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Shroud shows why the Flatline is the “best gun” in Apex Legends

Published: 20/Feb/2020 11:31

by Kamil Malinowski

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Mixer star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is known for his incredible prowess and knowledge in first-person shooters and has unexpectedly dubbed the VK-47 Flatline as Apex Legends’ best gun. 

Shroud is no stranger to Apex Legends, having played the game on and off since release while absolutely bossing it.

He has an incredible knowledge of the game and is able to back his talk up with insane skill, so many fans tend to pay attention to his comments. However, he has very surprisingly stated that the Flatline, of all weapons, is the best gun in Apex.

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Apex Legends is a popular first-person battle royale game that Shroud has been a fan of for a long time.

In a YouTube video released on Feb 19, Grzesiek continued his grind to the highest rank in the game (Apex Predator) and while making a flank in one match secured two kills, before dubbing the Flatline as the best weapon in Apex Legends.

“Oh my God, that’s why the Flatline is the best gun in the game, right there,” he said, after securing the kills lightning fast with the weapon, all while saving his teammates in the process.

Many were no doubt shocked as the Canadian rated the weapon over the likes of the R-301 and the R-99, but with how quickly he was able to get those two kills, he may just have a point.

What’s more surprising is that he used the gun in single fire mode, rather than fully automatic, when many would opt for the faster fire rate instead.

Perhaps the Flatline is quite underrated at the moment and, with how much Shroud was able to do with it in so little time, it may be worth testing out the powerful single fire mode and seeing just how strong it is.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.