Fates Forever

This is a new free-to-play MOBA that is available only on iPad, and having gone through the tutorial and played a few rounds with bots, I’m quite liking it so far. I do like playing MOBAs, and the reason I don’t play DOTA 2 or League of Legends is mostly because they don’t run great on my MacBook Air, and also for the simple fact that I don’t really like playing games on my laptop anyway. Fates Forever really does look fantastic on iPad – makes me wonder why they don’t make versions of DOTA 2 and LoL for iPad – and the touch controls feel great. Purchases are to unlock more playable characters, but you can still have fun with the ones you do have access to, and like LoL, they rotate your free selection – and you can pay $20 to simply unlock all of the characters. I do want to continue playing this, and hope that I have as much fun when I start playing online with other people.

Heroes of the Storm

I’ve mentioned a few times that I do quite enjoy playing MOBAs (like Guardians of Middle-earth and Awesomenauts) and that I don’t really play DOTA 2 or League of Legends because of how unfriendly I hear it can be. I have been really excited to try out Blizzard’s take on the genre, Heroes of the Storm, and was so happy to receive a key to access the current technical alpha. I’m still learning the ropes, but have had fun so far going through the tutorials and playing some practice matches. We’ll see how I do when I start playing against live opponents, but I like that experience is shared across all characters – so it really is a team effort. 

Free to Play

A documentary – that you can watch for free on YouTube – about DOTA 2 and the big 1 million dollar tournament that was held a year or two ago. At first it feels weird to see something like this about MOBAs with no mention of League of Legends (of course, since this is produced by Valve), but since the focus really is on the tournament, you sort of just accept it, and appreciate the profiles of the top players and teams, and the drama that comes out of wanting to find out who will come out as the winner (I had no idea). Quite enjoyed this.

Awesomenauts Assemble!

I still haven’t really played much of the two big MOBA games out there – DOTA 2 and League of Legends (a bit of the latter) – but I have found that I actually do quite like this style of game, and was having a good time with the Lord of the Rings-themed Guardians of Middle-Earth MOBA that came out 1-2 years ago. The reason I stopped playing that was because not many people were playing it, and so I would mostly end up not being able to connect with others players online, and was tired of playing just against the AI. I was always curious about Awesomenauts – it’s been out for a while on PC – and finally took the plunge when this updated edition came out on PS4 recently. I really like the 2D twist on regular MOBA play, and the cartoony presentation is really fun. I’m also finding that it’s a terrific game to play with Remote Play on my Vita, because of the simple control scheme (Remote Play falters when you have a game that has complex controls, that wants you to use shoulder and trigger buttons). Playing Towerfall: Ascension’s Quest mode in Remote Play is really great too.