Shocking Introduction: A First Look at the Marvel Heroes Beta
Chicago Comic Con has been very good to me thusfar, and I am not even there. I was pretty excited to get home from work yesterday to the news that I can finally talk about one of the best games I’ve had a chance to play over the course of the last few months: Marvel Heroes. As part of the closed beta, participants had to agree to a non-disclosure agreement, and that got lifted yesterday as part of C2E2. Hey, I was happy to have the chance to play the game early, but NDA’s can be a little frustrating. Now that I can officially talk about it, I have every intention of doing just that, and this is what I’ve wanted to say for quite a while: Marvel Heroes is awesome.
Gadzillion Entertainment is helmed by one of the co-founders of Blizzard North, David Brevik. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it should, as he was one of the creators of one of the most iconic gaming franchises in history: Diablo. To simplify things, Marvel Heroes is basically Diablo. All of the same concepts have carried over, it’s just Marvel Characters and in the Marvel Universe. I know a lot of times when people say a game is basically another game, it carries a negative connotation, but my comparison is meant with the highest amount of respect. If you love Diablo and you like Marvel Comics and any of it’s characters to any extent, you should love Marvel Heroes. The loot system feels the same, the action and gameplay feels the same and the interaction with non-playable characters feels the same. This is all great to me, because there is a proven formula that works, and Marvel Heroes captures that without feeling like it is blatantly ripping them off.
Marvel Heroes carries a “free-to-play” tag on it, and in many ways, it is. There are six characters to choose from if you play the game free, and during the beta, they have been: Captain America, Daredevil, Thing, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Punisher. This may be subject to change, but the game also allows players to purchase character packs or select characters if they choose. In the videos you will find below, I am playing as my personal favorite Marvel Comics character, Deadpool. He’s pretty over-powered, and I’m pretty excited about that. The same is true for Wolverine, as both have their healing factors that make them tanksThis should give you a really solid idea of what you will be in for in the full game. The full game will be available on June 4th. Head over to MarvelHeroes.com for more details and to pre-order your character pack for special bonuses.
Chapter 1: The Raft – The Raft is S.H.I.E.L.D’s super max-security prison designed to hold people with powers. If you’ve been following the latest run of Cable & the X-Force, you’ll know that is where Colossus currently finds himself in spite of Domino’s efforts to convince him to escape. The game kicks off with unrest on the Raft and your hero is sent in to stop it. A bunch of baddies get away, but in this level, you’ll find yourself fighting members of Hydra, the Living Laser and Norman Osborne himself, the Green Goblin. This serves as a nice little intro level to get your feet wet and learn the basics of the game.
Chapter 2: Hell’s Kitchen – This is where the game and the world opens up. The Raft is a very small area to cover and essentially a solo mission. Hell’s Kitchen is the first time you will see tons of other characters in the world and the MMO aspects of the game really come to life. There are enemies everywhere and they all have pretty quick respawns since there are tons of people roaming around looking for people to smash. The two bosses you will face on this map will be Shocker and Doctor Octopus.