Apex Legends Mobile has been widely available on Android since May and faces intense competition from PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile and Fortnite as they have been playable on our phones for years. Surprisingly, it manages to compete thanks to a high level of polish. In fact, Apex Legends Mobile is shaping up to be one of the best Android games on the Play Store. So let’s see how it stacks up against the competition.
What is Apex Legends?
Apex Legends is a Battle Royale developed by Respawn Entertainment and set in the Titanfall universe, approximately eighteen years after the story mode of Titanfall 2. The connection between Apex and Titanfall is strong, and Apex draws heavily on the lore of its predecessors. Some characters like Blisk (creator of Apex Games) and Ash (a playable character coming to mobile soon) were in Titainfall 2, while the other legends are related to him in some way. The sheer amount of knowledge associated with this game may seem overwhelming, but it’s easy to follow thanks to the animations that Respawn releases on a semi-regular basis. If you want to take a look at them, you can. in this playlist.
Apex’s greatest strength is its uniqueness, and the mobile interpretation discussed in today’s article achieves this as well. Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite, and PUBG Mobile see you play as a nameless soldier with customizable skins and loadouts. Whereas Apex Legends Mobile feels more like a hero shooter in this regard. The mobile port offers ten playable legends, each with their own backstory, dialogue, and gameplay abilities. Combine this with the strict movement system inherited from Titanfall, and you have a Battle Royale that plays like no other.
Apex Legends Mobile is a port of the game developed by Tencent, which is also the studio responsible for PUBG Mobile.
Apex Legends mobile vs. Fortnite
Like all Battle Royals, Fortnite drops you from a plane onto a shrinking map with no weapons or resources, leaving you to find what you need to survive. Fortnite does something that none of the other games do: build bases. You can destroy environmental objects and gather their resources to build buildings and platforms. This mechanic isn’t as popular as it used to be, as the game now has a no-compile mode, but we still enjoyed it. On top of that, loot is found on floors, chests, and airdrops.
Apex Legends Mobile operates on a similar formula but without a build. There is crafting involved, but it works differently. Every time you open a supply container, you receive some crafting materials. If you take them to a crafting station, you can exchange them for various items. In the crafter, you can upgrade your shield, get ammo and health items, or one of two weapons that toggle on and off every three months. You will also be able to craft four pieces of loot, two of them changing every day and the others changing every week. These items can be anything from weapon scopes, better backpacks, or weapon mods called hop-ups.
There is a caveat, Apex Legends Mobile is a bit clunky, especially compared to the PC/console version. Frames sometimes drop and touch controls can be awkward. Despite this, it still feels more polished than Fortnite. Fortnite feels clunky in its movement system, especially when trying to climb on objects. Fortnite’s crouch swipe system is nice to look at, but it pales in comparison to what you’ll find in Apex Legends Mobile, which will have you zipping around the map in no time. Fortnite makes up for this slightly with its vehicles, including tanks that can deal massive damage. Apex Mobile has the Trident, a fast vehicle designed to get your squad to safety, but there are no weapons on board like the Fortnite tank.
Gunplay is very different between the two titles, with the mobile version of Apex leaning more towards realism. Apex lets you feel the weight of each weapon when fired, and each weapon feels different from the next. Overall Apex Legends Mobile feels more fun to play. It may lack the cartoon-inspired aesthetic and fancy dancing of Fortnite, but the main game is light years away.
Apex Legends mobile vs. PUBG mobile
PUBG helped put battle royales on the map, selling twenty million copies in its first year despite being in early access. All these years later, it still feels like an early access game, even the mobile version. Player animations are simplistic and bug-prone, and it feels like the game could crash at any moment. PUBG Mobile is still a fun game, but it feels like something unfinished, even though it’s four years old. Sound doesn’t help the game either, with a muddy and boring audio mix. Thanks to its amazing graphics on PC, you can forgive a lot of this, but with the mobile version, the graphics aren’t going to save the day.
The loot system in Apex Legends Mobile is much easier to use than the one found in PUBG Mobile. At Apex, everything is color coordinated: white, blue, purple, and gold. Ammo types are also ordered this way. These bright colors mean you can spot important loot from a distance, allowing players to decide whether or not they need to move to a particular area.
In PUBG Mobile, everything seems generic. The ammo types look different from each other, but because the items themselves are so small on the ground, you won’t know if it’s something you need until you’re standing on top of them. Recognizing the subtle differences in shape and color will get easier over time, but new players can learn the Apex system as soon as they start playing.
Apex Legends mobile vs. mobile call of duty
Call of Duty Mobile is the game we hoped would give Apex Mobile a run for its money. The other modes within CoD are slick, polished, and fun to play, and I was hoping the actual mode would feel the same. But it’s not like that. The actual mode of CoD sits somewhere between PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. It feels better than PUBG Mobile, but it’s not nearly as fun to play as Fortnite, let alone Apex Legends Mobile. The basics are all here: movement feels natural, the gunplay is solid, and the loot system is pretty good. The problem is that “pretty good” is all we can say about it. It seems that this mode was added to the existing CoD Mobile experience to tick a box and cash in on the hype surrounding the genre. Everything feels smooth.
The dialogue, in particular, stands out and rightly so. In CoD Mobile, you get generic voice lines that repeat every time you ping an enemy or loot. Apex Legends Mobile stands in stark contrast to this. Each Legend has gimmicks that can be equipped on the emote wheel, and the dialogue is better even beyond that. Standardized voice lines like ping loot or an enemy are different for each legend. Not only is the voice actor different, but the lines themselves are also changed to match your character’s personality. This is one of the many things that makes CoD feel bland and uninspired compared to the vibrant, peppy voice work of Apex Legends Mobile.
You’ll have fun playing any of the games on today’s list, but in our opinion, you’ll have the best time in Apex Legends Mobile, especially if you follow our getting started guide to get started. Despite the teething problems that come with a newly released title, Apex Legends Mobile is more polished and better organized than any other mobile battle royale game. Unique characters and addictive movement mechanics create a fun and memorable experience that’s sure to make you want to keep playing.