Monday, 16 July 2018 08:03

REVIEW: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC)

Written by Kevin Lal

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a Free-To-Play title from Hi-Rez Studios. It began in September 2016 as an Early Access game and is now in full release. Hi-Rez Studios have started making some huge growth in the Free-To-Play field, with titles such as Smite, Hand of the Gods and their new successful title Realm Royale.

I will be honest from the start and state I was sceptical going into this title as these styles of games have failed in the past to keep my attention. For some out there Paladins shares a lot of ideas and creations similar to Overwatch, and for me that game wasn’t to my taste. That is not saying it is a bad game, just not my style of game. I Have nothing but respect for that title and the hard work that went into it and can see why it is so popular but as I said just was not for me. Well Paladins taught me a huge lesson.

This game is just so much fun, having friends to play with is a huge advantage as it is a very strategic game and requires communication. Picking the right Champions is also a must, as they all have their advantages and disadvantages but getting the right balance is a game changer.

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The game itself has so much to offer but does require you gain enough experience and in-game currency (gold and crystals) to unlock these. The base game comes with 5 characters and an additional 4 that are rotated every two weeks. I am reviewing the Deluxe Edition which includes all the current DLC available. There are 37 champions (playable characters) to enter the battles with, these are separated in to four categories.

* Damage

* Flank

* Front Line

* Support

As with other titles in this genre it is recommended you choose within these guidelines to have a strong team, but it is not required. As I mentioned before it is a team-based game and requires you all work together and choose the right team to gain that advantage in battle. All characters also have cards you can customise in your own loadouts offering their benefits in battle but require a lot of learning on the job so at times it can be a strong learning curve. The champions have their own levels you can increase with gold or battle experience offering unlockables as you progress but there is also an account level to show your overall progress across the game.

There are several game modes available, but the two I found the most exciting were Team Deathmatch and Siege. TDM is self-explanatory but Siege begins with both teams rushing to the centre on their mounts to capture the Payload and push towards the opposing teams base. There is also Ranked Matchmaking, but this requires at least 14 unlocked champions and reaching account level 15. But do not go into this lightly, as most games are against teams that are well adverse in the workings and strategy of the game.

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Hi-Rez Studios are doing great work to continually keep you coming back, with events, new characters and unlockables. The current event Rise of Furia is so intense, requiring both teams to race to the top of the Demonic Spire while the Abyss Rises but it is not as simple as it may seem. With you being required to jump across platforms (warning some do fall) and small chain links making each step possibly your last. Once at the top it is an all-out team deathmatch battle with great atmospheres and entertaining cut scenes to set the story for the event. Alongside the event are unlockables in keeping with the style and story of the event.

Paladins is a game I highly recommend playing, not only is it fast and frantic fun online it also offers so much for those gamers that enjoy the glory of showing off their hard work through their unlockables and rank. The game runs so smoothly on PC and that extra FPS gained from PC Gaming makes it so much more controllable when aiming and keeping your surroundings in check. The sound effects and music are so well presented and for me the title music alone is a hard-hitting rock soundtrack that just sticks in my head. It is Free-To-Play so what is stopping you from checking out this gem of a title. Honestly, I will continue to play this on a regular basis (free time permitted).


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
  • Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
  • Genre: FPS, Multiplayer, Action