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Marvel Heroes Review

  • Game release: June 3, 2013
  • Reviewed: June 24, 2013
  • PC

Marvel Heroes is a colorful free-to-play role-playing game that doesn't always do its powerhouse of a license justice.

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Marvel fans have been consistently lucky when it comes to video game adaptations: the indomitable Marvel vs. Capcom, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and a bevy of others are excellent examples. It's a rich, engaging universe teeming with different personalities, so like in the world of gaming itself, there's something for everyone. Marvel Heroes is a colorful representation of that varied spirit, allowing you to take up the mantle of your favorite superhero and embark on a journey through familiar set pieces of the Marvel mythos. But as with some of Marvel's youngest talent, the potential for greatness has yet to be refined.

Still, there are plenty of reasons to take a chance on this free-to-play powerhouse. Comic fans will appreciate the original narrative that focuses on both lesser-known and prominent personalities in the Marvel multiverse. The spotlight shines on characters from Thor to Wonder Man, and the game is better off for it. Missions and objectives are woven seamlessly into the plot, with milestones and boss battles separated into bite-size chapters. The action plays out in a style similar to that of Diablo or any other loot-happy clickfest: an isometric view with chests to discover, interchangeable baddies to fell, and a staggering number of side quests.

A league of nefarious supervillains are banding together to aid Dr. Doom in yet another bid to take over the world, and it's up to you (and a group of friends, if you prefer) to stop him. It's standard fare, especially for the superhero multiverse, but anyone aching for interactions between Moondragon and the Hulk or Tony Stark and the Scarlet Witch will no doubt be jumping with joy at the chance to impersonate a favorite character.

The first hero is free, and you can choose from five to get things under way: Hawkeye, the Thing, the Scarlet Witch, Storm, and Daredevil. Each comes standard with his or her own set of special abilities and a fighting style distinct from the rest. Hawkeye is a ranged fighter, while the Scarlet Witch excels at inducing status effects and magical damage. Skill points earned while grinding can be used to upgrade existing powers or unlock brand-new ones. Special attacks, such as Thor's Thunderous Charge or Cable's Bold Aura, require spirit points (stamina) to execute. Spamming these moves ensures a quicker route to victory, but you'll run out unless you allow enough time for the gauge to recharge. There's a minimal wait for the meter to fill again, so you've got plenty of room to play around with flashy finishers intertwined with melee combos.

It's easy to lose track of your hero when battles get busy.

Interchangeable abilities offer a chance to experiment with different combat strategies when the standard "left click, left click, right click" begins to wear on the nerves. And considering the number of nameless baddies you have to wade through in each instance, it will. Luckily, the waves of inconsequential henchmen you have to cleave through to get to the boss encounters are good for boatloads of loot, including items used for buffs and various types of passive support. Just don't be surprised if that's all the baddies end up being to you: living treasure chests.

Speaking of treasure, if you choose not to drop any real-world money, you're saddled with some useless items. Equipment locks to one character, and enemies drop various pieces meant for use by characters you may never see in-game unless you purchase them or find a random unlock token. It's a frustrating move on the game's part to entice you in such a way, especially if you're dead set on keeping the "free" in free-to-play, but at least there is a wide variety of heroes to unlock should you find Marvel Heroes worthy of tangible coinage.

That's something that should be given a good amount of thought, however, because the content simply doesn't drive you to purchase additional characters. Microtransactions can no doubt augment your experience, but they're not required to accomplish great things as your chosen hero. Despite the variety of heroes, accessories, equipment, and locales, bashing the same skulls in over and over is dull. Whether you group with friends or fly solo, the sojourn to eventually topple Dr. Doom becomes hopelessly tedious. For this reason, if you plan on seeing an endgame, it's best to tackle Marvel Heros in bursts, at least this early in the game's life cycle, where daily missions and survival challenges aren't enough to keep you repeating the same actions each day.

Things are getting a little rowdy on the dance floor.

