With the fame of games like League of Legends and Dota 2, numerous new games of the same style have appeared, mainly for mobile, where these two could not reach. Today, with the release of Wild Rift, will the various MOBAs lose space in the gaming universe?
Well, this is something that is still not possible to answer, but the fact is that several smaller MOBAs have been appearing and gaining ground. Here, you will see some of these games.
But after all, what is a MOBA?
First of all, if you fell out of a parachute in this text and don't know what a MOBA is, here's the explanation:
The acronym MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. Simply put, it would simply be that two teams with multiple players (5v5) compete against each other on a mirrored map (that is, equal on both sides).
The main difference of this style of play for ordinary MMORPGs is that the map is like an arena, and the game is limited to just that space. Massive online multiplayer games (MMO) usually take place in larger worlds, with no maximum number of competitors.
Another characteristic of MOBAs is that the characters start 'raw', all leave level 0 and go up in level as the game is played, that is, it is not possible to train your character before starting a game, and when he finishes , you go back to square one.
This makes the game much more balanced and played. What it is possible to do is to equip skins on your character, changing its appearance, however the skin does not change the abilities of the doll.
Explained, let's go straight to the list of MOBAs that are worth checking out (excluding, of course, the giants LOL and Dota, and even the Wild Rift that are already known to everyone).
Arena of Valor
Perhaps the most famous on this list, the game from Tencent Games has more than 100 character options to play, and includes on its list names known as Batman, Wonder Woman, Joker, Superman and Flash.
The characters are divided into tank, warrior, assassin, wizard, sniper and support.
It is a MOBA in the same way as LOL, so if you are already used to the game you will take the letter.
Some of the monsters found on the Arena of Valor map:
- Might Golem: It is recommended that warriors, assassins or snipers kill this monster. When killed, grants a buff that causes your normal attacks to slow down enemies;
- Garnak: It is not simple to defeat Garnak right from the start, but you must do it before your opponents, as the team that defeats Garnak is almost certain to win. It takes teamwork to ensure victory over him. Defeating Garnak guarantees experience for the whole team;
- Dark Slayer: after defeating Garnak, you can move on to Dark Slayer. It takes the whole team to defeat him, and the victory over him guarantees a buff of 1% HP per second, and an increase in mana and damage by 30% for 1 minute and 20.
In addition to the classic 5v5 style of play, Arena of Valor also offers matches in 3v3 and even 1v1 mode. Matches take about 10 to 15 minutes each.
There are also international championships in the game, such as the World Cup and the MediaTek Cup.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends is very similar to the Arena of Valor. In fact, almost all MOBAs are very similar if you compare.
The more than 100 characters are divided into the killer, tank, fighter, wizard, sniper and support categories. There are 4 jungle areas, 18 defense towers, 2 jungle bosses.
A feature of Mobile Legends is that if your connection goes down, it doesn't mean game over for you and possibly your team. Your character will be controlled by an AI until you can re-establish the connection and return to the game.
Another peculiarity is that, in the beginning, the matches are random. You will face characters controlled by other people, but also characters controlled by the game itself. It will only be possible to play ranked after level 10.
Another difference: the purchase of items. The menu of items to evolve your character is very simplified, in addition to the game presenting suggestions for the player.
There are also official international online competitions for Mobile Legends, such as MPL, the professional league of the game.
Based on the game onmyoji, the NetEase Games title brings the characters already known to those who play the original, as well as names from other anime, with Ichigo, Bleach and Inuyasha.
One of the main differentials of the game are the characters inspired by anime and oriental themes. The champions are called Shikigamis, who, in Japanese culture, are spirits invoked with paper for the protection of an Onmyoji, a priest.
In addition, the original rune system usually paid for is replaced by the free Onmyodo system, there is no paid system that affects combat statistics, and it is possible to play head to head even with pay to win players.
In addition to the classic 5v5 MOBA system, there is the Battle Royale 3v3v3 option, in which players are divided into three teams of three and separated into different parts of the map, with a battle zone.
Despite being less popular than the others, it is considered one of the best mobile MOBAs.
Vainglory is one of the most traditional MOBAs on this list, and a very unfair game. Developed by Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory follows the common rules of MOBAs: three lanes, two jungles, towers, minions, bases, regarding this, there are no secrets.
Vainglory's great differentials are: the exclusive heroes, excellent graphics and the possibility of crafting skins. That's right, skins can be obtained through craft, with cards received at the end of each game.
Initially, the matches were 3v3, and then the 5v5 mode already known to MOBA fans was made available. There are two game modes: Standard, the normal game, which could be ranked or casual, and Battle Royale, in which games only take place on the lanes, are faster games.
