The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) gaming genre has been a widely-influenced and growing area across the industry. But it hasn’t always been this massive. Nowadays, there are million-dollar MOBA-focused tournaments and millions of players playing MOBA games.
There are so many MOBA games to play for endless hours. This guide will cover ten of the best MOBA games you can play right now on PC, console, and mobile. Note that this guide won’t be diving into the intricate details of basic gameplay since they’re all pretty universal.
Still, we’ll highlight all the unique characteristics that make these listed games all the more worthwhile to play.
Considered to most as League of Legends’ rival, or to some, the successor of Defense of the Ancients, Dota 2 is a five versus five MOBA game featuring over a hundred Heroes to play and almost infinite compositions to muster.
Developed and published by Valve Corporation, Dota 2 is an ever-shifting strategical MOBA where players must use the game’s current meta to stay ahead of others.
It’s a mind game, one of which requires you to play alongside your team and make split-second decisions.
Dota 2 contains cosmetics, achievements, unique gameplay modes like ranked, and more. In Dota 2, there won’t ever be a dull moment when playing. The game’s available currently only available on PC.
League of Legends / League of Legends: Wild Rift
Known for its popping soundtracks, various storylines, and beautiful cinematics, League of Legends is one of the more widely-known MOBA games on the market.
Published and developed by Riot Games, it’s a five-versus-five game featuring over a hundred Champions to play and various item compositions to build.
League of Legends is a team-based game where gameplay is much shorter but requires players to be wary as any wrong move can set their team back so far, or worse, end the game.
There are achievements, cosmetics, different gameplay modes, ranked matches, and more. League of Legends is available on PC and mobile.
Developed by TiMi Studio Group and published by The Pokémon Company, Pokémon UNITE is a five-versus-five game where players play as Pokémon and defeat opponents and other NPC Pokémon to collect points and score goals to win.
It’s not like most MOBAs, but it’s unique in that winning requires players to net points into the goal zones throughout the lanes instead of destroying buildings.
There’s item building, cosmetics, various Pokémon to choose from, different gameplay modes, and more. Pokémon UNITE’s available on Nintendo Switch and mobile.
Most MOBA games allow players to play from an isometric perspective, but Smite, on the other hand, takes the battle up close through its third-person gameplay view.
Published and developed by Hi-Rez Studios, Smite’s a mythologically-themed MOBA game where players must win by defeating their opponents by aiming and shooting abilities and attacks much more precisely.
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It’s similar to most MOBA games in gameplay and goal, but its third-person perspective changes the rhythm to make dodging and hitting shots paramount.
Various characters are influenced by different pantheons, including but not limited to Celtic, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, and many more mythological cultures.
Besides that, there are cosmetics, various gameplay modes, and more. Smite’s available on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo Switch.
Arena of Valor
Developed by TiMi Studio Group and published by Tencent, Arena of Valor, also known as Honor of Kings, is one of the highest-grossing mobile games worldwide, with $14 billion in all-time revenue.
Some say it’s one of the influences leading to the inception of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
Still, most know it to be a five-versus-five MOBA featuring over a hundred Heroes and many strategic compositions to conceptualize. Like most MOBAs, the goal is to defeat the opposing team by destroying their base.
There are various cosmetics, gameplay modes, and more, all available on Nintendo Switch and mobile.
Brawl Stars is a non-traditional MOBA featuring third-person shooter mechanics, three-versus-three combat, and characters called Brawlers. Published and developed by Supercell, the game focuses on upgrading your Brawler’s prematch to make them stronger and entering into matches.
There are various modes with rotating maps to spice up gameplay. Alongside adorable Brawlers, there are cosmetics to make players stand out and many more features making Brawl Stars so much more addictive. The game’s available on mobile.
Heroes of the Storm
Although recently discontinued, Heroes of the Storm is still quite active. Published and developed by Blizzard Entertainment, Heroes of the Storm won’t receive any upcoming updates regarding modes or cosmetics, except minor bug fixes.
However, don’t fret or be dissuaded; the game’s still enjoyable and played by more than enough people.
Unlike other MOBAs, Heroes of the Storm features a panoply of dynamic Battlegrounds, each with unique quests and objectives. There are over eighty characters to play, all from different universes within Blizzard Entertainment’s games, such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Overwatch. Heroes of the Storm is available on PC.
Vainglory is the “OG” of mobile MOBAs. Developed and published by Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory came out in 2014 as one of the games ahead of its time, and it was the first significantly refined and polished MOBA game on mobile.
Vainglory has various gameplay modes, over fifty characters, cosmetics, and more. The game like Heroes of the Storm, Vainglory currently only receives minor bug fixes.
However, Super Evil Megacorp is likely to return to developing Vainglory after it finishes Catalyst Black, another game they’re crafting. Vainglory is available on mobile, with a PC version in early access.
Developed and published by Hi-Rez Studios, Paladins is an amalgam between online hero shooter games and MOBAs. Although relatively non-traditional as a MOBA, it’s more first-person shooter than anything, which might be cheating on this list.
Unlike Smite, Paladins is more fast-paced and features various modes to play and characters to use. There are cosmetics and regular updates every now and often, and Paladins is available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation.
Onmyoji Arena is another popular mobile game featuring anime-esque characters as the game’s main selling point. Published and developed by NetEase, Onmyoji Arena is similar to Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in gameplay.
There are various gameplay modes, cosmetics, over a hundred characters, and much more to explore. Onmyoji Arena is available only on mobile.
And that concludes the list of the top ten MOBA games you can play anywhere right now. This guide doesn’t necessarily mean you should only play these games.
There are so many MOBAs already out and soon to release. Remember, games shouldn’t appeal to you if they’ve been played by millions of people, but rather knowing it’s an enjoyable title you’ll relish for hours.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best MOBAs; see you on the battlefield.
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