Luckily, there are plenty of players online, and decent lines of communication to keep things as streamlined as possible. Player versus player takes your strategic prowess to another level entirely, and because all of that is free, there's no immediate incentive to spend a penny to "improve" your game. But should you feel like dropping some coin, you'll find that none of Marvel Heroes' premium content smooths over its issues. A new costume for Captain America won't make the grind more exciting, nor lengthen the game once you've mastered your character. Extras like pets or additional characters are interesting, though not particularly useful. Right now, Marvel Heroes is rough. With additional content in the form of new instances or variations in enemy types it could, like Peter Parker and his metamorphosis into Spider-Man, come out swinging.

The Good
Original storyline caters to comic fans
A multitude of characters for every play style
Fun combos and abilities to string together
The Bad
Lack of variety leads to tedium
A lot of loot is unusable unless you purchase additional heroes
5.5
Mediocre
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DuSvardenvyrd
DuSvardenvyrd

I can only assume this review was outsourced to some freelancer and then published without any actual checking to gauge the accuracy...

1) everything except costumes (which are cosmetic only, and even these drop albeit VERY rarely) can be earned in-game via drops (equipables) or bought with the in-game currency (ALL heroes, random boxes and some crafting mats).

2) I can find no real objectionable content/game design element in this game that is not in keeping with other ARPGs I've played (Diablo I, II, III, Torchlight I & II, Path of Exile, and a ton of other online ARPGs). Anyone who likes ARPGs and is a Marvel fan will be hooked to this game, more likely than not.

3) Game is being continually updated; the team is taking in player feedback and the community gets to have a say.

RE-REVIEW this or TAKE IT DOWN. Please. This shouldn't even be here if Gamespot can't take the time to post an accurate review.

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

It's about time for this to get a re-review.  For one, the guy wasn't very accurate to begin with and didn't seem to really spend that much time learning about what he was talking about.  For example, paying money has nothing to do with drops, and you don't just get one hero free.  In addition, the game has received a ton of upgrades since then, and Gazillion is probably the most involved with the community among devs.

nomailx
nomailx

They forgot to mention that combats are terrible. They didn't code any collision, neither any sound or  visual effect for combats.Even Rayman punches have more repercussion than any hero in MH. Terrible game. 5.5 is too much for this crap. Also the devs keep sckn up all their users so they keep selling, but they don't do any shit to fix their game. But to be fair, they couldn't even if they wanted to. They don't have the necessary skills.

bonander
bonander

I just downloaded this last weekend.  Given the review, I had pretty low expectations.  I had an itch to play a Diablo style game that wasn't D3, so I figured what the hell.  It's free.  I found the game pretty fun.  I spent 10 hours playing it the first day.  I'm guessing the loot system has been tweaked since this review because almost all the loot that dropped was for the hero I was playing.  Maybe 1 in 20 drops were for a different hero. 

megakick
megakick

game is ok and yes its Diablo with Marvel heroes

I don't care for how you gather heroes...

A) Drop ( you can buy cards to increase your chances of good drops)

B) $10+ hero

Looks like money is it's #1 reason for existence.

slogbulb
slogbulb

It's FREE. 10/10. End of review.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

just once id like to write something on this pos page that didn't erase itself literally at the last second I tried to type the thing for the 15th F@*(ing time.

Jedo
Jedo

I am going to apply to Taskmaster Institute now.

Does it do foreign exchange?

AzatiS
AzatiS

How is possible one of the Diablo fathers develop such a mess ... I dont get it ...

ajac09
ajac09

worst beta I have ever been in.

focuspuller
focuspuller

Gamespot right now reminds me of that year when MTV turned to shit. Remember that?

Eraldus
Eraldus

Funny how this game gets a 5.5 right away, even though it'sstill a new game that's bound to have changes along the way, while Dragon's Prophet, which is a glitchfest, didn't got a review yet...

