Welcome True Believers! Does Marvel Heroes put you in the pages of your own comic or is this game better off left on the shelf?
I was first introduced to comics at an early age and my first comic book was X-Men #102 with the Juggernaut on the cover. I was hooked and would buy comics whenever I could, but I always wondered if they were ever going to come out with a good comic video game. There were misses (Spider-Man video game for the Atari 2600) and hits (the X-Men 4 player arcade game) over the years, but when I heard about Marvel developing an MMO, I got excited. I hoped for a game where you could create your own hero and fight villains such as M.O.D.O.K or Ultron.
Sadly that was not going to be the case as the game was stuck in development hell for years and it seemed as if Cryptic was not going to ever release the game. But in 2009 we got word that Gazillion Entertainment picked up the game, which eventually led to Marvel Heroes – a free to play MMO title.
After you create an account and download the client you have access to five characters right off the bat: Hawkeye (Trick Arrows), Storm (lightning and weather powers), Scarlet Witch (magical attacks), Daredevil (acrobatics) and the Thing (brute strength). Once you select your character you’re notified that there has been a breakout on the raft (which is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s facility for housing super villains).
Once you start playing, you might notice that the game feels and looks a bit like Diablo. The reason for that is because David Brevik, who had made the original Diablo, is behind the development of this game. The game is fast paced and fun to play as you can assign two attacks to your two mouse buttons and other attacks to the letters A, S , D , F, G & H keys, letting you customize the way you want to play. As you gain levels, you gain skill points that you can sink into better abilities and unlock powers that will assist you on the battlefield. There are many familiar environments such as Hell’s Kitchen and Madripoor along with familiar enemies such as Hydra and the Brood.
My only fault with this game is that while it is free to play, many upgrades are only available through paid micro-transactions. Though you don’t NEED to pay anything, the temptation to buy your favorite characters is always there. And while you can unlock more heroes as you play through the game (I unlocked the Thing as I was playing with Hawkeye and I can switch between the two characters), that option seems to be a rare occurance. And if you want different outfits for your characters, you’re probably going to have to shell out some money for that (but at least the different costumes look cool – you can play as World War Hulk or Pirate Deadpool).
If you love comics and gaming, then go ahead and check out Marvel Heroes. You have nothing to lose when you try it out, as it is free to play, and it really is a fun and engaging experience.
To get started go to www.marvelheroes.com and get ready to experience Marvel like you never have before.
Image: Gazillion Entertainment