League of Legend’s Dominion is out today. Hopefully the servers don’t totally explode.
I think Dominion is a nice break from the traditional map (SR), certainly much better than the 3v3 map, but at the same time I don’t think it really plays like a MOBA game (if we define MOBA as DoTA, which I do). The total lack of a laning phase, while nice for game speed, really takes away a lot of the strategic depth, and when the game ends I just don’t get the same ‘feel’ as I do from a SR match. That said, I think it might be fun to play a round or two along with my daily ranked game, and hopefully Riot does not screw SR balance based on Dominion changes. Yet if they don’t, I expect some heavy cheese strats to dominate Dominion, and more than a few champs to rise to OP status.
I downloaded the demo for Total War: Shogun 2, and after playing it for a bit, realized how much Mount and Blade has spoiled me in terms of RTS games. In TW, much like in most RTS games, when two units fight, animations play out while numbers drop off a stat sheet. Eventually one of the units hits zero, and you win. But if you want to focus on one soldier, or see just how one specific terrain feature is impacting the battle, you can’t, because while the units are there graphically, for the combat engine it’s all just numbers and dice rolls, and to me that just looks/feels so shallow now. Can anyone tell me if it’s possible to play the TBS part of TW without ever playing the RTS portion? Like can I auto-battle everything, or does doing that really screw with the game/balance?
Finally our group of four finished the main game in Borderlands, and while the game as a whole was pretty good, the ending is terrible. Just makes zero sense and is a total letdown. Hopefully the DLC that we also have is fun. I’ve heard good things about it.