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VinnyDaButcher reviews League of Legends
Hi there. I'm still around. Addicted to Elder Scrolls and brushing up on my Mega Man skills, but still looking for a review people would be interested in me ripping a new one. Hey, look what I found! I just started playing League of Legends yesterday, and I quite like it. There are two reviews I'd like to talk about. The one by Weegee IRL gives the game's gameplay and graphics 7/10, sound a 3/10, the community a 1/10, for an overall score of 2/10. Yes. Apparently, the quality of the community determines the quality of the game. I don't get it either.

Then there's this guy. I don't think he'll fair much better.

I've been playing League of Legends regularly since around the beginning of this year. The group I play with are leftovers from a World of Warcraft guild who were looking for something FREE to play, where we could all play together, and have fun with. At first, indeed, we all had big fun learning, experimenting, and recruiting friends to join us.

And then he realizes the game is crap despite all the fun he had and writes a bad review. Hey, a guy can make an "educated" guess, can't he?

Since the release of SEASON ONE, however, we've noticed that the ability of the CASUAL player to enjoy the game has disappeared. So bad in fact, that I joined Game FAQS to offer my first

- and only -

review in order to help others see things from a casual gamer's (and honestly not the best player) point of view. Keep in mind, the ONLY reason we have played this game since Season One is because it is FREE TO PLAY.

Actually, no, it's not REALLY free, since you spend time playing it. If it stopped being fun for whatever reason you ought to have stopped playing and find another free game. There's plenty.

Of all the games I've ever played in my 30 years, the sound in this game is blatantly horrible.

Come again? Sentence syntax problem?

There are Intellivision games with more exciting and entertaining sounds. Galaga, Pac-Man, and at best Street Fighter, all have better sound than League of Legends. Boring and repetitive while sometimes being annoying to the point that you despise the character the sound is coming from.

Think he knows you can turn the sounds off and fire up an MP3 player? Well, I didn't think the sounds were this bad, but that's just me.

Honestly, they might have been better off going with clay animation. The square, uneven, and uninteresting shaded pixilation of Warcraft III or WCW Revenge on the N64 is your prison. The maps are plain and ugly. A rock here, a mushroom there, the water doesn't splash, etc.

The water doesn't splash! Those lazy bats!

The trees on Summoner's Rift are very similar to those in Warcraft III. Twisted Treeline is a bit more original with the dead Halloween style trees. There are more visually appealing games you can play on your web browser.

Yeah! Like Neo Pets!

Aside from the massive pixilated jugs on the female characters, there's nothing that catches your eye.

Ew, get your mind out of the gutter there.

The majority of characters are humanoid with two legs and two arms which adds to the lack of diversity in graphics.

You know, I've got the graphics on the lowest setting, and everything looks perfectly fine. Not only that, did he miss Malphite, the rock guy, and Brand, who is literally on fire. (Thanks for reminding me, Jack Alsworth)

This has got to be one of the most frustrating and rage inducing games in the history of mankind. Fox News this game is not.

Yeah...Fox News is a channel, not a game...

The balance is constantly flawed in favor of what players call the "Flavor of the Month Champion". If you are not skilled in (or have purchased in some way) the champs that are doing well during the current patch, then you will most likely be dominated. Some champions are not viable for public PvP games period as they are either situational, nerfed to unplayability, or are old and outdated to the point that they cannot be effective in the current game makeup. Most characters have Ultimate moves that are effective and devastating while some characters have Ultimate moves that you barely notice. This adds to the imbalance greatly.

I can't really talk about balance due to not having played the game for very long, but I don't think character imbalances can make or break a game. You said "Some" characters are not viable for PvP, which means it might be a good idea to not select those characters. Of course, if it's really, REALLY bad then I see your point.

At the low levels until 10, games are marred with people who leave the game and stick you with a shorthanded team which ultimately leads to a loss. You are stuck in these games for at least 25 minutes before you can surrender and increasingly becomes a waste of time.

Or you could quit also.

Towards the mid levels after 10, you get less leavers and more people who have no business being the level they are at. It is inevitable, even if you fail every game, to reach level 30 but that doesn't mean you've learned anything. At 30, you're maxed as a summoner and will be met with the "Ranked Game" system. You can chose to play in the ladder where it's imperative that you are a hardcore gamer and is not meant for the casual player. All in all, there are VERY FEW "Good Games" where it's balanced with honest back and forth. The majority of your gameplay will be either you rolling over the other team or them rolling over you.

Or you could get your friends together and exclusively play with them like you said you were.

