SMITE is a free to play 3rd person view MOBA.
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Pro 3rd person view is a unique twist on the genre
The 3rd person view used in SMITE is a big change from the top down views normally used in a MOBA. The game also utilizes WASD keys, unlike the traditional point-to-move system of traditional MOBAs. This creates a large blind spot behind the users character and also makes sneaking behind someone for stealth attacks a viable option.
Pro Even basic attacks are skill shots
All basic attacks are skill shots as there is no auto attacking.
Pro Completely play to win and not pay to win
There is no difference between a new player and a world champion. All players are equal. You don't buy your runes or as we call it, actives with real life cash, you buy them in game. You decide what active to use. This gives all players the ability to strategize and counter without using real cash. Microtransactions are only for buying gems (in game currency) which you can use to buy cosmetic items which does not necessarily affect your play style.
SMITE is playable on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.
Pro Ultimate god pack
SMITE has a god pack that costs $29.99. It unlocks all the current gods in the game plus the future gods to be released.
Pro Voice Guided System (VGS)
SMITE has provided the best and most efficient way to communicate in game. The VGS provides keyboard shortcuts for in game commands like pressing the keys V>F>1 which stands for "Enemy missing left" and V>B>F meaning "Enemies at the Fire Giant'" or in simple terms, the enemies are doing the objective. This simple shortcuts are very useful in game communicating and keeping your team vigilant without losing focus in the game.
Pro Characters are derived from mythological gods
Instead of imaginary champions and heroes, Smite derives its characters from ancient mythological gods from around the world. Coming from the Norse, Hindu, Greek, Roman, Mayan, Egyptian, Chinese, and the recently added pantheon to join Smite, the Japanese Pantheon. The roster consists of 72 gods at the moment, from 8 different pantheons around the world.
Pro Updates often
Because Smite is young game, updates are really often, new gods, maps, balance-path, etc. Expect to receive patches in a biweekly manner, alternating between god release, balances and skins, then god release.
Pro 6 great game modes and a rotating match of the day
Smite has 6 game modes and all of them are extremely popular:
- Arena. A 5v5 death match, no lanes or objectives. Arena is best for people who prefer intense combat over strategy. Good for impatient but independent players.
- Joust. A 3v3 mode, with a single lane and buff camps on one side, and an objective lair on the other side. The Demon Bull King provides a clearly interesting mechanic to Joust, kill it, and it disables the enemy towers, to prevent turtling, which is pretty common in Joust. Joust is great for working with a team. Everyone has a role to fill, and learning how to adjust your play for your two teammates is half the battle. Surprisingly focused on teamwork, despite small teams.
- Conquest. The typical 5v5 mode, three lanes, jungle, towers, objectives. Conquest is the standard game that everyone knows, and requires lots of communication.
- Siege. A 4v4 objective push map. Siege is similar to Joust, but has massive battles compared to small skirmishes. Two lanes definitely adds chaos to the mix.
- Assault. A 5v5 ARAM. Assault is randomized. Nobody gets upset when the team of all tanks lose. Just queue up again in 15 minutes.
- Clash. A 5v5 Conquest and Arena mix of style mode.
Plus, there's a rotating Match of the Day (MOTD). A random game mode with a twist, like max cooldowns, no basic attacking, god swapping and more. MOTD can sometimes be more fun and interesting than anything else.
Pro Hi-Rez approaches the SMITE community for feedbacks, brilliant ideas and mechanics they could use in the game
The company behind SMITE, Hi-Rez studios, actually listens for community feedback and looks for potential ideas and mechanics provided by the community. For example, the Odyssey ultimate reward last 2014, was nominated by players. The SPL Ticket Announcer Packs reward were also picked by the community. And some in game skins are actually created by players. The Harajuku Neith skin, The Ba5s Drop Janus skin, the Opera Bacchus skin, were all conceptualized by Smite players. And the most recent one, the Demon Bull King mechanic, which disables the towers and phoenixes in Joust to prevent camping, and the addition of the Japanese Pantheon to the game, were taken from community feedback as well.
