Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Games Like League of Legends
Are you a League of Legends (LoL) player? Or a fan of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games and looking for a list of paid or free titles? On this page you will find 12 great choices in the MOBA genre that I've been playing for the last few years.
MOBA style games are growing in popularity especially in the e-Sports scene, but there are many that you may not be aware of as it can be difficult to keep up with all the launches within this genre. part of the growing success of MOBA games is their fair approach to the freemium model which restricts in game purchases to cosmetic options, creating a fair playing field for all.
My MOBA journey starts all the way back in League of Legends beta and I've been hooked ever since. Since that time I've been playing every MOBA that I can get my hands on and discovered a number of high quality alternatives that mix settings and gameplay mechanics in different ways to create a MOBA game.
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1 - Nosgoth
Nosgoth offers very unique and fun experience. While it does away with the traditional map, it does feature competitive, team-work-based gameplay with multiple characters and skills. It's a very easy game to learn but caters to both hardcore and casual gamers, making it an enjoyable experience regardless of your free time or skill level.
The game is set in a fantasy world where vampires and humans are at war with each other. In each match, teams of 4 from each race compete against to acquire the most kills (or capture key points in the domination style game mode).
While the vampire's focus is on melee combat with elements of stealth and speed, humans are more focused on ranged attacks, which often makes them the more defensive of the two sides. Since each match lets you play both sides you get both gameplay styles in bite-sized portions.
If you love the teamwork of a MOBA but want something a bit more intense, then Nosgoth represents an impressive opportunity to get into the game in its early stages.
2 - SMITE
SMITE isa free-to-play MOBA game published by Hi-Rez Studios. The game feels very much like an MMO with its third-person combat (including WASD movment). It focuses on skill-based combat with an emphasis on dodging and aiming.
Players play as gods and battle it out in a 5v5 arena-style combat that those familiar with the genre will instantly recognise.
The game is currently in beta with access being granted to a small number of registered players (you can try your luck). You guarantee your way in by pre-purchasing some of the in-game currency, called SMITE Gems.
The game will eventually have all the features that you would expect, including profiles, a spectator mode, skins, and a ladder system.
It took me quite a long time to get used to the control scheme of SMITE since it is so different from other, similar games. Because of that, I sucked horribly for my first few games (sorry team!) but once I had control of it I was really hooked on the different perspective that lets you be part of the action.
3 - Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is the latest game to catch my eye in the MOBA genre and comes from the powerhouse studio of Blizzard Entertainment. While this is partly due to the game being based within the Blizzard universe, it has more to do with some unique gameplay elements that could quite possibly make it the best MOBA game as it grows its audience in the near future.
Launching with a large Heroes of the Storm has since grown to around 50 characters that all come from other titles produced by Blizzard. Characters mostly come from the World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo universes, which gives the game great appeal for fans of other Blizzard titles.
If you are searching for a massively multiplayer online battle game that offers the same old formula but also packs in plenty of new mechanics to master (including great customisation and environmental elements), then you'll really love Heroes of the Storm.