Marvel Heroes Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Marvel Heroes RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Supehero Blitz: The Best Crime Fighter Cosplays! https://www.gameskinny.com/oqxa6/supehero-blitz-the-best-crime-fighter-cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/oqxa6/supehero-blitz-the-best-crime-fighter-cosplays Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:26:53 -0400 Stephanie Tang

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That's all for now! 

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This last-but-not-least take on our favorite God of Thunder may not look as polished as all the rest but it's something that you can actually DIY at home without heading out and paying for something off the costume racks (you know the prices are going to be as jacked as Thor's manly biceps right now just before the holiday). Check it out for some more ideas of your own!

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Have any other suggestions for awesome superhero costumes? Let us know!

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All right, you are probably not going to be pulling together an Ultron costume just in time for the big Halloween bash in a couple weeks. You are probably also not going to confuse Ultron for a superhero, not even a dance-between-the-lines kind of superhero/villain like Catwoman. 

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But seriously. who doesn't dream of showing up in a shiny, glowing, show-stealing getup like this? These in particular are by Village’s Hope who partnered with Disney to amp up the crowds at the Thailand premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Even cooler is the fact that all that shiny chrome isn't actually shiny chrome at all, but a mix of EVA foam, PVC leather, and LEDs. Wow!

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(image source: Geek Tyrant)

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Wakanda forever! You didn't think we'd make it through a superhero cosplay post without a little Black Panther thrown in for style, right? 

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While there may be very little point by now (who still hasn't watched this movie??) to hold back the spoilers of Infinity War, suffice to say that CutiePieSensei had some pretty good reasons for feeling like baby sister Shuri needed to step up into her big brother's Black Panther shoes. 

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This isn't exactly a super canon costume that she's donned since she pulled design inspiration from both the comic books and the movie, but between the wicked styling and the fact that it lights up(!!), it is too rad not to place on this list. 

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You should also take a look at some of her other work, including this WIP Starfire (take notes, Titans) and super-stylin' Domino. Super worth. 

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Pull some creativity from this talented artist, cosplayer, and gamer. Get inspired by the the designs that excite you, make up some designs your own!

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(image source: Instagram)

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Can I really think of any one Deadpool cosplayer? (Well, yes, actually, but as much as I love D Piddy, I can't resist the lure of a million convention Deadpools all conga line dancing around the showroom floor.)

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Is there anything quite like a Deadpool cosplay? It is such a wacky, oddball, utterly freeing experience where you can pretty much do whatever weirdo thought comes into your brain and somehow it translates into something 300x funnier. 

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We're keeping it fairly easy to glam up like this in time for Halloween - with the super success of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, costume stores are stocked for everyone who comes in wanting to play the Merc With the Mouth. Why not join the dance party?

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(image source: Geeks and Sundry)

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On the topic of nostalgia, the recent wave of Aquaman hype had me thinking back to Adella's fantastically shot series of photos for her Mera costume that she released last year.

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It stands out from the pack because of her choice in location and also because her son was just about the right age for Aquababy… and looked so stinking cute dressed up with her! (Check out the link at the bottom to check out the full gallery.)

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Adella has been in the cosplay scene for years and is most well-known for how good she looks when dressed up as Aeris/Aerith Gainsborough from FFVII and Malon from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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If you're thinking of filling in these slick, shiny green shoes, you'll probably be able to put together all the pieces for a decent Halloween costume from easy places like Amazo

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(image source: Adella Cosplay)

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I don't know what it is about Australian cosplayers this round, but here we're clocking at 3 out of 3! Kyle Parmley's Captain America is somewhat dated at this point (3 calendar years which approximately equals 10 in internet years) but with the end of the Chris Evans era fast approaching, a little nostalgia is good for the soul. 

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An actor and performer, Kyle Parmley has got a ton of other priorities before cosplay so he hasn't popped off as many mind-blowing superhero shoots over the years as some of the others on this list, but that hasn't stopped him from taking a turn as both Superman and Batman ("MARTHA!") as well.

