Evan Lewis, UI Engineer for Monolith productions, just gave a talk at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. It was an interesting chat on translating the MOBA to a console audience. Moving from a PC-core experience to a console one is no easy task. Here's how the team at Monolith did it from Lewis.
From a purely hardware approach, shifting from PC to console is incredible. While a keyboard has roughly 107 buttons, a console has a measly 16 buttons. Similarly, PC users, on average, sit very close to their screen, while console players generally sit 6-10 feet from their television. And lastly, of course, with no mouse, hover-over identification was impossible.
On the plus side, the consoles tend to have very good built-in social networks. Conso…
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have just announced a brand new Survival Mode and unique map for Guardians of Middle-earth! Check out the press release details and trailers below!
The new Survival Mode enlists a one to five player co-op in intense combat in the Glittering Caves nestled deep in the White Mountains. Teammates must rely heavily on each other to fight and survive waves of enemies with increasingly destructive power. Players must defend their towers, fight enemy control on the field and defeat boss waves to complete new challenges. Rally your best troops in a mission to perfect team composition, strategy and loadouts, while taking on a deadly swarm of enemies.
In addition, gamers can play on the on…Read more >
The game is out and the reviews are in! At last, Guardians of Middle-earth is playable, right now, on PSN and XBLA. So what are the critics saying? And, more importantly, what do YOU think of the game?
Check out notable reviews below and be sure to share your own thoughts on the game in the comments below and in the Wikian Reviews Poll!
I am really impressed with GOME, AI issues notwithstanding. As a gateway to MOBAs, this game hooked me in a way I did not expect. It’s got that immediate gratification spirit to it, where I finish a match and immediately want to jump into another. The texture of The Lord of the Rings is represented beautifully in the gorgeous visuals and diverse, detailed character roster. The depth of the game reveals it…
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You may not know it, but the MOBA genre is enormous. For those unaware, MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. It is strategy/action game in which two teams, usually of three or five players each, navigate the confines of a battlefield and attempt to reach and destroy their enemy's base. Each player controls a unique character with their own role and set of abilities. Each team also has a series of defensive towers to destroy and groups of friendly units that continually spawn and move through specific lanes towards their opponents.
While it might sound simple, the genre hides a huge amount of depth in the traditional item system, upgrade opportunities, strategic use of buffs, the management of a “jungle” filled with neutral creat…Read more >
I recently had a chance to pay Monolith Studios a visit. Senior Producer Ruth Tomandl and Producer Bob Roberts Guardians of Middle-earth kindly offered to answer your community questions. From the tutorial system to the intricacies of their matchmaking system, Ruth and Bob go in-depth on your questions and hint at some of the things to come for Guardians of Middle-earth.
Check out their responses below!
Ruth Tomandl: There are no plans for spectator mode at this time but anything is possible.
Wikia: The game seems really watchable; can you talk about that? Bob Roberts: I think it would be very similar to spectator modes in other MOBA games. It was built on the same bones. It's a competitive sport at its core. It has a lot of that same structure…
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