This site is becoming a joke...

jragoon
jragoon

" It's easy to lose track of your hero when battles get busy."

Yes, I also find it difficult to locate the exact center of my screen. It's like the center of my screen moves off of the center of my screen during all those confusing boss battles, oh wait, THE CENTER OF YOUR SCREEN DOESN'T MOVE.

valdarez
valdarez

Wish Gamespot would remove this review and post one with more content/explanation of what is to be found in the game.  In a decade plus of reading Gamespot this is easily one of the most shallow and least informative reviews I've read.  Disappointing as while I may not agree with the rating of the reviewers, I can usually count on GameSpot reviews themselves providing a good overview of what is found in the game.


greater_bird
greater_bird

Why are Electra's boobs completely lopsided in the graphic for the video review? I mean, so-so gameplay is par for the course in games based on comics, but they should be able to *draw*.

devastator1991
devastator1991

I don't like these free to play games because they quickly become a chore to play. Why would I want to bore myself with a game. I play games to have fun.

KillingZoneHD
KillingZoneHD

I love this game that has superheroes in it but i dont like the rpg thing in my opinion always.RPG fans  love this but i dont.Have Fan anyway.

Jaykray
Jaykray

It's nice to see all of the constructive criticism from gamers. /sarcasm This is a large problem with gamers, especially the younger ones - they don't know how and/or unwilling to properly critique something. Instead, they demean and insult the developers and call said game garbage, with most of them not even having a clue as to how game development works. 

Jaykray
Jaykray

Yes, a 7 is reasonable. The game is new, so servers are naturally going to be taken down fairly often to address problems and add patches. Every new online game goes through this trial by fire, so to speak. I've put almost 100 hours into the game and only twice was I unable to log on. On top of that, the recent patches have done a good job of fixing some of the issues that people have been having. 

wexorian
wexorian

Game had quite big potential but They made combat uninteresting for me sadly.

InfestedHunter
InfestedHunter

The game has a lot of potential, but I just feel like they are riding the success train from all the Marvel movies. They just want the name on their game and hope some nerd with a credit card can cum in his pants over their favorite hero.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

It's fun, but the review is right about this: it's a fairly shallow experience. It's best to play for an hour or so, you're not gonna spend all night playing.

And people complaining about hard drive space. Dude, visit Newegg. Are you a hobo?

It's free and a nice diversion.

focuspuller
focuspuller

It's a an addictive an entertaining game. Don't listen to the nay sayers.

dragoonslayer19
dragoonslayer19

Another bad marvel game, shocking. And another bad f2p game, didn't see that one coming. Sure wish SOMEONE would do marvel some respect and make a good hero game for once. Maybe next year.

poopinpat
poopinpat

This game is mediocre at the asking price of free.  Not really worth your time or bandwidth.

Voqar
Voqar

<p>F2P is horrible and this game illustrates how to do it wrong.</p>

<p>People who like F2P are dumb - it's not done for the benefit of players, it's done for higher profit margins.  Sure, some freeloading no lifes will play for free but for the most part, it's an attempt to fleece players for more and it works or they wouldn't keep pushing it.</P>

<p>F2P is lame for numerous reasons.  For one, you get far lower quality players in online games that are F2P because obviously losers who want everything for free are useless pieces of trash.  For two, when game designers have to constantly keep cash hooks in mind it has to make design suffer.  For three, paying a set fee for a quality game and having the ENTIRE game available to you is much better than playing a crippled game where you get nickled and dimed for pieces of the game such that you would end up paying vastly more to ever get a complete game.</p>

<p>This game is a perfect example.  If this game was worth $60 (it's not, not by a long shot), and you got all heroes and costumes unlocked by playing reasonably, or had a choice of premium heroes you gave a crap about to start, that would be one thing.  But as it is, to get a complete game, it would cost you hundreds of dollars.  $20 for a single hero or costume is just criminal and/or you'd have to be a moron to pay that.  Apparently there's no lack of morons out there.</p>

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

@nomailx 

Are you sure you played Marvel Heroes?  Punches send badguys flying across rooms and powers cause quite a bit of desctuction in the background.

