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Probably the best strategy game

League of Legends is probably the best strategy game for free, offering deep, team-oriented gameplay, challenging battles and unique mix of strategy and RPG elements. It is based on popular Warcraft 3 map called DotA (Defense of Ancients), and involves 2 teams battling against each other with each participant playing one of the game’s many heroes.


Defense of the Ancients
During the battle, every in-game player controls a champion, selected from more than 80 champions available. Each one, with their own unique set of skills, to act as their avatar while they control his or her actions from above. Right after selecting a champion, we may participate in battle; during the battle similarly to rpg, we must develop a character, while killing monsters and other characters, rise his level, surpass enemy’s team, and finally, destroy opponent’s base.

All the while, NPC soldiers stream from each base to attack the other side – hero or NPC soldier – on their way to an epic fail in battle or, ultimate victory. It may sound simple, but in reality, it is far more complicated and often very difficult. Basically whichever team completes the objective, by annihilating the other team’s base, wins.

In League of Legends, there are 5 different character types: Fighter, Mage, Assassin, Support and Tank. Each of these has their own strengths and weaknesses, just like in all online RPG games. For instance, the tank can take a hit but usually doesn’t do a lot of damage, while the assassin is massive damage dealer, however being vulnerable to any form of damage. Gameplay is team-oriented, so team must be balanced; probably the best teams are made up with each character type available.

No mercy for the weak!

The game can currently be played in 5 different modes: Tutorial, Custom, Co-Op vs. AI, Normal and Ranked. New players should definitely try tutorial mode first, to obtain all possible knowledge about the gameplay. Just like in other strategy games, based on DotA, mechanics, all players also start each battle with a certain amount of gold to buy weapons, armor or items. During the battle, player gains gold slowly as the game advances. Destroying all kind of opponents and defensive towers is the key to possess gold, the best way to win the battle is annihilating everything on your way (if it’s possible). On the map, there are open woods with some powerful monsters to fight for gold and experience; farming them is really, really good way to improve your champion.

Ok, but what about equipment? It can fit into a few neat categories – damage, defense and health. Each base item will give us bonuses to champion different areas, like damage or health regeneration, and many of the items can be mixed to form more magnificent items.

Flaws? First of all game is terribly difficult to master. There is large, very active in game community, while a lot of players are playing regularly 3-4h/day; if you are new player, you will be massacred pretty fast. It’s challenging, but very frustrating game for newbies. League of Legends is also very team oriented, which is great, but has dark side – one bad player or rage-quitter can ruin a battle. This strategy game has no mercy. Really.


(League of Legends trailer)

Pros
Unique combination of strategy and rpg
Challenging
Great selection of heroes
Helpful tutorial
Visuals

Cons
Focuses on teamwork too much
Difficult and hard to master

Official site: http://www.leagueoflegends.com

Summary
League of Legends is a free strategy game that offers an unbelievable amount of strategies and combinations, making the game highly attractive and challenging for those searching for the best in the genre. However it’s not friendly for new players and it’s not the best recommendation for casuals; it’s sometimes very difficult and challenging game, with 32 million players worldwide. Over 4 million players are playing regularly, 3 h/day, so try to imagine, how good they are…

It’s still the best strategy game for free; hard to master, challenging, but overall really unique game.

Other information

Some of available characters

Ahri, the Nine Tailed Fox – Ahri is a female warrior, and a highly mobile champion who requires a great deal of precision to pull off her abilities. It’s based on the Nine-Tail Fox, a popular mystical creature in Japanese folk lore.

Alistar, the Minotaur – Alistar a large minotaur, can function as a role of damage dealer but he is best suited for tanking. This popular champion is voiced by Harlan Hogan who also did Thrall in Warcraft 3.

Amumu, the Sad Mummy – is a tank champion in the strategy game League of Legends. He is known as the sad mummy because he is constantly in a state of dejection. Slow, but powerful and dangerous opponent, however he isn’t damage specialist.

Annie, the Dark Child – Annie is known as the Dark Child, with her shadow bear companion Tibbers, Annie contains the innocent desire to rule the world. While Annie remains a very innocent child, she is powerful and dangerous champion.

Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem – Blitzcrank is a versatile champion; he can be built as a tank, physical damage dealer, or caster damage dealer.

Brand, the Burning Vengeance – Brand is fire-based caster who relies on syncing together his abilities in order to do great damage. Brand, The Burning Vengeance, is a creature of olden times; evidently sole purpose in existence is to destroy.

