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The popularity of Dota 2 and League of Legends have inspired big-name studios to create their own MOBAs. But can they actually offer anything unique?
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I know this is a really old article but I have been in the alpha and now beta of HOTS and have to say it is so fun and quick to understand but so hard to master. The characters are all familiar from all the blizzard games I have played over the years. This is my first MOBA and now I understand how addicting they can be.
I have played LoL for many years now and they have made great improvements in shorting the time that it takes to play a game, but I feel that is still long. I like the Blizzard take played it a couple of times, but the strategy is complete mediocre level compared to the strategy of play LoL.
all these smite fan boys shadup, if smite is that good of a game it would be up there, but since its not, its not. What effort does it take if you can see ur enemies threw walls, trees etc. You happy?
I hope these games help clean up the toxic communities from Lol and Dota, driving away players who are not really interested on the games and play just to mess around.
Good to see you Zorine!
@crix01 You cannot hope to change the internet, friend.
DOTA (ARTS game) is the mother of the so called MOBA games.
lol they don't even mention Smite? One of the biggest and diverse changes to MOBA's ever? What a joke video.
@SpiritSephiroth Aaaand there goes the only reason I clicked on the article. Thanks for letting me know it's not worth watching :)
@SpiritSephiroth Smite is a joke
@solrosenbluth @SpiritSephiroth No it isn't. Its a game. Jokes are things people tell others to make them laugh. Like you for example.
@SpiritSephiroth It's a list of upcoming games, not existing games.
What crix01 said.
@SpiritSephiroth smite isn't that great of a game, so stop it.
Moba's have a pretty high learning curve and a lot of time needs to be invested in them. People wont simply jump ship or scatter their time across several moba's. Right now theres enough moba's to pick from. Any more and the genre gets saturated with copies of copies just like in the fps genre. LoL and Dota are the Battlefield and CoD of moba's. Everything else might sell a few copies but will never bump them off their thrones.
Talks about MOBAs, doesn't even mention SMITE. Which has radically different (3rd person action-oriented) gameplay but similar strategies. I must say though some skill shots are hard to land which may scare people away.
I find the lack of reference to smite disturbing
@riotinto876 Right, smite imo is best MOBA. 3rd person FTW, way more exciting and imo takes more skill.
@sadface1234 @riotinto876 but you can see your enemies, how is that skills? In dota, there are certain Heroes that can nuke anywhere on the map, but you can't see your enemies, so which game takes more skills you say?
@sadface1234 @riotinto876 It takes a different kind of skill, but no more.
@sadface1234 @riotinto876 Not really. It feels really slow actually and there's less action in teamfights not to mention way less heroes and items.
*sigh* more click bait titles on Gamespot.
Players aren't stupid, either they like DOTA games, or they dont. Dota 2 and League of Legends has already brought in most of the potential DOTA market. It's like Coca Cola, and Pepsi if you will. So would you do a switcheroo on your favorite black sugar, for something called Wannabe Cola? Nope, because you are satisfied with how your original poison of choice makes you feel. Said very simply: If it ain't broke, why fix it.
@Xanitra So would you do a switcheroo on your favorite black sugar, for something called Wannabe Cola?
I drink Shasta, Big K Cola, or make my own Sodastream Cola whenever I either (a) don't have Coca-Cola around, (b) I don't have the cash to spend on the name brand or (c) it's what is offered to me.
Sometimes the big name doesn't matter. I'll tell you right here and now that I would have far more interest in playing Infinite Crisis or Heroes of the Storm over DOTA or LOL since I actually like the characters from DC Comics and Blizzard. People have different reasons for playing certain games.
@Dimebag_Darrell @Xanitra Yes, yes. I drink Coop Cola (a Norwegian brand) whenever I get the chance as well. That is not the point. The point is that most OTHER people, who aren't "Xanitra" or "Dimebag_Darrel" with his Sodastream machine (I got one too) choose Coca Cola and/or Pepsi. You know why? Because Coca Cola and Pepsi have been around for a friggin long time, that's why. And do Coca Cola and Pepsi want to give their first and second positions away to Coke of the Storm? No they don't. And don't even get me started on why they don't wanna do that.
