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First Glance posts are all about first impressions, video games we haven’t had the chance to fully explore yet or other unfinished business.

I have first decided to give Smite a try after getting bored of LoL and its community (not that I have much hope in a non-toxic video game community anymore, but that’s a rant for another day!) Let’s be honest here, I am not amazingly great at playing MOBAs – in fact, I am somewhat rusty when it comes to gaming in general. But what I was looking for was some fast-paced fun, something I would enjoy playing with Fenrile. We both were curious about Smite because 1) its unique camera angle, 2) mythical gods, how cool is that? In fact, since having started playing the game, we both have learnt lots of interesting stuff about Mythology.

So for those who have never heard of Smite before, it’s basically a 3D MOBA where you take the role of a mythological god of your choice and fight until death (s) in team-based arenas. With this description, you can already guess, and correctly, that this game is going to be much more focused on action than any other MOBAs you have played before. I also strongly believe that many of you who don’t particularly enjoy MOBAs that much (like me) will have more chances of enjoying this one.

What I liked most about Smite:

  • The 3D view, of course. I was a bit skeptical at first, but now I can’t imagine myself getting back to the typical MOBA.
  • The epic variety of gods you can chose from: Norse, Roman, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, etc.
  • Fresh but faithful to the concept of MOBA, so those who have played the genre before won’t find difficult to adapt.
  • Free gems and nice daily rewards. The cash is for cosmetics and unlocking gods, definitely not P2W. Also, the Ultimate God pack is incredibly cheap for what you get in return.
  • Game-play: fast pace, full focus on action, and hella fun!
  • You can forget about last hitting and focus on the team fights instead.
  • The different and fun game modes: Conquest (5v5 + 3 lanes); Arena (5v5 + open); Joust (3v3 + single lane); Assault (All random, all mid); Siege (5v5 + 2 lanes); Match of the day.
  • VGS – type less, play more, that’s what I always say. The Voice Guided System is awesome because it lets you send standard messages to your team. If you want, you don’t even need to type anything at all.
  • The community – for now. The chat is relatively quiet, and wow, isn’t that such a relief! There’s always that random person who doesn’t make sense and prefers to type rather than playing the actual game (as mentioned above, that’s a rant for another day). Considering I am still a newbie, I have no clue if this pattern will follow through higher levels – but I am hoping so.

What I didn’t like as much:

  • The map view sometimes was a bit annoying, but that might be because I am not used to it. It’s definitely easier to sneak up!
  • The skins! The most awesome skin is the default one. Not that this matters much.
  • UI and UX. Of course, being an UX Designer, I am going to be biased. Definitely, Smite’s interface can be improved. This has been obvious since the very beginning, when the first screen that has been shown to me was the main login screen and I had to click on ‘cancel’ to Sign Up for an account (what?)

Ok, I admit I haven’t played all game modes yet. I have been particularly drawn to Joust, because you have more control over your own character and a clear perception of how he can affect the whole game. With not as many aids, you feel like you can make a difference – for good, or for bad. (Worry not, you will still listen to the occasional ranter blaming on his ‘team’, no matter what game mode you chose). Plus, of course, the chat is cleaner when you have less people in your team. Did I just say this? I vote for a clean chat, and a non-toxic community, MOBA players deserve this. And definitely, Smite’s community is in the right direction.

As I mentioned above, the map view and whole 3D view, as awesome as it is, it is still a bit confusing for me to handle, so playing Conquest on 3 lanes definitely has its own challenges. Despite Conquest being probably the most popular mode, I admit I felt myself a bit lost at times, even a bit dumb, when unpleasantly surprised by a sneaky enemy. There’s also the fact that I’ve had enough of the standard MOBA gaming mode, so any new approach to that is very welcome.

The Match of the Day is fun, silly, and interesting.

Overall, I really like that when I play Smite, I have fun! This is and will always be the highest rating factor for me. Smite makes me not to take myself or gaming in general so seriously. It makes me enjoy the act of playing a game, it even makes me laugh about the silly rookie mistakes I make. I am still learning, and I don’t expect to be perfect, and definitely, Smite has (almost) the right community for newbies like us.

If you like the idea of MOBAs, but there were things that have put you off about them, then, I’d recommend you to give Smite a try.

Final Verdict:

To me, this is Gold.

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  1. […] I wonder whether people are there to play or talk. If you had the chance to read my review of Smite, you probably already have an idea of how I feel about that. Play first, talk later – […]

  2. CourtneyLynne

    This is definitely a first for me hearing of this game. Totally looks like I’ve been missing out though. I’ve been missing out!

