Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. 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.
  2. This competitive strategy game is fun, though it offers only a fraction of what you should expect from a retail product.
  3. Game Informer
    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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Warcraft's mod DotA revives in this free to play mix between a strategy and a role playing game. Worth a try.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 85
    Demanding, addictive, fun and free to play, League of Legends provides intense and absorbing moments.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. League of Legends is an intelligent and shocking remake of the Defense of the Ancients concept.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. PC Gamer
    The most accessible, rewarding and endearing of DotA's offspring yet. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  17. Free to play and addictive as hell, League of Legends delivers a really entertaining, competitive environment for RTS twitch players.
  18. AceGamez
    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.
  19. Aug 5, 2013
    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.
  20. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2011
    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]
  21. 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.
  22. Feb 1, 2011
    Improvements are constantly being updated and although team mates make or break many matches, there is genuine fun to be found.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. PC Gamer UK
    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]
  28. 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.
  29. This is what Demigod should have been. An addictive experience with a great multiplayer mode.
  30. 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.
  31. PC Zone UK
    Graphically dated. [Feb 2010, p.76]
  32. LoL is a great, free alternative to DotA that caters both to newbies, and the hardcore.
  33. 50
    Overall, League of Legends holds a lot of promise, but comes up short as a retail product.
  34. 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.
  35. Total PC Gaming
    Does little wrong, but efforts made to broaden its appeal may prove largely fruitless. [Issue#28, p.52]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 3029 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Apr 15, 2013
    Worst community ever.
  2. Dcy
    May 30, 2012
    When this game started, it was good, but since a few months it changed a lot. The champions are now very OP (overpowered) and totallyWhen 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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  3. Yax
    Oct 26, 2010
    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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