'Anthem' And 'Apex Legends' Share The Exact Same Flaw



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Apex Legends and Anthem both leave solo players in the lurch.Credit: EA

Apex Legendwith— Respawn's battle royale first-person shooter — and & nbsp;Anthem— BioWare's third-person loot shooter — has vastly different games. They are almost nothing like one another in terms of story, gameplay or concept.

Yet they share the same glaring flaw: Both are designed to leave solo players in the lurch. This may change with & nbsp;Apex Legends, & nbsp;as dataminers have found leaked files that suggest Solo and Duo modes could be coming to the game.

That's a good thing. In my first gushing impressions I said that & nbsp;Apex Legends & nbsp;did not have a Solo playlist. Allow me to walk that back a few steps. While I did not mind playing only in Trios at the beginning, things have changed. I have had too many squadmates drop out before the match even starts, or go off on their own, or just play like teamwork does not matter, for me to fully endorse this as the only mode.

Yes, Respawn has done great things making squadplay fun and intuitive, from the ping system to the jump system, but I've just been burned too many times now. It's great playing with friends, but randoms can be too unreliable. The fact is, I would play & nbsp;Apex Legends & nbsp;way more if I could play on my own or in Duos (since it's easier to find one friend to play with than two.) I want choices, and I think many other players feel the same.

AnthemCredit: Bioware

With & nbsp;Anthem, & nbsp;it's another story altogether. I do not know how BioWare could ever turn this into a game that's as fun for solo players as it's for squads. Sure, my colleague Paul Tassi suggests that everyone is playing the solo campaign so it's more of a challenge and so you do not miss important story beats because you're loaded into story missions that are halfway over, but that's not how the game is desinged to be played. Even & nbsp;Destiny & nbsp;makes solo play more viable and fun than & nbsp;Anthem.

Still, at the moment, both games are designed for squads and that's great for kids who have all the time in the world and who have lots of friends to play with, but not so great for gamers like me. I do not think it's entirely selfish to ask for a Solo playlist in & nbsp;Apex Legends. & Nbsp;I have a harder time knowing what to do about & nbsp;Anthem. & Nbsp;I just wrote my impressions of the game up and realized that I finished typing that maybe this is just as much about me as it is about & nbsp;Anthem. & Nbsp;Some games just are not for everyone.

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Apex Legends and Anthem both leave solo players in the lurch.Credit: EA

Apex Legendwith— Respawn's battle royale first-person shooter — and Anthem— BioWare's third-person loot shooter — has vastly different games. They are almost nothing like one another in terms of story, gameplay or concept.

Yet they share the same glaring flaw: Both are designed to leave solo players in the lurch. This might change with Apex Legends, as dataminers have found leaked files that suggest Solo and Duo modes could be coming to the game.

That's a good thing. In my first gushing impressions I said that Apex Legends did not have a Solo playlist. Allow me to walk that back a few steps. While I did not mind playing only in Trios at the beginning, things have changed. I have had too many squadmates drop out before the match even starts, or go off on their own, or just play like teamwork does not matter, for me to fully endorse this as the only mode.

Yes, Respawn has done great things making squadplay fun and intuitive, from the ping system to the jump system, but I've just been burned too many times now. It's great playing with friends, but randoms can be too unreliable. The fact is, I would play Apex Legends way more if I could play on my own or in Duos (since it's easier to find one friend to play with than two.) I want choices, and I think many other players feel the same.

With Anthem, it's another story altogether. I do not know how BioWare could ever turn this into a game that's as fun for solo players as it's for squads. Sure, my colleague Paul Tassi suggests that everyone is playing the solo campaign so it's more of a challenge and so you do not miss important story beats because you're loaded into story missions that are halfway over, but that's not how the game is desinged to be played. Even Destiny makes solo play more viable and fun than Anthem.

Still, at the moment, both games are designed for squads and that's great for kids who have all the time in the world and who have lots of friends to play with, but not so great for gamers like me. I do not think it's completely selfish to ask for a Solo playlist in Apex Legends. I have a harder time knowing what to do about Anthem. I just wrote my impressions of the game up, and realized that I finished typing that maybe this is just as much about me as it is about Anthem. Some games just are not for everyone.


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