Posts Tagged ‘MOBA’

Kalista: LoL’s Newcomer Aimed At Teaching Teamwork

By Philippa Warr on November 5th, 2014.

Working it

League of Legends has announced the latest champion to grace Summoner’s Rift. She’s Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance and the header character art has her sporting the same “deconstructed” hunched pose you’ll see liberally sprinkled throughout America’s Next Top Model photoshoots. Let’s take a closer look.

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Please Close The: Dawngate MOBA Cancelled

By Philippa Warr on November 5th, 2014.

Denied.

“Oh gosh – Dawngate‘s been cancelled,” I say to the rest of the Dota team I’m playing with. “What’s Dawngate?” was the first response.

Dawngate was/is EA’s foray into MOBA territory. It’s been in open beta for six months and there was a closed beta for a year before that. But according to EA’s Matt Bromberg the game wasn’t making enough progress (whatever that means) and will be closed after 90 days.

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained Closed Beta Impressions

By Philippa Warr on October 7th, 2014.

Welcome!

I’m glaring at the Orcs Must Die! Unchained deck-building screen trying to work out which combination of minions, equipment and traps will be the most lethal. It’s the latest outing in the Orcs Must Die! series and has dropped the campaign mode in favour of expanding the co-operative element introduced in Orcs Must Die 2. You’re now playing competitive aggressive tower defence with four teammates against an enemy team. Yes okay fine it is a free-to-play MOBA.

The objective of these games is to prevent waves of enemy minions from reaching a Rift deep within your base. To do so you lay traps, equip weapons, use your hero abilities and so forth. The game’s in closed beta at the moment but I’ve been playing matches and chatting with GameForge’s Dominik Nagel – a game designer on the project – to get a feel for how it works.

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Smite Branches Out With Woodland God Sylvanus

By Philippa Warr on October 1st, 2014.

Blue isn't really his colour

[Post updated with quote from the game designer]

As the old saying goes, a god up a tree is worth two in a bush. Which is just as well because Hi-Rez have now added god-up-a-tree Sylvanus, Keeper of the Wild to Smite, their god brawler/MOBA/whatever we’re calling them currently.

Sylvanus (not to be confused with Sylvanas from the Warcraftiverse) stems* from the Roman god of the same name who protected the woods and flocks. In Smite he’s a support-type character capable of healing and regenerating mana for allies as well as rooting and repositioning enemies. He also rides about on a big old tree (not to be confused with Treant Protector from Dota 2).

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Cor Blimey, Wotcha: Arena Of Fate

By Adam Smith on August 19th, 2014.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good PC, must be in want of a MOBA. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first venturing into this world of game, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding publishers, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their developers.

“My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that Arena of Fate is let at last?” Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. “But it is,” returned she; “for Mrs. Crytek has just been here, and she told me all about it.” Mr. Bennet made no answer. “Do not you want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.

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Little Red Riding Blood: Arena Of Fate Is Crytek’s MOBA

By Nathan Grayson on May 23rd, 2014.

THANK GOODNESS SOMEONE IS MAKING ANOTHER MOBA. I WAS REALLY WORRIED NO ONE WAS EVER GOING TO DO THAT AGAIN. For real, though, while the world might have more than enough MOBAs on its planetary plate, at least Crytek is approaching theirs from a sort of interesting angle. Instead of returning to the same catch-all fantasy setting as everyone else, Arena of Fate pits classic characters from history, fables, and folklore against each other. So you’ve got Frankenstein’s monster, Jack the Ripper, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood – characters like that. Also a weirdly boob-plate-clad Joan of Arc (she was very well-known for wearing men’s armor), but sure, videogames. Trailer and details below.

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Hands On: Heroes Of The Storm

By Philippa Warr on April 29th, 2014.

‘Hero brawler’. That’s what Blizzard would like you to call their all-star lane pushing videogame, Heroes of the Storm. In marketing terms it’s better than referencing your competitors by saying Dota-like or LoL-a-like (sidenote: no-one says LoL-a-like and this is a crying shame). More importantly, it’s better than the emotionally dead and uselessly expansive MOBA. It gives you the flavour of the game you’re about to play. The phrase ‘hero brawler’ contains something of the rambunctiousness you’ll find infecting lanes, infiltrating the weird scrubland that the genre’s traditional vocabulary dubs ‘jungle’ and venturing into haunted mineshafts.

