Smite

Some free-to-play games are more polarizing than others, with some sides taking the stance of “great, totally non-exploitative implementation” and others thinking “total pay-to-win trash.” We’d like to see on what side of the spectrum the gaming public — and by that, we mean you guys — think of certain F2P games, and so we’ve invented something new called Love It Or Hate It?

Every week, we’ll present a new F2P game and give you the option of passing judgment on it. Then we’ll look back at it the next week and see what people thought. There are no prizes, except for the satisfaction of knowing you clicked on a button and made something happen. Really, what else do you need?

Last week, it was Star Trek Online’s turn to receive Q-like judgment, and it fared only slightly better than the crew of the Enterprise. I know I taunted Star Wars fans a bit, but STO only garnered a 37.4% “Like” rating while SWTOR managed 38.3%. May your first-born be eaten by a Nausicaan.

Enough of the sci-fi scramble… let’s get back to what people really like: MOBAs! And with that, one of the better-liked, or so it seems, MOBAs out there, even if it’s not the biggest: Hi-Rez Studios’ SMITE!

Tell us what you think of SMITE, and leave a comment below to expound upon your views!

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Slapchef on June 6, 2015

    First I wanna point out this game doesnt have enough negative votes because people are simply choosing to ignore this shit. Second the farming alongside with the other strategic elements are close to non existing. The only good aspect of this game is the hack and slash 3rd person experience wich is ruined by the latency (it also has balance issues but thats like any other game they cant be perfectly balanced)… It feels like rly bad League of legends clone, if it was an isometric point of view the game doesnt stand a chance vs the other MOBAs. Honestly I wouldnt post this if it wasnt for “Gigantic” my only hope is they wont copy anything from this piece of shit.

  2. zxc on May 29, 2015

    GOOD CONTROLS but itsa a moba , repetetive one map boredom over and over so itsa a putre shit!

  3. Cyril on May 28, 2015

    Love it. People who say some classes are OP don’t know how to play an action game. They are used to point and click style of games.

    • satanyca on May 28, 2015

      that’s so wrong when you can get 2 shot dead when you play guardian full tank with 3.5k hp…

      • satanyca on May 28, 2015

        oh and i forgot to mention the hacking…have you ever seen(russian-i emphasize in this) neith dealing 2846 dmg with spirit arrow? that’s an obvious 33rd party program use and smite especially in assault mode is full of it

  4. WhatNonotthis on May 28, 2015

    Bad:
    1) Insulting combat. Damage HAS to be exchanged in mele. There is no tactically going in, playing the cards right getting out untouched if you know your class. In lol, real battles get heated as two characters, experienced, go at it. In this game. HE whoth spammeth the mosteth wineth.
    2) OP Classes. Ranged is a joke. Roll dps tank or gtfo. This game is more like PANZAR ONLINE than a moba. And that is toilet bowl level.
    3) Useless jungle. No grass to stealth. The invisible walls make it feel cheap and plastic ‘(Look a tree, ill get close”, *gets pushed off a foot away*
    4) fail controls. Clunky as poo. To make up fo rbad controls and fail combat nad BORING skills. They add an arena mode… and it is the most useless feature ever. RUnning around like a chicken. Again, emphasis on “ARENA SPAMMER not moba”.
    . Get on moba level noobs.

  5. UrAFanBoi on May 28, 2015

    1) Insulting combat. Damage HAS to be exchanged in mele. There is no tactically going in, playing the cards right getting out untouched if you know your class. In lol, real battles get heated as two characters, experienced, go at it. In this game. HE whoth spammeth the mosteth wineth.
    2) OP Classes. Ranged is a joke. Roll dps tank or gtfo. This game is more like PANZAR ONLINE than a moba. And that is toilet bowl level.
    3) Useless jungle. No grass to stealth. The invisible walls make it feel cheap and plastic ‘(Look a tree, ill get close”, *gets pushed off a foot away*
    4) Crap controls. Clunky as hell. To make up fo rbad controls and crap combat nad BORING skills. They add an arena mode… and it is the most useless feature ever. RUnning around like a chicken. Again, emphasis on “ARENA SPAMMER not moba”.
    Hate it. Get on moba level noobs.

  6. ThatOneKakaGuy on May 28, 2015

    Good:
    Has graphics?
    Bad:
    1) Insulting combat. Damage HAS to be exchanged in mele. There is no tactically going in, playing the cards right getting out untouched if you know your class. In lol, real battles get heated as two characters, experienced, go at it. In this game. HE whoth spammeth the mosteth wineth.
    2) OP Classes. Ranged is a joke. Roll dps tank or gtfo. This game is more like PANZAR ONLINE than a moba. And that is toilet bowl level.
    3) Useless jungle. No grass to stealth. The invisible walls make it feel cheap and plastic ‘(Look a tree, ill get close”, *gets pushed off a foot away*
    4) Crap controls. Clunky as hell. To make up fo rbad controls and crap combat nad BORING skills. They add an arena mode… and it is the most useless feature ever. RUnning around like a chicken. Again, emphasis on “ARENA SPAMMER not moba”.
    Hate it. Get on moba level noobs.

