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Awesomenauts is Simply Awesome!

DataReborn | Dec. 8, 2012 | Review of Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is a game that definitively lives up to its namesake. It mixes the now growing MOBA genre with classic action platforming elements. The game consists of teams of 3 going against each other with the goal of blowing up the other team’s core. The game has a wide variety of characters to choose from. The characters range from Leon who specializes in stealthy assassinations of other awesomenauts to Voltar whose sole purpose is healing other awesomenauts. Each character offers a unique way to play the game with no clones to be seen.
Speaking of characters, the game’s style and personality is brilliant beyond belief. Personality oozes from every aspect of the game. Each character is well-designed and they all have their own personal theme song that can be heard in the character select screen. The voice acting for each character is fantastic worth mentioning as well. Overall this feeling of uniqueness that comes from each character makes the game stand out from other MOBA style games.
The gameplay is absolutely beautiful and fantastic. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the game takes elements from the MOBA genre. The matches are fast-paced and rely just as heavily on your platforming skills as it does on the items you bring into battle. When compared to other MOBA genres, the fact that all of the Awesomenauts abilities occur in real-time and have to be manually aimed by the player is a breath of fresh air. There is not auto-aiming system in place so the actual combat feels fantastic and skillful. While there is a slight advantage to the MOBA practice of “last-hitting” it isn’t a necessary skill to enjoy the game. If a creep is killed without you last hitting it, it simply drops money, or “solar”, on the ground. If you last-hit a creep the money is automatically given to you. It’s a small difference but it would rarely make a difference since a player can usually just as easily walk forward to pick up the dropped money.
The drop-in system is can be both a blessing and a curse. The fact that a teammate is instantly replaced by a bot should they drop out is generally a good thing. However, more often than not the bots prove to be far inferior in skill when compared to actual human players. While not perfect it seems to be the best solution available since it would be even more disastrous to simply leave a team missing a teammate. There is also a downside to the idea of having players drop into an ongoing game. There have been times when I been dropped onto a team that had no chance of winning (either due to large level difference or all their towers were destroyed while the other team’s wasn’t). This seems to be an unavoidable consequence of having the drop-in system, but I believe that it is worth mentioning since it can be demotivating to repeatedly be dropped into seemingly hopeless games. The game has also received updates to implement a ranking system that it was previously missing. This means that there is now a greater chance that you will be matched with players of similar skill levels. Your ranking automatically goes up or down depending on whether you win or lose matches.
In my opinion one of the key features that the game is missing for being a multiplayer MOBA-style game is the lack of in-game voice over IP. This means that the only meaningful way of communicating with your teammates is through text chat. They have implemented the use of some number keys to allow to create a waypoint on the map that your teammates see telling them to defend or attack, however this is a very limited way of instantly communicating. It’s just a disappointment to me since it means that one would have to type out any form of complex instruction or strategy to your teammates.
At the time of writing the game is still being heavily supported by the developers with new characters still being released for the low cost of nothing. The game also goes through the occasional rebalancing when certain characters are perceived to be too powerful or too weak.
Overall the game is a must-buy for those who want an action-packed MOBA style game that is filled with fun personality and variety. The price if more than reasonable and the only paid for DLC is the optional skins.