Smite is a new third person adventure game that features heavy combat between the goods. It rolled out the door in March 2014, has its first official tournaments in August 2014 and they just released a new patch that has players talking. There is a lot to love about the MOBA style game, and it is winning converts away from DotA and League of Legends. While this patch update doesn’t affect the game play much, it makes some needed improvements to the atmosphere and world that you will appreciate.
Who got a makeover?
The makeover that is making the greatest impact on fans is the difference to the character of Nu Wa. Representing the Chinese goddess who creates the heavens and man, she finally looks like someone who would be that magical. Before she was a standard game-shop female character, now she has presence. Zeus also looks like he took a time out to go to the gym and get some training in; he was a presence before – but now he radiates power.
What’s in the Treasure Chests?
They also upped the number of treasure chests that are available in their store. You don’t buy a treasure chest or steal one; you go to the store and use one. You roll to see which of the exclusive items you can acquire. They have added more exclusive items and split them into 4 tiers that are assigned to the potential number sequences on your roll so there is more of an intuitive, and believable, logic to the awarding of the items. You can go to the store and use the treasure chests as much as you want, the only issue with that being unless you have the stats to use the items effectively they still won’t do you any good.
Getting Used to the Navigation
While many players grumbled about the WASD navigation, and hoped the patch would offer a click to move option; the patch does not change or add click to move capability. While using the WASD keys may take some getting used to, it is easy to adapt and allows for faster combat play then the click to move style.
Who’s Playing the Tournaments?
Two different tournaments start up in August/September of 2014 in America and Europe. This should be a clue to how anticipated this game is. With a release that is barely 6 months old, to already have two major tournaments scheduled is unheard of. If you are looking to get into the game, check it out as the main screens will broadcast the world play in the convention halls. You can also play in from anywhere in the world that you have an Internet hookup. There is even an Android version of the game that lets you tag in as well. No word yet as to what to expect from the next patch update, but chances are it will be a response to whatever the next 6 months of player comments demand.