Arcane isn’t simply among the best new animated exhibits on Netflix — it’s additionally an important introduction to the huge and infrequently inscrutable world of League of Legends. When you’ve completed the present and have discovered your self intrigued by the fantasy realm of Runeterra, you may be questioning the place to go subsequent. There are a couple of choices, however fortunately developer Riot has simply launched a brand new role-playing sport that’s an ideal subsequent step for budding followers.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is obtainable now on the Change, PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and it’s a bite-sized RPG that permits you to discover a unique a part of League mythology. It stars a handful of iconic characters — together with the hulking Braum and the kraken-wielding priestess Illaoi — and allows you to wander by means of the port metropolis of Bilgewater as you examine a mysterious phenomenon referred to as the Black Myst, which ultimately leads you to the unsettling Shadow Isles.

A part of what makes Ruined King such an important comply with to Arcane is that — not like the multiplayer-focused League of Legends — it’s fully story-driven. Whereas a lot of League’s characters and places have lengthy, detailed backstories, you don’t get a lot of that from the principle sport. It’s extra like background, one thing you possibly can dig into if you’d like, but it surely’s probably not a vital part of the sport.

However right here, story is the entire level. It’s an opportunity to essentially spend a while with these characters and get to know them. There’s a lot of enjoyable banter (it’s even totally voiced) and beautiful comedian book-style cutscenes that arrange necessary moments. The sport additionally gives additionally an important likelihood to linger on this planet; I beloved wandering across the bustling districts of Bilgewater, rendered with a Diablo-style isometric look, going from seedy again alleys to opulent mansions. The locations really feel alive and stuffed with element. You’ll be able to even go fishing. The primary League of Legends sport tells you these are necessary locations and heroes, however in Ruined King, you discover out why.

Ruined King additionally occurs to be a strong RPG. Most notably, it has a intelligent turn-based battle system involving lanes, which basically means you possibly can determine whether or not assaults must be fast or robust, with apparent professionals and cons for every. There are additionally environmental hazards and bonuses that influence you relying on the way you time these actions. It provides a pleasant layer of technique to even customary battles, particularly when you get an opportunity to discover all the totally different characters, every of whom has very totally different talents. Illaoi, together with her capacity to summon ghostly tentacles that function writhing minions, is my favourite. It’s all pretty simple stuff when you’ve performed plenty of RPGs, but it surely’s polished and has simply sufficient of a twist to really feel contemporary.

Ever since League of Legends turned 10, Riot has been steadily increasing its fictional universe in several methods. There’s a digital card sport, a rhythm sport, an upcoming MMO and combating sport, comedian books, even an in-universe board sport. Thus far, Arcane and Ruined King are the most effective examples of how this technique can work. Whereas the core League of Legends may be as demanding as it’s engrossing, these newest efforts are way more palatable. In addition they do a greater job at exhibiting what makes Runeterra such an attention-grabbing fantasy universe within the first place. Sadly, the success of those does include a facet impact: I can’t cease studying up on LoL lore.

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