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If you're thinking of pulling together a Cap costume in time for Halloween, chances are you'll find all the pieces you'll need at your local costume shop or Hot Topic long before you have to buckle down and hunt something down online.

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Pint-sized Mary Jane is suited up and ready to kick some serious Green Goblin butt. A dancer and prolific cosplayer (especially for her age!), Nevada Newman's an official model for cosplay store Hero's Time, and hails from Australia.

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When she's not playing Spidey's redheaded bombshell, she's also sitting through the tedious body paint process for her amazing Starfire from Teen Titans, smacking mallets around as Harley Quinn, and absolutely slaying as Hela from Thor: Ragnarok. It's a tough schedule, but evidently Nevada is in it to win it. Who says kids can't cosplay as well as the best of 'em?

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If you're looking for this exact costume, you can find it on the Hero's Time website, or you can check around for a solid Spidey costume as well. Those are certainly not hard to find either!

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(image source: Instagram)

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Okay, so villain, superhero.. Catwoman straddles that line most of the time. I think that counts. 

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If you think there's something familiar about this face but can't quite put your finger on it, it's probably because you just saw her in the last slide as well as a fantastic genderbent Aquaman. If you didn't even notice, I think that stands as testament to how good she is at her work!

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A Melbourne native, Yeliz (or Just Yeliz on Facebook and Instagram) frequents a number of different Aussie cons, and has pulled off a ton of different costumes (check out her Kassandra from Assassin's Creed Odyssey for example, she's an official cosplayer for Ubisoft Australia).

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I'll also level with you here. I don't know what iteration of Catwoman this costume comes from. This cowl is reminiscent of the worst-fated Catwoman to date (poor, poor Razzie-winning Halle Berry) but to be honest, it was the best part of that ripped-up leather mess of a costume. The rest of it definitely looks a lot more contemporary. Is it from something? Was it pulled together? I don't know, and I must know!

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This particular version might not be the easiest to put together in time for Halloween, but that won't stop you from whipping together something similar from a number of different Catwoman eras. She has been a popular costume for many years, and for good reason!

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(image source: Instagram)

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New York Comic Con has just finished wrapping up, and so has the summer blockbuster season. It's been a smash hit for the superhero genre.. more on the Marvel side of the fence than DC with runaway winners like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and some smaller but very profitable successes in movies like Deadpool 2 and the recent release of Venom.

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DC has been keeping its cards a little closer to its chest with only a few animated releases scattered throughout the year, pushing only to make upcoming Aquaman the big DC hype machine of the year. Of course, we can still hope that the DC-led Titans (the Teen Titans live action show that garnered so much fan rage over the actress choice and costume styling for Starfire when behind the scenes photos leaked earlier this year) will pleasantly surprise us. 

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But with the cooler weather and the fall fever starting to creep up on us, our thoughts to more important questions... what are we going to wear on Halloween? (Totally an adult question.)

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Take a look at some of our suggestions, and some of the best versions of these costumes that we've seen!

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(image source: GeekxGirls)

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Never Played Online Games? Try These 7 to Get Started Off Right. https://www.gameskinny.com/4p2hp/never-played-online-games-try-these-7-to-get-started-off-right https://www.gameskinny.com/4p2hp/never-played-online-games-try-these-7-to-get-started-off-right Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:06:28 -0500 Eliot Lefebvre

Let's face it -- online games can be intimidating to someone who hasn't played them before. It's easy enough to say that they allow you to interact with huge numbers of people from around the world. But for people who haven't played the games before that means that you're going to be teaming up with people who have more experience, predetermined ideas about how you're supposed to act, and (perhaps most importantly) who will not be happy if you don't do things correctly.

Still, everyone needs to start somewhere, and the bright side is that there are lots of great places to start -- more than there have ever been. A good introductory game should be accessible to new players and straightforward to play from the start. But it should also offer something unique to the genre, and provide a good teaching tool for something that players will need even if they choose to explore other online titles. The following games may or may not be your favorites, but they're a good way to bring your friends into online gaming.

