Ride out in Ride Out Heroes and take out enemies with a variety of weapons and magic spells.
Ride a variety of mounts to chase enemies and escape the storm.
Choose from a variety of classes and be revived as a baby dragon upon death to exact revenge.
Hero-based battle royales don’t come in droves, unlike those that aim for realism and casual gameplay. Ride Out Heroes hopes to fill this void in the already bloated battle royale genre, and it does a good job. Though you could closely compare it to Hi-Rez’s Paladins or something like a mobile battle royale version of Overwatch, it holds out well compared to its peers. It has a few interesting mechanics, like the Sanctuary elements and relics that add a lot of variety. However, the game is not without its flaws which raises the question: should you ride out and become one of the Ride Out Heroes? Let’s check out what it has to offer first.
First off, Ride Out Heroes is, at its core, a hero-based battle royale. Prior to each match. Currently, there are 10 heroes to choose from and each one has its own set of skills, techniques, roles, and capabilities. For example, a hero called John uses area-based attacks with hand cannons as his main weapon. In addition, heroes are divided into classes that determine their roles. For example, Lillith is a mage while Tesla (undoubtedly named after scientist Nikola Tesla), is an engineer. The former specializes in long-range combat and in using skills, while the latter is better suited to close quarters and in support roles.
Controls in Ride Out Heroes are fairly simple and intuitive. If you’ve played other battle royale and even first-person shooting games before, you’ll be able to adjust pretty quickly. You’ll be able to move around the battlefield using the virtual joystick on the left side of the screen, while the attack, dodge, reload, and other buttons are on the right side. You’ll be able to activate skills swap weapons, and use items using fairly visible and easy-to-access buttons. However, aiming is quite difficult unless if you’re using AoE weapons.
Combat and progression in Ride Out Heroes mainly rely on you engaging enemies. Sure, you’ll be able to collect powerful weapons and items on the floor and via crafting them on the Sanctuaries, but nothing beats attacking and quickly strengthening your weapons and equipment than getting into the action. Fights are fast-paced: you need to move around and dodge incoming attacks quickly and play to your strengths.
In Ride Out Heroes, camping isn’t rewarded. Sure, you may last until the endgame, but you’ll find it hard to deal with buffed up opponents. It’s best to follow the formula of fight, loot, and craft. To help you quickly find enemies and escape the storm, you’ll be able to use mounts that enable you to move relatively easy. Also, note that depending on the character you’ll be able to blink or even fly around, though on a limited scale. If you’re killed in Squads, you’ll transform into a seemingly harmless baby dragon that can easily be terminated. Thankfully, your teammates can gather your essence and revive you on the nearest goddess statue. The game offers several modes that keep things fresh. Currently, there’s a “prop hunt mode” that lets you hide in the environment. You can also play alone, with friends, or with friends.
In terms of presentation, Ride Out Heroes looks great. The map is large enough and features several biomes from sprawling forests to large, beautiful religious complexes akin to medieval places of worship. Character designs are original and look awesome. Though the voice acting mediocre, it will barely have any effect on your overall experience. Monetization is mainly done through purchasing character skins and cosmetics that do not impact the gameplay.
Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect experience and it has a few problems. For example, the reviving mechanic suffers from a few bugs, like being unable to pick up your teammates’ essences. In addition, the game won’t tell you if a teammate has already left the match which should be a basic feature. Apart from this, framerate drops are common unless if you’re using a strong device.
Overall, Ride Out Heroes is a must-play battle royale. It is arguably up in the running for the race of the best mobile battle royale, though it needs a number of improvements before it can be in front of the pack. Regardless, it’s a must-try and is worth a shot.