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To The BetaMobile: Infinite Crisis Open Beta

By Adam Smith on March 17th, 2014.


Last night, for the second time in my life, I tried to play a MOBA. Infinite Crisis may not be the best choice but I figured the people playing might have spent slightly less time pounding the lanes than the veteran e-thletes of LOL and DOTA 2. Not so. The open beta began this weekend but almost every player seems to be visiting from elsewhere within the genre. There is a tutorial mode of sorts, in which a team of humans fight against bots. If a MOBA were a pair of trousers, I think I’m now at the point where I’d struggle to put them on but I’d be able to explain where the legs are supposed to go. I’d almost certainly fail to zip up the flies though and would inexplicably fill the pockets with termites or blancmange. Launch trailer below.

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War That Rises From The Ashes Of War: EndWar Online

By Adam Smith on February 25th, 2014.

A new trailer for EndWar Online informs us that the browser-based MOBA-like will be undergoing a three-day test phase beginning this Thursday. You can register to be part of this pre-beta test, which has the callsign Tech Assault, by registering at the official website. The new trailer is a hyperactive cinematic so I looked back at an earlier video to see how the game plays. I’ve embedded both below. The longer trailer is quite impressive, beginning with the words ‘Middle East Nuked’ and rapidly escalating to the terrible consequence of that action – ‘Oil Prices Soar’. At one point the text declares, ‘You thought it was over but war never ends’. I hadn’t realised that the title was a futile command.

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Transformers: Universe MMO Transforms Into “MOTA”

By John Walker on February 6th, 2014.

We need a summit, where all game developers of the world gather together and decide on an agreed genre title for DOTA-clones. There’s MOBA, there’s ARTS, “hero-brawler”… We all have to agree on just one. In the meantime, Jagex, they behind the monolithic Runescape, have declared that their mysteriously silent Transformers Universe has chi-cha-cha-cho-chood from an MMO to one of whatever they’re called. In their case, a “Massively Online Tactical Action game”.

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The Necromantic Era: Deadbreed

By Adam Smith on January 7th, 2014.

During the long hours of a League of Legends or DOTA 2 session, do you occasionally grimace and howl at the bright colours flashing across the screen? Would you like your champions to be drawn from a pool of necromancers, skellingtons and leather-clad vampires, with not a wisp or an elf in sight? Deadbreed could be the MOBA for you. From a veteran team of developers, including Stefan Ljungqvist who has experience as a member of the Just Cause team, Deadbreed promises to be HARDCORE and it contains more monsters than an abandoned Universal Studios backlot. Battles are 3v3, with AI opponents available if you don’t fancy dealing with spectral smack talk. A trailer lurks in the cold earth below and beta signups are open now.

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Get In Lane: Warhammer 40K Storm Of Vengeance Revealed

By John Walker on December 2nd, 2013.

Some concept art.

I can’t keep up with you young people and your slogans. While you’re all hipping on your slideboards, downing an alcoholic milkshake, and playing TV games on your Playboys, I’m sat here wondering what the bloody hell a “lane strategy game” is. For that is how Eutechnyx describes their freshly announced Warhammer game, Storm Of Vengeance.

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Infinite Crisis Dev Diary Reminds Us It Exists

By Craig Pearson on October 10th, 2013.


Looking back at the coverage of the officially licensed DC MOBA game Infinite Crisis, it’s clear that the game is protected by some form of memory spell: Adam forgot all about it, it slid by Jim, and I was about to write something similar, and … hey, there’s a DC MOBA coming out/is out in paid beta. Fancy that. Infinite Crisis is a free-to-play lane-pusher set in the DC universe. It had to happen, eh? Below is a development diary that shows how the game’s destructible environments and a dynamic event system will make the maps a bit more varied. Why didn’t anyone tell whoever I am about this?
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