Review by BloodyAltar

"League of Legends - Easy to learn, hard to master"

Introduction:

League of legends, LoL for short is a Free to Play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game (MOBA). LoL came from a mod of Warcraft 3 that was really popular. This mod is called Dota All-Stars and was considered an e-sports for a while. It's creator was then hired by Riot to develop a stand-alone title within this genre. LoL has many things in common with Dota, but is also very different. LoL is a team-based game, and that means that you have to use team-work to win the matches.

In League of Legends you play as a Summoner, a person with the ability to summon a Champion and fight in your steed. As a Summoner you will Level up your account and gain Influence Points (IP), which is in-game currency. When you Level up, you gain a Mastery Point, which will be used on your Mastery Trees, similar to Talent Trees on WoW. With IP you can buy Champions and Runes. Runes , much like Masteries, will affect your stats and help you define your playstyle

All gameplay affecting content can be purchased using IP. Riot Points which is points purchased with real money is used to buy cosmetic changes for your Champions and IP and XP Boosts. The game is Free to Play and you can unlock all gameplay affecting content through playing normally, so there is not much Pay to Win formula here.

Gameplay (9/10) :

Gameplay in LoL is about you and your team trying to destroy the enemy base, but other factors are also important, like Dragon, Baron and buff control, which will help your team with gold and/or buffs.
As the game progresses you will be able to buy items, which are very important in LoL, since they will affect greatly your stats.
LoL is fairly simple in what comes to attack and move your Champion, but to fully understand and master this game one needs a lot of experience.

Graphics (8/10) :

Graphics in LoL are nice and cartoony, not really awesome graphics, but pretty good. Don't let the graphics fool you into thinking that LoL is for kids, because it's not.

Sound (8/10) :

The sound it's ok and can help you understand what is going on the screen, recently there was a patch that let's you know that you are taking turret hits using a very distinct sound, this is incredibly useful as in the middle of a team fight it's hard to notice that your taking hits from the tower.

Final Recommendations:

This game is very fun and addicting, but can also be very frustrating. It's really fun to play with friends, especially 4.
Although this is a fun game, your overall experience can be ruined by the community, which is really, really harsh, usually raging on you when you do something bad, and even worse, when you don't do anything wrong but they have the urge to blame someone and that is you, period. If you get insulted by being raged at for whatever the reason, don't play this game because it will happen. If you can get past the raging community and the trolls this can be a very rewarding experience, There are many players who are really annoying and there are players who are really great to play with, either way this is a really great and deep game.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 08/06/12

Game Release: League of Legends (US, 10/27/09)


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