With Autumn around the corner, there’s plenty of discussion around what the top games will be. First up, and as Apex Legends continues to push out its Season 2 updates, under the ever-looming shadow of Fortnite, the question remains as to whether either - and specifically Battle Royale - can ever become a long-term ESport. While the Fornite World Cup made headlines worldwide, and made a handful of players very, very rich, there’s no mistaking the fact that it’s was all a bit dull.
While there were moments in the Fornite World Cup that were exceptional, much of the game still revolves massively around RNG, bunkering, and the permanent battle with Epic to capitalize on whatever weapon they’ve recently implemented that’s overpowered.
Things are a little different with Apex Legends, helped largely because of the fact that it doesn’t have building - bunkering isn’t a thing - and has, as far as I’m concerned, a far greater skill ceiling. I’m not suggesting Fornite isn’t skillful (far from it), but there are times where it often feels that as a viewer, you’re watching who can build the highest the quickest, and little else. Fights are often won or lost on build ability alone, and while many enjoy that, there’s an argument to be made that it doesn’t quite make for the most riveting of sports. Even Epic’s attempts to continually tinker with material limits hasn’t really changed the fundamentals of the meta.
Although Apex legends and its tournaments have yet to truly begin, there are signs that it’s gaining traction. With the speed and accuracy required in the game, I’d argue that it’s not only more competitive, but also far more engaging to watch. When you see players such as Dizzy, there’s little wonder that the argument for Apex Legends having a far higher ceiling than Fornite is often made. The fact Apex Legends is first person, in comparison to Fornite’s third, instantly makes it far more engaging. Not only that, but the quicker pace and unique abilities of Heroes creates far greater strategies. I know many friends who’re taking bets on the first teams likely to succeed in its first World Cup (likely NRG), and are making use of casino bonuses to scout the playing field.
Besides these two games, there’s a few other titles that are keeping hold of player attention. Hunt: Showdown is showing massive potential, and is already running good numbers on Steam and Twitch, while WoW Classic continues to draw in the crowds, especially with Battlegrounds arriving soon (Phase 2). Besides that, Destiny 2 and Shadowkeep look set to perform well thanks to its transition off of Battle.net, while it’s anticipated that it’ll do ve upry well competitively: revisions to PvP and the scope for world firsts are always exciting.
As for the last top 7 games for autumn, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is right around the corner, and looks set to give both Apex Legends and Fornite a run for its money (always the case, competitively). Finally, there’s The Outer Worlds. It might not be competitive, it won’t be an ESport (the odd one out here), but it will be huge. By Obsidian, it’s certain to sell huge amounts.
What games are you looking forward to in the Autumn?
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