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Wait they’re straight up referring to customers as whales within in game text? Holy shit! That’s like greeter at a casino calling people marks as they stroll in.

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Oh yeah, my favourite quitter recently died and quit just as we were polishing off the last of the squad that jumped him. At the beacon outside the Pit. Literally right beside it.

 

He's the only imbecile I've messaged out of disgust recently - I wasn't overly rude, just asked him why he couldn't wait all of five seconds for a respawn. I'm guessing the question must have blackened his soul with shame and reduced him to a crying, trembling, wobbling husk as I got no reply.

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5 minutes ago, Harsin said:

Wait they’re straight up referring to customers as whales within in game text? Holy shit! That’s like greeter at a casino calling people marks as they stroll in.

 

Nah, it's just been edited for clarity by someone on Reddit instead of twee storefront nice-speak obfuscating how much you're really paying. It's not five hundred bucks you're giving EA - it's five hundred fun tokens! 

 

(One pack is 700 Apex coins, ten is 7000 - in the US,  you can divide the coins by 100 to get their worth in dollars, so 7000 is $70. And that's not enough for all the stuff, not by a long shot.)

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1 hour ago, Kayin Amoh said:

He's the only imbecile I've messaged out of disgust recently

I've managed to restrain myself. 

 

I have been blocking people who quit early though. 

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I think the Iron Crown loot box thing is shite, but 1. it's an experiment to gauge the reaction and 2. there are definitely players that would spend $200+ on cosmetic crap in a game that's their main hobby.

 

There are people who spend much MUCH more than that in far more casual games, and they're not all people with poor impulse control. I don't know if Apex is available in Saudi Arabia / UAE etc. but EA know for a fact there are a small number of PC players around there (and some in Russia, US, Hong Kong etc.) for whom this would be pocket change, and it's totally worth their while to cash in on them while the game is 'hot'.

 

While I'm playing devil's advocado, at least Apex is more clearly aimed at older players than Fortnite.

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Solo queue is impossible. I can’t seem to get more than 3 kills without a team to run interference. The entire play style has changed. It’s all about finding out where someone is and then camping them. First person to move loses - every player is now super risk averse so you end up with ten players in the tiny final circle. 

 

Got to the final circles last night with just one other player. I was dripping in quality loot. Waited in a building and dropped into the little circle in an open part of skulltown

 

Mirage popped out from behind a rock and I laid into him with hot fire from the L-Star. 

 

It was his decoy :facepalm: the real one cut my gold shield down with an alternator. I managed to spin and hit him with like 1 round ... he had a white shield :facepalm: should have gone into the void and repositioned the second I started taking fire but sometimes we do stupid things

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Yeah not feeling solo either. Bit stressful.

 

I'm much better being carried in a team. I do have my awesome moments though. 

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Yeah solo is shit. The amount of times I win a firefight only to be shot in the back by a third person waiting for the winner was infuriating. Also doesn't help that it makes some Legends abilities completely useless, like Lifelines passive. 

 

And looks like I won't be getting much, or any, of the new cosmetic items because holy fuck does it take a long time to earn those crowns. And no, I'm not paying for loot boxes. 

 

Respawn have sadly proper fucked it with this. 

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Maybe the purpose of solo is to quarantine all the lone wolf players in one playlist. Has the standard of randoms in the squads playlist improved?

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18 minutes ago, K said:

Maybe the purpose of solo is to quarantine all the lone wolf players in one playlist. Has the standard of randoms in the squads playlist improved?

 

It's absolutely a testbed. I prefer solos in most games, but with this being built for trios/teamplay and a relatively small map solos feels off. 

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4 hours ago, K said:

Maybe the purpose of solo is to quarantine all the lone wolf players in one playlist. Has the standard of randoms in the squads playlist improved?

 

No

 

One thing I noticed in solos yesterday is some players will wait to jump until you’ve already made an isolated drop so they can see where you’re going, grab a gun, and wait for you.

 

When they fail and you waste them it’s great though, proper YEAH FUCK YOU LITTE BITCH-ASS 14-year old levels of triumph and excitement 

 

They need to to do something about the footsteps in this mode however - they’re deafening and it just turns into camping

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Another thing about Solos. I'm not going crazy when I say the first ring is smaller and closes faster than in a team game? In my first game I was as far as I could get from the ring, thinking I had enough time to loot but before I knew it the ring was closing in on me. 

 

I understand they will probably want people to group together faster, but it adds even more stress to an already stressful game mode. 