1. World of Warcraft

Even if World of Warcraft isn't as big as it was a few years ago, it's still huge -- and the continued series of rolling updates the developers make to the game ensure that each given expansion is a good place to jump in. Players who join in now can easily boost up to 100, get an introductory tutorial, and start in on the most recent expansion content immediately. So you don't even have to worry about outleveling your friends if it's your main game. And there's still a lot to like here, along with a low difficulty curve for early content that slowly introduces you to the concepts you'll need for later.

The biggest drawback to introducing your friends here is, well, there's a lot of critical mass that's been built up in WoW over the years. More than any other game on this list, the culture of this game has become deeply entrenched. Still, that's not something that should stop you, and you could do worse for your first stop on a tour of online gaming.

2. Heroes of the Storm

By contrast, Heroes of the Storm is not the "default" MOBA like WoW. But it offers something that League of Legends does not: a strong emphasis on teamwork. Unlike most other MOBAs, Heroes of the Storm makes most achievements collective goals, with experience earned as part of a group effort and most major battlefield objectives requiring a team to secure.

That difference is going to be felt. In LoL, a more skilled player might outright walk away from new players simply because they don't need to coordinate with the new player, and thus a newcomer is left feeling like they're left to their own devices. In HotS, that new player is a part of the team right away, and the team needs everyone to work in unison to be successful. Rather than leaving new folks as a sideline, they become a focus.

3. Marvel Heroes

At this point, roughly 150% of all films made are superhero movies, so odds are that pretty much everyone has at least passing familiarity with bits and pieces of the Marvel universe. That makes this free-to-play ARPG romp the sort of thing that almost everyone can jump into with minimal explanation. If you're fairly new to online games, you might need to be told what things like threat and healing are all about, but you don't need to be told what Captain America does. You've probably picked that up through cultural osmosis alone.

There's also a ton of content here and a lot of things for new players to cut their teeth on, so you can get an idea of what it's like to play one of these click-'em-up loot festivals while playing with other people. That definitely serves as a boon before moving on to more baroque titles or other points of interest.

4. Star Wars: The Old Republic

Did I say that 150% of all movies were superhero films? Because you have to allow for the now-yearly Star Wars movie (films which have, thus far, been remarkably good), so everyone has at least passing familiarity with that. And if you want to show how narrative can work in an MMO, you can do worse than playing a game which starts your new character off complete with a classic Star Wars narration crawl.

Yes, the game is set long before the movies during a wholly different era, and it's not exactly a perfect conversion. But this is the sort of game that introduces the idea that these worlds have people in them, and more importantly that you can have a character who matters and does neat stuff. That's not always easy to come by, and it provides a nice bridge to other titles with a strong narrative focus... or just a chance to lightsaber lots of Sith in the face. Either one.

5. Neverwinter

Action MMOs have become more and more common lately, and Neverwinter is a pretty good example of the type. It's straightforward enough that you don't need a grounding in Dungeons & Dragons to understand the broad strokes of the setting, and it gives a sense of what it's like to play a full-featured MMO with a more active combat system.

It also has some wonderfully straightforward options for characters. Want to be a fighter with a big two-handed weapon? Great Weapon Fighter, right there. You still have plenty of opportunities to customize your character, yes, but outside of Marvel Heroes no other game is quite as good at telling you exactly what a given character should be doing in play.

6. Trove

If you had asked me back when this game launched, I would have thought that a game that looked for all the world like a kid-friendly action-based Minecraft clone didn't have a bright future. But the thing is that Trove is far, far better than that might suggest. It's all of those things, yes, but it's also like a handful of delicious candy. It rewards you for picking up and playing, even for a bit, and it has never met a concept so silly that it won't pick it up and run with it.

Equally fun? It's not just action. You can play the game as nothing more than a run-and-gun romp, but you can also spend time making intricate creations for other players to enjoy. There's lots of cool stuff going down on all levels, tons of player creation to indulge yourself with or just admire from afar. You can play the game how you'd like and interact with others through means other than just beating up baddies together.

