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Apex Legends muzzle flash - how bad is it really?

Published: 22:35, 23 December 2019
Updated: 22:48, 23 December 2019
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Apex Legends' muzzle flash has been a reliably recurring topic on Reddit and quite a divisive one too. In the recent period, skill-based matchmaking has almost drowned it out, so let's take a look at it in peace- is it really that bad?

Granted, the complaints date quite a while back, which would indicate there's some truth in this. Unfortunately, muzzle flash complaints are mostly delivered via emotionally charged posts, and those have less science behind them than Ancient Aliens.

Unfortunately, it doesn't help their credibility that Apex Predators and other higher-ranked players regularly come in with the 'Git Gud' finisher, and as daft as it may sound -  it's actually spot on. We all use the same Apex Legends arsenal - it's not like you're being cheated. 

Don't get me wrong - I've had fights where shooting and seeing enemies had to be performed separately, most notably in tunnels and enclosed areas. I've had players escaping while I kept shooting at walls until it came time to reload. Lemme tell you - those are some long and embarrassing reloads. 

And here's the kicker - having it occur so regularly and frequently that it ruins Apex Legends for you is something that can be fixed without Respawn's assistance. If you can't handle muzzle flash, then don't get in situations where it will get you killed, which in most cases means stay outside. Play Bloodhound. Optics helps slightly. Stabilizers?

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Apex Legends developer has built an intricate attachment system that continues to expand the arsenal's versatility without being confusing. Interestingly, the higher up the skill tree you go, the less it seems to matter. Must be a coincidence. 

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