Let me get straight to the point. Paladins is widely criticized for being a blatant clone of Overwatch, but that’s just not true. There are some similarities between the two games, but there is a lot of uniqueness that Paladins can offer. If you can look past the shouts coming from those who probably didn’t even give it a try, this team shooter might become your new favorite.
5v5 Team-Based Shooter
Each match in this online multiplayer release is played by ten players divided into two teams of five. Before the battle begins, you need to choose a Champion. The roster offers a variety of characters split across four categories: Support, Damage, Front Line, and Flank. All of them are pretty self-explanatory, but the key lies in the balance. You will be able to see the types your teammates and enemies picked, and the suggestion is to bring versatility to the battlefield. In most cases, well-balanced teams have a better chance of victory than does that have, for example, five Front Line characters.
The option to change your Champion after each session adds a whole new layer to the gameplay dynamics. In other words, it ensures that you won’t get bored with playing Paladins anytime soon. Each of the characters has five unique abilities that you need to learn how to use to your advantage.
Can You Become the Master of Cards?
The game went with a card-based system with each player bringing five cards to a fight. In the beginning, you will play with the default deck. But as you progress, you will unlock or purchase new cards that will improve your chances on the battlefield. Each card suits to a particular playing style, but you can use them with all character classes. That means you can add a defensive touch to an otherwise offensive character if you feel like it.
There are 12 points to distribute across the deck, and each card is worth one by default. However, you can upgrade each of them to the fourth level which equally increases its point value. That adds depth to the characters and enables that their performance depends not only on the class but also the playing style the player wants to adopt.
Three Game Modes
Paladins offer Siege, Payload, and Onslaught as game modes. In Siege, the team that collects four points is the winner. You can win points by fulfilling objectives, which include securing the Capture Point at the center of the area, escorting the box with explosives to the opponent’s base and stalling the rival’s crate until the timer expires. Siege is the core mode of the game since the other two are just segments of it. The Payload tasks one team to escort the treasure box to the specific location, while the rival the first team to reach 400 tickets wins.
The only storyline we have is that the Champions of the realm gathered to determine who has better skills on the battlefield. We don’t know the background of the conflict, but the game overcomes that with vividly-designed characters and intriguing one-liners. While we are on the topic of how Paladins looks, I liked the colorful graphics and detailed backdrops. However, the sound could be a bit better, mainly because the soundtrack between matches is subpar.