Sunday, October 24, 2010

League Of Legends

Platform: PC
Game Price: Free
Developers: Riot
Genre: Action RTS
Rating: Teen
Review Score: 8.0

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League of Legends is a game inspired by the Defense of the Ancients map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows. It was first announced on October 7, 2008 and released on October 27, 2009. The game was in a closed beta from April 10, 2009 to October 22, 2009. It then transitioned to open beta until release. The game is an action RTS.

If you've played DOTA or HON you will pick this game up very quickly. The game just like a lot of others is not to noobie friendly. If you play terrible or "feed" the other team you will cause a loss. So start out with the tutorial!

Before the game begins you are able to choose a 3v3 or a 5v5 game. I'm a bigger fan of the 5v5 because there is a lot more action and more people to destroy. The map is also a lot bigger and there are more NPC creatures to kill. After you select your game type you are put into a que. The que only usually lasts up to 1 minute where during this time it is matching you up against people of your own level. Once 10 or 6 are equivalently matched the game sends you to character selection. RIOT allows you I believe 7-10 Free characters a week to choose from. The characters all have there own traits ( i.e.Tank, DPS, Caster, Crowd control etc.) I enjoy the heavy dps non caster heros because it seems casters do alot of damage but they have alot less hit points starting out. Once you pick your hero you then are able to choose 2 unique spells.

Character Selection Screen (Ranked Match)

The game play is very balanced. With over 40 unique champions the game tactics change every game. The game is updated about once a week and there's a new champion introduced about once a month! Riot does a great job at fixing bugs as well. I enjoy the large amount of champion item selection. Another very cool thing they added is the talent and rune system. I think they need to be tweaked a bit but the idea is great. Each game awards an amount of points and exp which you can buy new characters or runes and it also levels your skill profile up 1-30. 

Pros of the game
-The graphics are outstanding
-Every champion is unique
-Lots of items
-The game is free!!
-Updated like its a MMO

Cons of the game
-Not very noobie friendly
-Rune system is very confusing 
-Talent points seem useless 
-Only one map