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Games Like 'Apex Legends' to Play Next

There are plenty of other multiplayer or battle royale games to fill your time if you've finished 'Apex Legends.'
by Jon Bitner — 
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Apex Legends

EA

Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royales around. Respawn Entertainment's foray into the genre has been a resounding success, with constant updates allowing its community to thrive more than three years after launch.

The game isn't just popular — it's also well-reviewed. Apex Legends is sitting with a fantastic 89 Metascore and only seems to grow better with each patch. The fast-paced game brings tons of unique twists to the standard battle royale formula, with a growing roster of playable characters, constantly reworked maps, and continuous rebalancing to ensure a fair fight.

However, fluid movement and the use of momentum are what truly set Apex Legends apart from the competition. Whether you're sliding downhill to escape a collapsing ring or zip lining down from a skyscraper, Apex Legends uses motion as a bona fide gameplay mechanic. Outliving your opponents requires tactical positioning and maneuvering as much as it does accurate aiming. Dynamic animations and stunning graphics (especially on new-gen consoles) helps bring every action to life, creating a game that simply feels great to play.

Apex Legends has been around for a while, and there's a good chance anyone playing since launch is ready for a change of scenery. And although Respawn's darling is near the top of its class, there are plenty of other games that capture a similar competitive spirit or surreal sense of motion. Many of them are multiplayer or battle royale games, but there are also a few solo adventures that will immediately click with Apex Legends fans.

Here are 10 games like Apex Legends to play next, ranked by Metascore.


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Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch (PC)

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of well-balanced shooters
Where to buy:


Also available on: PS4, Switch, XB1

Overwatch boasts a roster of characters that's every bit as compelling as Apex Legends. But instead of throwing you into a battle royale, you'll face off in strategic, team-based shootouts. The game has seen dozens of updates since launching in 2016, with new maps and characters added on a regular basis. While each player brings something special to the battlefield, they all slot into one of four categories: Offense, Defense, Support, or Tank. You and your team will need to carefully coordinate on not only which players you're bringing into battle, also but how you plan to use their skills to win each match.

"Pretty much everything about this game feels fresh and exciting: the class-based combat, the art style, the roster, the modes." — USgamer


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Neon White

Annapurna Interactive

Neon White (PC)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of Apex Legends' fluid movement system
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: Switch

Neon White is quite possibly the most fast-paced game of 2022. It tasks you with solving Heaven's demon infestation, although the story largely plays second fiddle to the ridiculous gameplay. You'll try to blaze through levels as fast as possible to earn a spot on the online leaderboards, using a variety of Soul Cards to help you along the way. These provide you with both a firearm and movement skill (for example, a Pistol and the ability to double jump), and figuring out when to deploy these skills is the key to success. Much of the game is radically different from Apex Legends, but its frantic pace is something most fans should enjoy.

"Neon White perfectly captures the sense of speed without compromising on accuracy or enjoyment." — WellPlayed


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Titanfall 2

EA

Titanfall 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Those who want to explore a fluid movement system and stellar campaign
Where to buy:


Also available on: PC, XB1

Seeing as Titanfall 2 is made by the same developer as Apex Legends, it should come as no surprise that the two share a lot of the same DNA. Gunplay is smooth, movement is fluid, and there's plenty of gear to unlock as you play. The big difference between the two is the inclusion of Titans, lumbering, mechanical rigs that you can pilot to tear through opponents. There's also an emotional single-player campaign that, although short, earned high marks from critics. Its multiplayer might not be as popular as it was years ago, but the main campaign along is reason enough to check out the iconic shooter.

"The non-stop action of the multiplayer matches is unparalleled, while the Campaign is cinematic, stirs emotion and the only downside is its short duration." — Ragequit.gr


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PUBG: Battlegrounds

KRAFTON

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PC)

Metascore: 86
Best for: Those seeking a gritty battle royale
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: PS4, Stadia, XB1

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (recently renamed PUBG: Battlegrounds) might be the best alternative to Apex Legends. Its movement system is a bit clunkier than Apex Legends, but the necessity for team-based strategies and its gritty aesthetic has allowed it to flourish for years. Like all battle royales, you'll fight to be the last player (or team) standing at the end of the round. The map slowly shrinks as time goes on, and you'll need to scavenge for useful gear if you're hoping to outlive the competition. PUBG: Battlegrounds switched to a free-to-play model in early 2022, making now a great time to dive in.

