developer: Hi-Rez Studios
publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
Game mode: multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-12
Paladins: Champions of the Realm for PC, PS4 and XONE is a first person online shooter created for PC users. The game is free-to-play, but it contains a system of microtransactions. It was developed by Hi-Rez, a studio behind games such as Smite, Tribes: Ascend or Global Agenda.
In Paladins: Champions of the Realm for PC, PS4 and XONE, the action takes place in a fantasy world that is far from what the players could see in other games so far. This fantasy world sustains advanced technology, including rifles and vehicles, but magic is the sole resource behind that. The story as such does not happen to be highlighted in the game. Instead, the gameplay is in the first place, concentrating on online battles between small groups of players.
There is a wide set of characters to choose from, but they can be referred to as character classes as well. Each of them has their own weaponry and four unique abilities. Two of these abilities are strictly offensive, like launching a huge energy ball or setting a sentry gun; the third improves movements of the character, and the fourth summons a vehicle or a mountable animal.
In Paladins: Champions of the Realm for PC, PS4 and XONE, battling is fast-paced, but the entire game was designed not to scare off the novices. There are large maps with a lot of open space. The battles are between two teams of six players at the maximum. The standard game mode is the Siege, in which, the players fight for control over different locations. Taking over a sufficient number of such places results in a huge siege engine appearing on the battlefield to attack enemy territories. The siege engine has to be constantly protected. Otherwise, the enemies will turn it into junk in no time.
Additionally, there are card elements in the game. These serve the role of perks popular in other first person shooters. During the gameplay, the player gather cards which can be used to summon something, activate a bonus or make it harder for the enemies to eliminate the player's character. What the player's card deck includes depends entirely on them. Before each match, three cards from the deck are randomly selected and are to be taken to the battlefield.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-750 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560 / Radeon HD 6950 or better, 10 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800 GT / Radeon HD 3870 or better, 10 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7