A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story features strong themes of teamwork, as players use a party of champions to fight back against the evil of the Black Mist. There are also themes of self-evaluation, as many characters struggle with some sort of inner conflicts, but learn to overcome them for a greater good.
Positive Role Models
Some champions that join together to save Bilgewater might cover a lot of grey area in terms of morality, but ultimately, they're willing to put their lives on the line and find the courage to change the course of fate and save those in need.
The champions run a full spectrum of race, gender, belief, and even species. Their personalities are fleshed out a bit in the story, but still wind up having a bit of vagueness for the purposes of their use in the main League of Legends game.
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Ease of Play
The turn-based combat takes place in multiple "lanes" simultaneously (a nod to the main League of Legends gameplay). This adds an extra later of complication to the mix and can cause some issues in terms of navigating party actions.
Violence & Scariness
Combat features characters fighting with an arsenal of medieval weapons and magical abilities. Damage is shown onscreen as a combination of flashy effects and blood splatter. There are also cutscenes that include some more graphic depictions of violence.
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There's some mild profanity in the dialogue, including "ass" and "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Ruined King is set within the universe of the popular League of Legends video game, relying heavily on players' knowledge of that game and its characters to get the most out of the story.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The game makes occasional references to alcohol and players can use alcoholic beverages to heal and to craft other items.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a downloadable turn-based fantasy role-playing game for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game's a single-player spinoff from the hugely popular League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena game. Players take control of a party made up of popular characters from League of Legends and direct them through narrative adventure. Combat is constant, with characters using weapons and magic against various creatures. There's some blood shown onscreen during fights, as well as some slightly more graphic violence in the game's cutscenes. The character dialogue does include occasional mild profanity, as well as references to alcohol, and alcoholic beverages are used as healing items and crafting materials.
Is It Any Good?
For more than a decade, League of Legends has dominated the online gaming scene, creating a universe of characters with a lot of untapped storytelling potential. Now the franchise is working to fix that by branching out beyond its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) roots, including a Netflix animated series and now the single player role-playing game, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. For fans of the League of Legends universe, Ruined King serves as a fantastic expansion into lives of many characters they've come to know. The story doesn't just flesh out individual characters, but also refines the relationships many of them share while creating new bonds between others. Unfortunately, unless you're already familiar with the lore behind the League of Legends characters, it's hard not to feel like you're missing something.
A lot of attention went into the presentation of Ruined King and it shows throughout. The game's colorful and detailed, filled with rich visuals that almost jump off the screen. The cutscenes have a distinct comic book style and the voice overs are all well performed, making the story flow together almost seamlessly between exploration and battles. Battles themselves take some getting used to, though. For starters, the turn-based system has players set up actions via an onscreen timeline. But as a bit of a nod to the gameplay in League of Legends, that timeline has three separate "lanes," which will occasionally toss obstacles at party members whose action have them positioned in that lane. It's an interesting gameplay mechanic that adds a new layer of complexity to the usual turn-based fare, but also makes it much more difficult to keep track of exactly which characters are doing what actions and it which lane. Once the player gets adjusted to the flow of combat, things can start to flow a bit better, but it's never quite as straightforward as you would expect.
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