I played Smite a very long time ago and really struggled with it so it was deleted off my console and never thought any more of it.
However after seeing SykoPlayz playing it and seeing how much fun it was, I thought I would re-install and see if I could get my head around it again.
What Is Smite?
Smite is based on the popular MOBA ( Multiplayer Online Battle Arena ) game genre with a twist. You play a god of your choice with numerous upgrades and items available.
It is available on most platforms. I play on Xbox at present and will be testing out the PC version once I get proficient at the game.
What makes Smite stand out is the constant updates and the richness of lore for each god. I spent much time reading about the gods I was wanting to try.
Smite is a free to play game with limitations, mainly you cannot play all the gods in live games. However you can try out all gods in the training ‘jungle’ mode.
As with many games now Smites uses the battle pass model. You have a free pass that gives you limited rewards but these are sufficient for new players. Upgrading your pass will give you more rewards and compared to other games costs fairly little.
In the early games it is best to let Smite do everything for you. This is a great way to try it out and see if it’s for you. And once you start to get the hang of things it’s tie to move on and start to learn.
When you start to get into Smite you will suddenly start loosing all your games and you will be hit by a brick wall. That wall is information overload.
There are hundreds of builds and combinations of stuff that it really does seem over whelming. But don’t let it put you off.
I started by looking at this series of videos by Keltik – Smite Guides the following playlist will walk you through the basics, they are easy to understand and decided into digestible chunks. The full playlist is available by clicking here. You can of course progress to his other videos that will give you plenty of information, but don’t over do it.
After watching the videos I decided to research builds and how to do them, two sites stood out Smite Guru and Smite Fire. Of the two I prefer to use Smite Guru as I found the site much cleaner, easier to read and full of information that I needed to know. Both sites do contain the same kind of information but Smite Guru suites me better.
Using the information you have gleaned from these sites its now time to test out those builds.
I found the best way was to use Training / Jungle mode initially to get a feel on how the gods work (and also suggested by KeltiK) but after that I went in the CO-OP easy bot arena. Now don’t take that title lightly, it still can be a tough play, especially when starting out.
The bot arenas really do test and hone your skills, you can when you are ready from learning and levelling your god move up to more difficult levels before you progress to matches against real people.
Once you make that leap, do not be discouraged if you loose. Keep trying and learning and you will get there. Tweak you builds and find what is best for you. Overall enjoy the experience.
One Week On
So after around a week of playing Smite I have to say I am really enjoying the experience and find myself wanting to test out new builds and gods.
I am currently levelling Rama and Thanatos, two very different play styles and really finding the one that I like best.
The pleasure of finding a game to get your teeth into is great and makes me really wish I had stuck with it the first time I played. But we live and learn, never give up and just keep on trying.
Now my thirst for knowledge continues and I have also started to digest loads of stats and nuggets of info, this mainly comes from the unofficial Smite Stats website. You can get a lot of data about each god, players and match results. You can also check your won stats and they have a beta builder, so you can make up your god builds to use at a later date.
Smite The New Obsession
I think it is fair to say Smite is my new obsession, but that is not a bad thing. It as become something I really enjoy and take time out to play. And I would recommend it all to those who want something more than just a slash and hack.
I am off course looking forward to hearing about your builds, so why not let me know which god you like playing and why. Also let me know what builds you use and if you have a favorite.
I look forward to hearing from you. Take care and happy Smite(ing).