Marvel Heroes is an upcoming free-to-play hack’n’slash RPG MMO. Just in case you were wondering.
I don’t exactly know to what extent its MMO claims reach, but to be honest that really doesn’t matter to me. I’m already a huge fan of the hack’n’slash action rpg genre (Baldur’s Gate: DA, Champions of Norrath, Titan Quest, X-Men Legends, Diablo, etc.) so any additional MMO elements can only add to the experience for me. I think having actual large, open environments with loads of people and all in an isometric view sounds pretty cool. Realistically I expect it to be about as “Massively-Multiplayer” as Diablo, but I don’t really want to get into that argument… again.
Any-who, I’ve been following the game ever since I discovered its existence a while back and I have to say that so far it looks pretty impressive. I’m actually really glad that they are just letting you play as the myriad of Marvel superheroes. The idea of seeing multiple copies of the same hero around seems odd at first, but when you think about it games already do that. In Diablo you can see multiple barbarians or several sorcerers and it isn’t such a weird concept. Not only that, but they could always explain it away with some kind of multi-universe/dimensional BS that we would all eat up. DCUO let you create your own hero but most people just tried to make their character as much like their superhero of choice anyways. Honestly I’d rather see Spider-Man running around than some dude in a red and blue sweatpants with web powers named “Spider-Dan.” Actually, wait… Nobody steal that from me; it’s awesome.
And as far as free-to-play goes, I’m not that worried. The devs have claimed that you will be able to experience everything for free and that you can’t buy power, blah blah blah. Take that for what it’s worth, but to be completely honest I’m tired. Tired of fighting against F2P and paid DLC of all sorts. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though. I gave up and waved the white flag a long time ago. It will be around forever and I’ve decided to just try and enjoy what I can, while I can. If the games are good, then they are worth investing time and money in. If they aren’t, then well they aren’t.
So back to what I was originally talking about… Marvel Heroes. I’m getting pretty excited from all the videos and stuff I’ve seen. Enough so to plop down $20 on one of the founders packs. I’m ready to Hulk out as soon as I can get my hands on the game.