Hands On With The Paragon Patch, The New Dawn

Paragon is the MOBA from Epic Games that puts you in the fight with explosive action, direct third-person control, and deep strategic choice. Choose from an ever-expanding roster of unique Heroes, earn cards to customize their abilities, and lead your team to victory.

Pros:

  • Really nice graphics.
  • Intro movie showing off the new features. (Can be re watched)
  • Simplified deck builder. Step by step process that make it a lot easier for you to understand and tweak.
  • Faster gameplay. Just from spawn times to overall movement speed.
  • Easier to understand UI in game. Its all just cleaned up and a lot clearer.
  • Controls have again been simplified all though you do have multiple control schemes.
  • Gold-Slowly generates. Uses the last hit mechanic to earn gold and obviously destroying towers and killing enemies.
  • Stats- Three slots, Agility, Vitality and Intellect. You upgrade this with your gold and you see what each upgrade does and adds a point on the tree.
  • Cards- Once you meet the card criteria (x amount of certain stats) you can then activate the card which will have buffs, New abilities or passives.
  • Daily quests and rewards revamped.
  • Stars-Earn stars for playing the game and leveling up your character.
  • Weekly mega vault- Fill the bar with the stars and you get to earn loot along the way with the ultimate pay off being a vault key.
  • Matches are quicker. AI games dont go longer than 20 minutes typically and PvP is half hour or so but obviously this one could vary.
  • Solid online once in game.
  • In game comms are simple button presses.
  • Can do your stat buying whenever you have the gold.
  • EXP/Rep boosters can be time based or win based.
  • Gems- These are what you put into your deck and are the abilities/buffs you unlock in the stats tree.
  • Constant hook as you always are close to unlocking or earning something.
  • Much easier for new players.
  • Menu shortcut buttons.
  • Tournament style character picking and you can pre pick.
  • Banners in game that show when you take a tower or kill an enemy.
  • Faster loading times.

Cons:

  • Still missing any sort of help with regards to character roles and types.
  • Slowdown in places.
  • Voice over guy is annoying and is basically your soundtrack.
  • No AI game difficulties.
  • River not explained.
  • Matches will disconnect if players dont pick their characters within the tight time limit.
  • The PlayStation 4 starts making a lot of noise.
  • Still long initial load screen.
  • No trophies.

Summary:

I always had a soft spot for Paragon, But the long matches and bombardment of information really put me off. Now with this patch I feel a lot more confident. I am not ready to MLG the crap out of it and make millions but I do know the basics, Making a deck is alot easier to the point where I can actually get hyped when I open chests and get cards. The lesson here is do not fear the deck building, It is nigh on impossible to mess up a build. Overall I find they have done a really good job and it can easily get a slew of new players in. I hope the tweaks continue and for me they have made a fan.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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