League of Legends: Wild Riftby Mikhail Dec 13, 2020 | 1 Votes | 45 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate League of Legends: Wild Rift is the mobile version of Riot Games’ global sensation. You’ll engage in 5v5 combat with players from around the world, picking from a cast of champions like Garen, Seraphine, and Mr. Yi. Take out enemies and their turrets in one of the first - and best - multiplayer MOBAs. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Finally, after several years of waiting, we’ve finally seen one of the true and legitimate MOBA pioneers make their way to the mobile scene. League of Legends: Wild Rift is finally here. To be honest, it’s one of the best things that has ever happened in the mobile gaming scene this year.
Well, we finally have other (and better) options than the ever-popular Mobile Legends and other MOBAs that somehow pit you against bots in matchmaking.
That aside, Wild Rift is essentially what would happen if you ported the PC game into mobile and made tweaks in order to make it better fit to the platform. The game is smooth and seamless on smartphones, giving players a tried-and-tested MOBA experience merged with the authenticity of the League of Legends franchise at their fingertips.
If you’re an old LoL player or someone who just wants to convert into a new MOBA experience, should you dive into Wild Rift? Let’s check out what it has to offer:
League of Legends: Wild Rift is similar to the main game in almost every aspect, except that it’s faster-paced and more suited to the mobile platform. With that said, it, of course, follows the traditional MOBA gameplay formula of three lanes, the same number of turrets, jungle areas, and the goal of destroying the enemy team’s nexus or simply pummelling them to cause them to surrender. The game clocks in at 15-20 minutes, more or less depending on the quality of your opponents.
A MOBA is only as good as its champions, and Wild Rift makes sure you’ll have plenty to fiddle around with. As of today, there are a whopping 47 champions with most of them available on a rotation basis. Moreover, some are unlockable to play as your account levels up. From the get-go, you’ll be able to dive into PvP matches as the indomitable Garen, the lucky Miss Fortune, the swift Mr. Yi, and the beautiful yet lethal Seraphine. Playing matches will reward you with blue motes which you can then use to purchase other champions and various in-game items.
In terms of controls, Wild Rift uses the standard input system. There’s a left joystick for movement while the right side of the screen hosts the attack and skill buttons. Using and aiming skills feels smoother in this game compared to its competitors, thanks to the rather well-made auto-targeting mechanic.
Although you can manually buy items and gear for your champion, there’s also the option to resort to pre-made loadouts depending on the build you want. Moreover, there are runes you can pick for your hero which activate as you level up, adding more buffs to your champion’s arsenal. Plus, prior to each game, there are a couple of spells you can choose to add to your champion’s repertoire, like a barrier or faster movement speed.
Finally, let’s address the elephant in the room: Wild Rift is NOT similar to Mobile Legends in terms of strategy. In the week after release, it was laughable seeing many players employ ML tactics (like putting an accompanying tank in the middle) and fail miserably. Moreover, you have to note that the map is quite different, and mini-bosses on the sidelines spawn frequently as well. Moreover, when you buy an item, you don’t immediately receive it: you have to go back to base in order to claim it. Accumulating enough gold to build your equipment set requires making skillful last hits, which is almost always an afterthought in ML.
In a way, Wild Rift masterfully traverses the line between appealing to its older, more traditional MOBA players who have had experience playing the PC game and those whose only taste is of the genre is ML.
As of today, Wild Rift has a rather large community. Finding nine other players to make up a match only takes between 15-30 seconds. More importantly, you can link your Riot Games account, enabling you to carry over your friends' list from other titles like Valorant and League of Legends.
In terms of presentation, Wild Rift is undoubtedly the best-looking MOBA game on mobile today. On an iPhone 8 Plus, it looks fantastic on the highest settings with no framerate drops and issues, even during clashes and high-stress moments. The audio’s level of quality matches up, thanks to the fantastic voice acting. Try playing Seraphine for once and you’ll get to hear different music and a bit of singing.
My only gripe in the game is its home user interface. Navigating around the menus involves tapping on rather unfamiliar icons and options which is both confusing and frustrating.
Overall, League of Legends: Wild Rift is one of the best mobile releases this 2020 and it will potentially change the entire MOBA landscape. It is more of a challenge than its counterparts and offers a much different yet solid experience. After all, it’s one of the pioneers of the MOBA genre and it’s still in its early phase and there’s a lot to look forward to.