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5 features Apex Legends desperately needs

Published: 13/Nov/2019 18:53 Updated: 25/Nov/2019 1:39

by Andy Williams


Respawn Entertainment’s flagship title has brought a refreshing change of pace to the battle royale genre. Although it is difficult to question Apex Legends’ unprecedented success, there is still an absence of certain features which would improve player experience tenfold. 

Here are five features that desperately need to come to the Apex Games. We’ve also added some bonus ones that may hold their rightful place in World’s Edge.

Respawn Entertainment.World’s Edge brought several changes to Apex Legends.

1. Replays

Post-match replays are a handy tool for casual and competitive players alike. Whether you’re looking to add some cinematics or looks for areas to improve, Apex Legends does not currently offer that facility. 

Players have been longing for a replay mode for several seasons — with the community requesting the feature on the Apex Legend subreddit mere days after the game’s release. 

Despite there being no sign on the Apex Legends Tracker, Respawn will surely be looking to implement the feature in a bid to keep up with their battle royale counterpart. 

Epic Games.Epic Games integrated a replay mode into Fortnite last year.

2. Killcam

On the topic of learning from one’s mistakes, a killcam facilitates just that. Allowing players to identify how they were taken down not only permits you to learn for next time but also puts your mind at ease of being killed by one of those notorious hackers. 

Being a much-requested feature on the Apex Legends subreddit, the logistics of a killcam are challenging to incorporate into battle royales. By quickly viewing your assailant’s point-of-view, you could dish out some vital information that your teammates could benefit from. 

Although killcams have made an appearance in the likes of PUBG and Blackout, they may hinder certain Legends’ abilities during team scenarios. Therefore, a killcam might only serve its purpose in a single player (solo) game mode.

Respawn Entertainment.Awaiting Recovery: Legends are greeted with this message after dying.

3. Permanent solos/duos modes

Solos mode was hugely popular among the battle royale’s faithful following during its brief appearance in the Iron Crown Collection event.

Albeit only live for just over two weeks, the single-player mode was the silver lining in the event that was otherwise plagued by its monetization issues. 

Following on from the success of the limited-time solo mode, Respawn launched a temporary duo mode on November 5. Since the game mode will likely have an expiry date, it appears that the developers are testing the waters before integrating either mode permanently.

Respawn Entertainment.Duos has been lapped up by fans far and wide.

4. Cross-play integration

After Sony enabled cross-platform multiplayer access to developers, Fortnite and Modern Warfare were among the first to utilize the new tool. 

Respawn have previously made their intentions clear with cross-play, and a leak has revealed that they are potentially making moves to incorporate it. However, Lead Developer Drew McColl has previously stated: “If it wasn’t a ginormous amount of effort and work, we’d probably already be doing (cross-play).”

Not only would it be logistically tricky to implement cross-play with such a small team, but Respawn would also have to find a way to mitigate the movement advantage PC players have before they hop on the bandwagon.

Sony/Respawn Entertainment/Microsoft.“Don’t hold your breath for cross-play to make an appearance any time soon, friends.”

5. Favorite Legend system

Ever gone AFK only to come back and find that Respawn decided it was time for your character to hang up their bionic legs and trade them in for a heavy Gun Shield and extra 200 lbs of weight? The final feature on our list is a simple yet effective filter system that would rid that entirely. 

Reddit user ‘deadend1755’ devised a smart tool that would allow you to favorite your top three Legends. That way, if you prefer to play a more gung-ho style, you can filter your top three characters accordingly. 

This feature would be potentially the most straightforward for Respawn to add and would avoid being lumbered with accommodating your play-style to suit a character you’d otherwise have no business playing.

Respawn Entertainment.Who would be your top three Legends to run in World’s Edge?

Bonus features 

Although the above features are perhaps the most frequently requested, that’s not to say there aren’t any additional features that Apex would benefit from. For example, to replace a killcam in team-based modes, a ‘best play of the game’ cam could be integrated to reward the flashy plays that would otherwise go unnoticed. 

On the flip side of the coin, there is currently no facility to report players for rogue play — a tool that would have been handy to feedback when players were teaming up during the solo LTM

In terms of features that would directly influence the game’s dynamics, perhaps there is scope to incorporate weather dynamics into the server. Ideally randomly generated, the varied climate within World’s Edge provides the perfect arena to include the effects of all weather conditions on player-vs-player interactions. 

