With the recent success of the League of Legends adaptation Arcane, streaming now on Netflix, there have been many like myself wanting to spend more time in the world of Runeterra and its vibrant environments and incredibly complex and intriguing characters. As with most adaptations, audiences will seek out the origin of such an attempt to jump in. Often expecting the same quality of storytelling, or at the very least an appetizer, to satiate that thirst. However, Arcane’s source material, League of Legends, is neither a narrative experience nor beginner-friendly, it is a competitive 5v5 MOBA with a reputation and complexity that leaves many wondering if it is even worth dipping their toes into. And Luckily that is where Ruined King: A League of Legends Story comes in.
Step Into Runeterra Once More
So where do we go from here? How can we revisit the world of Runeterra? The answer is in the form of a turn-based role-playing game titled Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. We once more embark on a journey to Runeterra, to the port city of Bilgewater, home to outcasts and heroes. From smugglers to gangs to seafaring pirates; Bilgewater is home to new beginnings and grizzly endings. It is a dog-eat-dog region where each day has its own set of challenges, the main one being surviving. It houses a lawless society, where opportunity is only limited by the amount of coin in your purse or the skills you possess.
The story follows a cast of unique characters whose common goal aligns their respective paths to the shadow isles. Here, a deadly black mist has taken a hold of the land, spreading malice, and plaguing nearby lands. Expect an experience that, although not as elaborate as Arcane, does offer an enriching world with striking visuals; and gameplay centered around exploration and a surprisingly complex turn-based combat system. I encourage you to give it a shot if Arcane left you desiring more of Runeterra and its many interesting characters. You can find Ruined King: A League of Legends Story on all consoles and PC.
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The gameplay, while not as stylized and seamless as other more well-known turn-based titles such as Persona 5, does possess a strong foundation. And with a versatility that allows it to stand on its own merits. In battles, you are competing to land the first blow and try to take the enemy down first. Using a mix of buffs, debuffs, and raw power, physical or magical. Enter what is known as the Lane system. Three lanes will appear on the bottom indicating the order of initiative. It is through these rows where you will perform the right moves at the right moment. Choose what moves you will employ and when. And by doing so it transforms the often monotonous nature of turn-based combat. This helps turn it into a more fleshed-out and dynamic experience where strength and wit rule above all.
A Sound of Pure Delight
However, battles are not without their fair share of fantastic music. With a soundtrack that is equal parts epic, somber, and beautiful. From the mellow and mysterious piece, Dark Clouds on the Horizon, to more ambiance setting pieces such as, Down on the Docks, reminiscent of movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, or games such as Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. You can expect nothing short of a masterfully crafted score from renowned composer Gareth Coker. You might know him from his work titles such as Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Immortals Fenyx Rising.
A mysterious and deadly black mist is spreading from the Shadow Isles, and it’s threatening to take over all of Runeterra. Unite a party of League of Legends champions to fight back against Ruination and uncover the secrets of the mist in Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. Explore Runeterra in this immersive turn-based RPG from Airship Syndicate, now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, GOG, Steam, and Epic Games.