What is Paladins: Champions of the Realm?
The team that brought you Smite comes Paladins: Champions of the Realm. Which the game reminds you of Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch. One of the members of Hi-Rez Studios Todd Harris stated that “Overwatch was not the inspiration for Paladins”, and “the game that deserves the most credit is Team Fortress 2” Well I brag to differ there are some characters got some inspiration from Overwatch which I will get to later. The game got over 5,500,000 downloads on Steam and it’s one of the top 10 free to play games.
Note: This game is an open beta and feedback is much appreciated to the developers. This game is a team-based multiplayer first person shooter and the gameplay is 5v5. The game modes are Seige (like Overwatch capturing the point), Payload (just like Team Fortress 2 escort the payload), Survival (last member of your team left standing wins), customs games and more You can play with bots or other players around the world, also you can select what region you are from. There are up to 22 character with four categories such as Front line, Damage, Support and Flank, each champion has unique abilities.
What Paladins have to offer?
There are card you can collect cards for your power up your champions and skins. You can customize your champions appearance, emotes, poses and more. When making progress in a match you level up two ways yourself and mastery of the character you are using. You earn loot for leveling up as well and once you start the game you choose tiers for example shields, firepower, movement and etc. You can ride on horses to get to places faster.
Here is the fun part which characters inspired by Overwatch. Let start with Fernando he has a shield ability which resembles Reinhardt. He uses a flamethrower and has a ultimate which him and his allies health stays above 1500. Drogoz reminds you of Pharah using a Rocket Launcher and thrust but Drogoz uses flammable saliva and using a high velocity punch. Grover ability Vine is the same as Roadhog’s chain ability but Grover uses an axe and heals allies.
Lastly is Evie uses the same ice abilities as Mei such as creating Ice Storms and turn into an Ice Block, but Evie can fly and slow enemies. I almost forget about Viktor which he has same ability as Solider 76 which zoom in for great accuracy and run faster. Viktor has an ability to guide artillery and throw frag grenade. If you love Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 play this game. Paladins: Champions of the Realm is available now on Steam and make sure to sign up at Hi-Rez Studios.