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Clever Apex Legends trick lets Havoc shred as SMG despite nerfs

Published: 3/Aug/2020 2:14

by Theo Salaun


The Havoc was one of the most overpowered guns in Apex Legends until a Season 5 nerf pushed it into relative obscurity. That could soon change however as a new trick is making the rounds, helping the weapon regain prominence. 

When Season 5: Fortune’s Favor dropped on May 12, the Havoc received a set of substantial nerfs specifically targeted at making the potent energy gun harder to control. Then, on June 23, the gun was hit with another nerf.


Now, YouTuber ‘iTemp Plays’ is showing players how to adjust playstyles and turn the weapon into a potent SMG.

Before its nerf, the Havoc was legitimately a laser, with little to no recoil and devastating impact at any range. But to start Season 5, Respawn increased its vertical, horizontal, and initial shots’ recoil. Then, in the June patch, they decreased its base magazine size from 32 to 28.


But a new, clever trick enables players to capitalize on the gun’s beefy damage and firing rate in a way that is similar to other close-range automatic weapons like the R-99, Prowler, and even the L-STAR.

As iTemp explains, you need to simply hipfire your first 5-10 bullets before aiming down sights — this helps bypass the initial recoil chaos, which is less problematic when hipfiring a nearby enemy, while maintaining damage output.

Hipfiring, by nature, engenders a more scattered bullet spray than ADS firing. That’s precisely why it’s best to do when you’re up close and personal with an enemy, as they take up more of your screen and are harder to miss. 


If you double down on that method with the Havoc, then you can feasibly circumvent its initial recoil issues by adjusting your playstyle in a way that lessens the downsides of an erratic bullet spray.

Although shotguns or other close-range weapons, like the R-99 or the L-STAR may seem better suited at this range, the Havoc actually provides unique upside thanks to its magazine capacity, damage, and versatility. 

At 28, it has a higher magazine capacity than both the R-99 (27 capacity with a Level 3 mag) and L-STAR (overheats after 23 shots). Given a blend of high rate of fire and damage per bullet, its body DPS is 202, higher than the L-STAR (180) and the R99 (198).


The Havoc built its standing on lethality from range. While the recoil increase to initial shots dampened that, it has much better potential than the other close-range weapons to gun down targets at range once you’ve already started fighting someone nearby. As such, the gun has a ton of versatility when you adjust your playstyle to fit its new niche.

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How does Apex Legends crossplay beta work?

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 20:06

by Tanner Pierce


After being promised a few months back, crossplay is finally coming to Apex Legends in beta form. Here’s everything you need to know about the new feature, including how it works, how to disable it, and more.

At one point, many people thought that playing an online game with your friends on another console was a pipe dream. Now, in 2020, thanks to a combination of modern technology and mega corporations deciding to play nicely with each other, crossplay is slowly but surely becoming the norm across many titles in the gaming industry.


One major title that didn’t have the feature for the longest time, though, was Apex Legends. Fortunately, in June 2020 during EA Play, the developers announced that this would be changing, and that crossplay would be coming to the battle royale game in the near future. Now, Electronic Arts and Respawn have released details about the feature. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

First, it’s only releasing as a beta, for the Aftermarket Collection event. This is so Respawn can text all the features before implementing it fully, along with the Steam and Switch release. For now, cross-play is only between PS4, Xbox One, and Origin.


How to add friends on other platforms

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy. All you have to do is open the friends menu, click the Find Friend option and search for their name.The game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system.

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Simply search your friends on all platforms to find them.

How to enable/disable crossplay

Crossplay is automatically enabled, so if you don’t have to do anything right off the bat if you want to play with people on other platforms. But what if you don’t want to participate in the beta? What if you didn’t originally but now you want to try it out?

The option to enable and disable crossplay is found in the settings menu. This creates the possibility of longer wait times, as you’re effectively restricting the pool of players that the game can search. Still, the option is there if you want it.

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The ability to enable and disable crossplay will be in the settings menu, but it’s enabled by default.

Can PC players play with console players?

By default, PC players will only be matched with PC players in normal matchmaking, while console players will only be matched with console players.

That being said, consoles can still play with PC should they so desire it, but they have to be in a party together before they start matchmaking. After that, the game will include PC players in the pool to search from.

Given the fact that this is a beta, this can obviously change in time for the full release. However, this is currently how it’s set up.


Is cross-progression enabled for the game?

While this is something that’s being considered by Respawn, the feature is not enabled in Apex Legends currently, so if you want to play on another console, you won’t have any of your items that you previously unlocked.

Respawn say that cross-progression is a “valuable” feature, but will take about it during the Steam launch later this year.


All in all, this seems like a great beta and a chance to get feedback from the community. As previously mentioned, given the fact that this is a beta, things can obviously change and be tweaked but for right now, this is a good start.