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Ruined King: A League of Legends Story – Review

The hugely popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) series takes a shot at being a traditional turn-based RPG.

Note: Although I am familiar with League of Legends, I have actually not played the original multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) version. I kind of know who the most popular characters like Ezreal, Leona, and Miss Fortune are but I am fairly unfamiliar with the game’s lore and other such. So I will be treating this as its own standalone game.

A game as hugely popular as League of Legends making a spin-off game in lieu of its regular MOBA genre and making a story-driven turn-based RPG is kind of a surprise, but it is a fairly welcome one — especially to those who have never played it and may want to learn more about the series like myself for example.

Developed by Airship Syndicate and published by Riot Forge, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story was released for PC via Microsoft Windows, the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. It has backward compatible with the PlayStation 5 as well as Xbox Series X/S with free graphic upgrades possible in the near future.

The aftermath of revenge

Allow me to quote the intro movie to give some backstory, especially for Miss Fortune:

In Bilgewater, monsters are real. When I was a girl, my mother was murdered by a low-life coward named Gangplank. He shot me and left me for dead. There was no trial. In Bilgewater, he was the law. I hunted him. I killed his men. And then… I watched Gangplank die, washed away on the burning tide. But there are still monsters about.

For centuries, the Buhru people have protected these islands from the worst of them. But even they fear the Harrowings. Attacks in the form of a lethal Black Mist, courtesy of our unliving neighbors on the Shadow Isles. Each time, the Harrowings return stronger, while the Buhru grow…distant.

How long can we rely on prayers and magic? My monsters are flesh and blood. They don’t frighten me. Only one thing does. Becoming one of them.

We are the Champions

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story - Review
You start the game off as Sarah Fortune aka Miss Fortune. Soon she will be joined by other League of Legends familiars Illaoi, then Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke who will round-off the six main characters in the game.

Products of your environment

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story - Review
Scanning your environment for interactable objects as well as people is a time efficient way to explore the game. They will be highlighted in a soft-white light when they are interactable.

Comic-infused cinematics

JRPG
The cut-scenes feature fantastic artwork by that of Joe Madureira, a very famous comic book artist. They are very-well done and help greatly in telling the story.

Intricate battle system

RPG

The battle system of Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is slightly more complicated than your traditional RPG. First, you encounter an enemy via symbol-encounter or via progression in the story like you would do in a boss fight via a traditional RPG.

Let’s discuss the screenshot above:

Miss Fortune’s level (the max level is 30), current HP, and Mana are indicated by her character icon on the bottom left known in the game as a Fighter Card.

Above that are the following options:

Inspect Mode: Check buffs and debuffs of enemies.

Quick Strike: A standard regular attack that does not cost any Mana. It uses the character’s base Instant Ability.

Combat Speed: Adjust the speed of battle to x1, x2, etc.

Flee: Run from battle.

Notice the ATB-like bar at the bottom of the screen. This is the turn order. A neat thing implemented is something called Lane changing. In the screenshot above, both Miss Fortune and the enemies are in the middle Balance Lane. The top Lane is the Speed Lane while the bottom is the Power Lane. Switching Lanes is beneficial to avoid hazards and counteracting enemy buffs.

If you do not use a quick-strike which is done by holding a certain button, then you have the option of using either an Instant Ability or a Lane Ability. Instant abilities do no cost Mana and are performed immediately. Lane abilities on the other hand do have a casting time delay as well as costing Mana, but are generally more powerful.

Performing Instant abilities generates Overcharge which is the furthest red number on the Fighter Card and can be combined with Mana. It lasts only as long as the encounter.

The red rectangular covering the turn-order bar. This is called the Initiative Hazard Bar Region. If you get targeted while in the region and reach the end, the effects of the hazard will be applied. You are able to avoid this by switching Lanes.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story - Review
Starting a battle in a hazard area on the overworld map will place a hazard region on the map so be careful of your surroundings.

One last thing to discuss is the Ultimate Meter. The Ultimate meter is built up by using Instant abilities and Lane abilities similar to a limit gauge other traditional RPGs have. Once the limit bar is filled, an Ultimate Ability can be unleashed instantly by a character.

Items can be used from the Potion Bag.

These above are just the very basics of battling in Ruined King: A League of Legends Story.

Deadman’s switch

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Pay close to attention to buffs and debuffs in this game. On the top right, the enemy has a buff called Primed Mist Bomb which needs to be disarmed by utilizing a Speed Lane attack. Failure to disarm the enemy despite defeating it will activate the buff.

Dungeon abilities

Turn Based Lovers
Each main character in Ruined King has Dungeon Abilities which are performed out of battle and are very beneficial and even necessary at times.

All fun and games?

One thing Ruined King has is a fishing minigame. One place you can fish is at Aguas Estancadas docks. You need to get a fishing rod and some bait to start fishing. The better the rod and bait, the odds are the better the fish you can catch. Fish can be exchanged for Black Marks. Black Marks can be used to get exclusive knowledge, equipment, and even character skins throughout the game.

Summary
Although I have never played League of Legends personally, it is famous and well-known enough that pretty much anyone who plays games is aware of its existence. Granted I am not the biggest player of MOBA games, so when I heard there was a traditional turn-based RPG based on League of Legends, I knew I wanted to play it to experience some of the League of Legends universe. The battle system is well-designed, the cut-scenes and hand-drawn like cinematics add depth to the story, and the music is pretty good. If you were ever curious about League of Legends and don't play online too much, this is a great place to start.
Good
  • Great character art and cut-scenes
  • Well-designed battle system
  • Although beneficiary, not a prerequisite to have League of Legends experience
Bad
  • Fairly short RPG of 20 hours or so
8
Great
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Been playing games basically since before I could read and not just RPGs | Love the arts | Love a good story |

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