About a year ago this time, I finally took the plunge and built my own PC with video production and of course gaming in mind. So it goes without saying that for the last year, I’ve been slowly getting back into PC gaming more and more. Recently I was speaking with an Xbox friend who I game with regularly, about how I wanted some more games to try out on PC. He rattled off a bunch of the games he was playing, and then mentioned Smite. Oh boy, am I ever glad he did.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve vaguely heard of this game before. I’ve even seen numerous streams listed on Twitch.tv that mention it, I just never watched those streams or looked into it before. But when my friend gave the game such a glowing review, I just had to check it out. He basically summed it up like this, “It’s like League of Legends, but in third person and tons of fun.” That’s what sold me. You see, I tried out LOL a couple times, but could just never get into it. I hate that overhead view of the game, I need to see the action up close. So after watching a couple Smite videos on YouTube, I decided to go ahead and download the game.
The game centers around mythological gods - some you have heard of and some you haven’t. I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology, so this game automatically got a huge plus from me. The game was first announced back in 2011, but just started its beta back in late May of 2012. At that time you needed invitations, but as of now you do not.
You form into two teams, with five players to a team. You get to pick your choice of gods, which there are around 30 of. Teams start on opposite sides of the map, and there are basically 3 main paths to get to the other team’s base. But on top of that, there are little passages in-between the paths, which are perfect for you to sneak up on someone and attack.
Your mission is to first take down the enemy team’s towers, which are around midway through the map and are all the way to their base. Then you attack the enemy team’s Phoenix, which there are 3 of and are the first line of defense of the base. Once within the base, you take on the enemy team’s Minotaur which is HUGE. Now while you are in the enemy team’s base, the other team is still spawning there, so it makes things even more difficult. All of what I just said was in the Conquest mode of the game. But the game has other modes for you to check out, such as Arena or Domination, so you will never get bored.
As for the gods, they all have various powers and skill sets. Some gods have more physical types of powers, which require you to get up close to your enemy and attack them head on. Others are more about the defense side of things, and are perfect for those who want to hang back a little to help guard the towers and base. Then you have the magical types of gods, who use their mystical powers to (for lack of a better term) smite the enemies in their way.
I’m mainly an FPS gamer, so this type of game was definitely a departure from my usual games. But I couldn’t be any happier with it, in fact… I’m surprised the game is free! That’s right F-R-E-E!!! It looks as if they mainly are making money from people choosing to unlock gods early, or other in game transactions.
If you are looking for something new to try out, then head over to their site immediately and play this game.