League of Legends Review
League of Legends, or LoL for short, is a free to play game. This real time strategy (RTS) game has been around for a few years, but I've just recently stumbled across it. I've been having fun learning the ins and outs of this MMO, but it can be tricky to start. If you come to LoL expecting game play similar to World of Warcraft you might be disappointed, or pleasantly surprised.
What is League Of Legends?
LoL is a 3D fantasy based MMO made by Riot games. MMO, which stands for , may not be the best way to describe this game. If you've played other MMO's be prepared to leave everything you've learned at the door. This game doesn't fit the traditional model you may have grown accustomed to. LoL plays similar to the Warcraft 3 mod called Defense of the Ancients. So if you've never played DotA there is more of a learning curve to be expected. The good news is there is a definate lack of "grinding". If you feel burnt out on traditional MMOs League of Legends will feel like a breath of fresh air. My first impressions are that LoL skips all the boring level and gear grinding, and puts you right into the action of player vs. player (PVP) combat.
Choosing a Champion
If you are new to the game I suggest playing through both of the available tutorials. They both give new players easy to understand directions and tips you will need to master before playing against others. Even after completing both tutorials you still have a lot to learn. I would suggest playing several matches against bots to get a better grasp of the essentials.
Choosing a Champion
Before your match begins you only have a few minutes to choose your champion. There are a wide variety to choose from. Keep in mind you can only choose a champion that hasn't already been chosen by a team member. If you are just learning the ropes try fighting with a variety of champions to get a feel for how each plays. I've found out through trial and error the type of champions I enjoy playing the most.
The Five Main Champion Types
- DPS (Damage Per Second)
Keep in mind you want a varied team composition. Look to those on your team you have already chosen a champion to see which types have already been filled, and which are open.
After selecting a champion you get to choose two summoner spells. These can aide your champion, or that of a teammate. What you choose depends on the type of champion you choose and your individual play style. Don't worry too much about making the perfect choice as a new player. All of the summoner spells benefit your champion in some way. After a while you will learn which ones are most advantageous.
After choosing a champion and summoner spells it's time to select your rune book page. Choosing which runes to buy is something I am still learning about. Runes are only beneficial to your champion, so it's better to choose something here, even if it's not ideal for the type of champion you are currently playing.
Before the Match
You will have a few moments to discuss strategy with your team mates before the action begins. I'm still a fairly new player to the game, so I usually choose to give my team mates a heads up. Some kind souls have helped me out in choosing a lane, or suggested we team up on a particular lane. Other times the advice given hasn't been so helpful, and at times it's been down right rude. Don't let a few hurtful comments scare you off.
Choose Your Lane and Battle
If you are new hopefully you're working along side a team mate on one of the lanes. Now you are charged with the task of pushing up the lane destroying enemy minions, champions and turrets along the way to the enemy nexus. Along the way you will have the opportunity to upgrade you champions armor and abilities. The good news is you are given suggested upgrades for armor and weapons that benefit your chosen champion the most.
My First Impressions of League of Legends
If you are like me you'll fumble through the first few matches without much success. The good news is you will be surprised how quickly your game play improves. League of Legends has a pretty steep learning curve for new players, at least in my opinion. If you are new to RTS games in general, you may have a hard time adjusting to the play style. I personally like a challenge, especially when playing video games, so I've had fun over the last few weeks trying it out.
One glaring drawback in LoL is the lack of variety in available maps. Even still each match has been fun and unique. It's frustrating when solo queing to find myself matched against a coordinated team. It gives them a huge upper hand, and usually ends in my teams fast defeat.
Overall I like League of Legends, and would recommend anyone interested in video games to give it a shot. It's a fun, fast-paced PVP game, and best of all it's free.