"The most immersive, intense, adrenaline-pumping, winner-take-all shooter of its time." — App Trigger


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Planetside 2

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Planetside 2 (PC)

Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of large-scale battles
Where to buy: 


Also available on: PS4

As an MMOFPS, Planetside 2 is loaded with gigantic skirmishes that pit dozens of players against each other. The goal of the game is to help your faction take over key parts of the map, which can help turn the tide of battle. You'll explore a world that's just as interesting as King's Canyon, with no shortage of military outposts, barren deserts, snowcapped peaks, and other biomes filled with secrets. Thankfully, you can jump into one of several vehicles to help you zip across the map and join in on the action. You'll also unlock hundreds of weapons as you play, and the option to check out six different classes means there's a playstyle for everyone.

"As a mix of shooter and MMO, PlanetSide 2 is nothing short of a triumph: not quite the best of both worlds, but certainly the best attempt anyone has ever made to fuse them together." — Eurogamer


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Knockout City

EA

Knockout City (PS4)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of competitive team-based shooters
Where to buy: PlayStation Store
Also available on: PC, PS5, Switch, XB1, XBX

Knockout City is an arcade-inspired dodgeball game. It sees you and a small crew of players trying to pummel your opponents into oblivion with rubber balls and eliminate them from the match. The game places a heavy emphasis on defense, as you have the option to either dodge or catch incoming projectiles. Successfully catch a ball, and you can hurl it back at your aggressor with added gusto, making it easy to land a hit. You can also fake a throw to try and fool your opponent. This combination of mind games and chaotic action turns each Knockout City match into something truly special. And now that it's free, there's no reason not to try it.

"Velan Studios has taken the simple concept of dodgeball and turned into one of the most original and enjoyable multiplayer games I've played in quite a while." — GameSpew


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Call of Duty: Warzone

Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone (PS4)

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of fast-paced FPS games
Where to buy: PlayStation Store
Also available on: PC, XB1

Take the hectic Call of Duty gameplay, mix in some vehicles, and throw it into a gigantic open world. That's the premise of Warzone, and it works incredibly well. Aside from the usual battle royale shenanigans, the game gives you incredible control over your weapons. Dozens of unique attachments are unlockable for each firearm, and figuring out which one works best for your build is arguably half the fun. There's also a robust Battle Pass that constantly rewards you with gear. Call of Duty fans will get the most mileage out of the game, but every FPS fan should find something to enjoy with this massive title.

"This new entry into the genre shakes the formula up in brave new ways and provides one of the best multiplayer experiences in recent memory — it's debatably the new gold standard for Battle Royale." — GameCritics


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Fortnite

Epic Games

Fortnite (PS4)

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of crafting and wild collaborations
Where to buy:


Also available on: iOS, PC, PS3, PS5, Switch, XB360, XB1, XBX

With more than 350 million registered users, there's a good chance you've already played Fortnite. But if you're one of the few holdouts, consider this your call to action. It captures a different vibe from Apex Legends, leaning more towards casual and quirky, but there's still an astronomical skill-ceiling for gamers seeking a challenge. Building towering structures and other defense systems is key to the experience and sets it apart from others in the genre. Constant updates and high-profile collaborations (including Marvel, Master Chief, and Kratos) mean there's always something new to explore in the colorful third-person shooter.

"It may not be the first battle royale game, and it certainly won't be the last, but Fortnite sets itself apart from the crowd by giving you the freedom and tools to express your own personal playstyle." — IGN


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Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft

Rainbow Six Siege (PS4)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of destructible environments and tactical shooters
Where to buy:


Also available on: PC, PS5, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Rainbow Six Siege is a hyper-competitive team-based shooter. You and a few teammates will face off against another team of five. One side is tasked with rescuing a hostage, planting a bomb, or securing an area of the map, while the other tries to stop them. Before diving into the action, you'll choose a character from a roster of more than 60, each with their own unique skills. Sledge, for example, can use a hammer to tear down walls, while Fuze can send grenades through barricades and wooden floors. Learning each character and working as a team is key to victory, and constant updates from Ubisoft ensures the game will be around for years to come.

"Rainbow Six Siege delivers on what it promised to be: a well-made, multiplayer-focused, team shooter." — DarkStation


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Warframe

Digital Extreme

Warframe (PS4)

Metascore: 64
Best for: Those seeking a free-to-play, cooperative shooter
Where to buy: 


Also available on:  PC, PS5, Switch, XB1

Warframe isn't a battle royale and it isn't an FPS. But for folks who loved zipping around Apex Legends' map, Warframe scratches a similar itch. As you clear maps of enemies, you'll be able to run across walls, double jump, and pull off the beloved bullet jump, which propels you forward like a cannon. Fast combat is backed by a constant flow of loot and deep customization options. Whether you want to pick off enemies from a distance and cut them to pieces like a space ninja, Warframe gives you the tools to make your character your own.

"Warframe is definitely worth your time, but a UI tune-up would make it worth your money." — Game Informer