Is Paladins another Overwatch Clone?

Hey guys, Rump3l here. As you might’ve heard or seen, Hi-Rez Studios new game called “Paladins” just entered its public beta stage. Because Hi-Rez is a well-known developer with a history of cool games and a very successful MOBA that is Smite, a lot of people are interested whether or not they should give their newest game a try or not. What seems to be bugging most People Is whether or not this is another shameless clone of Blizzards Overwatch. I recently wrote about Team Fortress and Overwatch similarities/differences and I thought I should share my thoughts on this one with you as well.

First things first, this is game is absolutely free to play. If you know of Hi-Rez you know that they have a “try before you buy” Policy. Instead of charging you $40 for game you never tried, they will let you play it for as long as you want to. You may never need to spend a dollar on this game and you can still grind up everything and frankly speaking, it’s not even hard to do so. Hi-Rez studio has been doing their games like this for a long time and apparently it has been a successful is this model for them.

Other than price, other major difference between the two is that Paladins is much more MOBA kind of game while Overwatch is more of a team-based shooter. For example, your characters are fully customizable in Paladins. By fully customizable I don’t mean just the skins and appearances no, your skill set can be defined to fit your play style. Every skill in the game can be enhanced with the card that will give it specific properties so you may never encounter to same heroes that are actually the same.

Speaking of cosmetic items Paladins does have those indeed, and is allowing you to separately customize different parts of your outfit and create one that suits you the best, unlike Overwatch’s skin system which is much more restrictive compared this.

In this game you may not switch your character once you picked it up. This contributes to team play in my opinion. Players are forced to stick with what they’ve chosen to the end of the battle thus enforcing them to work as a team much closer than the usually what if they could simply swap heroes as they see fit. But frankly that is a bit chaotic to me and I’m glad that Paladins do not follow this trend. Additionally, there won’t be too same characters in single game, only one person may pick a specific hero for the game, just like in other mobile games. Speaking of MOBAs, you can also buy items just like you would in Smite. These will enhance your character for the duration of the match and enable you to get an advantage over the enemy.

The game is still in early access, and there are bound to be some changes to gameplay and characters, but for now on this is how things are. Quite honestly, into my huge surprise, I really dig this game and considering giving it a try. Sorry Zack…

Let me know what you think about Paladins and if you would perhaps like to play together, I’m looking forward to your replies.

 

My View on Counter Strike GO Weapon Skins

 

All of us have seen skins for Valve games by now. Even those of us that are completely out of those niche spheres have at least once seen or heard about it. Many people buy skins for various different reasons. Some aim to distinguish them from the crowd and stand tall with their expensive weapon paints and stickers, others like to brag and keep track of how many kills they scored with their favorite piece. Some are showing their allegiance and sympathy for a team or player using their weapon to kind of cheer for their favorites. I just happen to appreciate art and everything that’s beautiful in its own way and sometimes that’s the sole reason I will by rifle or a gun skin for Counter Strike, because it simply looks pretty and I like it.

I know that some people are very much against this and that they swear how they would never pay for something like this. I consider that to be okay, it is their money after all, but I can understand the apparent hostility behind those words. While I would never spend more than five dollars on something that simply looks pretty and does absolutely nothing, I see no harm if somebody wants to do it. Now don’t get it wrong, I still think that those $300 priced knives are ridiculous and would absolutely never support anything like that, but spending as little as five dollars for a very cool looking skin and a stat-track for your favorite weapon in the game is very reasonable in my book.

Think of it this way. This is a relatively cheap game and if you were to do the math and calculate how much money per hour have you paid for this game, chances are (if you are even close to average player) that this game costed you less than 50 cents per hour. If you’ve played as much as some people have that would be even less. Now, Counter Strike Global Offensive servers are many. They have been running flawlessly 24/7 for the past couple of years. I never experienced any major issues with this game or its connection. It’s frequently updated, patched and generally improved. You get hours and hours and in some people’s cases even weeks and months of fun for a mere $15 or so (depending on your region). I like to see it as though I am supporting this great game that I very much like an absolutely love to play with friends. I see it as a potential investment in this games longevity and showing the developers that I care about it.

