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Top 10 MOBA Games:

Updated on January 1, 2015

The Rise of MOBA Games: MOBA Gamers arise!

Throughout the last couple of years, MOBA games made their appearance and have risen through the ranks to become one of the most played genres worldwide.

Their success is based on their addictive and yet casual nature, and being a gaming genre that is easy to get into but hard to master it can be played by both casual and hardcore gamers alike - having different TIERs in order to accommodate every kind of players.

Throughout this article we are going to explore some MOBAs and I'll grade them accordingly to what I think it's best.

1 - League of Legends:

This is the MOBA that rules them all. League of Legends has to be number one and I'm sorry for all of the haters and hipsters who disagree with me.

LOL just does it right and that's why it is the most popular MOBA and the game that has the highest number of players worldwide.

You see, DOTA 2 is great and all - but it doesn't cater to every kind of player, and my girlfriend is a prime example of it:

- She thinks the graphics are bland and shady and she thinks it is complicated to play... like her, many players think this way.

League of Legends adopted a cartoony look and a simpler gameplay, which caters to casual players.

The game's upper TIERs or Leagues still cater to hardcore players, so well done.

2 - DOTA 2

This is the sequel to the game that started it all. Dota 2 is less user-friendly than League of Legends, but it is still highly popular.

Its difficulty is higher and there's more room to tactics and strategy, but it can be quite hard to get into, especially if you played any other MOBA game beforehand.

It is daunting at first, and that helps to explain why DOTA 2 isn't more popular.

3 - Smite

Forget about the Isometric view most MOBAs present you and jump into Smite if you want to try something new.

From the creators of Tribes Ascend, Smite gets you a 3D view and hero control with the ASWD keys, something that gives the title some originality and novelty.

Its player base is growing, and only time will tell if Smite can climb higher in the list.

4 - Heroes of Newerth

The number 4 on our Top 10 MOBA games list is "Heroes of Newerth", a MOBA game that has some nice marketing and is good enough to stand on its own.

As far as graphics are concerned, they have some similarity with the ones with DOTA 2, but they look a bit more light and colorful, giving some hue to the board.

As far as I'm concerned, I find this one to be superior to DOTA 2 in what comes to the game itself, but I had to keep DOTA 2 in the number 2 of this least because of what it means to MOBAs and its popularity in general.

5 - Guardians of Middle-Earth

This is actually a pretty nice MOBA game, and it surprised me because most of the games made out of big movie or book franchises end up to be a huge disappointment.

The Guardians of Middle-Earth MOBA is even greater if you're a fan of LOTR (Lord of The Rings), and if you know about the Lore.

If you're a Tolkien junkie, you have to try this one!

6 - Sins of a Dark Age

I didn't play this one, but I stumbled upon pieces of it from time to time.

So, if you are looking for a review of SOADA from someone who played it, you're going to be disappointed. I actually played every other MOBA on this list, but this one I just included because the developers made the game I love "Sins of a Solar Empire", and the realm quests it offers seem like a breath of fresh air.

Check this one out and let me know.

7 - Forge

An exciting variety of heroes to choose from, fast-paced PVP action, great graphics and a price tag of $20.

Forge should be free-to-play in order to increase its player base and maximize on its raw potential, but I guess it's the developers' choice.

Check this out if you don't fear losing your lunch money.

8 - Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes

For those of you who love Warhammer and loved the PVP included on the RPG version, this can be the right MOBA for you.

For starters, it presents a lot of novelty by pitting three teams on the map, instead of the traditional 2.

This adds a fun mix - and if you played the PVP in the RPG game, then you can skip the tutorial.

9 - Bloodline Champions

We're down to a point where we cannot ask too much of the game because the choices in this genre are still very limited.

If you want to get the best MOBA experience, then you should pick the ones above, but if you tried them all and want to play something new, Bloodline Champions may be a good choice for you.

It's a funny little game and the graphics aren't that bad either.

10 - Super Monday Night Combat: Super MNC

If you're looking for a MOBA that skips the fantasy setting and presents you some novelty, then Super MNC might be the best chance to get what you're after.

The game happens in a TV show, a reality TV-show, and you will get explosive fast-paced action, mixed with some futuristic weapons and some creative loops.

Try this one if you haven't, you have nothing to lose since it is free.

What Makes MOBA Games Addictive?

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We have to agree that the MOBA genre is a bit too addictive for some people who already had trouble with gaming addiction. On the other hand, the e-sports scenario grew a lot with the new genre, and people worldwide are starting to dream about video-game related careers.

With this genre booming, one has to wonder what the next big game will be.

Why is League of Legends so popular?

I have my own ideas and thoughts of why LOL got to the place where it stands today, but I would really love to have your opinion on the subject.

Below this article you'll find a comment section - if you read the whole thing and you're interested about games, let me know your own opinion.



What do you think?

Do you enjoy playing MOBA Games?

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© 2015 Rui Carreira


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