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Apex Legends

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

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.

Violence

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.

Sex
Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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 byChristina23080 February 7, 2019

Good

Very similar to fortnite
Adult Written byAjohnson1234 February 10, 2019

Suitable for 12 up

I was a little hesistant about letting my son (age 13 play this at first), although I played a few games myself and realised that the violence is unrealistic an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAgeRatingsAreRa... February 7, 2019

Let your kids play this .

If you are a parent and think that your 10 year old child can’t handle this game you are wrong. I’ve played this for two days now and I feel like the European P... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by123abcqwe February 7, 2019

Not to bad but not for below 10

Apex Legends is a very fun shooter battle royale. The game doesn't hava any gore, only red clouds when you shoot somebody, and the guns don't look all... 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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