Vainglory's main problem is the extremely small community. The game was once much more popular, and it is now more difficult to find matches. A series of problems with the distribution, lack of updates, lack of professional tournaments and internal problems caused the community to decrease with time.
In an attempt to save the game, Bazooka Tango created Vainglory All Stars, which is a redesign of Vainglory, with different graphics and interface, based on Brawl Stars. The game is still in beta stage at Play Store.
MOBA for PC
Smite is probably the most popular PC game on this list. The Hi-Rez Studios game's main differential is its playable characters: they are gods.
More than 100 gods and immortals are available to play, with a total of nine mythologies covered: Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, Roman, Mayan, Japanese, Nordic and Celtic.
Another peculiarity of the game is that the view is in third person, and not from above as usual.
Also in addition to the towers, there are phoenixes that protect each of the routes and need to be defeated in order for the team to face the Titan, the final stage of the game.
The main monsters that spawn in the jungle and guarantee the best buffs are the fire giant and the golden erinia.
Among the game modes offered by Smite are:
- Conquest: it is the classic game of MOBA;
- Assault: also 5v5, players face only one route, with no jungle. In assault mode, the choice of gods is random, and it is not possible to return to base unless you die;
- Siege: battle 4v4 on two routes with a jungle in the middle. In this mode, it is possible to summon the Jaganatas, monsters that follow the route defeating the enemy's defenses;
- Arena: it is like a coliseum, 5v5 battle without routes whose objective is to defeat the opposing gods and lackeys;
- Fair: 3v3 battles on a single route, with jungles around, where you can get mana bonuses and disable enemy structures. 1v1 battles can also be fought;
- Collision: 5v5 battles with two routes;
- Departure of the day: this mode changes the rules and components daily.
In addition to being available for PC (Windows), Smite can be played on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.
For those who are tired of more of the same, Smite promises to be a great game, which does not neglect the general characteristics of MOBA, but innovates at the same time.
Heavy metal machines
The real difference from the list. Heavy Metal Machines is a Brazilian game developed by Hoplon.
The differences already start in the number of players: in Heavy Metal Machines, teams of 4 play the match.
And of course, you can't help mentioning that the playable characters are cars! There are no minions, the battles are directly player x player, with explosions, shots and bombs.
The objective is simple: take the bomb to the opponent's base.
The game is inspired by the classic Rock'n'Roll Racing.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is a game from Blizzard, and as such has as a major differential the presence of characters known from other games of the company: Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and Overwatch. They are divided into the following categories: tank, warrior, support, healer, melee killer and ranged killer.
Another feature of Heroes of the Storm is that the game mode (format, objective, among others) is different depending on the map you choose to play.
For example, on the Dragon County map, the goal is to dominate two altars and activate the Dragon Knight statue. At the Hanamura Temple, it is necessary to contest the charge that spawns on the map and take it to its destination before its opponents. At the Volskaya Foundry, you need to keep an eye on the Control Points to gain control of Protector Triglav, a giant mecanoid.
In the Cursed Glade, the objective is to collect the Tributes created by the Raven Lord, and to cast a curse on the opposing team. In the Bay of the Black Heart, it is necessary to collect Doubloons and deliver them to the Black Heart so that it bombs its enemies. In Eternity's Battlefield, two Immortals engage in an eternal conflict, each representing a team, and the objective is to assist your Immortal so that he wins the battle. Between others.
There are several game modes available: unranked, fast, ranked, ARAM, custom, and even against AI, in which a team of five players will face five computer-controlled bots.
The game is free-to-play, although to play with some heroes you need to buy them, in addition to the traditional buyable skins.
To download Heroes of the Storm, go to official game website.
MOBA for PC and Mobile
Heroes Evolved is the MOBA of Netdragon and Reality Squared Games. Initially launched for PC, it is currently also available for tablets and cell phones.
If you are looking for a common MOBA, with fluid graphics, lots, but lots of it, character options, and lighter weight, Heroes Evolved is the perfect game for you. Criticism points to the fact that there is not much originality in the game, but sometimes this is exactly what the player is looking for, without much invention and particularities, a MOBA in all its essence.
The characters available are Immortal Heroes. Among the game modes are the classic 5v5 with three lanes and jungles, a 5v5 method of quick play, with only one lane, in addition to 3v3, 1v1 and automatic chess modes.
Among the players' complaints about the game are the lack of a Brazilian server and pay-to-win features to be able to play with certain champions. Among the positive points, the lightness of the game stands out, not needing a super tuned computer or cell phone to play.