  7. Poojabber on May 28, 2015

    Good:
    Has graphics?
    Bad:
    1) Insulting combat. Damage HAS to be exchanged in mele. There is no tactically going in, playing the cards right getting out untouched if you know your class. In lol, real battles get heated as two characters, experienced, go at it. In this game. HE whoth spammeth the mosteth wineth.
    2) OP Classes. Ranged is a joke. Roll dps tank or gtfo. This game is more like PANZAR ONLINE than a moba. And that is toilet bowl level.
    3) Useless jungle. No grass to stealth. The invisible walls make it feel cheap and plastic ‘(Look a tree, ill get close”, *gets pushed off a foot away*
    4) Crap controls. Clunky as hell. To make up fo rbad controls and crap combat nad BORING skills. They add an arena mode… and it is the most useless feature ever. RUnning around like a chicken. Again, emphasis on “ARENA SPAMMER not moba”.
    Hate it. Get on moba level noobs.

  8. -GG-TheSecondJoker on May 28, 2015

    Love it, of course.

    • watkakaballz on May 29, 2015

      This is the best video review
      youtube.com/watch?v=euDnHNtVdI0

  9. ZMemme on May 27, 2015

    In my opinion this is currently the best game in the online gaming market now. I played and still play a lot of MMORPGs, MOBAs and FPS, but this one, this one is the best. The 3rd person view, the mythology and the way the company interacts with the community is what sold me (mainly on Twitch BORT). They release a new god almost every month, they update the game regularly, they change a game mode daily, they give you favor and 50 gems per week (a regular skin is 400 gems), and they usually make events on sundays where you get 25 gems for every first win of the day in each game mode (there are 6) and they give you bonus gems if you complete them all. I dare say Hi-Rez is the best company that is out there right now, and they made one of my favorite games of all time. What I have to complain about this game is that it’s community is not newbie friendly, it is one of the, if not the most toxic community, and that Hi-Rez needs to work on the freaking EU servers SwiftRage.

    • ZMemme on May 27, 2015

      “The 3rd person view” I mean that in terms of MOBAs, as I really like them.

    • satanyca on May 28, 2015

      wrong mythology…cupid is greek..mercury is actually hermes and is greek.and well it’s supposed to refer to gods…w8 arachne(?) chronos(titan not god) hades(wtf it’s called pluto…hades is the whole underworld)nemesis (was a result of human hybris)scyla(sea creature) thanatos (that was job of hermes to deliver the souls to pluto through acheron)as long as i know of greek mythology i feel ashamed for this game using something they don’t know

      • TheTrojanVirus on May 28, 2015

        Wrong mythology. Right. OK.
        Cupid is Roman – Eros is Greek
        Mercury is Roman – Hermes is Greek
        The Chronos they are using is the personification of time, not the Titan Kronos.
        Hades is the God and the name for the underworld. Pluto is the Roman counterpart to Hades.
        Nemesis – Hercules was also originally a Demigod. Don’t see you complaining about him here. Thanatos was the personification of death. In regards to the others I agree. They are not gods, well done. You got that right. But everyone knows that Smite is battleground of the Immortals really.

  10. ppl Rage way tomuch on May 27, 2015

    You can die one time, then all the sudden you have your whole team cussing you out, saying they will all report you… pretty much, young angry raging kid community is the only problem with this game. There are about as many ragers in this game as call of duty…and that is saying something lol…

    • powerslave on May 29, 2015

      Love the game, but this is why i quit playing so tired of the little brats screaming over voice chat how much you suck if you die when you call for backup 4 or 5 times.

  11. kandamar on May 27, 2015

    Best TPS MOBA in the market. Totally F2P. Comparing it to other communities around the world, it is one of the best. There will be toxic players and potentials for it. However, one cannot simply deny the fact that there is no ANY mmo game that is not containing toxic individual. I can say this in confidence: I love this game and its developers. Not the perfect community or developers but I have so much respect for them. Appreciated.

  12. MrkHUN on May 27, 2015

    I don’t like MOBAs but I actually enjoyed playing this…
    Other popular mobas… well… not so much.

    • satanyca on May 28, 2015

      yes cuz all moba even this are being hacked

  13. Urs-00 on May 27, 2015

    the problem is not Smite, it is Hi-Rez… Hi-Rez doesn’t deserve the respect it has with this game

    • Seph on May 27, 2015

      Have to agree. They completely abandoned Tribes Ascend right when it was in a great place as the spiritual successor to Tribes 2… to spend all their time on SMITE, thanks mostly to the money they got from Tribes Ascend players.

  14. HD32PLAY on May 27, 2015

    This game is the best F2P outright. MOBA’s generally get the monetization pretty much right but SMITE nails it. Events where you can earn gems (the pay for currency) on top of a daily login in bonus that includes gems. The action is great and playing from a third person perspective is much more involved than a top down view imo.

    The dev team constantly work to add new things (but it’s not overdone like in some other MOBA’s) the flow of new Gods and reworks seems just fine to me. Overall Smite is great, if you are not playing it you are missing out on what I believe is the best free to play, if not the best game of all time.

    • satanyca on May 28, 2015

      they add things but they do nothing else about the game…like block the 3rd party program use.or ever ban..especially hacking..all it needs is an IP range ban.but no it’s american.like blizzard.why shouldn’t we make morons pay?

  15. TheEnygma on May 27, 2015

    You know those games/movies/songs where they’re well made, many enjoy it but you just never got into it? That’s me and Smite, made it to level 30 in beta for the Ymir skin than I just….stopped.

  16. CBT Player. on May 27, 2015

    Used to love smite until become popular.
    Toxic community as ruined pretty much :)!
    Also, i really don’t enjoy some new features.
    Meh

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