Not to mention all the artists that are making those incredible skins, you are rewarding them for their time as well with an amount of money that you probably won’t even feel is gone. For the same amount of money that you spend on a cup of coffee at Starbucks you may get yourself a neat looking toy that can potentially last you a lifetime. So honestly, I’m all for weapon skins as long as the price is not ridiculous.

-Zack

Team Fortress 2 vs Overwatch

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This one I’ve been getting a lot in lately, it doesn’t seem like things are about to change so, let me answer the most common question that I’ve been getting recently once and for all: “Which games better? Team Fortress 2 or Overwatch?”

Truth is, there is no simple answer. And that is exactly why many people are confusing this game for one in the same. They are not! Okay? Guys, listen while these two games are similar in gameplay, graphics and even game mods these are entirely different games. Just because players are divided into two teams and are working to get her to achieve a common goal, that does not make it a Team Fortress or Overwatch clone. Well, unless it’s absolutely a Team Fortress clone, like this one, or a shameless Overwatch rip-off, like this one right here. Anyway, let’s focus to the question at hand and let me try and answer it as best as I possibly can.

First off, believe it or not these games are very much different. If you’ve played both of these games you know that TF2 is much closer to a traditional arena shooter with the addition of teams. This game allows you to play more like a lone wolf if you are skilled enough. Experienced spies know exactly what I mean. Snipers are also fairly efficient as loners if you know a map well (and by now, who doesn’t). Soldier can also wreck havoc on enemy units provided that he’s experienced enough. Not only that, pretty much every character in this game, given the right player (such as myself, hehe) can easily become a one man army against the opposing team because of the matchmaking system. At least that is how I feel after 1700+ hours of Team Fortress 2. It’s mostly about the skill.

Now, I’m not the most experienced Overwatch player but I have played it for a long 124 hours up to this day and from what I have learned about the game it’s that it is not a clone of TF2. The games are similar yes, and chances are that if you are old TF2 veteran that you will like Overwatch because of their similarities. But then again same chances are that you will realize very soon, that these games besides their similar cartoony art style and fast-paced gameplay don’t really have much in common. Yes, some of the game modes are exactly the same, but how you play them is entirely different. Overwatch puts much stronger emphasis on team play. Players are supposed to complement one another with their abilities and work together to defeat the opposing team. Now that describes pretty much every team-based game there is, but what’s different about this one compared to TF is that every character has a counter character. Players are focusing much more on their team and how to improve it rather than choosing and sticking with one role per game. The fact that all kills only count towards team score, not a personal one speaks for itself about this games teamwork emphasis.

Now, as usual this is my personal opinion. I was never very good with reviews and since English is not my native language this might make no sense to some people but, there you have it, a comparison from my perspective regarding key differences between the two similar looking games. Of course, the best thing you can do is to try to games yourself and come up with your own verdict.

Here’s video that does a good job explaining how similar/different these two actually are:

 

Yes, I’m Playing Pokemon Go!

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So what? I’m playing it and I’m enjoying it. You guys are making such a big deal out of it. That this website is turning into reply board. Why shouldn’t I be allowed to enjoy a casual game every now and then? Just because I play CS on a above the average level doesn’t mean that I am not able to enjoy, or that I do not want to enjoy something less stressful, competitive and complex from time to time. I am playing Pokemon go and I’m having a hell of a good time doing so.

