Let’s address the elephant in the room straight away, shall we? Apex Legends isn’t Titanfall.
The product of rapid prototyping, a common practice at Respawn following a launch as they search for their next project, following the release of Titanfall 2. Apex Legends is the brainchild of just two within the team. It’s set within the same universe and there’s enough connective tissue for series fans to recognise, but if I’m talking to the layman out there, Apex Legends might as well be a new property.
But just like Adam Lambert isn’t quite Freddie Mercury, he also ain’t bloody bad. Apex Legends might not feature the titans or the wall running that put Titanfall squarely on the map, but it features the best versions of a number of the genre’s staples that have emerged since its inception. While it’s a veritable best-of of those that came before, it has a few of its own tricks that help it stand on its own two feet and perhaps raise its hand as the heir-apparent.