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Apex Legends player shows what happens when Prowlers escape

Published: 11/Apr/2020 12:25 Updated: 11/Apr/2020 12:28

by Andy Williams

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As part of Apex Legends’ Old Ways event, players can dive into Bloodhound’s Trials to face-off against Prowlers in exchange for some high-tier loot. But what happens when the beast follows you into battle?

A plethora of welcomed changes came as part of Bloodhound’s lore event, including the highly requested return of Kings Canyon and a permanent ‘Duos’ mode.

Although one unique facet of the Old Ways event is the inclusion of Prowlers — an ancient beast that plays into Bloodhound’s lore, as shown in the cinematic trailer which delved into the character’s backstory.

Bloodhound's cinematic trailer for the Old Ways event.
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Bloodhound brought technology into the ‘old ways’ as their village was under attack from a deadly Prowler thirsty for revenge.

Situated in the northwest portion of World’s Edge, players can lock horns with a horde of Prowlers as part of Bloodhound’s Trails, in a bid to earn some high-tier loot and give your squad the best chances when facing enemy teams.

Throughout the event, the biggest threat up until this point has been fending off your foes from attempting to scavenge your hard-earned loot. However, popular Youtuber ‘Zylbrad’ found that Bloodhound’s old foe poses just as much of a threat as the rest of the players on the server.

After toying with the Prowlers for a few minutes, the Australian lured them to the main exit of the cavern, where the hungry beast broke free from the shackles of their chamber and posed as World’s Edge’s biggest threat.

After a toying with the creature for a little, Zylbrad and co. were hunted by the Prowler and found themselves on the receiving end of the Prowler’s wrath as they seemingly struggled to escape the four-legged brute.

Despite his best efforts to keep the Prowler alive, Brad watched on as an enemy team slain their ‘companion’ — which showcased its incredible speed and jumping prowess while hunting both Zylbrad and pajamamax.

But, the Prowler did get their sweet revenge on Paja before bowing out of the server, as it took advantage of Gibraltar’s cumbersome attire and pounced on him as he attempted to scale a building to escape his inevitable fate.

Whether this is an intentional feature or not, this is the first time we’ve seen Prowler’s escape from their dedicated area.

If this is the level of disruption one of the beasts can cause, imagine if an entire horde escaped and wreaked havoc over World’s Edge…

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Apex Legends dev shares 4 top tips to instantly improve

Published: 21/Nov/2020 17:16

by Joe Craven

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Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn Entertainment, has shared his top four tips to improve at Apex Legends, as new players are joining the Titanfall-inspired BR in Season 7.

As more and more content is added to Apex Legends, the game’s learning curve for new players steepens. While skill-based matchmaking will go some way to protect newer players from domination, it can still be a difficult acclimation period.

One Apex Legends player shared their experience of the first 60 hours on the battle royale, summarising that they “just don’t think it’s working for me.”

“I don’t know how everyone is so good at shooting in just silver. Every game I either lose or get carried with lowest damage/kills,” the Redditor said. “I’ve practiced in the firing range and no change. The recoils are brutal, I’m moving to make it harder to hit me, the enemy is doing the same, and I hit maybe 2 shots before I go down… I’m thinking that shooting games are just not for me.”

Triden vehicle in Apex Legends Season 7
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There’s a lot of new content in Season 7 – such as The Trident vehicle.

The player in question finished by asking if there was a guide to help them. As it turned out Mike Cook, a Senior Technical Artist at Respawn, chimed in with his view, offering four major tips to improve at Apex.

Cook stated that it will just take practice, and said good aim comes down to four major points. The first and second relate to understanding a weapon’s recoil and range, for which he recommended the game’s Firing Range. The last two tips were to predict enemy movements and target your shots into an enemy’s upper body when in a close-range engagement.

Apex Legends dev tips

  1. Understanding the recoil pattern of the weapon. Firing range helps a lot with this. Once you understand the recoil you can counter it while you fire to keep the bullets going as straight as possible.
  2. Understanding your engagement distance and bullet drop off. Firing range helps with this as well. Knowing how far your enemies are and aiming higher to counteract the drop off so they land where you want.
  3. Predicting player movements. If someone is running to your left and they jump, you can guesstimate where they will land and aim there instead of aiming directly on them. This gives you a split second to predict, aim, and shoot.
  4. Where to aim: If you’re up close, aim right below peoples necks, recoil makes your weapon kick upwards and you can get some headshots in.

But, the dev admits that even with practice, some of it comes down to natural skill, and even those with great aim can still do poorly due to their position.

He reiterated how important both positioning and cover are in any gunfight. “You can have potato aim like me, and still pull off good plays based solely on your positioning,” he continued. “Having plenty of cover to mask most of your body is key. Don’t be afraid to peek out, shoot, then take cover. The harder you are to hit, the less damage you take.”

The player responded to thank Cook for his detailed response, and took it as encouragement to stick with Apex for some time longer. Whether they experience a turnaround in fortunes remains to be seen but, if you’re also struggling in Apex, check out the Respawn developer’s full advice.