A little over a month ago I was introduced to League of Legends, and I believe the time has come for me to make a post about it. LoL (yes, I’m sure they saw that coming) is a free to play online PvP game very similar to DotA. In fact it is DotA. With better balance, more heroes and items, and slightly improved graphics. Oh, there’s also levels for your account, and a talent tree and runes (think Diablo II runes) and whatnot, but when it comes to playing the actual game it would be hard to argue the similarities.
If you enjoyed playing DotA, you will like LoL. If you never played DotA, the same could be said if you liked running around on a hero in Warcraft III. If you never played Warcraft III, the same could be said if you like building really big units in RTSs and smashing things with them. If you’ve never played an RTS… who are you and how did you get here?
I can say that I’m enjoying my time in LoL, if for nothing else then the change of pace. Matches typically last for 30-60 minutes, so it’s great if you’re waiting for something to bake, laundry to finish, or any of the countless other waiting games that take around an hour. Free is a hard price to argue with, especially when the entire functional part of the game is available for no cost. If you have money to spend, you can unlock special skins for your heroes or acquire any other aspect of the game without having to grind (you “grind” by… playing the game. It’s really not that bad) out the points for it. All in all, well worth looking in to.