When I first started blogging, my content was directly focused on Call of Duty: Blackout. I was in love with the game-play, the map, the action, the strategy and luck, all of it. It was truly the first battle royale I fell for, having numerous wins under my belt and a competent squad that I played with regularly.
Then Apex Legends happened.
Two months ago, Blackout dropped off the face of the earth for me when Respawn dropped a battle royale set in the Titanfall universe. Within a month it had fifty million players, and for good reason: it was free, and it was better. With multiple unique legends to play, a deeply colorful map, exciting weapons and game-play, and elements battle royale fans had never seen such as respawn beacons and a ping system, it became clear within a week that this game reigned supreme over the competition.
I recently went back to Blackout in an attempt to find my love for it again. After a couple of hours of playing, all I wanted to do was go back to Apex. The game felt slower, the gunfights were faster and less satisfying, the lack of diversity was painfully apparent, and not having a ping system or respawn beacons was a painful inconvenience. I realized how many flaws there were with the game I once loved, and in a way that hurt. I truly believe that Apex Legends is the best battle royale on the market right now, and moving forward I believe that will be the game I stick with in the near future. As the battle royale trend continues, I hope other companies look to Apex as a gold standard, because it truly revolutionized the genre.