Hot Drop is GameSpot’s weekly Apex Legends column, in which Jordan Ramée takes a closer look at Respawn’s battle royale to provide additional insight into the game’s evolution, as well as dive deeper into its episodic storytelling and characters.
I really like Apex Legends’ newest playable character, Newcastle. I don’t like him so much that he’s my new main–it’s going to take a lot to get me to move on from my girl Valkyrie, especially now that she’s getting her heirloom in the Awakening Collection Event–but Newcastle represents the type of character that Apex Legends is sorely lacking and could use a bit more of: someone who’s selfless.
There are very few completely selfless characters–playable characters with abilities that strictly benefit others and not themselves–in Apex Legends. Really, the only other character who’s anywhere close to being as selfless as Newcastle is Wattson, and the Apex Legends team specifically buffed her with a “selfish” passive to address the perceived lack of power in her kit.