It’s not often you can see how amateur modification not only grows to a full-fledged game, but also gives rise to a new genre. Custom mod for Warcraft 3 DotA AllStars named after its release has gained unprecedented popularity and even has got a sequel, which is preparing to enter into the light. But as we all know, if something becomes popular, then this immediately appear imitators. Such a case has not bypassed and DotA. Over the years, the company’s independent developers trying to make their “clones” to a successful modification, even the father of the series Supreme Commander and Dungeon Siege – Chris Taylor put here contribute to the project Demigod. But all changed as soon as a “shell”, the insides remain true to the traditions. So what, then, can offer us new game from Riot Games studio and what she stands out from the crowd of similar MOBA – games?
Fundamentally the gameplay in the game is nothing new. We still have a friend to pain card with two rival teams and several neatly paved paths between the bases, which run computer-controlled creeps, and we are due to money earned, buy more powerful items that fit the character class, using recipes and assemblies, and all the forces trying to destroy the enemy’s main building, breaking through the defensive lines on the tower. This mechanics of the original fans know by heart. In the case of the League of Legends, it has not changed much, except that there were unimpressive at first glance, but at the same time is quite significant changes and features of the game.
We have an extensive list of characters that we have to play, but we will manage not just heroes – they are characters of the universe of “League of Legends”, each of which has its own biography and the history of joining the League. Thus, we learn about the story of the game. Riot’y quite interesting serves the very history of the Champions, even a little humor. With regard to the diversity of characters, here it’s all right. The collection contains characters from the most ordinary warriors with swords and dead wizards to crazy clowns and walking trees. There are about a hundred (as of this writing, they are “exactly” 99 and that’s – that’s getting ready for the hundredth anniversary hero). By the way, all the characters are well balanced with each other, and cheat the characters and gone, unlike the DotA, which still had a couple of very dangerous and very strong champions, as they say, “do not kill”.
As in DotA, located on the map neutral monsters, but in League of Legends, some of them were so-called “buff”, giving some advantages over others. For example, from blue buff hero reduces the cooldown of all abilities and significantly increases mana recovery, allowing you to save a few precious seconds, and red gives an increased gain to force attack and burn enemies with fire. With the introduction of this innovation was much more profitable to go into the forest from the very beginning of the game, besides some of the characters feel a lot better in the “jungle” than a lane, as if they were for this and created. Also on the card has very strong boss, you want to kill the whole team. After his death in all your “Timy” appears most powerful buff, giving the growth characteristics of all parameters. Quite remarkable that this boss named “Nashor”, while in Dote his name “Roshan” (read the word backwards).
But the major change from the original can be seen after the start of the game. We act as a certain summoner, and in the course of our own games and levels get the pump through its “alter – ego”. The maximum level that we can achieve – the thirtieth. During the battle we gain experience and points of influence, and to achieve a new level – a slot for runes point talent and special spells. Points talents can be distributed as you like in three branches: attack, defense and support. Pumping an attack, it is understood that on the battlefield, you’ll be attacking hero, respectively, defense – in the tank, and an auxiliary branch – in character support. But here one must be careful and should not just distribute the talent, because if your champion was conceived as a tank that takes up all the damage, it is natural pumping branches attacks will be meaningless for him (although there are exceptions), and may even cause the entire team to defeat. Thus we help our heroes to fight more effectively against their opponents on the battlefield.
We also have the right to choose a specific spell, regardless of the choice of our character. The effects of these abilities may be quite different. For example, you can increase the speed of our movement up or slow down the enemy, you can treat yourself and your allies, or even resurrect your character. These spells do not require mana but very long recharge. These spells, as well as glasses abilities, are able to assist your champion in the arena, and sometimes even change the course of battle (in the game called Battle Command – Team Figth).
Another nice innovation in the mechanics of the game – the bushes. Now we will be able to hide in the bushes and suddenly attack their enemy opponents, and sometimes they can save your life during his escape from the enemy. With this discovery, a host of gameplay tactics and strategies of branches, the way you can use them – depends on you. There were also changes in gameplay principles, for example, was canceled very interesting finding of the original game – “kriping” ie Denying their creeps, so as not to get gold to enemy heroes who are now allowed to kill only enemy minions.
But the story is worthy of a separate system of micropayments introduced by the game developers. At higher levels, in addition to the new portion of the experience, we get the effect of glasses – Influence Points (IP), by which in-game store we can buy new characters, and we need the runes, which operate on the principle of talent points to strengthen your character in the arena. Unfortunately, from the beginning of the game available to us, not all champions, but each week they are given ten free so that we have them tested and decided on further buying. League of Legends extends shareware, it is understandable, developers need to somehow feed themselves, so they entered the second currency – Riot Points (RP), which are available for real money. But we must pay tribute to the Riot studios, we impose no spend their hard earned money and invest it in the game to make new purchases. If desired, all the champions and you need a rune can buy for in-game currency, which is given after the battles, however, it needs to do a lot of time. And the store itself is implemented very well, for example, the rune can not be bought for real money, but the skins of the characters are bought only for them, but then again, none of us does not make anything to buy, skins any increments to the characteristics do not bear, and serve only enjoyable decoration to your character.
If you go from a technical side, compared to DotA obviously prettier picture became brighter and richer, and all the special effects have purchased a beautiful animation. In contrast to the same DotA AllStars, which can be played only through Warcraft, LoL is launched in a separate client and has its own new engine, with which some of the abilities and skills of heroes simply technically impossible to implement in the original DotA of outdated mechanics and “Warcraft”engine. By the sound here is not to find fault, because he was then very small, but very pleased offscreen replica “commentator”, for example, if we kill five enemy characters in a row, you can hear a loud furious cry of “Pentakill”, followed by no less frightening for «ACE» enemy command phrase.
With regard to diversity, in contrast to the same of DotA, here in addition to the already become a standard card 5×5 called “Rift summoner” There is one more card capacity 3×3 – “winding firebreak”, which is clearly diminished in size and has a two paths instead of the usual three. Common modes of gameplay the game is not limited. Some time after the release was introduced a completely new custom mode – Dominion, in which we need to capture and hold control points on the map. Naturally, and without the team work here and do not step to step. After already learned by heart cards – the most it.
In terms of interface and convenient game League of Legends did not disappoint even the most scrupulous and niggles players. Now all of the panels can be arranged as you wish, your allies and opponents are indicated by icons on the map with the persons that it is clear who is where, and the skill buttons are next, but nothing prevents them to redistribute to others, like your heart’s content.
Not without flaws developers. There are still no sensible system has a selection of players of equal strength. It is, of course, pretends that picks up your opponents with the same level, but in fact it turns out great disparity. For example, you fifteenth level, and you can play as the tenth level gamers who have yet to learn, and hardened “Lawler” the thirtieth, the number of wins by up to a thousand. So it turns unequal forces command, and is almost after five minutes of the game once it becomes clear who will win. Very rarely matched amounting team, both in levels and in skill.
In short, we can say that this is a mind driven to DotA with the new engine, gameplay discoveries and improved role-playing system. The game should appeal to both hard-core players in amateur modification, which on this dog ate, and beginners in the MOBA genre, which is present to all the above sensible training regime. “Oh, hard times also have DotA 2 after release, oh is not sweet.”