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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,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
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  1. 91
    The biggest change to the formula, however, is the persistence of your player as a "Summoner," not to be confused with the 30-odd in-game characters, which get a clean slate at the start of every match.
  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. LoL is a great, free alternative to DotA that caters both to newbies, and the hardcore.
  4. Warcraft's mod DotA revives in this free to play mix between a strategy and a role playing game. Worth a try.
  5. 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).
  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 eachI'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. Feb 7, 2015
    10
    The best most successful game in the MOBA genre. Dominating all others in Esports and players per day it is definitely not a business as youThe best most successful game in the MOBA genre. Dominating all others in Esports and players per day it is definitely not a business as you can take it or leave it on the skins and early char unlocks. The support is fantastic and they are constantly evolving the game to keep it relevant and competitive. Any negative comments are from Dota players or people who did not play the game long enough to know what they are talking about. They even sponser multiple gaming communities to dish out thousands of RP per day in low end amateur tourneys based on player skill level. RP is their "in game money" for skins. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2011
    9
    Good game, best MOBA to date. Sometimes it has problems with the servers, but you always get a "reward" for your patience- sometimes evenGood game, best MOBA to date. Sometimes it has problems with the servers, but you always get a "reward" for your patience- sometimes even in-game currency which you'd usually have to pay for. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2013
    7
    The biggest downfall so far of this game is the community itself being fairly unwelcoming, and not understanding.
    The game itself however is
    The biggest downfall so far of this game is the community itself being fairly unwelcoming, and not understanding.
    The game itself however is quite fun to play. The large range of different characters with different abilities keep things interesting, and learning the correct way to play different classes is intriguing.
    Graphics are not particularly impressive, but vibrant enough to be nice. An offline version of this game with AI controlled party members and a potential 'story' to follow would be a lovely way to kill 20-30 minutes when bored.
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  5. Sep 5, 2013
    5
    Having played both this and Dota 2 (I am yet to dabble into HoN), this game by far strikes me as the simpler and less enjoyable game. HeroesHaving played both this and Dota 2 (I am yet to dabble into HoN), this game by far strikes me as the simpler and less enjoyable game. Heroes cost an arseload to buy, unless you plan on slamming all your time into this game, in which case you should have collected your final hero by about 2030 (assuming 24/7 playtime, factoring in hero additions). Most heroes are very similar, stun skillshot bla bla bla (most skills can be found with a word for word replica on Dota), and they mostly look like pansy fairies. Some of the big mechanics of Dota have been removed, ability to carve your own path through the jungle, courier, losing gold upon death and denying spring to mind (if anybody asks 'why does killing your own creeps give you an advantage', please tell me you aren't questioning realism in a game full of monsters hurling fireballs at each other). Also in LoL you can usually just spam spells due to high mana pools and low spell costs and recharge, whereas in Dota you need to think about when you want to use them. LoL's item shop does have a much greater variety of items though, which is nice.

    Good fun to play with a group of friends, preferably 9 friends so you can 5v5 each other and never, ever have to come into contact with the vile 12 year old insult spewing community. Dota does have its fair share of that, but it's everygame in LoL and only on occasion in Dota. I occasionally retreat back to it when I've had some tough losses on Dota and fancy an easy couple of wins. Much easier to play than Dota which is good and bad, depending on how you look at it (in Dota, LoL player is an insult. In LoL, the opposite is not true).
    My first LoL game I went 12-2 as Warwick playing in a game of level 20-30's playing with my level 30 friends. My friend came to Dota, went 1-5 as Sand King after 15 minutes and rage quit. An average Dota player will be better at LoL

    I won't talk about the graphics, because graphics don't define a game (Baldur's Gate 2 anyone?).
    The paying side of Dota is much more kind and its easier to stay F2P with it. 90% (if not 100%) of items in Dota can be found as drops (some admittedly incredibly rare) and all items are purely cosmetic, starting all players on level ground at the start of a game. LoL has skins (effectively a less customisable version of Dota's items) which require real money to purchase, and levels and runes can put players at an advantage to others, if a player has a full rune set bought with real money, he will be statistically better than one who is yet to earn his set through playtime (runes can be bought with money or ingame points).
    Also Dota makes all characters available, giving much more variety to the game than LoL's slow IP system.

    If you're looking for a challenge, or don't have friends to play with, play Dota.
    If you're just starting MOBA's, looking for a pushover, or have 9 friends to play with so you never have to venture into the community, play LoL.
    But you really should try both.

    tl;dr LoL more pay to win, easier, more repulsive community, get annoyed at others.
    Dota more variety, hardcore, get annoyed with yourself.
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  6. Jan 2, 2013
    1
    Friends got me into League, but it's so bad I've been actively trying to convince them to stop playing. Every game turns into a shouting matchFriends got me into League, but it's so bad I've been actively trying to convince them to stop playing. Every game turns into a shouting match of blame and frustration. The random people you play with in game are the dumbest and most egocentric people you will ever meet in your life. The LoL community is terrible, even by the standards of online games. The item and champion balance is so poorly done that it's a wonder anyone even considers this a competitive game. I know high-schoolers that can do better game design.

    If you play LoL, you'll most likely end up quitting after your first few games because you'll be fed up by low cooldown teleports, invincibility, and stuns (which are basically in-game bans). Nothing about this game is good or enjoyable.
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  7. Apr 4, 2015
    0
    Without a doubt the worst game that I have ever played. Recommended only if you want to commit suicide as it will make you hate yourself andWithout a doubt the worst game that I have ever played. Recommended only if you want to commit suicide as it will make you hate yourself and everything else in the world Expand

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