Awesomenauts (Xbox 360) review
"Awesomenauts is easy to recommend simply because itís so different from other experiences available on consoles. It brings in the competitive edge that makes online FPS games so popular but does something wholly different with it."
In certain circles, the name Defense of the Ancients (or Dota) is mentioned only in tones of the most rabid passion. Originally a mod for Warcraft III, Dota grew into a separate entity and more or less originated the genre now known as MOBA Ė Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. Various others have followed Ė League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth are perhaps the best known Ė but itís the beta version of the true sequel, Dota 2, that has received the most reverence in recent months.
Typically a MOBA sees two teams of player-controlled characters, backed up by weaker AI-controlled characters, attacking each other across a map that is split into several paths, each defended by several auto-firing towers. Itís kind of like being on the attacking side in a tower defence game, but with both teams trying to simultaneously attack and defend.
Consoles have remained almost entirely MOBA-free. Part of this might be a control matter; like MMORPGs and RTS games, MOBAs demand precision of control and rapid navigation of menus, tasks which have never sat comfortably with the Xbox 360ís Ďside of beefí controller or the PS3ís ĎTV remote controlí pad. The only MOBA-like game that springs to mind is Masters of Belial on Xbox Live Indie Games Ė incorporating all the finest (if slightly simplified) elements of a MOBAÖexcept for the multiplayer and online portions. Oops.
Community review by SamildanachEmrys (May 06, 2012)
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