Legend."

Is it any good?

It's hard to decide what's most surprising: that this is a free-to-play battle royale game, that it's a new franchise installment, or that it doesn't have the giant "Titans" the series is known for. Or maybe it's that, despite all of this, Apex Legends is an absolute blast to play. The game takes many of the best elements of the battle royale genre and adds a few new twists, such as calling downed teammates back to the battlefield via dropships. There's also much more of a focus on teamwork and communication than in most battle royale games. While the free-to-play model means that players face the obligatory push to spend money on things like season passes, custom skins, etc., EA has avoided any sense of a pay-to-win mentality. In fact, all items are cosmetic in nature, and most can be earned at a fairly steady pace through regular play.

Apex Legends is a definite departure from what existing Titanfall fans might expect. But the minute you start ziplining over large expanses, teleporting quickly between two points, sending out a holographic decoy as bait, or calling down a hail of mortar fire, you immediately start to recognize the Titanfall DNA built in. It's also fun to see how effective these abilities and elements are even without the massive Titan war machines. Each person in the diverse cast of Legends stands out as a distinct character, serving a unique role without ever feeling under- or overpowered. There's a little feeling of repetition, due to the nature of the genre and the single map. Even so, this corner of the Titanfall universe has the potential to evolve and grow over time, and it makes The Outlands a great place to visit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Apex Legends affected by the amount of blood shown in the game? The intensity of the violence? How do a game's setting and style affect the impact of the violence?

  • How are some free-to-play games monetized by developers? How appealing are cosmetic items, like costumes and weapon skins? How do these "cosmetic only" purchases compare to the "pay to win" model that some games use?

  • How important are teamwork and communication with your squadmates in Apex Legends? Since you can only talk to people on your squad, is it more vital than in other shooters with similar gameplay? Can you use the skills from this game and apply them in real life?

  • How does the gameplay in Apex Legends compare to Fortnite's? How similar is it to that popular battle royale game? How is it different? Is there one that seems more appealing to you because of its visual style or its gameplay? Why?

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