Marvel Heroes 2015
Category: 3D MMO
PvP Support: Yes
Pros: +Continuous updates +Many Marvel characters +Free
Cons: -Loot grind -No character customization
Marvel Heroes 2015 is a free-to-play, loot-based, dungeon grinding ARPG from Gazillion Entertainment.
Ever Expanding Roster - Choose from one of the many characters from the Marvel Universe to take on famous villains in familiar locations to Marvel fans. The roster is continually growing and any and all characters can be obtained for free or through the cash shop.
Detailed World - Marvel Heroes is a world filled with details that fans will appreciate, from the Brian Michael Bendis-penned story to the voice acting to cutscenes.
Continuous Updates - The developers are committed to keeping updates constant, from new characters to quality of life updates for existing ones, to raids and other content.
OS: Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8 32/64
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.1GHz
Graphics Card: Shader Model 3.0 Compatible with 512MB VRAM (Nvidia 8800 Series, ATI HD3800 Series, Intel HD 3000)
Storage: 30GB* (After installation, only 15GB are required)
Network Speed: Broadband (DSL or Cable)
Marvel Heroes 2015 is an updated version of the original Marvel Heroes released by Gazillion Entertainment. Many of the systems in place were changed to better suit the player base's wishes and the game today is much different than the one players knew at launch.
Marvel Heroes 2015 is a pretty good looking games. Like other games of this genre, your screen will be literally filled with impressive particle effects and disabling your party's affects may be necessary for you to accurately target the right enemy. The details on costumes is also admirable, although with the isometric camera, you may not see these details very often.
The Loot Grind
At its heart, Marvel Heroes 2015 is a Diablo-clone dungeon grinder. I only say this because the person in charge of the game is David Brevik, who was instrumental in the development of the Diablo series, and you can see the similarities here. This is a top-down, isometric game with click to move and attack controls with various abilities attached to a hotbar. Progressing through the story will see you enter various dungeons fighting villains from the Marvel Universe and having an explosion of loot to pick up at the end of each instance. Gaining experience and levels will open up slots for gear, although each piece of equipment in the game simply takes one slot in your inventory instead of each piece of gear having a unique amount of space it takes up which makes collecting huge amounts of items a little easier on your inventory space. Leveling is incredibly fast in the game and having multiple characters at the max level of 60 will give you a bonus to experience for each non-60 character you have up to a bonus of 200%. In the end-game, there are two difficulties for the (as of now) one raid for 10 players. There is also X-Defense and Holo-Sim for taking on waves of enemies by yourself or with others and a PVP arena
Everybody Looks Like Me
While the roster of available heroes (and some playable villains) is ever-growing, you are going to find yourself running around with a ton of Iron Mans or Deadpools or Hulks around. Every hero and team-up character is available through the cash shop or through eternity splinters that drop according to a timer. So your roster can expand. However, besides the costumes available in the cash shop and as a rare drop, there is no character customization. The Omega system is nice to increase your stats and gives end-game players a reason to keep gaining experience. But if you are playing as Dr. Strange, you will look like every other Dr. Strange. This isn't a huge deal for me, but I can see it being a point of contention for others.
The Little Details
One of the strongest points for Marvel Heroes is the attention to detail the developers have for its universe. There are familiar voice actors for characters if you've watched some of the Marvel animated movies such as Steve Blum as Wolverine or Nolan North as Deadpool. When your character is near others, they may have voice emotes that give insight into those relationships like everybody being slightly put off by The Punisher's gun obsession or asking Tony Stark about his money. Each story quest is complimented by motion comic cutscenes which are done quite well with the Taskmaster's hilarious infomercial for his secret training camp for henchmen being my personal favorite. The costume options are quite varied depending on the hero and they tend to highlight famous comic storylines or cinematic appearances.
Marvel Heroes 2015 is a solid game. If your computer can handle it, the particle effects are impressive, the roster is growing, and the game won't insult you if you're a fan of the Marvel Universe. All of the characters have been or will be given a full review of their powers and abilities to balance them. Everything is theoretically available for free and there's no pay-to-win aspects in the cash shop. Leveling is incredibly fast and those that love to comb through a huge amount of loot to maximize their stats will enjoy this game. However, if you're looking for character customization or hate loot grinding in general, this game will not appeal to you. I've also noticed that the majority of players stick to the PVE content, but arena based PVP is available and the characters are pretty well balanced in terms of abilities. Players in the game tend to reference it as "Diablo 4" and it's not wholly inaccurate. But the game is quite fun if you want some comic-based ARPG in your life and it's completely free.
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