SMITE: A beginner’s guide and experiences
Follow Genre: 3rd Person MOBA
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
Platform: PC

SMITE: A beginner’s guide and experiences

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SMITE is a MOBA game that happens to be gaining a lot of popularity over the last few weeks/months. Why? Simply because it tries to differs itself from the competition by adding original gaming aspects. In this beginners guide you will simply learn and see the game modes the game throws at you.

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Gameplay:

When you boot up the game you’ll be greeted by the log in screen, after which the game mode screen comes up.

The first tab is the practice mode tab, a helpful tab which enables first timers to get a feel of the game and get the grips of the different modes.

There’s the basic tutorial, where a voice gently coaxes you into the world, guiding you on path to destroying the opposition. You’ll learn about your skills, the purchase of items, and how exploration can lead to powerful boosts. Once you’ve got the hang of things, you’ll have the possibility of taking on a solo/coop modes of the games modes.

There’s ‘Joust’, a simplified version of the Conquest game mode, where you are pitted against an A.I.

Arena’ is a version where you and up to 2 allies can duke it out against computer controlled units.

Jungle’, this version will teach you how to kill jungle creeps and minions.

I’m glad these practice modes were in the game, because they were invaluable lessons. Not that they mattered much, because I really didn’t get the hang of the game. I really didn’t make the right decisions, and got killed most of the times. Even though this happened, I had a lot of fun.

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The first game I tried was ‘Arena’, about 3/4ths into the game I was accused of feeding. Apparently I sucked so badly, the team members thought I did it on purpose. I explained, and someone added that Ao Kang is too good of a god to be sucking this bad, so it couldn’t be on purpose.

The second game was:  conquest. Again, we got walled. 20 minutes into the game we got the surrender, but we declined, and fought on. With one lane out of towers and me being the only one trying to defend it, it was obvious we were meant to fail. The coordination between number typing, clicking a target and trying to avoid enemy attacks, was just too much. But the onslaught was fun nonetheless.

Domination was next. This game only took us 10 minutes to get creamed. It might not seem pleasant to constantly lose, but it’s rather fun, if you fail, you just get back up and either try another god, or try your luck at the same god.

But the tide had turned finally in Assault, we had won a game, funny thing is, the game had chosen ‘Hel’ for me as a guardian, which proved to be a good thing. Her abilities were long distance, and her defense was good enough to be a decent damage absorber.

The Perfect Storm was the final mode to be conquered. Zeus, Thor and Ao Kang are your gods and you bring death and destruction to your foes. Again I seemed to get the hang of the game. We won again, a slight margin though, only 60 points divided us from defeat. It was a tense match which had me on the edge of my seat.

Competitive games consist of Conquest solo ranked, and conquest team ranked.

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Conclusion:

It was my first time ever to try out a moba kind of game, the 3rd person kind of angle to it, added a stronger feel to the epicness of the battles. The fact that I lost all but one game was made up by the favour gained. This made me capable of buying skins and new gods, for me to mess around with.  I never tried competitive gameplay, having never even won a single game noncompetitive. It seems kind of redundant to make an even bigger fool out of myself on that level.  I might not become the best, but the game encourages gameplay this way. It’s a fantastic way to discover Moba games. For my first try on a moba game, this might get me hooked. Absolutely love the diversity of the gods, the different gameplay modes, and the way you can build your god. If you happen lose, you can start over on a clean slate the next match.

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  1. Loor
    Loor
    April 16, 2013, 7:31 pm

    It’s an amazing game, I started a couple weeks ago. I guess the best part of this game is that your characters are based on true gods, that’s actually very interesting.

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