When I got back into League of Legends, it was something of a pleasant surprise. It was free, and, at first, it was pretty fun. But it ended up getting boring extremely quickly. There are so many good games out there, wasting your time on this is really not worth it. I mean, the entire game is basically point, spam right click, hit “Q”, spam left click, and hold “B”.
The control scheme is boring and the game requires absolutely no thought. What really angers me is that it claims to be an RTS. Usually, games claiming to be something they aren’t isn’t a big deal, but the fact that League of Legends claims to be an RTS is insulting to me, as an RTS player.
And I wish it was an RTS. Because it would make a pretty good RTS. But nothing about the game requires any thought. All of the maps are the same thing, but with a new coat of point. Come on, Riot Games, even Call of Duty puts more creativity into their online maps than you guys.
If the layout were good, there may be a slight chance that I wouldn’t have a problem with the fact that they were all the same. But they’re all linear and boring. Three lanes, and you just run up them. Every game is extremely similar, and that’s because of the maps. The reason that a lot of games that should feel repetitive in online modes (i.e. Halo, Assassin’s Creed, hell, even Crysis 2) don’t is because the maps are varied. Environments aren’t the only things that change, the layout changes as well. Sure, you’re guaranteed to play on some maps more than others, but at least the maps aren’t all the exact same thing.
League of Legends, as a result, ends up feeling pretty repetitive. I’ve heard the argument about different characters before, but even when I tried out some different characters, it didn’t feel much different. Sure, there’s some difference, range being a big one, but they all end up feeling pretty similar.
And even the subtle differences each character has have a negative side. They’re way to limiting. And I don’t like being limited by a game. Sometimes I may want to start with a ranged character, but the lack of weapon pickup and character changes in the game make the characters all feel bland and boring after each half an hour match. The game is so limited that it makes me wonder if any time actually went into planning the thing out.
But, at the same time, I wonder what it would be like if it were more open, and there were more choices. And I came to the realization that that would be a really awesome game.
But the fact of the matter is, it isn’t. The game is extremely repetitive, with each match feeling exactly like the previous one. And I hate games like that. I like having some choices, at least. Even shooters, which are commonly labeled as the most linear game genre, are more open that League of Legends.
For those of you who read my Halo 4 review, you know that I praised it for it’s sandbox feel, and allowing you to choose your own play style. Well League of Legends is exactly the opposite. The game hates anyone who wants to play it differently than the way they want you to play it. Because it doesn’t even let you choose how you want to play.
There are some aspects about the game that I do rather like though. For example, the story behind it. The game has a really cool story, and is something of a fantasy epic. I would be open to reading novels or comics about it, because the story is actually really interesting. However, the lack of a story mode means that most fans are actually pretty ignorant about the story, which is sad. Because it is really, really awesome, it just isn’t properly integrated to the game.
The only other thing I like about the game is the graphics. Even on my relatively crappy computer, it looks really good. The cartoon like style that is used in the game is really good, and even of the maps suck and are extremely boring, at least they look really good.
So, all in all, I really don’t like League of Legends. It’s a very limiting, very repetitive game that gets extremely boring. But what irks me the most is the potential it has. The story behind it is stellar, but isn’t integrated properly. The graphics are great, but even that doesn’t make up for a game that is, at the end of the day, extremely boring.