Cho’Gath, the Terror of the Void – Cho’Gath is an abomination from the Void, can be played two ways; it can be a solid tank or an efficient dps. Cho’Gath has a massive health pool, and is looking really terrifying. His hunger is insatiable and Cho’Gath grows in size with every opponent he eats.

Dr. Mundo, the Madman of Zaun – Dr. Mundo is a hulking scientist, dominating the battlefield with his fast health regeneration and science. Dr. Mundo is unique, because he uses his health to fuel his powers, while other champions are using mana.

Evelynn, the Widowmaker – A being of magic and shadows, Evelynn is a master of striking fast and catching enemies unaware. Utilizing her stealth, Evelynn drifts around the battlefield attacking enemies from behind; this way she easily earns her title of “Widowmaker”.

Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer – Boy-genius and a pure massive damage dealer champion. He is significantly different from other damage dealing classes because he does not possess an effective form of crowd control and his damage is absolute reliant on how skillful a person can aim his shots.

Graves, the Outlaw – Malcolm Graves is a playable ranged champion with stacking resistance ability and high damage output – it makes him a very effective damage dealer. This champion is clearly inspired by Western Films and Literature. One of his abilities, “True Grit”, is even named after a famous western movie.

Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor – Heimerdinger is most known as an effective lane pusher and solid tank. During the battles, he can build turrets, automatic rocket launchers rockets, and automatic grenade launchers; Heimerdinger shows the real power of science on the battlefield.

Janna, the Storm’s Fury – Janna uses her magic summon tornadoes, harness the wind to improve her speed and even create shields of hardened air. Janna is a versatile champion – she can be develop as a support, caster damage dealer, or physical damage dealer.

Jarvan IV, the Exemplar of Demacia – Jarvan IV is the Demacian champion wielding large javelin as primary weapon, while his armor is made of the scales and bones of defeated enemies.

Mordekaiser, the Master of Metal – Mordekaiser is a very versatile champion; He can be built as a solid tank, physical damage dealer, or caster damage dealer. It’s hard to decide whether he is a man, monster, or a simulacrum forged from the undead.

Nasus, the Curator of the Sands – Nasus the Curator of the Sands is a champion based on the Egyptian god Anubis. His abilities revolve around dealing damage over time as well as inflicting massive damage onto enemies, using very powerful Avatar of Death ability.

Nocturne, the Eternal Nightmare – Nocturne is a fairly recent Champion to join the League of Legends. Described as a haunter of dreams, he is imprisoned to the League to do his Summoner’s bidding.

Orianna, the Clockwork Girl – The first female robot champion to be introduced into League of Legends. Orianna’s abilities involve using an electronic ball to damage her enemies or protect her allies.

Shyvana, the Half-Dragon – She is a mana-less half dragon, capable of spewing fire and leaving a trail of flames in her wake. Her ultimate has her take flight and transform into her dragon form, adding special affects to her regular abilities.

Sion, the Undead Champion – Sion is a versatile champion in the strategy game League of Legends. He can be built as a tank, caster damage dealer, or physical damage dealer.

Tristana, the Megling Gunner – Tristana has massive damage output and can easily wipe out hordes of creeps. During the battle she is using a cannon the size of her entire body.

Twitch, the Plague Rat – Twitch is a physical damage dealer. He is focusing on ambush tactics, he leaps from the shadows and poisons his opponents. Perfect back-stabber and cunning assassin.

Viktor, the Machine Herald – Viktor is a new mage and can be quite customizable and flexible thanks to passive ability. Using his machines, he has constantly improved the speed and potency of his research.

Xerath, the Magus Ascendant – Xerath offers a new way to play the Mage/Carry role and his specialty is in long range and wide-area spells while rendered immobile. While using magic ritual, Xerath saved his life, but transformed into pure arcane energy.

System requirements

Minimum Requirements
OS – Windows XP/Vista
Graphics Card – Any DirectX 9.0 capable VGA Card
CPU – Pentium 4, 2 GHz/AMD XP 2500+ or better
RAM – 512 MB or more
HDD – 1 GB Free

Recommended Specifications
OS – Windows XP/Vista
Graphics Card – GeForge 8800 or equivalent
CPU – Pentium 4 3 GHz
RAM – 1024 MB (1GB)
HDD – 1 GB Free