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NICKMERCS explains his thoughts on Apex Legends aim assist

NICKMERCS offered his thoughts on aim assist in Apex Legends, as the controversial mouse and keyboard vs. controller debate rages on.

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Aim assist has been a topic of discussion in the Apex Legends community since the upcoming removal of tap-strafing was announced, leaving NICKMERCS to share his opinion on the situation.

In the most recent news for Apex Legends, the developers officially announced that the movement tech “tap-strafing” would be removed in the upcoming Collection Event update expected on September 14.

This was highly controversial and even caused further tension between controller and mouse and keyboard players.

The developers justified their decision and mentioned potential changes coming to aim assist, which seems to be a concern for many mouse and keyboard players now that tap-strafing will be removed.

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Tap-strafing is a movement tech in Apex Legends that can only be performed on mouse and keyboard on a PC. This was ultimately one of the reasons the devs decided to remove it, claiming it was inaccessible due to its restrictions.

However, mouse and keyboard players were up in arms about the announcement, so much so they began claiming that controller was now the superior input due to aim assist.

Mouse and keyboard’s benefit has mostly been the freedom of movement, but now tap-strafing will be removed. Many are claiming the benefits are lessened.

NICKMERCS shared his opinion on potential changes coming to aim assist in a recent video, which, as you could guess, may not go down too well with mouse and keyboard players.

In the video, Nick mentions the developers worry around players feeling as if they need to use a particular input (controller) to thrive in Apex Legends.

The developers want both inputs to be on a level playing field, hence the reasoning of inaccessibility behind the removal of tap-strafing, as controller players are unable to perform the movement.

NICKMERCS isn’t sure what changes they’re thinking of doing, whether they want to “nerf aim assist or buff aim assist.”

Of course, the potential changes would be to nerf somewhat or lessen the effect of aim assist in response to the uproar surround tap-strafing. It seems Nick is just trolling those players upset with the removal of tap-strafing, asking all his “controller gang” to type “buff” in the comments.

The overall opinion from NICKMERCS is summarized in this sentence: “It’s funny all these keyboard and mouse guys are talking about aim assist being broken, right, but they’re on keyboard and mouse.”

Clearly, Nick feels that both inputs have their strengths and weaknesses, but nerfing aim-assist isn’t the answer. Ultimately, controller players have aim assist as the degree of control over recoil and aim is much higher on mouse and keyboard, especially at longer ranges.

Aim assist does help players a lot in close combat, so perhaps this is what the developers are looking into.

Either way, we’ll have to wait until the update to see just what the developers are planning to do with the aim assist controversy and whether they will decide to change it. For more, check out our article on Octane’s stim glitch in Apex Legends Season 10.

Image Credits: NICKMERCS / Respawn Entertainment

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When will Apex Legends next-gen PS5 & Xbox Series X/S versions release?

Apex Legends has been out for a while, and players are yet to see a next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the game, so far how off is it?

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Apex Legends continues to do extremely well and is constantly growing, yet the absence of a complete version for next-generation consoles is a mystery. So when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

With the launch of Apex Legends Season 11, Respawn’s incredible battle royale FPS continues to be a trendsetter within the industry. For nearly 3 years players have battled each other using a variety of weird and wonderful characters – with the most recent one being Season 11’s Ash.

But despite its ever-growing success and popularity, and the fact it’s been on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a year now, fans of the game still have to contend with a backward-compatible version of the game.

So when exactly can we look forward to a fully upgraded version of Apex Legends for the newest generation of consoles?

When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?

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As of January 14, 2022, there has still been no official word from Respawn Entertainment regarding its update. However, a new leak has sprung hope for fans and players as it could actually be released very soon.

Renowned leaker Shrugtal has discovered files from a recent Apex Legends update that has hinted at the possibility of an imminent update.

The fact that the files now exist in the game is a very promising sign that the devs have got the build for the newer consoles ready.

With Ray Tracing, Adaptive Triggers, 3D Audio, 120 FPS, and a variety of other features possible thanks to PS5 and Xbox, Apex Legends players might finally be able to benefit from the power of new hardware.

How big are the next-gen versions of Apex Legends?

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In the latest leaks for Apex Legends’ next-gen versions, according to PlayStation Game Size, the PS5 version of Apex Legends will be “+80 GB (Without Update).” If this information is true, perhaps the next-gen versions will be out sooner than we think, perhaps even when Season 12 is released.

