Mo­bile game re­views

TECH­LIFE’S TEAM RE­VIEWS THE LAT­EST GAMES FOR AN­DROID & iOS SMART­PHONES & TABLETS.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ JAMES PINNELL ]

Arena of Valor BEST IN CLASS MO­BILE BRAWLER Free | www.are­naof­valor.com/

FRESH OFF THE back of the most suc­cess­ful game of all time, China’s Glory of Kings, Arena of Valor is the lo­calised ver­sion of this smash hit MOBA. Gen­uinely free to play, AoV bor­rows much of its style, fea­tures and char­ac­ter de­signs from the PC ver­sions it is based on – League of Leg­ends and DOTA2. As per most MOBAs, play­ers choose a hero char­ac­ter and fight along­side 2-4 other play­ers to take down the en­emy and even­tu­ally bring the fight to their home base.

Arena of Valor is the new­est kid on the block and car­ries the heft of Chi­nese gam­ing gi­ant Ten­Cent be­hind it. The orig­i­nal Chi­nese ver­sion has had years of re­fine­ment and this has car­ried across well to the lo­calised ver­sion – con­trols are tight and easy to learn on ei­ther a phone or tablet, there is a solid tu­to­rial which teaches you the ba­sics be­fore drop­ping you into the fire, a great sys­tem that re­wards reg­u­lar games with free hero un­locks as well as plenty of free skins and XP bonuses along the way. Graph­ics are very good (the game will de­tect if you can sup­port a HD pack for graph­ics and sound and au­to­mat­i­cally in­stall it) as are the var­i­ous modes of play.

The only prob­lem with AoV is that it re­ally ex­ists in Aus­tralia via name only. Both the An­droid and iOS ver­sions share the “Asia” server, which doesn’t list Aus­tralia as a coun­try ,thus mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to lo­cate guilds and groups with English speak­ing play­ers. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are no lo­cal servers, mean­ing pings can spike any­where from 70-150ms dur­ing play, which in a fast-paced brawler can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. Playable, sure, but it could be much bet­ter oth­er­wise.

CON­TROLS ARE TIGHT AND EASY TO LEARN ON EI­THER A PHONE OR TABLET, THERE IS A SOLID TU­TO­RIAL WHICH TEACHES YOU THE BA­SICS BE­FORE DROP­PING YOU INTO THE FIRE, A GREAT SYS­TEM THAT RE­WARDS REG­U­LAR GAMES WITH FREE HERO UN­LOCKS AS WELL AS PLENTY OF FREE SKINS AND XP BONUSES ALONG THE WAY.

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