League of Legends is a free-to-play PC game which continues to grow endlessly in popularity as well as content. The game can be described as a real-time-strategy (RTS), action-real-time-strategy (ARTS), or massive-online-battle-arena (MOBA). Whatever genre you choose to describe the game as, most gamers will be reminded of strategy games where you control your army and destroy the enemy’s army. Although very similar to the play-style of classics such as Starcraft, Warcraft, or Command & Conquer, the main difference is that you only control one unit instead of an entire army. If micromanaging an army while pressing various hotkeys to spawn all of your units at your base isn’t your cup of tea, then League of Legends just might be for you.
League of Legends has attracted a lot of people to the game and it’s no doubt due to its style and approach. With a beautiful art-style, clean and adjustable user interface, as well as improved tutorials, it’s no wonder more and more people play everyday. The game currently has 113 “champions” (playable hero characters), which provides players with a lot of variety in both champion mechanics as well as appearance. Every champion has a unique set of abilities and attacks to use to dominate the enemy team, or assist your team. Whether you like ninjas, pirates, robots, or a phoenix made of ice, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one of the bountiful champions.
Being a completely free game allows anyone to play the game without being restricted! League of Legends does have “microtransacations” but they don’t effect gameplay balance or give any players an advantage like other games. Microtransactions are optional things you can purchase with real-world money that change your gaming experience. However, in League of Legends these unlockables consist of champions (which can be unlocked by just playing the game), skins (alternate appearances for your champions), or boosts to increase experience gains or influence points gains.
Every player chooses a “summoner” name when they start playing for the first time, which acts as your profile for League of Legends. Your summoner level increases as you gain experience by playing and completing games, which usually take 20-40 minutes. Gaining summoner levels will allow you to unlock more spells, masteries (talents to fine-tune to your play-style), rune-slots (stat modifiers), or play ranked games (at level 30). However, when players start a game, all champions start at level one and progress to level 18. When that game is done and the player starts a new game, their in-game character that they chose to play will start at level one, just as everyone else in the game will be level one. Make sure you understand the difference between summoner levels and champion levels!
League of Legends receives updates very frequently, which balance the game, add new champions, rework old champions, as well as unveil special events, or sometimes even add new maps. If you haven’t tried League of Legends, play it today for free!