Ruined King Test: A Complex But Addicting League of Legends RPG

Riot Forge stunned everyone on Tuesday, November 16, with the surprise release of Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. While the Riot Games MOBA universe is currently enjoying another phenomenal success driven by the Netflix Arcane series, the game developed by the studio Airship Syndicate could not have benefited from a better launch window! But does it really have what it takes to appeal to players?

On Tuesday, November 16, we announced the release of two new League of Legends games, including the highly anticipated Ruined King. This turn-based RPG takes us far from Piltover, the city of progress where part of the events of the Arcane series, produced by Fortiche Production, take place. This time it is in the east, beyond the Sea of the Guardian, in the anarchic port city of Bilgewater, that the dark story begins which will lead us to the Dark Isles, lands covered by a dangerous black haze …

Ruined King: a solid storyline for the League of Legends RPG
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story begins with a rather dramatic cinematic, which immediately sets the tone of the game. We discover (especially for those who do not already know the lore of League of Legends) how the Viego character became the Fallen King of the Dark Isles, after causing a magical catastrophe known as “Ruin” as he attempted to bring his beloved back to life. Despite his failure, the now eternal ruler persists in bringing his wife Isolde back from the dead, even if it means destroying everything in his path with the Black Mist that spreads from his broken and cruel heart.

Heroes to roam Bilgewater and the Dark Isles
Ruined King thus offers a strong and well-crafted story within the universe of League of Legends. It should also be noted that it is not necessary to be a connoisseur of Riot Games MOBA to enjoy the game since Ruined King is designed to gently immerse neophytes in this universe. LoL enthusiasts are not left out and will be able to obtain small bonus information to supplement their knowledge.

While there is obviously no question here of spoiling the events that unfold in Ruined King, we can however name the characters who make up this excellent adventure. It all starts with Sarah Fortune, better known as Miss Fortune in the Riot Games MOBA, as she still tries to erase the traces of the previous Bilgewater Captain, Gangplank, from whom she took control of the city.

It is with this character that the game mechanics, devilishly complex, are presented to us. Later, we are invited to control a group of champions consisting of Illaoi, priestess of the Kraken and apostle of truth from Nagakabouros, and Braum, hero of the Freljord admired for his great physical strength. We then approach the Ionians, Yasuo the disgraced and Ahri the fox-like Vastaya, as well as Pyke, the ripper of the abyss. Connoisseurs will recognize the value of these champions: enough to tank, heal or cause area damage.

A magnificent tale for the eyes and ears
We’re not going to take four roads: Ruined King is a very beautiful game. Bilgewater, the sets, the champions in isometric 3D view and the cutscenes… Everything is visually very successful. There was certainly a hiccup at game launch in terms of movement, with the inability to effectively change the default controls set to qwerty. However a patch was rolled out very quickly to correct this little annoyance, which wasn’t really one since Ruined King allows for champion mouse control like in League of Legends.

With the field mouse, the right click allows you to move the character to the target point and the left click allows you to interact with the environment. In addition, we welcome the fact that the Airship Syndicate studio has made travel as easy as possible, because Bilgewater is a veritable labyrinth in which it is not always easy to navigate! The atmosphere is underlined by dark and catchy music, always perfectly in tune. Connoisseurs will recognize some MOBA tunes, effectively rearranged for the occasion.

Supported by fun and informative dialogues between the characters who make up our group of champions, the whole is particularly immersive. The rest periods for example, which allow to regenerate the points of life and mana, are also the occasion for our heroes to exchange some anecdotes.

With the field mouse, the right click allows you to move the character to the target point and the left click allows you to interact with the environment. In addition, we welcome the fact that the Airship Syndicate studio has made travel as easy as possible, because Bilgewater is a veritable labyrinth in which it is not always easy to navigate! The atmosphere is underlined by dark and catchy music, always perfectly in tune. Connoisseurs will recognize some MOBA tunes, effectively rearranged for the occasion.

