Ok first of all, long review, so if you want details and are deciding whether to buy, please read, if not, skip to the bottom for pros/cons.
Before i start also, i do not claim to be amazing at the game (league 3), nor know everything there is on this genre. I have just played the game for a decent amount of time to give a fair review.
SOME INFO ON THE GAME
This is a 2D style MOBA , which is incredibly simple to learn, and very hard to master.
All games are 3V3 with some play variations, online against other people, offline against bots, and i believe if you buy starstorm expansion which i did, you get custom games with friends (have not tried this) You can also play online or offline with friends.
3 or 4 turrets defend a base core drill, first team to destroy the drill, wins. simple concept, whats difficuilt is the character and map match ups. Each character has 2 main core abilities to use, (right click and middle mouse click) a jump (W or space) and an auto attack (left click). A piece of advice for new players, try every character, and see which one plays into your style of play, whether it be a harrasser, assassin, support or a tank, there are a lot to choose from.
20 to be exact with starstorm, 16 without. Soon to be 21 with the next patch and a new character, yes they add new characters.
This game brings so much originality to a very popular genre in gaming atm, the MOBA.
Character designs, style, drawings, effects and sound are very crisp in this game assuming you have reasonable hardware. (even quite low end machines can run it)
So all in all, a very polished looking game.
Balancing in the characters is generally very good give or take a few things. (i will say there is at least 1 awesomenaut that is not really viable as of yet) Updates continually change this so its a hard point to stay clear on.
Games are more often that not short, ranging from about 10 to 25 minutes. However, i have had games last 50 minutes, and also games last 7 minutes, depending on the skill level of the teams playing.
The learning curve on this game is a lot smaller than other games in the genre such as DOTA 2 or LoL. However thats not to say there are not tactics. Lots of crazy 3 on 3 team fights and abilities happening, creeps, collecting money (in this game solar) and buying upgrades to increase your power. Some characters are strong starters, some mid game and some nigh on unbeatable late game.
A lot of good points there to buy the game, so much fun, and the starstorm expansion is certainly worth the extra.
So, bad points.
Unfortunatly if you are a new player (especially to MOBA), the community will hate you, yes, hate you.
You will die and feed the enemy team solar making them stronger, and lose miserably most likely for a while.
This will certainly make your team angry, and cause them to sometimes rage at you, quit the game (leaving you with a bot) or just plain unpleasentries.
My advice -
Practice with bots in this game is essential for begginners, as online games will slaughter you.
You can learn character plays, tactics, and not die all the time against predictable bots.
This brings me on to my next point, the rage quits and people leaving for other reasons.
Playing an online TEAM game requires a lot of coordiation and unfortunatly, bots just do not cut it.
So when you are playing online, and either someone on your team or the enemies quits and leaves, that team is at a significant dissadvantage. It can often take a long time (or not at all) for another player to join the game replacing the bot. I also played a game the other day with 5 bots, for an online game, and no players joined... (perhaps a glitch?)
Match making is also slightly tricky, as i feel it is too wide. If you are in league 3 (as i am) you are matched against everyone 2 leagues away. Which in my case includes league 1. These are not fun games when this happens against a premade team of friends. So solo play drops a notch there as you get to much higher levels.
Make friends, and play together!!
So all in all i recommend this game, just learn the characters, make friends, and have fun!
- Fantastic artwork, character design, level design and crisp effects and sounds
- Polished game
- Lots of varied, balanced characters to play as
- Short games, between 10 and 25 minutes most often
- Much smaller learning curve than most MOBA's
- Runs on bassically a lunch box, low spec requirements
- Community is not always great, especially at higher leagues
- Rage quits are frustrating, and well as ruining matches
- Could matchmake to higher league, premade teams, making for a very hard, unfair and frustrating game.
Good luck, and have fun!!!
Graphics 9/10 ✓
Sounds 9/10 ✓
Gameplay 10/10 ✓ ✓ ✓
Animations 9/10 ✓
Total 9,25/10 ✓ ✓ ✓