Your rank is based on the ELO system. A system designed for chess players to determine their rank in the world. The higher your rank, the better the players you will met and team with and the lower is exactly the opposite. There are many flaws in this system as it can be abused. People intentionally lose (and therefore cause you to lose) in order to drop down to where games are less difficult. And by dropping in ELO, you will play against lower leveled players with less runes and mastery points.

Not that this will boost their scores very much, since they constantly lose ELO in order to play less skilled players and won't earn back much more than was lost. At least that's how I see it.

Also, many level 30 skilled players will create smurf accounts (Brand new or Lowbie accounts) to abuse unskilled players or for practice with a new character before they buy it. This makes it very difficult for new players to get a fair upbringing and as such keeps them from continuing to play.

Hey that reminds me...he hasn't actually talked about the GAMEPLAY yet. So far he's talked about what other people are doing that "ruins" the experience for him. We haven't heard anything about what the game is like, what kind of game it is or how it plays.

I spent many years playing World of Warcraft and dealt with their community. NOTHING compares to this games hostile, hateful, angry, and completely unsportsmanlike following. The harassment starts at the low levels and doesn't stop. You are bashed by the opposing team for being good or lucky or horrible and you are bashed by your own team for being horrible, kill stealing, building your item sets poorly, etc etc. Don't bother engaging this community on the forums. Very, very, unhelpful.

And very, very irrelevant! I thought you said you had friends to play with, why are you playing against random idiots?

If the players don't give you a hard time, the high rolling members will. There have been recorded instances of trolling by RIOT staff as well. Needless to say, if you're having a bad game day: the other players will see to it that it only gets worse.

The staff? Are you kidding? Post chat logs or it didn't happen. Seriously.

This game has a history of being buggy and laggy for days before the servers finally shut down and the game is offline for random lengths. Generally, after a patch, things are bad. It has improved in the last few months but the sudden disconnects, random lag spikes, and other various bugs keep you guessing.

Does it now? Why have I never heard of this? Why have I never experienced this? A patch just came out and I haven't seen any lag spikes or sudden disconnects at all. Maybe, just maybe, it depends on the computer and connection, not the game itself?

If I had a job, this would be the last game I would ever play.

Why would you need a job to play this? It's a free game.

It's more frustrating and annoying to play than it is fun. It's not about losing every game for a week that is the most painful, it's the combination of that with the hateful players, the unbalanced gameplay, and questionable sever stability that dives you insane. We, as a group, have noticed our behavior toward each other get steadily worse since playing this game and we feel it's the hostility spilling over from what we experience in game.

This just in: supposedly terrible game ruins friendships too! Ehh not likely.

I did not write this review to turn you off from League of Legends. Rather, I hoped to inform you of the ugly truth before being exposed to the hostile environment. Thanks for your time and best of luck!

The ugly truth is that your review sucks.

I'm aware that an online game can be stained with a bad community, but the best thing to do if an otherwise fun game has a bad community is to shut off the chat or ignore those players if possible. Don't blame the game unless the staff is really that bad. This writing's purpose is not to turn you off from GameFAQs reviews...oh wait, yes it is!
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This has got to be one of the most frustrating and rage inducing games in the history of mankind. Fox News this game is not.

... What does that even mean? If he hates Fox News, does this mean that the game is more rage inducing or less than Fox News? And vice-versa if he likes Fox News.

I can't really talk about balance due to not having played the game for very long, but I don't think character imbalances can make or break a game.

They can if it's a multiplayer game. Unless you're a competitive gamer, you generally play a character because you enjoy some aspect of that character. If playing the character you enjoy makes you The Load of your team, that's not good. Your teammates don't want you playing, and you're making your team less effective.

Not that this will boost their scores very much, since they constantly lose ELO in order to play less skilled players and won't earn back much more than was lost. At least that's how I see it.

It still fucks up the game for the low-skilled players playing against them. If every third game you play is a squash-match from people you couldn't hope to take on, there's no point.

Hey that reminds me...he hasn't actually talked about the GAMEPLAY yet. So far he's talked about what other people are doing that "ruins" the experience for him. We haven't heard anything about what the game is like, what kind of game it is or how it plays.

It's a multiplayer game. The community is part of the gameplay. You can have the best game in the world, but if it's multiplayer is populated by assholes, it's not going to be a fun experience.
Korval 13th Aug 11
[-(the flamey person is Brand)-]
JackAlsworth 13th Aug 11
These reviews just bring to mind what happens when a reviewer - and I'm sure this happens to professionals too - tries to portray him/herself as "better" than the product they're reviewing.

I liked the part where you interrupted his review to point out that it was his ONLY one (so far).
BearyScary 15th Aug 11
Anyone else notice that he admits to being 30 years old and unemployed in this review? Generally not a great thing to bring up when you're trying to look smart.
Jergling 30th Nov 11
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