Apex Legends

Netcode analysis of Apex Legends shows major issues with tickrate and lag compensation

Published: 16/Feb/2019 17:58 Updated: 16/Feb/2019 18:22

by Calum Patterson

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YouTuber Battle(non)sense has completed a thorough testing of the netcode in Apex Legends, the new battle royale game which has taken the community by storm since its surprise release – and he has some major concerns.

Battle(non)sense has produced numerous trusted netcode analysis videos in the past, with a focus on multiplayer games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, CS:GO and of course battle royale games like PUBG, Fortnite and Blackout.

Apex Legends has already hit 25 million unique players, only seven days after launch, and the game itself has been roundly praised, but server stability and connection issues have been far from perfect.

In his February 16 video, Battle(non)sense goes into great detail as to why exactly he deems the netcode of Apex Legends to be so poor.

In comparison to other games, the delay between damage, gunfire and movement for two players on the same server and ping, was much bigger in Apex Legends.

For example, The maximum delay in Blackout for gunfire was 124 milliseconds, but in Apex the maximum delay was double that, at 250 milliseconds.

Battle(non)senseSome worryingly high delay figures in Apex Legends.

Another important test, was showing that lag compensation in Apex Legends also has a profound impact on gameplay.

By showing a player with over 300 ping shoot a moving enemy who has a ping of only 24, the issue with lag compensation in Apex Legends is easy to see even to the untrained eye.

The player with low ping is well behind the wall, but the high ping player’s shot still registers.

There is good news though, as Respawn Entertainment have made clear that they are working tirelessly to improve the stability and performance of Apex Legends.

They recently put up a job listing for a Senior Network Engineer to work on Apex Legends, stating they are looking for someone to “work on a very complex netcode system – client prediction, client/server architecture, where the server simulation is authoritative and clients aren’t trusted.”

Hopefully Respawn will improve upon the current netcode, and have Apex Legends fulfil its potential as one of the very best battle royale games available.

You can watch Battle(non)sense’s full video on Apex Legends’ netcode below.

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Simple Apex Legends trick makes grenades undodgeable at long-range

Published: 21/Jan/2021 12:22

by Alex Garton

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Grenades in Apex Legends can be extremely difficult to use and can often feel slightly underwhelming. However, if you use the correct technique, they can be incredibly effective, especially at long-range.

Apex Legends is filled with a range of exciting weapons and throwables for players to use. However, one of the most powerful and effective pickups is the standard grenade that’s found in almost every single FPS.

Unlike Apex’s other in-game throwables, if the grenade is thrown perfectly, it’s incredibly difficult for an enemy to dodge or avoid. This is due to the ignition time of four seconds that begins when a grenade is thrown by a player.

At long range and with the correct technique, a grenade can be aimed with pinpoint accuracy and explode directly on landing.

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Apex Legends Season 8 is set to launch on February 2.

Apex Legends trick makes grenades explode on landing

A thread posted to the Apex University subreddit, which provides tips for improving at the game, shows exactly how to throw grenades so they explode on landing, and has garnered over 3500 upvotes.

EddygCPA points out a very simple grenade trick that a lot of players overlook, especially in enclosed endgame situations. When throwing a grenade at long-range, aiming it flat towards your opponents will allow them to see it coming and easily avoid the explosion.

Instead, players should aim the grenade directly upwards and then angle it downwards to a point where it will fly through the air, landing on enemies from above.

Not only will this make it less likely for your target to see a grenade in the air, but it will also ensure the grenade will explode directly upon landing.

A technique not many take advantage of. Throwing a nade like this is helpful during endgames and in the open when normally and enemy could just move out of the way. from r/apexuniversity

Of course, in order to utilize this technique, you’ll need to put in some hours on the Firing Range to ensure your grenade throwing is up to par.

However, there’s no denying it’s an incredibly simple trick that is guaranteed to catch your opponents off-guard the next time you throw a grenade.

Who knows, the next time you’re in an end-game circle with one other squad left standing, this could be exactly what you need to pick up the victory.