If we know something about superhero games is that they have always been in trend and provided us with some intense battles. However, some of them tend to get boring fast, and a good example for that are the countless MMOs that suffered from this issue. Still, Marvel Heroes is an MMO that has successfully managed to live for close to 2 years now, and which has a lot of interesting stuff to keep you playing for a very long time.
Pretty much like in the case of any other MMO, Marvel Heroes doesn’t have an astounding story, but the one we can find here is quite good. To be honest, Marvel have always done a great job figuring out some interesting premises for their movies and games, and what you can find here is well worth spending time on, especially if you have a passion for superheroes. Simply put, the story relies on Doctor Doom that has obtained the Cosmic Cube and which tries to obtain world domination by using it. Even after you stop Doom, there are other challenges in the form of countless missions added to the game.
Marvel Heroes has a wide range of heroes that you can access, in fact there are more than 40 of them that you can choose to control. Of course, you can modify their name and their abilities as you see fit, but controlling Deadpool, Hulk, Human Torch, Spiderman or Captain America is just stunning.
At its core, Marvel Heroes brings an action RPG gameplay similar to what you can find in Diablo and other similar games. You explore the game world and its countless locations, defeat enemies and gain levels that allow you to acquire new skills while playing. While Marvel Heroes is free to play however, there are micro-transactions that allow you to get more abilities and skills while playing, yet the title is fun even if you play for free, which is cool.
Each one of the characters you can find in Marvel Heroes has a unique set of three power trees that come with abilities, be it passive or active. If you want to further improve the power of your character, then this is exactly where you need to go, but remember that leveling is crucial as you need to earn the points before investing them. Of course, each one of these focuses on a mechanic of your character, so it does make sense and feels truly integrated into the game. It’s important to know that each skill has a level cap on its own, so once you fully power a skill, you can grow the next one. It’s important to know that Marvel Heroes has a level cap of 60, which is more than enough since leveling isn’t fast, in fact in later stages it can be quite slow to be honest.
I was stunned to see that Marvel Heroes even comes with a great crafting system that allows you to actually create your own upgrades to the costumes and gear. I found it very useful while playing and it seems that the community also likes it as well, I just wish that this would be integrated into more games, but unfortunately it’s not the case.
There are numerous drops in the game, and in true ARPG fashion you can create sets that improve your stats and so on. Not only that, but you can also engage in raids, a mechanic that’s popular in many MMOs, but which in Marvel Heroes it just gets really crazy at all times.
Yes, the action can easily get overwhelming because all superheroes have a lot of special effects and this just brings a lot of unique stuff into the mix. All of this combined just makes the whole experience a lot more unique and interesting!
Marvel Heroes doesn’t forget about the normal MMO features, which are nicely integrated here. We have lots of locations such as the Avengers tower and town hubs, but at the same time we have bosses, the ability to explore the game world as we see fit and static enemies that will engage us when we come too close to them. There’s a heavy amount of backtracking early in the game, which might put some people off, but if you played just about any other MMO, you’re fine.
I liked that you can easily customize your hero as there are a lot of unique costumes out there and the game just manages to make it easy for you when it comes to making the experience personal, despite the fact that you might be playing the same character as your friends.
The social features are also a part of Marvel Heroes, as you can engage in PVP at any given time, while also having the opportunity to get the job done rather easily and without any hassle. You also have a chat so you can make new friends and engage with them in raids or PVE battles if you want; that’s up to you.
Looting in this game is really nice and so varied that you rarely have the time to go through what you gather. The gameplay is also alert, and that’s something I liked a lot about Marvel Heroes.
I have to say that the game managed to work well most of the time, although I did encounter some lag issues, a little visual tear and a few movement bugs, but for a game of this scale, you kind of expect that to be honest!
Graphics and sounds
Right from the start you can see that Marvel Heroes is great looking. Sure, it might not have the detail of singleplayer AAA games, but it’s more than functional and recreating the game worlds from the comics is just a sheer delight to be honest. The game does a stellar job with character design, world design and animation, so you will surely appreciate the results. Sure, the voice acting might not include the Avengers costs, but sounds and music are more than decent and even the voice actors do a great job when it comes to portraying the characters.
Marvel Heroes is the best superhero MMO you can find right now online. It has a ton of characters to choose from, a lot of depth when it comes to the core gameplay and in the end it’s just a lot of fun, something you will surely enjoy. If you want a good experience with your friends, then this is a great title to play. If you are a superhero fan, that’s even better!