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PAX East 2015: Smite Xbox One Hands-on Preview

PAX East 2015: Smite Xbox One Hands-on Preview

In 2014, Hi-Rez Studios released the third-person MOBA titled Smite. As everyone has grown used to MOBA’s such as League of Legends, DOTA 2 to name a few. I grew tired of the idea of a MOBA since it was always PC focused, which isn’t bad, but what about console players who wouldn’t mind one? Even though console owners have at least one MOBA on Xbox 360 there hasn’t been another since. While I’ve heard of many MOBA’s titles I’ve given some titles a chance. However, one that did catch my eye was Smite when it was first released, but with working and trying to get in some gaming I didn’t have the chance to really give it a go.

Now we fast forward to 2015 and as everyone knows Smite was announced to come to Xbox One not long ago. It’ll be the first game with this style of game-play to come to Xbox One. Plus, with the waves of Free-2-Play Xbox games coming I can’t help but think games with that pay style will be coming in more and more. I’m not saying this is bad, but seems more F2P games keep being brought up.

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At PAX East 2015, I was able to sit down and finally play Smite, but this time it wasn’t on PC. This had me excited as the booth was quite enormous on its own and there was all out wars going on between many players at PAX East. If I had a picture of the lines you could tell that the game was a hit on the show floor. Now I can state this is the first time I’ve ever been excited for a MOBA title without really giving the game a chance on PC. While at the booth for my appointment, I was brought back to a room to sit down with Todd Harris COO of Hi-Rez Studios to talk about Smite and it’s coming to Xbox One. I think Todd noticed my excitement as soon as I sat down. Todd handed me the controller and gave me a lesson on the controls of the game as well as informing me of the type of characters I can play as. After informing him my style of character he informed me that Ra would be my best bet since being new to the game as well as my style of playing. My first choice was Ra, which for some reason I’ve stuck with during the Closed Alpha on my Xbox One as well.

After doing a quick glance at the controls for Smite it wasn’t hard to learn with what buttons do what within Smite. A, B, X, Y each have an ability linked to them. X being a wave style attack for some characters, A could be a stun, B could be something to heal or do decent damage, and lastly Y would be the all out attack that would deal the most damage. While playing you’ll level up your character as you kill troops and other players, but my advice when doing all this is to head to your home base often so you can purchase items to increase stats. My main issue while playing is that I’d often just buy whatever I could and run back into battle, which I’m learning now is NOT a smart thing to do.

Even for this being a game in alpha it looks pretty damn good to me. This conversation has come up lately with friends within the industry as well as friends on Xbox Live. If they were to release this and call it a finished game I wouldn’t notice that we’re still in a closed alpha. Just to think of all the improvements (UI, gameplay, new modes, etc…) they can do with the game from now until the official release whenever that may be. For the time being I’ll be playing this daily as I’ve already been doing so since I made it home from PAX East.

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I do think Hi-Rez Studios has something going on for itself by bringing Smite to Xbox One. As someone at this time who has put in almost a day’s worth game-play if not more. I can’t help to think Hi-Rez is going to make many gamers who love MOBA’s happy on Xbox One. Once the game is officially released you’ll be sure to see a very detailed review from yours truly since I’ll be putting in a lot of time within this game throughout all the testing and the release.

Want to win a code for Smite (Early Access) Xbox One and 1 of 5 Smite skins from PAX East 2015?
Step 1: Simply comment below with what you’re looking forward to in this version of the game. If you already play the game on PC by all means go all out. Please include your Twitter username and if you don’t use Twitter check back at end of giveaway to see if you’ve won.
Step 2: For those of you with a Twitter you’ll need to as well (Click to tweet) Tweet: I entered to win a Smite Xbox One code from @Marooners_Rock as well as 1 of 5 Skins and you can too! - http://maroonersrock.com/2015/03/pax-east-2015-smite-xbox-one-hands-on-preview/ #SmiteXboxOne.
This giveaway will end on Monday (3/23/2015).

 

WINNERS:

Xbox One Code: @Weezsays

Skins Codes: @auroramilepoime @sirsmackey @TaUBeaViS @kenrumsey @treybeast059 @IsaiahToTurnt

To claim please tweet @H2OAcidic and I’ll be in touch shortly after. For those who won Skin codes the word is that in the future you can transfer your PC account to Console. So any skins you’ve unlocked will be brought over.

Avid collector of Funko Pop! items, Pokemon and video games. You may have seen my past work at SFX-360/DigitalNoob. When I’m not collecting great things I’m writing news, previews, reviews and running giveaways.

  • Trey pearson

    I just really like the cocept of playing as a god I would love to play as that wolve character
    @treybeast059

  • Haven’t played the PC version so no predetermined thoughts. Just looks like a lot of fun to play. Twitter: @kenrumsey

  • uggh

    I would love to play as that cupid on the xbox
    @IsaiahToTurnt

  • James

    I’m excited to see how the console community will respond to Smite. Because MOBAs haven’t fully found it’s rightful place, it’s nice to hear how great this one is looking in alpha! Plus, I’ve grown up loving all sorts of mythology! It’ll be nice to finally play as a God! Mercury, hopefully here I come!
    Twitter: @aYaibaComplex

  • Weez147

    All my buddies that I talked into playing got alpha codes and I missed out. I’m trying to wait for the second wave to come out but I’m dying. I’ve been looking forward to this for MONTHS! It looks amazing, and gives all my friends something to play together that we’d all enjoy! I’d love to give it a shot! @Weezsays

  • smiterondtwiter

    I like the interface not bad at all it looks very interesting.

  • Brutalni Karanfil

    Very interesting game cant wait to get code :)… @auroramilepoime

  • Red

    I just wanna play with my friends who were lucky enough to get one 🙂
    @RedCoatKiller5

  • Tony Mejia

    I’m looking forward to trying this game out on console…seems like a lot of fun!

  • Laneo44

    I have watched and follow Smite videos and streams since 2013, but only play games on console and don’t have a great PC to game. So, therefore I am just looking forward to have the chance to play the game.

  • LegendaryMarvel

    I’m just looking forward to playing the game. I’ve never played the PC version, but I like the thought of a third person MOBA on console. I also like the idea of more F2P game’s on console. As long as they aren’t along the lines of pay to win.
    @LegendaryMarvel

  • ayi martin

    A good game now in xbox one !! MOBA games on consoles are the future..

  • bipple305

    I don’t play on PC since my pc blows and can barely surf the web, I look forward to trying the game.

  • Mark martin

    I’m really looking forward to playing the game with the xbox one controller fully integrated with the game plus the fact it’s easier to talk to people due to the xbox community being kick ass (plus most people have mics) It just makes the game that little bit more enjoyable when playing with friendly people, really can’t wait to play >< !! Marky_D21

  • Darklurkr23

    GL all, i got bored w/ this but if yall enjoy it! 😀

  • Ed

    I’m just looking forward to just playing the game. I used to watch my brother play the game on PC because I dunno how to play on PC it’s always been hard for me (I’m good on consoles). Now that’s it’s here I’m really excited so I’m hoping my hands can get one of these codes (or more lol) n I’ll appreciate it forever @TaUBeaViS

  • Collin

    im looking forward to destroying all the noobs that cant keep up

  • Matt Miedus

    Looking forward to being able to play with and against people using a controller. Also been a much bigger console than PC gamer.

  • sirsmackey

    I just really want to play a game where I can be the god of wine, get drunk, and belly flop on people.
    @sirsmackey

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