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  • Summary: Join forces with your closest allies as you unite to defeat your foes in deadly multiplayer battle arenas. League of Legends combines elements from both strategy and role playing games to bring you a unique and dynamic player experience. As a Summoner, you will have your own distinct, customizable avatar that grows in power as you move through the game. In each battle you will select and call forth one of dozens of Champions to control and engage in head-to-head combat against teams of highly trained warriors. Choose your allies wisely, for the stakes are high. In the League, every battle means more than life or death as the balance of power shifts with each victory or defeat. [Riot Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Free to play and addictive as hell, League of Legends delivers a really entertaining, competitive environment for RTS twitch players.
  2. There are always some people online you can fight with! If you liked the mod GOTA for Warcraft III, you will definitely love this game!
  3. When it comes to actually playing the game, something that's obviously very important, LoL provides an addictive experience that should feel reminiscent of any other game in the genre.
  4. 80
    The best game of its kind I've played. If nothing else, it definitely takes careful measures to ease in new players (meaning the non-Defense of the Ancients elite).
  5. 80
    But sometimes it feels like League of Legends throws too much at the player, both in terms of the number of champions and the general confusion of the larger battles. While that's not enough to dampen your enthusiasm of the game, the vague status of the launch and the more-than-occasional hostility of the community just might.
  6. Less adventurous heroes might be scared off, but if more is merrier, LoL is perfect for your advanced tower defending fix. [Christmas 2009, p.112]
  7. 50
    Overall, League of Legends holds a lot of promise, but comes up short as a retail product.

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  1. Yax
    Oct 26, 2010
    10
    I've been playing this game for a while, and no, it's not just a mod. The graphics are a bit low poly, but when 10 people are fighting each other onscreen at once with lots of particle effects you don't want to be chug because of the trees, terrain, or mobs being too high res.

    The game runs very smooth and that's what counts with a PvP game or a MOBA.

    There are tons of champions to choose from and half the fun is learning all of them. I highly recommend this one.
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  2. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Muy buen juego, bastante balanceado, la compaƱia riot games es super transparente, tienen servidores en varias partes del mundo, lo que lo hace un juego bastante agradable. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2013
    9
    People who aren't used to playing MOBA games will have some trouble with LoL. Those however who have played such games before will find a completely new and inviting world of tactical team-play and quick choice. It is one of those games that can break a players spirit if he gives up before learning all the ropes of the LoL playing style, but those that keep on learning and thriving will soon end up playing almost nothing else but League of Legends. At the moment it offers over 100 champions and 4 different play styles (3v3, 5v5, Dominion, ARAM) in 4 different maps and a 5v5 ranked queue, which gives you even more motivation to become a better and tactically more profound player. It got me hooked and I think Riot games did a good job with this one. Although the game is not the most original ever made, It has it's own unique lore and offers a more direct and dynamic playing experience than games such as DotA and HoN. A must for MOBA fans. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2013
    7
    the character roster is large and fairly balanced unlike a few years ago this was my first MOBA and i still play it has a big E-sport following and is great fun to play....with friends the community is fairly toxic unfortunately and i play on the EU W servers which break at least once a week Expand
  5. Feb 26, 2014
    5
    Played HoN. Play DoTA2. Played League.

    League may have filled a niche at one point, but that niche is withering.

    Until they update their
    engine, drop pay to win and break the mold on their hero/play concept, this game deserves to be left behind as a one time Star that has age very poorly.

    Really, I think a LoL2 needs to happen to save this franchise over the long term.

    And Heroes of the Storm may be the bullet that kills this game (Especially in Korea and China where it is still holding grip)
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  6. Jun 19, 2011
    1
    It was good, untill The login quoues gets up to 3 hrs... and then it loggs out and the servers are not avaible, and when they are again you are put back in 3hrs quoue. Sure, I dont pay anything for the game soo no need to complain, but I know there is ppl paying for it and still are not able to play couse the servers dosnt work.
    While writing this I had sit it quoue for about 2hrs to log in and was not long left. But I got this messege, "server is busy try again later" And I have to wait another 2 hrs to log in.

    Other then the login I like the game, atleast when I can play it, wich isnt that often atm.
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  7. Oct 8, 2014
    0
    Sadly, it wasn't ultimately the toxic community, horrible champion balance/design among the majority of champions, absolutely screwed up beyond belief meta (especially top and the bruiser, currently), brain melting boring competitive scene on twitch with the same 12-16 out of a pool of 120+ champions, it wasn't the DC's or afks during games, the games that are absolutely awful and over yet a couple people on the losing team absolutely refuse to surrender and the enemy team refuses to push the issue and end the match in a less then century long time so yet another horrible match drags on forever, the awful reworks/mini reworks (olaf, cass, kass, etc), the ridiculous amount of highest priced champions, the ludicrous amount of skins and their increasingly ridiculous prices, it wasn't the servers that are down half the time, the occasional idiotic bug that disables a hero or game mode, the crazy amount of time to aquire the IP to fill out a bunch of rune pages AFTER you spent an crap load of time and/or money getting the rune pages in the first place. No, it was not those mountain of reasons why I ultimately quit the game. Surprising, no?

    The reason why I ultimately quit the game was in soloq my personal experience with the awful, atrocious, horrendous, grotesque, abysmal, disgusting, cancerous, malignant, vomit-inducing, wretched abomination that they call the match making system, and the incompetent, ape-like, borderline retarded people that would have the audacity to put such a system out there, call it "match making", and not feel the deepest soul-crushing shame to the point of suicidal thoughts as a result of the job they did. THAT is what made me give up on the game. When it got to the point where 95% of my soloq matches in blind, draft, even aram eventually became the epitome of what I would call "horribly not-fun", THAT is why I quit this god awful game, and you should too, or at least NOT consider playing it. ALL the money you spend, ALL the time and effort you spend is basically wasted unless maybe you can get to the very high tier such as master where I see people have to wait 5+ minutes for a game plenty of times. Are you ready to sink that amount of time, effort, and money to maybe have a chance at a decently enjoyable playing experience more then maybe half the time? Then try this game out.

    Answer this question: Is a 50% win rate really a 50 win rate, if you have to bust your balls and "scrape dog meat off the streets to survive" type of effort into every blood, sweat, and tears game that you win, every small win steak that you gave yourself heart palpitations to achieve, just to have IT ALL WIPED OUT, by a string of games that happens more often then your win streaks, given to you by the matchmaking where you have quitters, afks, laggers/dc's, horribly toxic aholes, completely screwed up matchups, lopsided skill/ranking matchups (I had bronzes and silvers on my team vs golds and plats as an example) and it seems to get more and more constant the more time and money you put into the game? As a sort of "F YOU" to you for spending time and money on their game, compliments riot? If you like the sound of that, give this game a try! Otherwise, avoid this game like it is cancer, aids, and ebola combined.

    Go over to Dota 2, enjoy having the full compliment of heroes available so your money is spent on aesthetics as it should be, know that you have an at least half-competent game design and development company on your side so you wont be screwed by horrible balance, horrible designs, horrible metas and meta shifts, horrible matchmaking, horrible servers etc. etc. I could go on and on. Just save yourself so you don't end up down $100 and a bucket-load of sanity like me.
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