Arcane isn’t only one of one of the best new animated reveals on Netflix — it’s also a great introduction to the vast and often inscrutable world of League of Legends. In the event you’ve completed the present and have discovered your self intrigued by the fantasy realm of Runeterra, you is perhaps questioning the place to go subsequent. There are a couple of choices, however fortunately developer Riot has simply launched a brand new role-playing sport that’s an ideal subsequent step for budding followers.
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is offered now on the Swap, PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and it’s a bite-sized RPG that allows you to discover a unique half of League mythology. It stars a handful of iconic characters — together with the hulking Braum and the kraken-wielding priestess Illaoi — and allows you to wander via the port metropolis of Bilgewater as you examine a mysterious phenomenon often called the Black Myst, which finally leads you to the unsettling Shadow Isles.
Half of what makes Ruined King such an awesome observe to Arcane is that — not like the multiplayer-focused League of Legends — it’s utterly story-driven. Whereas many of League’s characters and places have lengthy, detailed backstories, you don’t get a lot of that from the primary sport. It’s extra like background, one thing you’ll be able to dig into if you’d like, but it surely’s not likely a vital element of the sport.
However right here, story is the entire level. It’s an opportunity to actually spend a while with these characters and get to know them. There’s heaps of enjoyable banter (it’s even totally voiced) and lovely comedian book-style cutscenes that arrange vital moments. The sport additionally supplies additionally an awesome likelihood to linger on this planet; I cherished wandering across the bustling districts of Bilgewater, rendered with a Diablo-style isometric look, going from seedy again alleys to opulent mansions. The locations really feel alive and full of element. You’ll be able to even go fishing. The principle League of Legends sport tells you these are vital locations and heroes, however in Ruined King, you discover out why.
Ruined King additionally occurs to be a strong RPG. Most notably, it has a intelligent turn-based battle system involving lanes, which basically means you’ll be able to resolve whether or not assaults needs to be fast or robust, with apparent professionals and cons for every. There are additionally environmental hazards and bonuses that impression you relying on the way you time these actions. It provides a pleasant layer of technique to even normal battles, particularly when you get an opportunity to discover all of the completely different characters, every of whom has very completely different skills. Illaoi, with her capacity to summon ghostly tentacles that function writhing minions, is my favourite. It’s all pretty simple stuff in case you’ve performed loads of RPGs, but it surely’s polished and has simply sufficient of a twist to really feel recent.
Ever since League of Legends turned 10, Riot has been steadily increasing its fictional universe in several methods. There’s a digital card sport, a rhythm game, an upcoming MMO and preventing sport, comedian books, even an in-universe board game. To date, Arcane and Ruined King are one of the best examples of how this technique can work. Whereas the core League of Legends might be as demanding as it’s engrossing, these newest efforts are far more palatable. In addition they do a greater job at displaying what makes Runeterra such an attention-grabbing fantasy universe within the first place. Sadly, the success of these does come with a aspect impact: I can’t cease studying up on LoL lore.