Posted: May 31
Played this game back in beta and didn't really get into it. They revamped the game last year and apparently made it much better, so i decided to give it another shot. What a great decision that was! The game's a hell of a lot more fun than the last time I tried it.
Marvel Heroes is a dungeon crawler-type game, and if you're familiar with Diablo-type games or even Marvel Ultimate Alliance, you may enjoy this. It's a f2p game with a cash shop. When you start a new account, you're able to choose a starter hero and you can pick from:
Right now, there's also a special promotion for Age of Ultron that lets you pick one of the Avengers as a starter. Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man have become available for new accounts during this promotion. Hulk and Thor normally cost $10, while Iron Man is one of the more expensive characters at $12.
Don't let the cash shop scare you though. Many of these characters can be earned in-game by collecting a token called "Eternity Splinters." These let you buy characters from an Eternity NPC. Most characters cost 400 Splinters (they even give you 400 splinters as a day 2 login reward!), some cost 200, and the more expensive characters cost 600. You earn Splinters as drops from enemies and 1 can drop every 8 minutes of gameplay. You can also take your chances and buy a Random Hero Box for 175 splinters. These boxes give you a chance to obtain any hero (including newly released ones!), but you won't know what you'll get until you open one. Alternate costumes for each character are also available via the cash shop. These are pretty expensive and may cost more than the price of a character. Some can be earned in-game as well though!
Gameplay is very fast paced and FUN. Each character plays differently and with the amount of characters, it feels like there's 47 (soon to be 48. Dr. Doom will be playable!) different classes. Some are debuffers/support, others are DPS or tanks. Some of the newer characters work better than the older ones but Gazillion is doing updates every month to older characters. Even after hitting the level 60 level cap, you're going to get sucked into going after loot, and boy is there a lot of loot. At level 60, the Cosmic level difficulty unlocks and running that with a part of 5 can be very fun. There's also 10 man raids that people can participate in, though I've yet to try that out. If you happen to like a character a lot, you can prestige them, which restarts your character at level 1. This gives you a fancy new chat color (not that great) and the ability to buy a new pet, which can be used to gain bonus stats for your character. Prestiging doesn't add any bonus stats so you don't have to do it if you don't want to.
The support for this game is tremendous. Gazillion really cares and they listen to their players when it comes to new content. There's always suggestions for costumes or characters that Gazillion considers making for the game. The support services is also fantastic. I bought a character and the very same went on sale a couple of days later, submitted a ticket and they refunded me the difference! They have a 7 day price guarantee. You don't see that EVER on a f2p game with a cash shop. You know what else you don't see a lot of on a f2p game? A good community, and this game really has a great one.
If you like Diablo or Ultimate Alliance, give this game a try. It's free, so the only thing you'd miss out on is time. Watch out for your wallet if you become addicted though!