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6 hours ago, Floshenbarnical said:

Solo queue is impossible. I can’t seem to get more than 3 kills without a team to run interference. The entire play style has changed. It’s all about finding out where someone is and then camping them. First person to move loses - every player is now super risk averse so you end up with ten players in the tiny final circle

 

You've just described PUBG.

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I can't help but feel that unless you're a coward who only third parties or a genuinely absurdly awesome aim you'll never win solos. Just had a solos where, for a change, I had twelve kills - this probably sounds like I'm decent, but the previous hour I was getting killed almost as soon as I landed. Anyway, in this game where I did good, In the final ring I shot someone and had three lurkers immediately emerge from their smelly hidey holes and take me out. Coupled with landing on endless processions of P2020's during those games where I died early, it's not been a fun few hours.

 

I don't have the temperament for hiding until other players engage one another, it's just not in my nature.

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I'm enjoying the change of pace of solos. It's definitely slower, and inevitably involves more stealth than 3v3.

 

It's much less campy than other BRs though. I once was playing Blackout solo and my phone rang. I was inside the first circle, so I hid in a closed bathroom and took the call. I got lucky with the circle and ended up coming 3rd or something by staying exactly where I was. There's no where like that to hide in Apex.

 

 

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I prefer solo's. Although there is an issue with teaming

 

I only ever play on my own anyway and when i play with randoms about 8 out of 10 games its just the team breaking up and them dying within a minute. So im essentially playing on my own against teams in most games. Which can be brilliant by the way, its essentially a stealth game . I regularly finish top 3 if on my own. Just from hiding and letting other teams go at it.

 

Although, im back playing Titanfall 2 multiplayer. Which makes this look like shite.

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Solos does change the meta. Snipers are actually ok.

 

My issue is EVERYONE IS PATHFINDER!! 

 

It's so much better as a team game. I would also say on the London servers the champions of most solo games are top level players. Which makes the squad games a little easier for normal players.  I certainly find solo far more stressful than squad. 

 

 

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Yeah not a fan of solos, as I need to be running/carried by a team :) 

We were slaying last night, five wins and two back to backs, just being aggressive and sticking together. Once you you get multiple firepower on someone you can roll squads. 

 

I see Respawn posted up a big apology over the unlock, loot, currency around the solo event. Very welcome as it’s even more complicated and money grabbing than before. I can’t fault them for releasing a free game but they really can’t Seem to work out  the whole monetisation of this.

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Seemed to be getting loads of errors last night, failing to join servers.

 

Did have one match where my teammates got killed and amazingly didn't quit, I took out their killers and rezzed them and later on they repayed the favour.

Went on to be me and one guy in the final circle but I choked :lol:

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Whenever Lifeline calls a Care Package I always stay back until the player has taken their items. Yesterday I had someone do that for me for the first time ever. I wish I messaged them now to compliment them on their sportsmanship.

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On 17/08/2019 at 08:25, macosx said:

Yeah not a fan of solos, as I need to be running/carried by a team :) 

We were slaying last night, five wins and two back to backs, just being aggressive and sticking together. Once you you get multiple firepower on someone you can roll squads. 

 

I see Respawn posted up a big apology over the unlock, loot, currency around the solo event. Very welcome as it’s even more complicated and money grabbing than before. I can’t fault them for releasing a free game but they really can’t Seem to work out  the whole monetisation of this.

 

TBF their monetisation is in line with Fortnite now, it was the RNG that was objectionable. But ultimately they're just cosmetics, and their methods are in line with current industry standards. Respawn are taking unecessary flak over this imo.

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29 minutes ago, grindmouse said:

. Respawn are taking unecessary flak over this imo.

 

Wrong, you have to spend an obscene amount to unlock all the solo stuff, then an additional amount to unlock the heirloom stuff. They’ve admitted they got it wrong and had apologised as part of their learning curve on how to play the free yet monetised game and its changing in the next week or so.

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1 hour ago, grindmouse said:

 

TBF their monetisation is in line with Fortnite now, it was the RNG that was objectionable. But ultimately they're just cosmetics, and their methods are in line with current industry standards. Respawn are taking unecessary flak over this imo.

 

Then Fortnite is also in the wrong. 

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It literally is just some skins who cares. We’re not a bunch of 14-year-olds who need to swing dick at school with their sweaty new Wraith skin. 

 

Some people are hilarious though. I’ve had a few people in squad queue who run the cursor over every character to display their Legendary skins that they’ve modified from the store with the red points. Reminds me of a kid I knew at my last job  who got a shitty new Mitsubishi and would park it behind work in the alley with the doors and bonnet open and get female customers to go and look at it. It was a stock model with a tiny engine and they would make this face

 

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