A First Look at: Smite
Smite is a unique 3rd Person MOBA that uses chracters from ancient folklore to fill its roster. Like any MOBA smite offers the traditional 5v5 map with a duo lane, a middle lane, a jungle, and a top/solo lane. The biggest pro I had when playing Smite was the 3rd person view that not many other MOBAs have attempted. This view also made the game easily playable on console and Smite on XBOX has been a very popular staple ever since. In fact Hirez the company behind Smite has even brought over their team based shooter to console as well, known as Paladins.
Smite offers many game types, much more than we have seen out of other popular MOBAs on the market. You have the traditional 5v5 and 3v3 maps, but much more. In Ranked play you have 3 different game mode options. 5v5 also known as Conquest which is what most MOBA players are used to. You also have ranked 3v3 on a smaller map with just a single lane and some jungle buffs known as Joust, which may be unique to some players. Finally you can take the fight alone and play Duel a ranked 1v1 game mode that leaves very little room for error.
In casual play you have the same options as you do in ranked with some exceptions. There are also 3 more game modes in casual which brings Smite’s total up to 7 game modes all of which are unique in their own way. Arena is first up and normally what players play during the tutorial. Each team has 500 points and they are battling it out in the center of a coliseum to take points away from their opponent. Next there is Assault which is a single lane map with no jungle. Assault is 5v5 and the main catch is that a player cannot go back to base unless they die. This makes the strategy a bit different and dying to the tower is what most players strive for. Next on the list is Siege a 4v4 game type with a captureable boss in the middle and only two lanes. There is a small jungle in the middle that hosts jungle buffs and can lead to some intense team fights. Last is Clash another 5v5 game mode but with a different map style than most are used to. Each side has a small jungle that are opposite of each other. These jungles also house buffs and monster with great rewards if slain by your team. There are also 2 lanes in Clash and split pushing happens a lot more than you would consider. The duration of matches in Smite all vary depending on which game mode you are playing and how aggressive you team is. I have had 85 minute Conquest maps and 10 minute Joust maps on many occasions. It all comes down to circumstance.
Game play is like many other MOBAs. You character gains gold and exp from minion waves and you can use that to buy items at the store. Smite also has a relic system which lets you build certain items to counter or buff abilities. Farming gold is pretty easily done and getting your end game build is never too difficult even if you do fall behind.
Smite’s character system is based around ancient Gods and Goddesses of popular lore. Many of them will be familiar like Anubis and Thor. There are some gods that I had never heard of and Smite even gives you the lore behind that god/goddess for your reading pleasure. As well as ancient deities there are also numerous other famous and magical characters from folklore such as King Arthur. They are all unique and if you play the game you may even learn something new.
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