Apex Legends Season 11 review: Beauty in the storm
Apex Legends has entered Season 11. Despite recent server issues, the new update shows why the battle royale has become so popular since its release.
Apex Legends Season 11 is a very ambitious update by Respawn Entertainment, especially considering the recent server issues.
That being said, Season 11 has been a breath of fresh air. With an extremely smooth launch and delightful new content, the new season proves that there is indeed beauty within the storm.
Apex Legends Season 11: Escape has officially landed, introducing loads of new content for players to enjoy. As well as a brand new map Storm Point, players have been getting to grips with the new Legend Ash and the C.A.R SMG.
Now that we’ve had some time to play and take the update in, we’ve rounded up our thoughts on Season 11.
Apex Legends Season 11 review
A smooth launch
Apex Legends players had been experiencing some serious server issues throughout Season 10. These issues prevented many from enjoying their experience. Respawn promised to help prevent these issues in the future, and with Season 11’s launch, it seems it is definitely doing so.
Season 11’s launch was surprisingly smooth considering the amount of content that Respawn introduced and the persistent server issues of Season 10. Players were able to jump in and play as soon as the season was released. It’s almost as if Season 11 weathered the storm, which leads nicely onto our next point.
Off to the tropics
Let’s talk about the biggest piece of content that was introduced in the Season 11 update, Storm Point.
Storm Point is the latest addition to the map roster in Apex Legends, allowing players to battle it out on a tropical island.
Of course, like every map in Apex, Storm Point is gorgeous. It is a very colorful map with diverse terrain throughout.
Storm Point comes in as Apex’s biggest map. Although some may think this would make it harder to find enemies, it actually paces the matches very well.
Respawn designed the map to prevent third parties, and you can really tell a lot of effort went into accomplishing this goal. The POIs are spread out nicely and the removal of Jump Towers and the introduction of Gravity Cannons definitely helps prevent teams dropping in to clean up fights.
Another great addition to the Legend roster
Ash was rumored to be coming to the game for some time, and with Season 11, we’re definitely happy to see her join the fight.
If you love Titanfall, you’ll absolutely love this Legend, as everything about Ash is oozing with lore. From Banner Frames to her ability kit, you can really see how much Titanfall continues to inspire the content in Apex Legends.
Ash’s abilities are definitely on the stronger side of things, but nothing like Seer’s launch state in the previous season. Ash feels great offensively, and while her Passive may be slightly too strong, her Tactical and Ultimate take precision and skill.
Ash isn’t easy to pick up and start dominating. You will need to think and coordinate with your team to use her abilities effectively. Therefore, we feel Ash has launched in a fairly balanced state. Although her kit is powerful, players will really need to master the character to unlock her full potential.
Shifting the meta
Lastly, let’s talk about the C.A.R SMG, the latest weapon to enter Apex Legends. The C.A.R SMG has no doubt shaken up the meta in Season 11, as it boasts a higher DPS than the R-99.
The weapon is most dominant up close, as its recoil is pretty outrageous. However, The C.A.R’s hip-fire is one of the most accurate in the game. The weapon is also has an added layer of versatility thanks to the option to have Heavy/Light magazines and ammo.
Taking all this into account, the C.A.R SMG will most likely be getting a nerf soon, as it doesn’t have many negatives. However, players shouldn’t be raging about the C.A.R like when the Bocek Bow was released. The weapon is very powerful, but it doesn’t feel “over-powered.”
Perhaps Respawn needs to make small tweaks to put it back in line with the rest of the SMGs. Once this is done, we’ll have another balanced SMG option in the game that rivals the R-99.
Beauty in the storm
Overall, Season 11 has been a delightful update for players so far, especially since new maps don’t come around too often. Storm Point is incredible, giving players a vast new map to learn and explore, while Ash and the C.A.R are also strong additions to the game.
Further, the buffs and nerfs introduced have put the game in a great balance, and the changes to Ranked Leagues are in a positive direction. Despite the Battle Pass being slightly underwhelming this time around, the server issues seem to be under control and small quality-of-life changes to the game have been well received.
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