Stop using cola references. It's making me crave it and I gave up soda a few days ago.
I like Smite.
I would say here that the lot of them have had their spirit sapped out by commercialization.
The original MOBAs were mods which did not sequester their player characters behind paywalls or grind-walls; these later ones do.
Smite is the best!
I'd love to see a Star Wars MOBA. Plenty of characters and abilities to draw from.
@PyreofKoL That would be so freaking awesome!
I don't play MOBAs but I wonder if the people who play them a lot would enjoy playing some of them only occasionally. I'm always imagining MOBA fans as super competitive, and I feel like they wouldn't want to dabble in a bunch of them only here and there because they wouldn't enjoy being one of those noobs again, or just a part-time player who isn't especially good.
Actually I only see Heroes of the Storm as the only contender against DotA 2, LoL and (trying to stay still) Smite. DotA was the first MOBA off them all, and is the hardest one, by far. LoL is easier and has a lot more advertising than the others, so this combo (easiness + advertising) makes the game to be one of the best. And well... Smite is other story. It has a different gameplay, so it's different from the rest. I guess that's why the game may be one of the three best games.
About the new MOBAs to come, Dawngate doesn't seem to be a game that brings nothing new to this genre, nor does Arena of Fate and neither Dead Island's "ZOMBA" (actually, we must see about that "rolechange" that characters have in Dawngate, but the rest... lets admit it, zombies are not new). This is why I think Heroes of the Storm is the only MOBA that can stand against the actual "monsters" of this new genre. It promises a whole new style of gameplay and different characters, with other vission of this type of game.
@zyfrith Yeah. LoL is the more accessible moba. But there is something to be said about being a tactician of Dota 2.
I really like the look of Dawngate but other than that it feels like it is just chasing.
@henchman_72 Actually Dota 2 has more accessibility but the gameplay itself is more for that of a niche competitive title.
Where the heck is Smite?
@Dcyple3000 @vadagar1 never heard of it
This list featured upcoming games that are not yet officially released.
@vadagar1 @Dcyple3000 yea that's why its the fastest growing moba right now
@Zorine @Dcyple3000 i played dawngate i have on origin its been out for a while
@vadagar1 @Dcyple3000 so then how can you say it belongs in the garbage?
@vadagar1 @Dcyple3000 You're not very bright are you?
@vadagar1 @Dcyple3000 "Hey guys Smite is pretty cool!"
IT'S F'ING TERRIBLE GARBAGE!!!
"It's actually pretty popular"
lul I actually never heard of it/played it in the first place!
What are you 12?
@Dcyple3000 in the garbage bin where it belongs
DOTA 2 is the lord of all games, sure the player base is full of Aholes but other games are just piles of poop when compared to the ORIGINAL MOBA
eventually DOTA 2 will remian on the throne of MOBA games until the age of MOBAs ends
@vadagar1 Sounds like youre the only reta-rd believing that. DOTA has always been played by utter reta-rds, fact,the first was overpopulated with reta-rds who s*cked terribly at the original WC3 and would rather play boring DOTA custom games. SMITE SHlTS on your dull a** dota2.
@gameroutlawzz @vadagar1 Smite sucks ass. Dota 2 has way more replayability and a better company at its helm. Sorry but Hi-Rez is a turd compared to Valve.
I will predict the future ...
they failed ....
the end .....
Interesting trend in most popular genres...
1980s had shoot-em ups and platformers
1990s had platformers and FPS
2000s had FPS and MMOs
2010s has MMOs and MOBAs
2020s will have MOBAs and ???
@Dark_Mits I don't really foresee MOBAs really getting to the levels of MMOs and FPS in casual gamers. Unless a community is made up of like minded people and not assholes it will keep a lot gamers away. And with this wave of MOBAs coming out it will thin the herd. I can only foresee the Blizzard one making a dent in DOTA and LoL because of the huge fan base they accrued