Keen and I both picked up early backer packages for Marvel Heroes well before the game came out. I had high hopes going in when it launched but my hopes were dashed by my crappy computer. Every 15 to 20 minutes the game would just crash from memory errors or something. It kept happening even on the lowest settings and I got tired of it and stopped playing very shortly into the experience. Now that I have a “new” computer I finally got around to giving the game another shot. It seems like I picked a really good time to check back in since they are in the middle of their anniversary event. If you have a level 30 hero before the end of it you get a crap-load of gift boxes full of all sorts of boosts and other rare stuff.
Picking a Hero
I already had Hulk from the pack I bought but I wasn’t really feeling like playing him, especially since he was already level 14 or something. I still had the 2000 G shop money that came with my hero pack so I used it to pick up a couple of the new heroes. I picked upÂ Gambit and Loki but ended up playingÂ the latter choice. Loki is a pretty cool hero but somewhat more complicated than I’m comfortable with. I may end up trying somebody else later on but he will do for now. He has some pretty awesome abilities where he makes duplicates of himself and he also has some nifty frost and magic attacks.
At first I didn’t know how long I would be playing Marvel Heroes againÂ so I pretty much skipped every cutscene and read nothing. Oddly enough I still ended up playing through all of the current available acts and I’m actually almost done with them AGAIN on the next difficulty. I still have no idea what is going on but I’m having a lot of fun. It actually reminds me a lot of when I played Diablo 1&2 since I played through those games many times before I actually went through and paid attention to the story. Then when Diablo III came out I did pay attention to the story and immediately regretted that decision.
From what I’ve played so far I would say that Marvel Heroes is immensely more fun than Diablo 3, even with the expansion. I know a lot of people seem to be saying that they “fixed” Diablo 3 but it still feels like the same monotonous experience and I’d rather gouge out my eyes than play through another nephilim(sp?) rift. I haven’t even experienced the full extent of the additional content in Marvel Heroes, some of which seems to be locked until higher levels, but I find the dailies to be fun and interesting. Also some of the enemies you fight are just straight up more interesting. I mean, who doesn’t like seeing a sentinel descend from the sky?
Free to Play?
I’m generally not a fan of F2P games since I think the model, along with copies amounts of overpriced DLC, is destroying gaming. What’s really interesting though is that from what I can tell Marvel Heroes seems to be completely free. None of the content seems to be locked behind pay walls so you can experience everything. I’m not sure what the starter heroes are but I think they give you a decent selection. From what I can tell you are also able to get most of the stuff they sell in the shop through drops. I personally haven’t found any costumes yet but supposedly they do drop; maybe it’s a high level thing. Every now and then you also get eternity shards which you can save up and redeem for a specific hero. Or if you are feeling lucky get a random hero for a cheaper price. Basically it seems like you can get the majority of the experience without paying a dime and if there is some hero you really feel like you must have then you can buy it for a pretty reasonable price considering the rest of the game is free.
Wrapping things up…
I’m not sure how long I will stick with Marvel Heroes but after 27 hours I’m still very much enjoying the experience and looking forward to what is available at higher levels. Also hopefully I’ll get some costume drops. Right now I’m fighting the urge to snag Silver Surfer on pre-sale and I think I’m about to lose.