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Paladins: Champions of the Realm Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking soldiers who use ranged weapons such as shotguns and assault rifles instead of swords.

You start by choosing a type of hero (Front Line, Damage, Support, and Flank) before heading into online shooting battles. It's a team game so players must rely on strategy, character knowledge, coordination, and collaboration to win. There is text and voice chat to communicate.

The main Paladins mode is two teams of 5 racing to capture the map's central capture point. Teams battle over a larger area add more strategy to the game. There are battles where the first to get 40 kills wins.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @EvilMojoGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play this with 10 players online. You play in five vs five teams, online.

Cross-Play: You can play with people on different systems: Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS4.

CostsCosts

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free
PC Free
Switch Free
 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online. There are individual in-game purchases fo champions, voices, talents, emotes, skins, poses, diamonds and crystals. You can purchase a Season Pass to enable limited edition items. You can also purchase a Paladins Digital Deluxe Edition that unlocks these passes and items for a single price.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

 

This game was rated PEGI 12 for frequent non-realistic violence against human-like characters. The game takes place in a fantastical, brightly-coloured setting. Playable characters are equipped with cartoonish weapons, which have similar functions to shotguns, rifles, rocket launchers, flamethrowers, and so on. Characters do not react physically to individual strikes, though there may be a small red blood effect when they are hit. Health bars appear over characters’ heads and will decrease with each blow. When their bar runs out, characters fall limply to the ground. After a short time, their bodies disappear completely.
Secondary issues/information. The game features online playing capability, which may involve real-time interaction with other players.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Aiming: Can use small movements of gamepad to fine-tune aiming, or as main aiming mechanism. This is sometimes known as Gyro-Aiming.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer


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