This is very reasonable considering all the improvements the upgrade is promising. Also, this is just the PS5, but considering the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends are both nearing the 60-70 GB mark, we expect the next-gen versions to also be fairly close.

What features does Apex Legends have now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

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Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same crossplay capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.

However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.

120 FPS / 120 Hz

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have hardware capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4K resolution.

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PS5 DualSense, Haptic Feedback & 3D Audio

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s DualSense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.

Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.

Load times

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A pretty straightforward aspect of next-gen, but an important one nonetheless, is the fact that modern hardware can almost eliminate loading times.

A huge selling point of the PS5 and Xbox Series X is their ability to process information, backgrounds, and everything else required in seconds. Apex Legends matches will be able to move along seamlessly and also allow players to jump into matches almost immediately too.


For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2022. For more news and guides on Apex Legends, check out our complete ranking of every Apex Legend.

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Rampage nerfed upon return in Apex Legends Season 11

Apex Legends has a new update in Season 11, which sees the return of the Rampage, but with a different feel.

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Respawn pushed a small update for Apex Legends on January 13, which sees the return of a nerfed Rampage.

Respawn Entertainment has finally fixed the Rampage and Sentinel and put them back in the Apex Legends loot pool with the latest January 13 update.

While many will be happy to see them back, the community may notice a difference in the Rampage, and that’s because it has been nerfed.

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The Rampage has been causing a lot of controversy and frustration among the community during Season 11. Not only was the weapon extremely powerful and one of the best weapons to use in the game, but there was also an exploit that allowed it to stay charged up infinitely, making it overpowered.

It was removed in response to the exploit, but now it has finally returned and players may find it feels different. This is because the devs have decided to nerf the weapon, perhaps realizing just how strong it was during its time out.

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The developers have decided to nerf the Rampage’s damage and thermite consumption per shot. This means that the weapon will not last as long as it previously did while charged up, as well as doing less damage:

  • Damage per bullet down from 28 – 26.
  • Thermite consumption per shot increased.

Although a lot of players enjoyed using the weapon, there’s no doubt that a portion of the community also felt the weapon was slightly too strong, so perhaps the community will welcome the change.

That’s all for the return of the Rampage in Apex Legends and subsequent nerf to the weapon. For more, check out the new Season 12 Hop-Up leak.

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Apex Legends players are enjoying life without the Rampage

Apex Legends players are getting used to the Rampage not being in the loot pool, so much so that some are even enjoying the game more.

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Since its temporary removal, Apex Legends players seem to be enjoying life without the Rampage.

Apex Legends hasn’t seen many changes since the start of Season 11. Apart from the recent Dark Depths event, which is basically just a sale, players have been awaiting new content such as LTMs for some time now.

Having said that, due to an exploit, both the Sentinel and Rampage were taken out of the game’s loot pool and it seems some players are enjoying the temporary change quite a lot.

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Recently, players have been finding all sorts of tricks and exploits in Apex Legends. One of the biggest exploits that really affected the player experience was the Sentinel and Rampage infinite charge-up.

This exploit basically allowed players to keep both the weapons in their charged state for as long as the player wanted, which is of course extremely powerful. The devs responded fairly quickly by taking the weapons out of the loot pool across the game’s modes temporarily.

For some, this change has been enjoyed more than perhaps the devs expected, especially when it comes to the Rampage as this weapon is very powerful even without being charged up.

Reddit user Hartley672 put up a post with an image of a poll that asked the question “Is apex more enjoyable without the rampage?”

As you can see 40,000 people participated in the poll and 69% voted “yes.” Further, the Redditor who posted the poll also agrees with the majority and their post also has over 9,000 upvotes, showing just how many players are enjoying the game without the Rampage.

One comment under the post even stated: “I didn’t even realize they took the rampage out.”

Despite the poll showing a majority of players enjoying the game without the weapon, there is one group of players in particular that are missing the weapon. Rampart’s main passive is that she can hold more bullets in a magazine for LMGs and also reload them faster.

Rampart mains are the ones who are feeling the negative impact of the Rampage’s removal, with one user commenting: “I’m sad because as a rampart main I enjoy having a decent lmg.”


We’re sure the Rampage and Sentinel will be returning once a fix has been established by Respawn, even if the majority are enjoying life without it. For more, check out the leaked details for the Apex Legends Season 12 Collection Event.

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