The game up for adoption today is a pleasant one. It will not cost you a dime if you do not wish to spend anything as it is free-to-play and contains more content than most any other game you can find on the market currently. That being: Marvel Heroes 2015. Since the 2015 revamping and rebranding of this MMO last year, it has quickly become the single most time consuming title in my library.
Developed by Gazillion Entertainment and headed by David Brevik, the genius behind Diablo, Marvel Heroes 2015 is more of a spiritual successor to Diablo II with a Marvel flair than anything else. It borrows and modernizes many of the fundamental gameplay aspects that made Diablo II so eternal while also focusing on enhancing the general MMO experience by deviating from the norm.
Like Diablo II, the story, which is written by acclaimed comic book author, Brian Michael Bendis, is spread over multiple acts. Because Marvel Heroes is an MMO, though, Gaz is constantly releasing more content. That includes new acts. New one-shots – which are standalone acts. Additional raids. Everything is expanded upon.
On top of that, new characters are released every month and the roster current stands at 44. An enormous amount of characters to use. Characters that range from such classics as Wolverine, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, and even Squirrel Girl! All of which can be unlocked for free through in-game currency.
If the idea of playing through the same story campaign 44+ times turns you off, do not fret. There is a multitude of ways to progress your characters and enjoy the game without ever even touching the story. A pair of modes structured around endless waves of enemies is accessible straight from level one. The first, titled X-Defense, revolves around a team of players set on defending the Xavier School from endless waves of bosses attempting to kill nameless students. The second, S.H.I.E.L.D. Holo-Sim, pits a pair of players against various waves – each with a different objective. You could be surviving never-ending spawns of creeps for a set number of time to defending Hulk before he harms civilians. There are a number of possibilities.
After reaching level 20, you unlock what are called terminals. Basically, these are boss runs. You choose a specific boss’ terminal, then fight you way to said boss, defeat him, then collect the loot that drops. This can be done as many times as you want. The inability to do something similar in Diablo III was a big turn off, so incorporating and really pushing this mechanic was a genius move by Gaz.
Even more, if you were wanting to play through the story over and over, after hitting level 20, you unlock the ability to complete Legendary Missions. These have you running through the campaign, terminals, survival modes, or any of the other modes that were not covered here, to complete a number of objects for various rewards. The perfect way to add a bit of spice to what would otherwise be the same storyline over and over again.
Possibly the best part of the game, though, is Gaz’ dedication to making Marvel Heroes 2015 the best experience they possibly can. On top of the constantly flow of new content, Gaz holds new events every week. Yes, every single week. These events can be as simple as a new, temporary form of currency that drops that can be used to purchase limited items or something as complex having to pick up a snowflake which gives you a boss to target, who will then drop an insane amount of loot after being defeated within a given time limit.
So, go out there, level up your favorite heroes (or villains!), and defeat whatever villain happens to be terrorizing the Earth today!