Pro Auto buy
SMITE has the ability for users to set an auto buy on items and abilities.
Pro Provides a lot of incentives to play the game often
You have the daily quests which rewards you favor and gems (in-game currency). So you don't have to worry logging in daily, like its previous predecessor, the daily log-in reward.
There are gem events, which is a limited period of time in which players can get gems (valued in game currency). There's a First Win of the Day reward (FWOTD). Rewards every time we win a match, insane sale discounts. Also, Hi-Rez employees sometimes give away in-game freebies in their Twitter account.
Pro The least toxic community for a MOBA
The community of Smite is the nicest in the Moba genre and has many members who are ready to provide help and role coachings to new and less experienced players.
Pro Training Mode
You can actually see if you want a God when ever you want instead of waiting for them to land in Free Rotation.
Pro Features three ranked modes
Smite features 3 ranked modes, mainly the 1v1, the newly added 3v3, both of which utilizes the new Joust map. And the 5v5, on the Conquest map. All of which features experienced players and intense matches to satiate your search for glory and honor in the league of Smite.
Pro Great graphics and art style
SMITE, by far, has the best graphics and art style in the scene, the map design is great, Hi-Rez studios tries their best to keep the gods as mythological lore-like as possible, and the cosmetic skins crushes the other cosmetic skins in other MOBAs. They have these what they call Tier 5 skins, like the Archon skin for Thanatos, and Ragnarok Force X skin for Thor, which are straight fire and worthy for its cost.
Pro Shown difficulty levels
The game shows difficulty levels for each god such as hard, average or easy making it easier for players to find characters suited to their experience level.
Pro Odyssey Event
Every year, SMITE releases an Odyssey event months before the Smite World Championships. Over the course of several weeks, cosmetic items are released every week until the start of the SWC. These cosmetic items will be available for purchase some time after the SWC and will be branded as "Exclusive Skins" after the event. Every purchase in the Odyssey contributes to the SWC Prize Pool. Players can obtain limited edition items when they purchase a certain amount of items. For example, the Archon Thanatos, and Ragnarok Force X Thor can be obtained by the player when they have purchased all the Odyssey Items. Additionally, every item purchase will grant an Odyssey Chest roll that can be claimed in the rewards center. This chest can contain god skins, ward skins, and voice packs . There is also a slim chance that the chest will grant exclusive in-game items.
Pro An aggressive Titan for each team
Unlike the Nexuses of DOTA 2 and League of Legends, SMITE features an aggressive Nexus called Titans, which defends themselves and their teammates.
Pro Beginner friendly
New to SMITE? Well, you don't have to worry. Get five free gods of every role at the start to help you learn the role you want. Learn the game basics and mechanics over the Practice mode and the Jungle Practice map where all gods are available for you to try and experiment with. The community is also friendly to new players. You won't have a hard time adjusting to SMITE's mechanics and gameplay.
Pro 5 free gods and five more each week
You start with 5 free gods and a weekly rotation of 5 more.
Pro Creative new Adventure Mode
There is also a new adventure mode, which features a new adventure every so often.
Con The third person view prevents sharing your teammates' vision
The lack of overhead view causes what happens to your teammates to be almost completely unknown. Without good communication, you are running blind and might as well be playing the game solo.
In other MOBAs, communication isn't as much of a necessity. If a "jungler" is nearby, you assume he wants to gank. When an ally dashes in, you assume he's positioning himself for a setup.
But in Smite, an ally might have dashed out in order to run away from a bigger threat, or you didn't notice he was waiting for a good opportunity to ambush someone in your lane.
You NEED to communicate in Smite, or your allies won't have any idea what's going on, until it's too late.
Con Tanks have damage and scaling like mages
Why in the world would anyone make a tank have the damage of a mage? You either build a tank with lot's of CC and survivability or you make them mages with a lot of damage, not both. But at the same time, if a tank builds lot of damage, he becomes squishy. It all depends on how you build the god.
Con Extremely limited
If you are a Magical damage god, you cannot buy Physical damage items, which applies to every single god. Meaning there is only one way to play a god.