DuSvardenvyrd
DuSvardenvyrd

@megakick log back in and check it out; new Eternity Splinter system. you can now buy heroes with the in-game currency. No need to pay a dime. Even the drop rate boosts can be had for free.

dzimm
dzimm

@AzatiS He was also one the people responsible for the Hellgate: London fiasco, so basically, every game David Brevik  has worked on since leaving Blizzard has been a stinker.  Meanwhile, Diablo 3 was one of the most successful games released in 2012, and Brevik had nothing to do with it.  What's amazing to me is that people still haven't caught on to the fact that Blizzard was the real reason for Brevik's early success, or perhaps I should say that Brevik just happened to be on board while Blizzard made successful games, and he latched onto that success to make an undeserved name for himself.

Eraldus
Eraldus

@ajac09 Go try Dragon's Prophet,,, Your character can swin up waterfalls.... some of the game's contents are unnamed,,, the game has so many glitches that it looks like an alpha

Wedge55
Wedge55

@Eraldus  No, a joke would be reviewing a game that is still labeled as being in beta, which Dragon's Prophet is.  Gazillion chose to end the Marvel Heroes beta and in doing so implicitly gave critics permission to review the game.  That was their choice and they knew the consequences of it.

Every video game now has the potential to be updated and improved over time.  It's ludicrous to ask critics to review anything but what exists here and now.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

@Eraldus lol youth.  Always so overly optimistic these days.

unfortunately what you hope for is the very definition of a pipe dream and if you had any experience with beta's alpha's or simply pre-release games you'd know that.

Once a game hits that phase only little things can be addressed simply.  Unless there is a major problem they rarely touch anything of real importance past that phase beyond balance tweeks.

  This whole industry has come to rely on the optimism and hope of people such as yourselves, always holding out the carrot and hoping never realize that what you really want is never going to come. 

Its easier to herd sheeple then to polish a turd.

tektrader
tektrader

@Eraldus You're right. It should have been reviewed based on what people want it to be or what it might one day be, not what it is. Well thought-out comment...

Booshon
Booshon

@Eraldus Agree !

I don't even take those reviews seriously 

valdarez
valdarez

@Eraldus I wouldn't say it got one right away.   The game has been out for nearly 3 weeks.  Now the review itself, quality wise is definitely not worthy to be on Gamespot.  It barely covers the basics of the game and doesn't go into anything in any detail.  There were previews with more information than this review provides.

00J
00J

@focuspuller One problem with a big F2p GAME is the download size. 13 + gb? Nah, 

wexorian
wexorian

@dragoonslayer19 It's not about f2p, there are many good F2P games in world, Just marvel games are not that cool anymore

00J
00J

@dragoonslayer19 The only way that would be possible would be if they used the idea of the Player becoming a hero in New York City etc... 

Grow into your hero character, and do it in a free roam, free form way. 

No linear A, B, C, path.  

Basically if you can imagine Skyrim but flipped to be a Superhero RPG game, that would be pretty close, actually that might be IT.  I think that's the formula. You'd have to find a company serious and adventurous enough to try their hand at it though.  Even though Superheroes are at their highest point in popularity in history. [ go figure dumb game companies ]. 


Booshon
Booshon

@Voqar Agree no lack of moron out there and you are a good example for one.


poopinpat
poopinpat

@Voqar "free loading no lifes" "Lower quality players..."

You are a pretentious asshole.  Get off your high-horse and go fuck yourself.

Booshon
Booshon

@Crush_Project @Eraldus When DUOU launch you have almost nothing to do go and play it now !

And when GS review a game they should go back after a year and review it again and ofc they don't do it. This game is not 5.5 it is a 8 and i am sure after a year it will be a 9 for sure.

