Saturday, February 19, 2011

The MOBA Post

For anyone that hasn't heard of the MOBA genre, it's the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre, hosting games like DotA (Defense of the Anciets), League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth (these are just some I've personally enjoyed).

I'm not going to take the time to explain these games because the point of this post is to plug a newer MOBA called Bloodline Champions (or BLC).

I think that BLC has potential to be a huge competitor with the former games.

Hit the jump for similarities and differences.

  • BLC mimics LoL's market structure, having "bloodcoins" (a currency won by playing the game) and Funcom points, which are attained through real cash.
  • BLC also has stock classes. Healer, tank, melee dps and ranged dps all make an appearance.
  • BLC has a free weekly character rotation similar to LoL's, but with less playable characters (one of each class type).
And now what makes BLC so damn awesome:

  •  In BLC, there is no structure destruction. It's simply a deathmatch. A team of 1 to 5 players compete against a team of similar number and last one standing wins.
  • Maps are small and game time is significantly shorter. A single ranked match has a maximum time limit of two minutes (compared to the others who have 25-50 minute average games). You play to three wins though, so total matches can take up to 15 minutes.
  • You control your character with WSAD as opposed to right clicking. Both mouse buttons are abilities, as well as Q, E, and R. When you build up enough "energy" (which you get by landing skills) you can press F to unleash your characters respective ultimate.
And the biggest change of all...
  • Every single ability is a skill shot. 
You literally have to aim every single ability that your character has. Even for melee attacks you have to be facing in the proper direction. You can simply move out of the way of a stun. It's a crazy new take on the game but ultimately it works out.

And most importantly...
  • Match outcomes reflect your personal skill.
I know in the aforementioned games, you can get dragged down by a bad player, but in BLC you rarely feel that it's someone elses fault. Whenever I play really well, I win. Whenever I'm off or missing my abilities consistently, I lose. It's fair and makes you feel more in control of the match decisions. 

Oh yea, did I mention it's free to play?

Bloodline Champions Home Page 

Add me in-game!

BLC: Docter

LoL: Jewbacabra

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