Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 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.
  3. League of Legends has replayability in spades for anyone who loves romps in real-time strategy format. It's attractive, accessible, and above all else, League of Legends delivers heaps of fun.
  4. Getting hooked up with players in the lobby is about as easy as it gets. The matches are short enough and challenging enough to suit virtually all skill levels. The time I spent with this game has been fun, and with a good community base, it can only get better with time.
  5. 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!
  6. The fact remains that if you're looking for a fast, smart and fun fantasy themed team-based strategy game, you can't go wrong here.
  7. The most accessible, rewarding and endearing of DotA's offspring yet. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  8. Nov 15, 2011
    85
    League of Legends handles well the worst problem DOTA has: its autistic n00b-hating elite players. Thanks to match making, now we weaklings dare to play. [Nov 2011]
  9. 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.
  10. Demanding, addictive, fun and free to play, League of Legends provides intense and absorbing moments.
  11. LoL is a great, free alternative to DotA that caters both to newbies, and the hardcore.
  12. The game largely succeeds more than it falters, and anyone with a soft spot for deep, team-based strategy should not pass up this substantial gem.
  13. League of Legends bring back the classic DotA gameplay and graphic style adding new heroes and a better battle system. Hundreds of combination of Heroes and abilities make the game suitable for old DotA players and new ones that want to try the game for free. Pretty good matchmaking system and nice server support from GOA actually make this game the best of his genre. Let's wait only for some new maps and new game options.
  14. Ultimately, LoL's minor disadvantages are pretty damn redundant – we could complain about the details if it actually cost anything. Well, it doesn't. The main pro and con of the game is the same feature – the concept of a slow, simple DotA.
  15. Aug 5, 2013
    80
    I find that with League of Legends, Riot has cultivated one of the most unique spaces in gaming history—mostly for good reasons but also for some awful ones, and in the gaming museum of the future, League is sure to have its own wing.
  16. More time, heart and money has gone into this than any other free game I can remember playing, and I think Riot Games is going to make good on its promise of post-release development. Until further notice, this is the DOTA game you should be playing.
  17. This is what Demigod should have been. An addictive experience with a great multiplayer mode.
  18. 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.
  19. You can certainly play this game offline, but you'll find that the artificial intelligence leaves a bit to be desired (as is often the case) meaning that the minions you face up against are pretty easy to defeat. The online play works well and is easy to get into with the matchmaking abilities built in.
  20. Despite being released probably a bit earlier than optimal, League of Legends is still a very solid game that combines many of the fun elements found in RTS, RPG, and online multiplayer PvP games.
  21. Warcraft's mod DotA revives in this free to play mix between a strategy and a role playing game. Worth a try.
  22. 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).
  23. It's too bad that Riot Games didn't take more chances with League of Legends, because the basic premise is good enough to have made Defense of the Ancients a subgenre unto itself. [Jan 2010, p.89]
  24. But, If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play multiplayer Warcraft III without the base building and minion control then I think you should definitely give League of Legends a shot. The fact that there are only three maps to play sucks, but the developer is committed to constantly updating and adding to the game.
  25. League of Legends is an intelligent and shocking remake of the Defense of the Ancients concept.
  26. 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]
  27. The game is finished and at least sometimes it' even possible to buy additional content. As far as the shop problems go, it almost seems fitting that the game is called LoL. Still, the fast battles between the heroes are highly motivating.
  28. Graphically dated. [Feb 2010, p.76]
  29. Feb 1, 2011
    70
    Improvements are constantly being updated and although team mates make or break many matches, there is genuine fun to be found.
  30. Does little wrong, but efforts made to broaden its appeal may prove largely fruitless. [Issue#28, p.52]
  31. It has the potential to be marvellous, and it's still a cracking, deep strategy that deserves your attention, but until some new content is chucked into the mix it's best to leave this for a while and let it pack itself out with new stuff to make your online adventures that little more worthy of your money.
  32. A solid and promising free-to-play multiplayer RTS that seems to have been released a bit too early. Even so, there's a lot of fun in the content that is available.
  33. This competitive strategy game is fun, though it offers only a fraction of what you should expect from a retail product.
  34. Underneath the tough exterior is an enjoyable game, but it's impossible to ignore the miserable, unaided struggle to get there and persistent balancing issues throughout.
  35. 50
    Overall, League of Legends holds a lot of promise, but comes up short as a retail product.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1735 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Dcy
    May 30, 2012
    3
    When this game started, it was good, but since a few months it changed a lot. The champions are now very OP (overpowered) and totally unbalanced. Also, the people (the community) has changed a lot, there are more people that disturbs and they don't play friendly and teamplaying.

    I used to enjoy this game a lot, but now the community and the creators (RIOT) doesn't do the same, for example, the prices have changed a lot, from the minimum price to the maximum price to all champions. Now, all the "new" champions cost the maximum money possible
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  2. 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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  3. Dec 19, 2012
    0
    Repetitive game-play, horribly imbalanced and homogenized champions and a toxic community. I had more fun watching paint dry than playing this pathetic excuse for a video-game. Full Review »