In less than a week, a brand-new free to play pc game will hit the market called Marvel Heroes. That's right you guessed it, the game is based on heroes from the Marvel universe, clever title huh? Anyways, Marvel Heroes will be a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game for any noobs) experience that you can play solo or with a bunch of your friends.
As I said earlier, this is a free to play game. However, it can be better classified as “freemium,” where you can play the whole game for free, but game extras or power-ups such as more characters or costumes, will cost some cash. Similar to a lot of Facebook and mobile app gaming, the freemium model has its pros and cons. I'm not here to say if this method is good or bad but that is the model this game is using. Personally, if a game is good I could not care what pay model it has.
This game was created by the team at Gazillion entertainment lead by David Brevik, who was the man behind Diablo 1 & 2. I have not played Diablo myself but from what I've heard, this game will act similar to those games. The basic premise of the game besides running around as your favorite hero, is to stop Dr. Doom and various escaped villains from a SHEILD prison. The game's story line was crafted by none other than Brian Michael Bendis, writer for such series as Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil.
The game went through a beta testing phase in which random access codes where giving to people dating back to January of this year, for a chance to play the game. Eventually, different methods of entry to these beta servers allowed a lot of people a sneak preview of this game. I was lucky enough to get one of those access keys and played the beta version of the game from February to its close on May 27th. I have never been much of a pc gamer, but I have never seen a game have what this one does, so I'd figured I'd give it a shot.
Initially, I started playing the game on my laptop but soon realized I would need something with a little more horsepower to play this game. While not the most demanding game specs, (see official website for full details) an extra boost to the video card was for sure needed. I was able to get my hands on a desktop pc better suited for gaming to fully appreciate this game.
With a better pc in hand, I could finally try to enjoy this game. Even with a fewer roster of heroes to choose from in the beta, it still seemed like there were a lot of heroes who each have their own unique abilities. During my run on the beta, I sampled Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Daredevil, Thor, Iron Man, The Thing, Colossus, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Punisher and Rocket Raccoon.
As far as my thoughts on the heroes for the game, of the characters I used most were a blast to play with but Spider-Man and Punisher seemed a little weak. These two were difficult to take out bad guys with effectively on some levels. Rocket Raccoon was better than I expected. From his gadgets to his energy shield, he is a solid hero to play through this game with. Thor was the most powerful hero I used in the beta. He has a lot of great range attacks with lighting blasts and the hammer throw to go along with flying.
The levels seem pretty average and straight forward as far going around and beating up thugs. The levels are sorta open world and the interaction with the environment is decent. Most levels involve a main area where every plays at once but, certain areas you enter start a solo mission to take out a boss to go along with the main story of super villains escaping a SHEILD prison.
Bosses can be challenging but any damage incurred to a boss rolls over to the next time you face one, if one happens to die during the battle. If you decide to team-up with other players, the solo missions can become co-op missions. I used this feature during my play through and it is neat to beat up on bad guys with another person to share in the game-play experience.
The graphics look good and for the most part, heroes move well within the levels. Audio commentary from the heroes can become stale, unless one uses Deadpool. Heroes level up at a good pace and the string of attacks and abilities they can achieve are numerous. Certain heroes have more costumes than others but for the most part, there are a lot of different looks to make your hero standout.
I didn't beat the game or completely level out a hero but over the course of playing the beta for three months, I would say this game is worth the download. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 7.5. Like I said, I haven't experienced everything this game will offer but I think there is some room for improvement. Certain heroes could be a little better and the levels could be a little more open. On June 4th the game releases and if anybody wants to team-up, my game user name is ImHawkguy.