League of Legends

League of Legends 9.15.2014

A classic 5 v 5 multiplayer game

League of Legends is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) where two teams of five players battle to destroy the enemy base that's reminiscent of DotA. By offering a free, high-octane blend of RPG and strategy together with a pinch of action, League of Legends (LoL for short) is able to offer a game that's both fun and deep, and will surely delight fans of online multiplayer games. View full description

PROS

  • Rich and interesting gameplay
  • Training for beginners
  • Consistent developer updates

CONS

  • Rune system
  • Player behavior can be negative

Very good
8

League of Legends is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) where two teams of five players battle to destroy the enemy base that's reminiscent of DotA. By offering a free, high-octane blend of RPG and strategy together with a pinch of action, League of Legends (LoL for short) is able to offer a game that's both fun and deep, and will surely delight fans of online multiplayer games.

The true benchmark for MOBA games

Against well known competitors such as Smite and DotA 2, League of Legends has established itself as the benchmark for the MOBA genre with nearly 40 million monthly players. The best thing about LoL is the strength of its gameplay, which requires you to react quickly without forgetting about strategic depth.

LoL's most popular game mode (5 vs 5 battles for control of the enemy base) offers games of around 40 minutes, that must be played in one sitting, quitting in the middle of a game will leave your team outnumbered which usually results in the other players resigning.

Fortunately, there are many other game modes available if you don't have time for a lengthy battle: you can do 3 vs 3 or 5 vs 5 battles with random characters and play against bots managed by artificial intelligence. LoL offers a multitude of different gaming experiences that are constantly expanding: developers are always adding new game modes and new heroes so that longtime players don't lose interest.

A very accessible yet demanding game

Since League of Legends made its debut, the developer has made a point of making the game more accessible for beginners (a complex task for MOBA games). With lots of training against the AI and a system that puts you against other players with a similar skill level to yours, the experience is essentially improved from the get go.

Keep in mind that LoL is quite challenging and the first parts of the game are often frustrating. You need to power through these stages if you want to become a good player and enjoy all the advantages that come with playing the game long term.

Like most MOBA games, League of Legends suffers from a major flaw: it's a team game where communication is extremely important. Unfortunately, some players tend to lash out as soon as they get a little frustrated.

So, it's not uncommon to see insults flying around on the chat, along with increased antisocial behavior. It's too bad because this in turn can sometimes spoil the gaming experience. Feel free to play with friends or disable the chat for a peaceful game!

Note that like all competitive online games, League of Legends puts great importance on fair play: Even without investing money in the game, it should be possible to remain competitive with other players. The strategy for fair play usually works pretty well as the game is very often re-calibrated to prevent overly strong characters taking precedence over others. My only complaint is about the rune system as these paid additions that make your characters stronger shouldn't be in a free-to-play competitive game.

Average graphics, but constantly evolving

Released in 2009, League of Legends is not up to the standard of current-gen games in terms of graphics. The character models are outdated, as is the scenery. Fortunately however, the developer is always working to improve the character designs and make them more attractive. Although there are some disappointing graphical aspects (especially the mundane design of female characters), everything seems to work pretty well together and is fairly eye-catching.

You'll notice that the **contents of the game are often updated** with developers making changes to character models, textures, maps, and sounds to allow the game to evolve over time.

A classic online game

League of Legends is a classic. By incorporating a system of team play that combines both strategy and role-playing, the program offers a very dynamic and interesting experience that you can enjoy in the longterm thanks to its rich gameplay.

League of Legends is a success (technically less complex than DotA 2 but more accessible) and is regularly updated in terms of content . However, remember that even though it's free, you can still end up paying a lot out of pocket if you want to get your hands on some of the paid content (including the annoying "rune" system).

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User reviews about League of Legends

  • Myzerio

    by Myzerio

    "League of Legends "

    Well I never downloaded League of Legends on Softonic. It has an official website for download. but I think Softonic has... More.

    reviewed on January 29, 2015

  • pvdptje

    by pvdptje

    "League of Legends"

    This game is really nice to play. Easy to learn and understand. The only thing that is NOT fun about this game is the co... More.

    reviewed on April 16, 2012

  • LeaugeOfLegends

    by LeaugeOfLegends

    "Is the download free?"

    is the download for LeagueOfLegends free please tell me i really need to know that cous my mother will kill me if i nee... More.

    reviewed on May 24, 2011

  • Vigopl

    by Vigopl

    "Sweet Game and worth money although its free."

    I love this game for the pvp action that is extremely competetive. It is awesome and worth the try if you like action p... More.

    reviewed on April 13, 2011

  • stolas

    by stolas

    "Some gameplay footage if you're interested"

    To watch some gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG710VPeo-U It's definitely in the top 3 best free game... More.

    reviewed on July 8, 2010

  • deuil

    by deuil

    "League of Legends"

    I play this game since 2 months. An I am still motivated to play this game. It's very easy to learn and dont need to pla... More.

    reviewed on June 15, 2010