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Hi-Rez Studios Gives Us One Hell of a Game in Smite

Hi-Rez Studios Gives Us One Hell of a Game in Smite

by William HarmonApril 17, 2012

Hi-Rez Studios has released some new images and video for their new game Smite. A MOBA game, Smite has taken the genre in some new directions. It’s been gotten a lot of people talking, here and elsewhere, and we’ve already discussed not only how awesome we think this game will be, but how fun the demo alone was at the PAX show this year.

I’m not gonna try to convince you with one liners like: “It’s sexy!” or “This game WILL blow your mind!”. Rather, just take a look for yourselves. Pictures worth a thousand words, as they say:

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There are a few things I really like about this game. First of all, unlike other MOBAs, instead of having a real IP, players are controlling mythological gods. Like Ra:

He was totally was thought to have traveled on two solar boats called the Mandjet (the Boat of Millions of Years), or morning boat and the Mesektet, or evening boat. And I definitely did not wikipedia that.

Another cool champion I’ve got my eyes on is Arachne. While I didn’t get the chance to see Ra in action, Arachne definitely looks like a melee carry (for those unfamiliar with the genre, that’s a champion who is dedicated to killing other champions after building up their items):

Intimidation factor +10

The other big thing that draws me to this game is exactly what you think it is, but perhaps not why. Obviously it distinguishes itself from other MOBAs by utilizing the 3rd person view, as opposed to an isometric view. What this means is that your camera never leaves your champion’s shoulder, and you’re not clicking on things to target them. This is actually huge for separating itself from other MOBAs. For instance, ever since DOTA, and in to League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth as well as DOTA2, we’ve seen a slew of champion clones. The same abilities maybe mixed and matched on to different champions across different games. It’s understandable, when you’ve got a good idea, people utilize it and try to build on it.

Smite however breaks this cycle. This necessarily cannot happen because you’re dealing with an explicitly different type of control scheme. One that does not allow old champion ideas to translate well. For MOBA fans, we’re looking at an opportunity to see a lot of good innovation. Stuff we haven’t seen before. Which means that Smite could be a breath of fresh air in a genre where titles are more alike than they are different.

To wrap up with some information straight from the source:

SMITE is an online battleground between mythical gods. Players choose from a selection of gods, join sessionbased arena combat and use custom powers and team tactics against other players and minions. SMITE is inspired by Defense of the Ancients (DoTA) but instead of being above the action, the third-person camera brings you right into the combat. And, instead of clicking a map, you use WASD to move, dodge, and fight your way through the
detailed graphics of SMITE´s battlegrounds.

Current List of Gods
Norse: Odin, Ymir, Hel
Chinese: Sun Wukong, He bo, Ao Kuang
Egyptian: Anubis, Ra, Bastet
Hindu: Kali, Vamana, Agni
Greek: Zeus, Hades, Arachne

And just because I’m an awesome guy, and ALWAYS find myself wondering this same thing. I’ll throw up the system reqs for you guys. If your rig isn’t up to snuff, this’ll give you an idea of what to shoot for before this title drops:

Recommended system requirements
> OS: Windows 7 64-bit
> Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
> RAM: 4GB
> Graphics card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 1GB
video ram or better and Shader Model3.0+ support
(Nvidia GeForce GTX 560+ or ATI Radeon 6950+).
> Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
> Hard drive: 10 GB free


Minimum requirements
> OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
> Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
> RAM: 2GB (XP), 3GB (Vista, Win7)
> Graphic card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with
512MB video ram or better and Shader Model
3.0+ support. (ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia
GeForce 8800 GT or higher).
> Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
> Hard drive: 10 GB free

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William Harmon
William Harmon
William started gaming with Super Mario on the NES, and hasn't stopped since. He has experience playing almost all genres, across almost every platform, but today does most of his gaming on the PS3 and PC. William believes that the best games get you completely lost in them, where you play for the experience of being immersed in another world.