Should a player find themselves in a sticky situation (whether that be served by a harsh gale or an oncoming squad), an ability to build similarly to Fortnite would add another intriguing dynamic to Apex Legends’ already sophisticated movement system. 

Of course, building a sky-scraping tower might seem impractical when Pathfinder could scale it in a matter of seconds. 

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How to master the L-STAR in Apex Legends Season 7: Tips & Tricks

Published: 23/Nov/2020 16:01

by James Busby


The L-STAR is one of the most unique weapons in Apex Legends, but how can you master this high-damage energy weapon to secure yourself a dominant win? 

Apex Legends’ L-STAR has been in a tricky spot for a while now. However, the Respawn’s recent Olympus patch has finally given this energy weapon the kick it needs to become viable. The L-STAR performs very differently to the majority of weapons in the game due to its overheat mechanic, which allows players to continuously fire until the gun overheats. 

While it certainly doesn’t lack in the damage department, it can be tricky to master due to its slow projectile speed and recoil pattern. As a result, many players often ditch the L-STAR in favor of the game’s more reliable weapons. However, if you’re willing to put in the time to master the L-STAR, you’ll be able to capitalize on its incredible kill potential. 

In order to help you make the most of the L-STAR, we’ve put together some quick tips that will aid you in your quest for success. 

Apex Legends L-STAR damage stats

L-STAR damage numbers
Respawn Entertainment
The L-STAR can down foes in just a few hits, provided you land your shots.

Before you go blasting anything that moves, you’ll want to get to grips with the L-STAR’s damage profile first. After all, this gun is capable of some dizzying damage numbers. This is especially true when you land those all-important head and body shots. 

While the L-STAR will overheat after 22 continuous shots (26 with Modded Loader), it still deals decent damage across both close to medium engagement ranges, particularly when you fire it in short bursts. The full damage breakdown for the L-STAR can be found below thanks to the Apex Legends wiki.

Fire in short bursts

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Unlike the majority of guns in Apex Legends, the L-STAR allows you to keep firing at your target as long as you keep under the overheat threshold. This means you can maintain pressure if you simply fire in short bursts and have the necessary ammo. 

This can be rather difficult to do, especially when you get caught in the heat of the moment. Many L-STAR users simply hold down the trigger when fighting, but you’ll want to avoid this habit if you wish to avoid being stuck in a lengthy cooldown animation.

Lead your shots

Respawn Entertainment
While the buff to the L-STAR’s has made it more useable, you’ll still need to lead shots at range.

Due to the overall bulk and size of the L-STAR’s rounds, the projectiles are incredibly slow when fired at range. This can make landing any shots incredibly difficult outside of close-quarter firefights. As a result, you’ll either want to switch to a different weapon entirely or lead your shots. 

When using the L-STAR at mid-range distances, try to predict where your target will be and shoot just ahead of them. This can be pretty tricky on more mobile Legends like Wraith and Octane, but a few well-placed shots will quickly stop them dead in their tracks. 

Pair the L-STAR with a ranged weapon

Apex Legends Pathfinder
Respawn Entertainment
It’s often best to save your ammo for close-quarters firefights.

To compensate for the L-STAR’s high recoil and slow projectile speed, it’s often best to simply pair it with a long-range weapon. This will instantly alleviate any frustrations that come from trying to hit any targets at range. 

The L-STAR has one of the slowest ranged projectile speeds in the game, so you’ll often find yourself outclassed in situations where you need a little extra precision. Having a gun that you can quickly switch to during mid to long-range firefights will certainly cover up the L-STAR’s main weakness. 

Master the L-STAR’s recoil pattern

L-STAR firing range
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The L-STAR’s recoil is still a little tricky, but the recent buff has made it a lot more manageable.

One of the main reasons a lot of players previously disliked the L-STAR wars due to its unwieldy recoil. However, Respawn has now alleviated this issue by giving it a new recoil pattern that has lowered the sporadic nature of its kick. 

To avoid any frustrating deaths and to increase your overall accuracy, you’ll want to head into the practice range and unload your entire clip into the nearest target. The LMG will start to move to the left of the screen, then climb vertically. As soon as the L-STAR begins to kick upwards, simply pull down on your mouse/analog stick to keep your shots on target. This new recoil pattern is incredibly manageable and requires next to no recoil control when fired from the hip in close-quarter fights.

So there you have it, five tips to help you master the L-STAR LMG. If you found this guide helpful, then be sure to follow @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news.