  3. I love mythical gods so this is definitely the type of game I could get behind! It’s amazing that they have so many different cultural Gods to choose from too 🙂

    • It’s quite interesting, every time me and my boyfriend log in, he starts telling me about the God he’s playing and then I have to hear him rambling for ages (haha I love it though )

  4. Aw and it is so cute that your boyfriend commented as well too cute. Also I love that you can play as a god of your choice as I am massively into mythology.
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    • He comments everything I post, even things I never thought would interest him. It’s amazing to have someone as supportive as him haha. Thanks:) And yes, mythology is something that interests me too

  5. I haven’t played video games in a long time. I used to try with my nephew, but he would always kill my character before I had a chance to learn the game. I played simpler games, like Tetris, 20+ years ago, and they are very addictive!

    • Haha, yes, such things might happen we try to play against ‘pro’ players. Tetris was a bit of an addiction for me too!

  6. I can say that I have never played any games like this. Never. My brother on the other hand plays regularly. The graphics are so amazing.
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  7. Well hello, fellow geeky girl! 😀 I love games and I wouldn’t mind checking this one out! Seems like something that would be entertaining – I don’t have much time recently to play MMOs seriously, so this type of fast-paced, no-chatty-too-much MOBA title could be a great stress reliever for me 🙂 Definitely going to try it!

    • Hello there fellow geek and designer! Thanks so much for visiting us, and I am happy that I made you want to check out this MOBA. That’s exactly the same way I feel about MMOs, they are so time consuming, and the thing with MOBAs is that you can just play a quick game whenever you feel like it (no strings attached). Even though me and my boyfriend sometimes do play too many ‘quick games’ haha. Feel free to add us if you end up giving a try:)

  8. Gaming was meant to be just a bit of harmless fun – to relieve some stress from a hard days work. But now people are so competitive and rude, and that’s probably why I don’t play MOBA’s anymore the communities get corrupted. But I might try out Smite looks pretty cool I like the more actiony ones… Yes, I made a new word ^_^
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    • I am happy someone gets me. I couldn’t agree more, you know. As much as I love gaming, it’s some sort of hobby to me, and it’s meant to be relaxing, not having the opposite effect:) Actiony ones, haha, yes, I like that. Let us know if you give a try.

  9. Great review. My nephew is literally obsessed with video games. He can finish a game in 2 days. Let’s see what happens with this one.
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  10. I can feel the thrill playing this video game simply by reading your review, and I’m not even a video gamer.The graphics is awesome!

  11. Never heard of smite. My friend plays video games a lot. I’m going to ask him what he thinks

  12. I’m so sorry I can’t even relate to your blog post ! I’m just not into video games at all… I tried with my brothers but I can’t stay more than 10 minutes 🙁 I saw your boyfriend comments tho what a cute couple haha

    • We all have our own passion that are different from others 🙂 Thank you very much for your comment tho ! We are indeed a cute couple 😀 I just can’t help myself commenting her posts not only because she is the love of my life, but I do believe she writes awesome ones !
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    • Haha it’s not a problem, still thanks for visiting, we do talk about other stuff, not only game related. And thanks, he’s not only my boyfriend, but my best friend, the person who understands me the best in this world:)

  13. I’m not much of a video game fan, but this makes me want to try this out – or at least gift it to hubby! Cool graphics and animation 🙂

  14. I’m not into video games but my brother will surely love to check this one out! I’ll share this to him.

  15. Wow, video games have come a long way since my Mom bought me a Nintendo in the 80s!
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  16. Great and honest review, my boyfriend loves playing the ps4. Have you bought/tried Uncharted 4? That is what he is buying to play over the weekend, I don’t mind watching him, I think the stories can be very captivating, especially if the graphics are good and they look good on Smite. Will need to tell him about this game 🙂

    • Thanks Kerry, I am glad you liked it:) I have tried the first Uncharted, but not any of the latest, it’s something I wouldn’t mind playing again! Even though me and my boyfriend have quite a few to play already haha. If your boyfriend tries Smite, you can give a go and play with him sometimes, since it’s multiplayer and all.

  17. I have never heard of this game. I will have to ask my brother. He know everything about gaming, lol! The graphics are crazy amazing.

    • Haha yes, I loved those trailers, it’s funny because I have only watched them after I wrote this post. But the game is quite fun and easy to get into, I am mostly sure he might have given in a try already.

  18. I love video games like this. They feel so engaging and this looks like so much fun!

    • True, specially if you have a friend to play with, nothing overcomplicated, just plain fun:)

  19. I love video games like this. They feel so engaging.

  20. AH! Nya is why you all found me! I SEE! I am watching you both now. WATCHING. WATCHING ENDLESSLY
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  21. Awesome post from the awesome girlfriend ! Have so much fun playing Smite together indeed. And you’re not a newbie as it’s awesome having you saving my ass loads of time <3
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