In the modern design of AAA games, the dominant trend is to copy the most popular ideas and upgrade those ideas in order to create something new. Hi-Rez Studios is a company that built its career on this. When the company released Paladins a few years ago, a free first-person shooter for Windows 7, 8, and 10, the main source of entertainment among players was to point out how close, and sometimes shameless, it copied Overwatch.
At first glance, the similarities are obvious. Both games belong to the hero shooter genre, they have a very similar graphic style, and Paladins have direct copies of heroes from Overwatch. However, there are differences. They are largely subtle, but they make playing Paladins quite different from Overwatch.
Before the start of the match, you choose one of the 48 heroes, who all have unique abilities and weapons that they use during the match. You can further customize your character to the role you play or your own style of play. When the game starts, the players are divided into two teams.
Each hero has a clearly defined role in the team. You can be Tank, who is goes first, uses a shield, and is there to receive blows instead of the rest of the team, Support who heal players from your team and provides support, Damage Dealer who is in charge of killing players from another team or Flanker whose role is to surprise the opponent by attacking them from behind.
In a game like Paladins, roles are very important. A team that has a good composition and where everyone plays their role properly will easily win a team that does not. This is where the main attraction for this game comes from, teamwork.
The fights are very fast-paced and dynamic. Because of the abilities that each hero possesses, playing is not just pointing your weapon at an opponent and hold the trigger until he stops moving. Proper use of abilities can change the course of the fight, and a good player will know how to recognize the moment when he should save his abilities, and when to use them.
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The graphics are colorful, cartoony, projects of various colors fly in all directions, and it can work on older computers without any problems. Since this is a fast-paced game with many visual effects, if you have an older PC, it would be advisable to set all the graphics options to a minimum to make the game run as best as possible.
Some people do not like this graphic style, the writer of this text belongs to that group. That’s why it’s strange that in Paladins, I didn’t mind graphics like this at all. On the contrary, I really liked it. Colorful and bright colors are phenomenally used to differentiate between backgrounds and heroes, so in the chaos that arises during skirmishes, it is very easy to see what is happening.
Paladins is a copy of Overwatch, but it is a great copy, which does enough things in a unique way, that it would be unjust to classify it in this category. We recommend that you try this very fun game, especially if your computer can’t run Overwatch.
Windows 7, 8 and 10
Minimum game configuration:
- Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
- RAM memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
- Hard drive: 30 GB
Recommended game configuration:
- Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
- RAM memory: 6 GB RAM
- Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTKS 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
- Hard drive: 30 GB