Paragon | The Review
Paragon is an MOBA from Epic Games that puts you into an action packed fight with a team of five strategically chosen characters. For newcomers to the genre, it stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) and may also be referred to as an action real-time strategy (ARTS). Paragon is similar to most games (SMITE, League of Legends, DOTA 2) of this sub-genre of real-time strategy, in which the player controls a single character in one of two teams. The objective of the game is to destroy the opposing team’s main structure, with the help of periodically spawned computer-controlled minions that follow a predefined set path. The player characters have various abilities, weapons, and advantages that improve over the course of a game that will aid in the team’s overall strategy to victory. Here’s what it looks like:
Paragon is a free-to-play downloadable game, which is also designed to allow every player to compete and win without ever having to spend money. There are new heroes added every three weeks giving players, even more choices of weapons and new powers to explore in the ever-expanding roster. The game also features a card system, which are the items of Paragon. The cards are used to empower your champion throughout the game as you collect card experience points (CXP) in the form of Amber -Orange orbs collected from destroying harvesters and killing enemy players and minions. Throughout a match, you get a total of 60 Card Levels and after that point, you cannot buy any more cards to upgrade your character. Because cards affect your power in the game, they can only be earned by playing the game.
Skill actually matters in this game, from movement to aim and timing your attacks. Paragon has a unique approach to lanes with pronounced elevation differences between the lanes, so you can physically glance down onto players in certain areas of the map. There are hidden paths and all and different types of supernatural flora and fauna that allow you to disguise maneuvers and take opponents by surprise. This makes the player vs player fights very exciting and challenges players to draw on an immediate awareness that might not be necessary for most top-down MOBAs.
My first impressions of the game were mostly positive. As a newcomer myself to this genre of gameplay, I found Paragon to be an enjoyable experience and wasn’t overly complicated. The card system has room for improvements, but other than that there were no major drawbacks to the game after taking the time to learn how to play it properly.
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