In this Paragon review, we will be looking the most important elements of this PS4 online multiplayer. We will discuss the Paragon game design elements, system requirements, Paragon DLCs, as well as Paragon influences. We will also mention a few games that are quite similar to Paragon.
|Type of game:||Third-Person Multiplayer Online Battle Arena|
|Total Play Time:||Unlimited|
|System Requirements:||Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
Nvidia GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 6870 GPU or better
GPU with 2GB of VRAM
|Price Range:||$24.56 for PS4 Essentials Edition or Free-To-Play|
The World Of Paragon
We are going to assess and present to you the following features of Paragon including (Atmosphere & Location, Main Character, Storyline, DLC & Expansion Packs). Paragon has received an IGN Score of 8.3 and a User Score on Metacritic of 5.5.
Atmosphere & Location
Design: The game lets you choose from a variety of classes, abilities, and spells to allow you to strategically take down other players and their minions in a fast action arena environment. Players work as a team to use the environment of the maps and their own abilities to give them an advantage to tactically take down the other team.
Music: There is a lack of music during gameplay, however, the menu music features some epic fantasy-techno tracks which go along great with the Sci-Fi/Fantasy feel of the game. Perhaps since there is a match commentator and other great sounding spell effects, the music was not intended to be added to the gameplay.
Effects: Each single spell cast and every impact are backed up with unique futuristic laser sounds and visuals. The match commentator voice has a similar cyborg-like sound which goes along perfectly with the type of theme this game portrays. Player health and energy bars appear over every player clearly with damage/experience gain indicators showing during combat.
Influence: Paragon portrays a similar approach to other arena battle games like DOTA, Overwatch or Unreal Tournament, however, the world is based in a Science-fiction fantasy realm with Cyborg-like characters and abilities. Their weapons are not limited to guns or swords alone, using a combination of both with spell abilities. Character skins and other spell customization options allow you to change your gameplay up for a more diverse match experience. Earnable experience points allow you to upgrade your player-character to advance your skills and take on tougher opponents.
There aren’t any particular background stories for any of the playable characters in the game, however, you may choose from a variety of different playable hero classes such as Tank, Fighter, Caster, Support, Assassin, and Ranger. Each hero class fulfills its own role within your team and has its own strengths/weaknesses.
Tank: This type of hero has high health and damage resistance. They are built to take massive amounts of damage to guard their teammates and do not do much damage.
Fighter: Does fair amounts of damage throughout the fight with their base attack and has a decent amount of damage resistance. They are not good for long range battles and must close the distance between their attacker and them.
Caster: This class has a high ability damage output for dealing damage to multiple targets. They have low health and weak basic attacks, better suited to long range fights.
Support: Focuses mainly on controlling enemy players and providing utilities to their teammates. They provide little in terms of damage and have a mediocre health pool.
Assassin: Providing massive burst damage to single targets, this class focuses most on pressuring the targets and getting away quickly. They have very low health and high mobility.
Ranger: Long-range, basic attackers that have low health and mobility. They have some abilities that can be potentially devastating to their opponents as long as they can keep their distance.
While there isn’t an apparent storyline for Paragon, it leaves much of the character’s purpose to be carried out in competitive battle. The playable characters appear to have cyborg-like features that suggest this is a fantasy/sci-fi world that is in a war-torn state. Since the game focuses mostly on competitive gameplay, we will discuss the game modes and team objectives.
Player vs. Player: 2 teams of 5 players square off against each other in a battle to take control of objectives and push their advantage. Controlling objectives gives your team the opportunity to destroy enemy towers and eventually their base core to win the match. Some buffs are available for players to pick up to help them gain an advantage on the way.
Co-op vs. Bots: A team of 5 players competes against a team of enemy A.I. bots with the same objective as player vs. player mode. This helps players gain experience points as well as helps them learn how to work as a team to win in player vs. player battles.
Solo vs. AI: The player is teamed with 4 friendly A.I. bots to go against 5 enemy A.I. bots with the same objective as player vs. player matches. In this game mode, you will be able to learn how a match will look with teammates as well as help you become familiar with the different maps.
Custom Match: For this game mode, you will need a full team of 5 players to queue up for private games, tournaments or custom games. Only a full party of 5 players may queue up for this type of match. Game objectives are similar to standard player vs. player matches. Rewards cannot be earned in this type of match.
Tutorial: A basic introduction that helps you learn how to navigate and move through the game. You may learn more about the interface and become familiar with different abilities. This is for brand new players wanting to learn about the game.
DLC & Expansion Packs
There aren’t any particular expansion packs or DLC added to the game, however, you may expect some rewardable skins and chests in the game as you earn them through player progression. This helps show your skill level at the game as well as adds more incentive to level your character and master the classes.
Epic Games has talked about adding access to purchasable loot crates that are available for players who have played enough time in the game and have a higher level account. Changes are being considered but as of right now there are no purchasable items, only rewards gained through experience points during matches and player progression.
This game is for any competitive gamers who enjoy working as a team to win matches and advance their characters through progression. Since there are so many different classes to choose from and many levels of progression, there is a ton of replay value to this game. The unique feel and spells in this game seem to really set it apart from past arena battle games, giving it a unique touch that most competitive gamers and even newcomers to competitive games may really enjoy.
If this sounds like the type of game you’d be interested in, please go out and try it for yourself and share your experience with us. Any thoughts and questions you have, we’d love to hear from you.