Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Game Alert!

Do you like team-based player vs. player combat? Are you familiar with Defense of the Ancients? Do you like free games? If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions and own a Personal Computer, you should head to this website, create your summoner account, download the game, and start playing League of Legends: Clash of Fates immediately. The game is basically a tower defense game with two teams trying to destroy each other's base. The great thing here is the role playing game hero-building elements where your controlled character levels up during the match and you get to build up your hero's skills in real time.

What are you waiting for?

You are probably apprehensive about the whole "free" game thing. Let me explain: This is unlike the many free massively multi-player online RPGs out there. This game is 100% free with no strings attached and no feature accesses blocked. There will eventually be an online shop where you can buy things that will help you in the game using real money but that option is really there for impatient people who don't want to earn those items through hours upon hours of play. You can also buy frivolous things like extra skins for your characters - this of course doesn't have any gameplay impact on the free game itself. The game is even released in a retail box and buying the retail version will give you perks that will help level up your summoner profile as well as other things that you can actually get by just playing the free game. The free download is the way to go though - it's an incredible deal for a very fun and rewarding game. I have played it during its closed beta - this game is deep and mindlessly addicting. It's the free alternative to Heroes of Newerth that will also be released soon. It really doesn't make much of a difference whether you decide to pay for it or not... Just get it already!

Update Note: 11/07/2009 - Recent interactions with League of Legends players revealed the possibility of feature divisions between paying customers and non-paying customers. Riot Games' vague explanation of future plans doesn't help the situation either. Thus, I am removing the game from my library and if there is truly no heavy and necessary micro-transaction elements in the future, I will provide an update here. The game is still fun though - for now!

Update Note: 04/02/2010 - After delving deeper into the game in its current form, it is now clear how the service works. You can read all about it here.

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