Here’s a new post all about the best MOBA games 2012.
What do we mean by “MOBA”? It stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. It is a fairly new MMO gaming genre that evolved from the Aeon of Strife custom map for Starcraft and the more recent Defense of the Ancients (DotA) custom scenario for Warcraft III. MOBAs are sometimes called DotA clones.
What is the gameplay like?
Basically, in MOBA games, players form teams whose goal is to destroy the opponents’ base, a heavily guarded structure at the opposite corner of the map. Each player controls a hero unit which is quite powerful and that can be leveled up like in MMORPGs. Players assist others in their teams and also have AI-controlled fighters or NPCs called “creeps”. Unlike traditional real-time strategy (RTS) games, MOBAs focus more on the heroes than on resource management or building.
Best MOBA Game 2012 – The Year’s Top Blockbuster
League of Legends – if you know anything at all about MOBA games, then you have probably heard of League of Legends (LoL) because it is currently the top free to play multiplayer battle arena game online. It’s so popular that more than 4 million gamers log into the game every day, with over 30 million registered players.
In fact, it was the success of LoL that made other game developers sit up and take notice of this new gaming genre and release their own DotA-like online games. Note that LoL was built by a veteran development team which includes the original creators of DotA Allstars. That’s why LoL is one of the best MOBA games in 2012.
Here is an explanation of the gameplay in LoL:
Summoner – A player in League of Legends takes on the role of a Summoner, a gifted spell caster who has the power to bring forth a champion to fight as his or her avatar in Valoran’s Fields of Justice. As the Summoner controls the champion in combat, it also influences the outcome of the match through the use of spells, masteries and runes.
Champions – During each online multiplayer play session, gamers will choose one of dozens of unique Champions wielding diverse skills and abilities, and engage in fast-paced team-oriented combat to bring their foes to ruin. Champions will gain levels, items and abilities that enable them to slay their opponents and augment the strength of their allies by battling with enemy minions, foul beasts, deadly turrets and enemy Champions.
Points system – Once a match is over, players get both Influence Points and Riot Points. Influence Points will be earned by simply playing the game, while Riot Points will be available for purchase with real money. Both currencies can be used to unlock additional content customization options, whereas only Influence Points will be used to unlock content such as Runes, which enhance the power of playable characters. Gamers who spend money in the game will not have a power advantage over other players; they will have access to rare visual customization options.
Best MOBA Game 2012 – Honorable Mention
Heroes of Newerth – another great MOBA game that is free-to-play. Two teams of up to five play as special Hero units with the assistance of AI-controlled armies in an attempt to destroy the enemy base. The team oriented design of HoN and Voice-Over-IP controls allow for an incredibly deep tactical team based experience unlike any other. We at MMO Worlds particularly like the Casual Mode which provides new players with a more relaxed, less punishing way to learn and play HoN.
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