Apex Legends has dominated the battle royale conversation since its release Feb. 4, leaving competition such as Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS foundering and searching for answers. It's not hard to see why. Apex Legends succeeds in ways those games didn't even know was possible. Here are three things it does better than PUBG Xbox.

1. Smooth Movement

PUBG and Apex Legends are very different games, with very different approaches. PUBG was never meant to have the free-flowing movement ​Apex sports. Still, movement in PUBG could easily be smoother without sacrificing the game's grounded, realistic experience. Players don't need to slide around, but being able mantle objects without feeling like you're wearing weights would be a nice middle ground.


2. Optimization

PUBG Xbox remains a barely playable soup of a game, with constant frame rate struggles ​in environments around the game world. Apex Legends came out the gate polished to a blinding sheen, making PUBG Corp look foolish from day one.


3. Non-Verbal Communication

​PUBG tends to enjoy its more "hardcore" approach to communication, limiting map marking to pings placed directly through the map. This makes the game much less accessible for players looking to play without microphones, as those markers provide little to no information to teammates. Apex Legends' ping system blows that paradigm apart, allowing clear and effective communication in exchange for minimal effort. 


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