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.