It’s not like I’m playing excessively compared to other games. I still have all of my daily routines which I’m able to follow perfectly fine despite the fact that I am running around chasing digital critters. And let me tell you, it’s surprisingly fun to do so. No, seriously this game is not as bad as everybody thinks it is. For starters you will go out a lot more and spend some time breathing fresh air. That’s not something you do if you were to play Counter Strike for the entire day. Zack and Rump3l are just poking me  because all they ever play is Counter Strike and barely anything else ever. As someone who game for the majority of his life, I value other games to and I’m looking forward to playing many, many games during my lifetime. Not to mention that I’m still completely able to kick “certain peoples” assess in Global Offensive.

Besides, I can already tell that I won’t be sinking too much time into Pokemon due to the fact that I’ve been using a generator which helped me hack poke coins that I need for my traders to evolve and get strong. Yeah, I cheated and I don’t feel bad about it. I’m just not in the mood to be running around that much even though it’s a fun game and a very unique experience. But enough about that…

As my bros have stated previously, we are back in the game! I personally can’t wait to play some competitive matches! You may expect those games to be played very soon, as I am itching to satisfy my urge for some competitive shooting due to all of this “casual gaming” as some are calling it that I’ve been up to lately. Until then, some of the eSports events should keep you busy, especially the upcoming ELEAGUE season 2 starting November 21st and lasting all the way to December 3rd. 16 teams are to compete on that one including Cloud9, Virtus Pro, Fnatic, NaVi and other well-known names of the eSports scene. You know I’m not to this as much as Zack is but this is the event that I’m definitely not going to miss considering that $1.400.000 prize pool I believe that something spectacular is definitely happening on this one.

Anyway guys, that’s all for me now. We are still working on this new website, and we might not post as frequently as we use to please, be patient and stay with us for a while longer until we figure this whole new thing out. Shin-0 out.

It’s good to finally be back!

Yo, yo! This is your man Rump3l! Long time no see, huh? How have you guys been? Well let me tell you, it sure feels good to be back! I kind of missed all of this you know, writing stuff here, sharing with the “community” that we’ve established over this time. I wonder how many of you are still with us? I saw Zack made a quickie post to announce that we are officially back in the game so I thought I should stop by to say hello myself, especially since he mentioned me. That makes two out of three of us so far that I can’t shake the feeling that “the third one” won’t make his appearance just yet.

You know, I was kind of trying not to mention or hint anything to you guys just yet but, obviously I just can keep my mouth shut. I don’t think he bragged about it but our boy Shin-0 got himself hooked up on some serious shit. I know his condition was never quite good to begin with and was always kind of critical, but I believe he just crossed the line with this one. Shin-0, if you’re reading this you know you can’t deny it. You know I’m right. You know you’ve got hooked up on Pokemon go!!!

Ladies and gentlemen that’s right, this once proud eSports gamer has been reduced to a mere casual! How dare he?! Is this what we are to be reduced to? A bunch of Pokemon players? What have we become? Is there no end to Shin-0’s madness?! Ever have our friend back from the clutches of this evil that strengthening the gaming community?

All jokes aside, he has been spending an awful lot of time playing the ridiculous game. As expected, I’ve been spending an equally ridiculous amount of time teasing him about the fact that he plays, Poke go. I personally find it ridiculous. Not to imply that I have anything against people who play it, just that I’m surprised and shocked by his decision to give it a try when I know what he used to say about mobile games in general. I will, I guess life has a sick sense of humor.

Enough about a guy. I’ve been cool, doing my usual stuff. Same old routine for me I guess, and nothing ever changes around here. Just thought I would follow up Zacks post with my own and use the opportunity to make some additional phone of our third brother in arms. I guess we won’t be hearing from him anytime soon, so those of you waiting for his usual articles about new competitive games released for PC might actually get some new Mobile reviews from now on, lol.

As for my part, expect some Team Fortress 2 thoughts since I’ve been playing it at an increasing amount lately. I will still honor Zack and our team’s name would regular Counter-Strike matches just one yap about it that much, I’ll leave that in Z’s.

Let me (us) know what you think about our new website and logo, and keep the conversation going down in the comments. Talk to you later gang 😉