GS reviews become a joke to me !

focuspuller
focuspuller

@00J @focuspuller It's exactly 11gb.

Also, this is the second half of 2013. Get a bigger hard drive.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

@wexorian  ugh that hurt to even read.

Sry man, but still never seen a f2p game that even got a c- rating in my book yet, and the only think worse then a f2p game, is a f2p gamer.

Those folks really do represent the lowest skill level and competition in video gaming history.  sry, but f2p games have rotted the communal mind to the point of zombies.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

@Booshon @Voqar 

At least he made some rational points, you folks cant even argue your side of the matter and just resort to direct insults to get what you want while providing no real points of your own at all.

speaking from someone that's been playing hardcore since the beginning of the 80's im here to tell you that you that f2p gamers are by far the worst gamers in history by a fair margin.

There is simply no genre ever that has lowered the bar for the quality of gamers involved like f2p games have. 

and if you think im wrong go spend 10 minutes playing a game from MY era.  Go play some donkey kong and see if you can even get past the first level without some pay to win items.

Then lets see who is worthy of insult.  Im willing to bet its not going to be voqar getting laughed at.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@PuffPuffPast0r @focuspuller Same answer, it's the second half of 2013.

This is the size of games today. You don't want to download it or play it no one is forcing you.

Fyi, I don't sit in front of my computer when a game downloads, just saying.

PuffPuffPast0r
PuffPuffPast0r

@focuspuller   I'm pretty sure he means its going to take forever to download...

11gb is fudging ridiculous.  Theres games that are 4x the size of this one that are less than a quarter in GB size.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

@drakoulis7 I appreciate your opinion, and some new games are cool, but just turning the difficulty up usually doesn't change the gameplay all that much.  Really in this day and age most of those games just come down to muscle memory reactions anyways and not your decision making like halo on legendary.

If im going to play a game today its got to be something more involved not less.  I play games like Arma, where theres a lot of other elements to consider at every moment then where my reticle is on the screen.  Oddly enough I actually just picked up dark souls but haven't played it yet, but hear that one is epic and requires a lot from the player.

But f2p games I still cant relate to at all.  Ive played several more since I originally wrote that statement, and have even more so come to the realization that f2p games are a flat out conflict of interest to the game developer.  Theres just too many things they can try to do to weasel money out of the community while providing less game, and destroying any kind of progression and actual skill involved.

Perhaps saying all new games today are terrible is a bit of an overstatement, but there really are so many bad games today, and worse players that play them that it doesn't compare to ANY video game era before it by a fair margin.

drakoulis7
drakoulis7

@Crush_Project I am sure that many of us "freeloaders" or whatever can argue his and your sides of the matter.It is really easy.First of all he said people who like F2P are dumb and F2P is lame for numerous reasons.So I would like to point out that there are tons of stupid F2P  games but also there are tons of stupid P2P or purchasable  games but there really are good games on both sides too.Path of Exile for once is a F2P game which i think is really good and requires a good amount of skill to get 54lvl (or more) on hardcore.Also I (freeloader and payloader too or whatever cause this is getting stupid anyway) have spent totally much more time than 10 minutes on games from YOUR era cause it was MY era too and I liked these games as much as i like games nowadays.I am also open-minded enough to try playing new games (of any kind)  cause i do not have to be a hipster and lose so many good things (not only games) in my life just because i think that previous generation games-movies-etc were better cause you said "try playing a game from my era"...... no dude why don't you try playing Dark Souls instead or Path of Exile on hardcore as i said or Halo on legendary difficulty.I am not writing these to persuade you cause I see that you have your opinion on the matter but please do not think that your opinion is the "rule" because it seems like your only argument is your ego and trying to persuade others with your ego never works.Thank you for reading (if you did) and please keep in mind that everyone has his opinion and I am expressing mine and mine alone!

Marvel Heroes More Info

First Release on Jun 03, 2013
  • PC
Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play online game from Gazillion Entertainment.
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