MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is one of the most popular genres of multiplayer games. The gamer, controlling one hero, must with the team of other players face rivals (the role of which is also taken by real people) in the location on which the towers and base are located. The goal is to get to the main building and destroy it.
It sounds wildly simple, but MOBA games have high (even very high!) Replay ability due to unique game situations and many heroes. The article presents the best PC games in this genre (both classic and hybrid).
Classic MOBA Games
In classic MOBA games, gamers choose heroes (who have unique abilities and are divided by roles) and compete in teams with each other, trying to get to the base of rivals. In achieving the goal, they will be stopped by uncontrolled enemies (minions, creeps) and towers that automatically attack everyone who approaches them.
The hero has a level, and at the first he will not be able to demolish even the pebbles at the tower. For killing mobs and other characters, he gains experience (for leveling and unlocking abilities) and money (for buying items with bonuses). Thus, the player can develop his character in various directions (emphasis on attack, defense, health, handling, and so on), which gives rise to a variety of game situations.
The most famous representatives of the classic online games of the genre are Dota 2 and League of Legends. They are free, very popular and offer a choice of more than a hundred unique characters. Other less well-known projects, such as Heroes of the Storm, Bloodline Champions, Demigod, AirMech will also please beginners and advanced players.
Hybrid MOBA Games
Overthrowing such giants as DOTA 2 and League of Legends is very difficult, so game developers modify the genre, introducing a variety of gameplay mechanics into it. For example, third-party control (Smite, Arche Blade), which helps to get new sensations from the usual gameplay.
Some developers went further and crossed MOBA with other genres, such as:
- Simulator of tanks and other military equipment (ExoTanks, Switchblade, Heavy Metal Machines);
- Shooter (Overwatch)
- Sport (Steel Circus);
- MMORPG (Pagan Online, Panzar: Forged by Chaos);
- Battle Royale (Battlerite Royale);
- Card game (Golem Gates, Clash Royale) and others.
In such a mob there may be no elements familiar to the genre (defensive towers, minions, artifacts, and others). Usually the emphasis in such projects is on dynamic, continuous battles using unique heroes.
What to choose? You decide! Most of the games presented in the section can be played for free, and nothing prevents you from giving them a chance to interest you.
League of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer game in the MOBA genre from Riot Games. The plot of the game tells the story of an alternate universe in the legends of Runeterra, where different characters compete with each other for power, political supremacy on the region of Valoran and against aliens from around the world called the Abyss.
The whole process of the game takes place on one card, called "George". Two opposing teams of 5 people each take part in the battle. In two opposite corners of the map are the command bases. Both camps are connected by three paths crossed by a stream. In the center of the map is a forest. On each line, the teams have 2 defensive towers. The task of each team is to destroy enemy towers and special inhibitors in order to get to the Nexus (source). The team that did it first wins.
Dota 2 - the most popular and detailed MOBA, offering the best ideas in the genre. Millions of players choose the hero they like and enter into a difficult fights with the enemy team.
Players are divided into two fighting teams, choose heroes and appear in their safe zone. There are three lines with three levels of buildings and monsters running to attack the enemy buildings, the heroes also try to destroy other people's towers and get to the main castle. A huge number of players with different levels of the game, you can play for free in the popular Steam service. Large-scale tournaments with big prizes from different leagues, especially talented players will be able to get into e-sports.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is a dynamic and exciting MOBA with many heroes from the legendary Blizzard universes. There are several modes, game maps with different tasks and updated rating seasons.
Beginners are offered to go through training locations, explain the basics of the battle on the pay lines, the system of destruction of towers and forts. The first full match will be against artificial enemies, and then you can start a quick game for one of the starting heroes. For the victory and pumping of each hero, they give out the gold necessary to purchase more powerful and complex heroes. Participation in the season with a rated selection of games, awards and the opportunity to get into e-sports.
SMITE - MOBA, in which gods and heroes from ancient Greek, Roman, Japanese, Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, American, Celtic and Indian religions gather on one battlefield.
SMITE is a tactical MOBA in a fantastic setting. The player will take control of one of the 60 gods from different religions, and go to the battlefields with other players. In addition to the PvP mode with other users, gamers will be able to test themselves in story mode, with armies of monsters and powerful bosses.
Of course, any MOBA game these days is created with the hope of becoming a regular tournament discipline, and SMITE was no exception. Even before the release of the game, closed tournaments were held on it, and since 2012 the World Championship has been regularly held, the prize fund of which is about a million dollars.
Clash Royale is a hybrid of MOBA and a collectable card game where you have to fight opponents in a small arena with castles and towers. The rules are simple - to destroy the enemy towers and not to destroy their own for a certain time. To succeed, you must use a deck of cards that contains spells and summoned creatures. It would seem that everything is very simple, but at the same time the gameplay is addictive, and the battles are never repeated.