Review – Paladins: Champions of The Realm

Hey everyone!

Today I wanted to do a review of a game that I’ve recently discovered and have really been enjoying for the past week and a half, Paladins: Champions of the Realm. This game is a free-to-play hero shooter that is basically the less-polished alternative to Overwatch. Having played Overwatch on their numerous free play weekends, I’ve always enjoyed playing, but could never bring myself to purchase the full game. Then last week, while looking through the Xbox store, I checked out Paladins. Lo and behold, a free hero shooter in the same vein as Overwatch.

After downloading Paladins and playing for a few days I can tell you, if you have a hero shooter itch, this game can definitely help give it a scratch!tumblr_inline_owethbphdd1ufqzal_540 The game is still in beta access, but I haven’t run into any major bugs during my gameplay. I will say that in order to unlock all the Champions, you either need to put in a ton of gameplay to earn the credits, or purchase the “Founders Pack” which will unlock all current and future Champions for $20. This game has been a great relief game for me when I just want some fun and wacky, fast-paced gameplay and I definitely recommend Paladins for anyone who enjoys the hero shooter genre!

 

Now onto the review!

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Speed:

  • Touchdown (6 Points)
    • Another game without the possibility of really playing straight through the game. There is no real story mode in this game like with it’s relative in the genre, Overwatch. The time you spend in this game feels very enjoyable, from working to unlock heroes to customizing your load-out to fit your play-style, it’s a pretty great experience.

Agility

  • Touchdown + Conversion (8 Points)
    • Paladins: Champions of the Realm was definitely designed to be enjoyed in short bursts! Depending on your game mode of choice, matches will last you, on average, 10-20 minutes. I’ve noticed that Team Death Match normally finishes the quickest, while some matches of Siege mode can last a little bit longer.

Acceleration:

  • Touchdown + XP (7 Points)
    • This game never feels like a struggle to get going. There have been a few times where matchmaking takes a bit longer than I would like, but those instances are less common than the norm. While it can also feel a little tedious to try to earn enough credits to purchase new Champions, but other than that, you’ll be up and running and enjoying the game in no time!

Strength:

  • Field Goal (3 Points)
    • I’ve picked this ranking not because I found there to be any major gameplay issues, but simply because I feel that much of the gameplay is still locked behind the pay wall. The Champions that I’ve been able to use have been great, but I do sometimes feel that player’s who have purchased certain champions can have a slight leg up on the ones still playing with the base options.

Toughness:

  • Touchdown (6 Points)
    • The toughness of this game is directly related to the players you end up being match-made against. While there is an initial adjustment to the gameplay with each new champion you use, it has never taken me more than a match or two to figure out the mechanics of a certain champion. The toughest part of this game, in my opinion, would have to be unlocking new champions. It seems to take an extraordinarily long time to earn the amount of credits to purchase a new one without spending real money.

Value:

  • Touchdown + Conversion (8 Points)
    • Can’t do much better for value than a free-to-play game, am I right? Paladins provides an excellent alternative to games like Overwatch for, currently, no cost. While you may not be able to access all the Champions from the start, they give you a solid selection that should be more than enough to get you up and running.

Stamina:

  • Touchdown + XP (7 Points)
    • While I wouldn’t call this a necessarily deep game, it is one of those games that I just find myself constantly coming back to day-after-day. A great source of relief when you want something you can play semi-mindlessly while also scratching that competitive itch. Daily quests that pay out in-game currency also help to add a bit of incentive to just check in with the game when you have some free time.

Overall:

Awesome – 45 Points!

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Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a great game. If hero shooters are your thing then I would definitely give this game a shot. The game introduces a few new mechanics to the genre that can take a while to get used to at first, but after messing around in the game for a few rounds you won’t even notice. Some of these mechanics actually allow you to customize your play experience a bit more than some of the other games in the genre. All-in-all, Paladins: Champions of the Realm has been a ton of fun for me and will definitely be a game that I keep coming back to whenever I just need to kick back, relax, and have some competitive fun.

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