Game Review - League of Legends on PC

Written by Ravener on March 15, 2015 @ 10:28 am

League of Legends. Who haven't heard that name? Any respected gamer knows at least the name of the game, but let's go deeper. I've been playing since June 2014. Not much, I know. Still, I have spend over 730 hours on that game, so I think I have enough experience to judge the game. For reference note, I got to level 30 in 5 weeks (which is really fast btw, I've spend around 10h/day during that time playing non-stop) and I'm now ranked at Bronze II.

The League of Legends is an organization part of a world named Runeterra, which lives with the power of runes. The mains parts known of Runterra are The Freljord, Demacia, Noxus, Ionia, Piltover and Bandle City. The two biggest forces, Demacia and Noxus, are in war since years. The last big war cost deeply to the world, breaking its balance and menacing the safety of the everyone. People gattered and then decided to create the League of Legends to decide the fate of battles instead of having real huges, costly and dangerous battles to happen. This way, the innocents aren't touched, and it's "quickly" decided.

So here we are, Summoner's that controls inhabitants from Runeterra to win wars. These Champions volunteer to be part of the League of Legends, each of them having their own reasons to be there. Some wants to help restore their country's glory, some just use it to get their own way. The number of Champions grows bigger and bigger each year, bringing creatures more strange one from another. Howerever, Summoner's pick up their Champions and they are forced to work together, even if that means a Demacian must battle on the side of a Noxian. Even if they are both mortal ennemies, they have no choices.

Each Champion as its range of skills ; a passive, three basics skills, an ultimate and two Summoner's Spell. There's also four differents arenas in which the Champions battles. There's the Twisted Treeline-- where each team have three champions, The Crystal Scar-- where five-teamed Champions must capture key-points, the Howling Abyss-- where each team of five champions tries to survive on a small bridge, and the most reknowned of arenas : The Summoner's Rift. Almost every decisive and important battles happens there, and a lot of people are eager to watch every single one of them.

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Okay enough with the stories. League of Legends is a MOBA, which means it's mostly PVP. The major map is the Summoner's Rift, where each team of 5 Champions battle in games of around 35 minutes (maybe less, maybe more). The lore is extremely deep, yet most of it is mostly and only found on the Wikia now. There's a lot of easter eggs coming from many places, some being just little jokes here to there like Nasus' joke "No, I will not fetch the ball" or "Who let the dogs out?", or even bigger ones like the fact that the said Nasus is inspired by the Egyptian God Anubis. Each Champion as its own personnality and skills, which makes all of them very unique (more or less) and also its own story.

Now as said above, this game is mostly PVP. You can play against A.I., but it's far less interesting and rewarding. You'll have to learn to play with strangers in order to win. There's also ranked games, where you can get classed to a Division and evaluate your level. Climb levels to get uniques rewards at the end of the season (like the unique Victorious skin, that you can get if you are classed Gold at the end of the season and that changes every year). Because yeah, there are skins to change the look of your character! Since the game is free-to-play and totally advertisement-free, skins are the way Riot Games has to get its money. They are available only by buying with real money or threw gifting. You can also buy champion with real money, even if you can get all of them with points earned by completing games. But, to make your champiosn even more powerful, you'll have to get runes (silly, the world needs the runes to survive, and to save it you use the runes, so in the end you techniqually destroy the world to preserve it XD) that you can only buy with Influence Points, which are only earned through playing games.

PROS
- Free-to-play game which isn't a pay-to-win (unless you cheat by buying en existing account -- which isn't allowed by the Summoner's Code)
- Large collection of Champions available
- Hours of gameplay, not a single game is like the other
- 10 champions available to play freely every week without buying them.
- Constant updates to improve player experience (Summoner's Rift got entirely updated back in november after 5 years, characters getting visual, gameplay or overall updates to fit more in the game)
- Special Events that can get you prices and sometimes will get you to play special games.
- New 50% discounts on 3 champions and 3 skins every monday and friday (week and weekend-long promotions, on RP prices only).
- Refer-a-friend system that rewards you rare skins and IP to spend on champions and runes.
- Autorize the use of smurf-account so that you can level up again with friends (as long as you don't abuse the refer-a-friend system, which they changed especially because of that)

CONS
- As a lot of people says : a stupid community. (Don't get me wrong, it's a minority, and you can always report people. Just, yeah, you can find stupid people every now and then. It's way better and it used to be tho.)
- From personal experience, can become boring when playing alone
- Can become extremely money-hungry if you start buying skins (believe me, it becomes an addiction. They won't ask/spam you to do it tho. It'll just come.)
- As a deep and interesting lore that just doesn't influence anything really

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 8
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 8
Sound Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 8

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Comments


iNFERNAL
March 21, 2015 @ 11:04 am
Kinda great game, bad community.If it wasn't all the childish players who were playing it, the game wasn't that famous at the moment. It evolves by the day but it evolves in a negative way.

BroRocker
July 22, 2015 @ 3:55 pm
I have a very love/hate relationship with League of Legends. I gave it a 10 on my own list, but I felt that was due to the fact that it's one of only 3 games I have 500+ hours in (the other 2 being Starcraft and Starcraft II). I totally agree with you on the it can get boring when playing alone. I remember when I first started playing this game I could do it, but at this stage I basically only play with at least a part of 2 others or more. That's what is so funny to me, though - that I find League to probably be the most fun game I play with other people, but it's almost unplayable alone for me. Also, I would say winning in League is as gratifying as winning in any other game, but I find the losing can be as rough as it can possibly be. When we play games that can last up to an hour, losing really stings.

Game Information

Platform
PC
Developer(s)
Riot Games
Publisher(s)
Riot Games
Genre(s)
MOBA
NA Release Date
October 27, 2009
MVGL User Score
7.4
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