Supported by fun and informative dialogues between the characters who make up our group of champions, the whole is particularly immersive. The rest periods for example, which allow to regenerate the points of life and mana, are also the occasion for our heroes to exchange some anecdotes.

Again, the graphics are sublime and the small combat animations, whether for our characters or enemy minions, are just as beautiful. Everything is beautiful… Except ultimate skills.

If for these most powerful attacks, we first enjoy a superb drawing of our character like a comic book, then it’s the tumble. In a few seconds, you go from 2D illustrations to animated 3D assets in no way compared to the aesthetics of the rest of the game …

The artistic coherence here frankly leaves a lot to be desired… What a pity, while everything else is fluid and contributes to offering a harmonious whole!

Path of speed, balance, power …
What makes the complexity of the combat system is the division into three temporally different paths of the skills of our champions. When it is their turn to act, they have three options: take an immediate action, such as an instant attack or the consumption of a potion (for the selected champion or one of his colleagues in combat); activate his ultimate skill, which is also an immediate action that can only be performed once the ultimate gauge is full; or cast a skill, which consumes a limited amount of mana available, and whose start is delayed according to two criteria.

Each skill requires more or less time to be performed, depending on its complexity, and its resolution depends on the path chosen by the player. It is explained: that of haste allows a faster action, but causes less damage, while the path of power takes more time, but for additional damage added. The equilibrium path is the standard option, which does not provide any bonus.

The Battle Timescale presents portraits of our champions and their enemies, allowing us to visualize the order of actions and when they will occur. We also notice the presence of hazard zones, which can be positive or negative for our heroes and their opponents. They allow, for example, to heal all the characters concerned by a given zone, or vice versa, to cause them damage by poisoning, etc. The timing of the fights is therefore a very important factor, even more so as the game progresses and as we come up against a few bosses.

Runes and skill upgrades, like in League of Legends
Evolving your characters will not disorient League of Legends players as Ruined King has a fairly similar system, with runes and skill upgrades to unlock their full potential. The fights won will bring experience points to the champions and this will allow them to unlock skill improvement bonuses, by level increments, in order to increase the number of damage generated, heal, or the duration of a associated effect.

Note that not all of the skills available to a character are unlocked at the start of the game; this requires increasing the champion’s level. Then, beyond the skills themselves, it is possible to customize the hero by attributing runes to him in order to increase, for example, the amount of damage inflicted, healing applied or certain specific effects, and this, little. imports the skill used in combat. Moreover, the game does not prevent the modification of activated runes, without incurring a cost for the player.

At the end of a won fight, you can earn gold to spend at a merchant, to buy better weapons and armor, or even potions (and you really should not skimp on these items! ). You can also get ingredients to craft enchantments, to upgrade a weapon or piece of armor, and use items to strengthen them and apply bonuses to them.

We will not go further, at the risk of spoiling the excellent story offered by Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. We will simply note that the ending suggests a potential sequel to this game, which we can not wait to discover! In terms of lifespan, it takes 20 to 30 hours of play, depending on the level of difficulty selected and his experience in this type of game.

Ruined King: JVFR’s opinion
The turn-based RPG Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a good slap in the face. Its scenario allows us to walk around the famous pirate city of Bilgewater and meet some iconic characters from the League of Legends universe, but you don’t need to know these elements beforehand.

Indeed, the game allows you to quietly discover the whole, while providing bonus content for MOBA enthusiasts. Effective, Ruined King makes us want to go always further in this dark story to unravel the mysteries that our group encounters, and to understand the characters who take us on this adventure.

Visually, we can’t find a fault with it, except for a lack of artistic consistency in terms of the champions’ ultimate skills. For the ears, it is also a pleasure: the music is dynamic and it perfectly matches the atmosphere of the game and its different phases: travel, combat, rest. The combat system is a treat: accessible to neophytes, it will still be able to challenge veterans of turn-based RPGs.

Reviewer overview

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Summary

Riot Forge stunned everyone on Tuesday, November 16, with the surprise release of Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

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