League of Legends Review

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.




About jeanluc1997

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12 Responses to League of Legends Review

  1. cablaz says:

    Creating custom games allows you to choose a variety of maps and game modes -_- Please be level 30 before you start judging the entire game?

    • jeanluc1997 says:

      I’ve played custom games… your so called “variety” is non-existent

      • ChoasDragons says:

        So you played custom games?
        4 maps, 5 game mode

        Tournament Draft
        All Random

        For team selection? I think that is the most variety you can get as game modes, you can’t exactly change game difficulty or minion damage. Possibly your looking at team death match or death match game types? Well, LoL is based on the performance of a team. While I agree that they should make more maps, I don’t see you developing for riot.

        I really find it hard to believe that over 100 champions with each of their own unique set of abilities you find each character repetitive.

        “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.”

        Please explain how you could possibly want to play, instant level 18? Instant all items? 100% Cool down Reduction?

        I doubt LoL officially said by the developers claims to be an official RTS game, LoL and DoTA have it’s own genre, its called – MOBA.

        I respect that this is your opinion, but how are you going to judge a game, after you just got back into it? Are you even level 30?

      • jeanluc1997 says:

        No, I am not level 30. After being told that getting to level 30 would mean that the game magically became amazing, I decided to stick with it for a while. It was torture. I do see how people could, potentially, like the game. I just found it to be a little (actually a lot) on the repetitive side, and it at times felt like a chore to play, at least for me. You can look at the multiplayer features of other games, and they have way more maps, usually between 10 and 20 at launch, with about 10 more in DLC, all different. Most MP games that I play have way more than 5 game modes, and each game mode feels different. Granted, Dominion did feel different, and that was probably the most fun I’ve had playing League. But, other than a few Dominion games, League of Legends was a chore to play.

  2. aziz says:

    Wait, “got back into it”? Seriously? 6.5 is being extremely generous. It’s more like a 1/10.

  3. Sergio Snabian says:

    You forgot to mention; Worst Community Ever.

  4. Jiaming says:

    I think its mainly because of the fact that it is a different genre.

    It is not like other games that you join and you start fighting already. This focus more on strategy as it takes plans in order to be victorious. You rely a lot on your teammates in order to be successful.

    Coming back to the point of maps. I understand that because it seems like hell if play tf2 on the same map forever. But adding more maps to league increase the complexity exponentially. Especially taking consideration that every 2 characters have a different match up.

    In that sense the pool of variety is so large that it is impossible to master all the characters. Different playstyles are also supported because different champion have different skill sets. Kinds like perks or utility if you view it that way.


  5. Kamal says:

    First of all you’ve got your controls wrong. There are more controls other than Q, clicking and holding B. Second of all i agree with the people that commented on your blog. Get to level 30 so you can actually have good intense matches and not all maps are the same. Have you ever played Dominion? i dont think so.. because it doesnt have lanes. And since this is your own opinion, im not going to really argue but im just saying that it’s not a pointless game and it doesnt waste time because there are so many strategies to play a match

  6. brucekenobi says:

    If there were a number that could symbolize how low the value of this game is, it wouldn’t be low enough.

  7. XCIX says:

    What bothers me the most is that the community is mostly short-tempered and snobby. Game strategy gets stale after a while. Lack of map variety becomes an eyesore. The characters and their abilities are fairly interesting though. I’m honestly surprised that people don’t get tired of repeating the same stuff over and over in LoL but I guess a lot of people play it with their IRL friends since it’s become very popular, so it basically becomes one of those somewhat meaningless social activities to spend time with friends, which is a cool and great thing and I’m happy for those who enjoy it, don’t get me wrong. And I give Riot and the community credit for making it such a popular phenomenon. However, in and of itself as a game, it’s not that impressive to me.

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