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Apex Legends streamer finds ‘meta’ solution for muzzle flash issue

Published: 11/Jan/2020 23:59

by Alan Bernal

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An Apex Legends streamer found an unexpected way of dealing with the game’s bothersome muzzle flash before its official patch is due to come out.

Since the game’s launch, players have been dealing with a persistent visual effect when firing from guns like the R-99. While there used to be an in-game option to disable the effect, the devs rolled back the feature a few months after release.

That might be why players from every corner of the Apex fan base rejoiced after Respawn Entertainment producer Josh Medina’s dev update revealed that there was going to be a proper fix for muzzle flash in the near future.

Respawn EntertainmentLooking down the sights can make it difficult when blinded by muzzle flash.

But that fix can still be a long way off, and Reddit user ‘iRazzeu’ didn’t have time to wait around, seeing as his game narrowed down to the last two squads in a Ranked match.

That’s when the streamer had to improvise his approach to what would be the game’s deciding fight to claim the Champions screen.

With his team all healed up, Razzeu wanted to make sure he was ready for whatever the game would throw at him – taking particular attention to the effects of the muzzle flash.

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As his teammate was inching closer to the enemy squad, he pulled out a pair of sunglasses just before pushing through to the final bout.

It’s unclear just how much of an effect the eyewear had on Razzeu’s visibility, but the streamer looked very satisfied after he got crowned as Champion of his match.

While players got a ton of enjoyment out of the clip, they aren’t amused about the blinding effects of Apex’s weapons – especially when firing in low-light settings.

Seagull TwitchThe extreme visual effects in Apex Legends can sometimes leave players lost for words.

There’s been a long campaign for Respawn to tone down the flashing muzzles in Apex Legends. Notable examples from former Overwatch pro Seagull and others show just how “triggering” it can be.

The stalemate between players and devs will soon come to a happy ending if Respawn can figure out how to effectively solve the issue.

Until that day comes, Apex Legends players might have to try out iRazzeu’s “fix” for the muzzle flash to see if that helps them cope with the problem.

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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.