I play a lot of MOBAs, I mean you might have guessed that already, but I just wanted to make it clear. I have invested A LOT of time playing League of Legends, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm. I have even spent some time playing the smaller games like Awesomenauts, Vain Glory, Heroes of Newerth, and some I can’t remember! But Smite really has stuck with me for a little while. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not my top MOBA, but I really enjoy it. Today I wanted to take a second and try to convince you to give it a shot too! So in no particular order here is a list of reasons why I like Smite, and why you might like it too!
- Familiar Names- The game itself is based around all the mythological Gods, from cultures all around the world. The Pantheon from Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Mayan, Chinese, and even Hindu Gods are represented. Even if you don’t know Thanatos from Zhong Kui, you might have heard of Thor, Ra, or Zeus. It makes it easy to approach the game, and have a starting out point. It’s similar to why I liked Heroes of the Storm, if you know a character its easier to learn them, or at least it gives you a place to start!
- Match Variety- Three lanes can get boring sometimes, ARAM, Dominion, Custom Games, and all of Heroes of the Storm’s maps try to give you some variety but it doesn’t always work well. ARAM and Heroes of the Storm’s maps (non-hero league) can be decided before the game even starts with terrible match ups, and bad team composition which can lead to frustration. But Smite has some really nice alternatives that all seem to have a good player base (I’m looking at you Dominion). There is the Arena which is a 5v5 map, set up to look like a Roman arena with a clash of creep meeting in the middle, and jungle buffs near the outside. Joust, my favorite, is a 3v3 single lane, with jungle camps on either side. Conquest is your typical three lane, two jungle map. Assault is ARAM (all random all mid) single lane map with no Jungle, and no base return. Siege mode I haven’t tried yet, but it is two lanes and objective driven. To add-on to this already impressive list the developers have a rotating list of games which are custom-built with unique rules and objectives.
- Autopilot or full control- If you are looking for something simple, you can turn on Auto-Skills and Auto-Items. The game will automatically buy items for you, and your skills will automatically level up. This feature is interesting to say the least. I often shy away from trying new characters since I might not know the best way to build them or what items I might need, but these two options helped me feel more comfortable trying out new Gods. I still prefer the in-game guides of Dota 2, or the level system of Heroes of the Storm for normal games, but for my time this is without a doubt the easiest. I haven’t noticed any major issues with the system, and for the most part the items and skills they choose are the same I would have chosen. There are a few times I turned it off mid-game to start building how I wanted, and its nice that you can turn off “auto-pilot” when you want, but like I said, this is my preferred way to play when I’m trying out a new God.
- Controller support- The first time I heard about this game was from a friend who tried it on his Xbox, so I was immediately interested to see how a controller could handle a MOBA. Much to my surprise and delight it works incredibly well! I play on my computer in my bedroom, so being able to play while sitting on my bed is nice, and after a few minutes of tinkering with the button binding everything works perfect. Buying items, typing out messages, and navigating menus still requires a keyboard and mouse, but most of the gameplay can be done with a controller without any trouble. I tried playing it with a keyboard and mouse again but this game feels perfect with a controller to me now.
So I don’t know if any of these will make you want to pick the game up, but I can tell you that this game is absolutely more fun than I expected, and will continue to play it for the foreseeable future. Let me know in the comments if there is any reason you like the game, or hate it!