League of Legends review
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Its really hard to review a massive entity of a game like League of Legends. Having reached millions and millions of players from every corner of the planet and being more popular than Jesus Christ himself, one just simply cannot expect it to be complete shit, right? Plus the game is constantly evolving with more stuff added almost every two weeks, its really damn hard to give it a numeric score. That's the reason I have decided not to give one. Plus the new season just started and kids and grown-ups alike are more salty from getting back to bronze than a fucking Pringles can.
The story in League of Legends is left on the back round, but its totally there if you want to immerse yourself. Basicly its a minimal story about two rival factions: Demacia and Noxus (the good and the bad) and a bunch of other regions. Plus each champion has their own lore for you to read in the game, that details their individual motivations on why they entered the league. I love, and i mean i fucking LOVE reading these bits of info and thats part of the reason why i keep playing the game. Apart from the story itself, i really appreciate the universe riot has created here. Allthough it consists partially from the generic knights and what not's, the other regions of the world give them a chance to create pretty much anything they want. Samurais, ninjas, steampunk cops, space monsters, pirates, cats dogs and whatever the fuck yordles are, there most likely is at least one character you like, and thats very important and well executed here.
So what the hell is League of Legends? Well, in case your internet provider came to you house around 5 years ago and beat the shit out of your modem, you must have heard of LoL at some point of your life. LoL is a MOBA developed by Riot Games. A weird mix of an RTS and RPG games with a small hint of fighting games thrown into the mix (thats how I like to describe it anyway). Basically it works like this: you pick a champion that has a specific job, a role if you may (unless you are one of those meta breaking fucks who are feeling really creative at my ranked games fuck you!). You go to your assigned lane depending on what champion you picked and go kill some minions. This earns you gold and exp, which is used to buy items , which makes your character more powerful. Killing enemy champions earns you even more gold. The game ends when the other team destroys the enemy teams nexus which is in the middle of their base and guarded by three tiers of turrets.
The game has a living fuckton of champions you can play, 10 different ones being free and rotating each week, not to mention that new champs are added every 2 months or so. There are different sub classes to the champions like the assassin, tank, mage etc. Each of them has their unique play style, and mastering each one can take you longer than it took to develop Duke Nukem Forever. Like every fighting game ever, I gravitated towards and started maining the coolest champion in the game. I ended up picking up Zed, a ninja that uses arm blades and shadows that he uses kind of like a stand (but not really). HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
At the first thought if you didn't know anything about the game would be something along the lines of: "Well doesn't playing the same map over and over again get boring fast?" Well there are other game modes like aram, and the other one, but that's exactly what i thought at first, before realizing that's not the case. Your first weeks are about figuring out what champions you like and what the others do. Once you reach level 30 you can try out ranked, if you feel like losing a part of your humanity, that is. The more you play, the more deep and extensive the game actually becomes. You will want to try different tactics, champions, runes, masteries and constantly perfect yourself, and once you get it right it feels good. Why? I have no idea.
The game has a long and a painful-ass learning curve. The tutorial has gotten better over the years, but there is a bunch of stuff you still have to figure out on your own. The game could do a better job at explaining all the mechanics before throwing you in to the fray. This problem becomes even more deceptive when you have to deal with other players. Here is my biggest problem with the game: the community. It can be the best thing and the absolute worst human garbage worth 10x all the kids on Xbox live at the same time. I have made some friends playing this game and had a chance to meet some genuinely nice people, but for one nice person comes atleast 10 toxic people, who are sure to remind you of every single mistake that you make and harass you every second they get. If i come out of playing a video game more stressed and angry than i was going in, somethings got to be wrong right? The community isn't necessarily Riots fault. They have made efforts to reduce the bad behavior of the player base, but its still a huge problem at the time of writing (march 2015). I guess this happens with everything that is really competitive.
The game really comes alive when you get your 4 other friends and play some matches together. The feeling of combined and strategic teamwork is nearly euphoric *gets fedora ready*. You share the same triumphs, victories and the salt all together and it all is fun. Really fun. The game will always have a special place in my heart, so much so that it completely devoured last year, along with my grades, hobbies and my social life. I don't know about you, but if a game manages to keep you gripped for that long, I think there is something special to that game. The game is also totally "free" to play so absolutely nothing is keeping you from trying it out. Well what are you waiting for? Go play the damn game champ! Oh and if you would be so kind click THIS button to register.