7. Grand Theft Auto Online

Here's a fun fact: odds are not bad that your friend already owns this game, since it's the online component of Grand Theft Auto V. And while that may not sound like much, there's tons of DLC, side activities, and stuff to do with others in a game world. It may not be a full-featured MMO, but in some ways it's the best way to show off what an online game can be.

Have you ever been playing Grand Theft Auto V and thought that a bank heist would be even more fun with all of your friends alongside you, causing chaos together? That's what Grand Theft Auto Online is meant to deliver, and while it's not perfect, it puts paid to the concept. That alone earns it a spot on the list.

That wraps up all the games that we'd recommend to players who've never entered the online world, but what about you? Got any others that you think are perfect for newbies? Let me know in the comments!

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Wallet Fatigue: Are Microtransactions Draining the Mana from MMOs? https://www.gameskinny.com/pq1iw/wallet-fatigue-are-microtransactions-draining-the-mana-from-mmos https://www.gameskinny.com/pq1iw/wallet-fatigue-are-microtransactions-draining-the-mana-from-mmos Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:00:02 -0500 StraightEdge434

Microtransactions are a popular thing among modern video games. They allow players to acquire certain attributes in exchange for "real life" currency. From clothing, to accessories, the possibilities are endless. Some gamers absolutely hate the idea of microtransactions because they believe that video game companies are nothing but greedy corporations that milk the gaming industry for every single penny that they can get. Others however, don't really care about microtransactions because they aren't forced and don't change the base game in any dramatic way.

These miniature DLCs are available across all genres of games, particularly MMOs like Runescape, WoW, Marvel Heroes, and many more. But are they actually a big deal?

Solomon's General Store, a site portal where Runescape players can purchase in-game items with either RuneCoins or real money.

World of Warcraft

The idea of microtransactions can tick off people who play MMOs, mainly if they are subscribing to the game, like WoW. They are already paying a monthly fee just to play the game, so why should they pay extra for something else? The truth is is that they don't really have to. No one is forcing them, and it's not like the items being sold are giving a huge advantage to those who do purchase them. It's their right as gamers and as consumers to make the necessary decision to pay or not to pay.

One of many microtransactions available in WoW.

Marvel Heroes

There are however games like Marvel Heroes that are free to play, but also have microtransactions in them. Pertaining to this specific title, players can outright purchase Marvel superheroes in order to play as them (along with many other various items that enhance their experience). That however, might be seen as a small problem because these specific microtransactions are allowing players to shortcut the game and unlock characters without having to grind for them. Obviously, they have an advantage because they have stronger or better characters unlike people who did not spend any money on the game.

On a side note, a post by a Reddit user shows how much money he has spent on Marvel Heroes 16, and what he bought. You can get the basic idea of what kind of microtransactions this game has in it.

A store where players can purchase characters in Marvel Heroes 5.

Conclusion

The idea of microtransactions obviously has its ups and downs. The money that players spend is used to fund the game, and further expand content in the forms of updates, patches, etc. That is a good thing since gameplay experience is enhanced, and allows players to continue engaging the game. It's also a business, and that's how a business works.

Also, microtransactions are completely unnecessary. Most, if not all games have ingame currencies that players can grind for and use that instead of real money to purchase the exact same content. Obviously that's better, but slower due to the grinding aspect.

Unfortunately, there are also downsides. Players feel cheated. They paid either full price for the game, or are paying a monthly subscription fee, so why should they pay extra? It doesn't seem fair.

Depending on the game, it may also seem unfair, or pay to win, because players are getting something better or faster (in a term of a shortcut) by spending a lot of money on the game. Those who don't pay feel cheated, and you can't blame them, because why should they pay to get on the same level as those who did pay? That ain't right.

In the end, it's the players' choice. To purchase, or not to purchase -- that is the question. But remember, if you are paying for microtransactions, you are paying for something little that enhances your gaming experience, unless it's something like whole new content like characters in Marvel Heroes.

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Marvel Heroes 2016 celebrates Civil War with in game event https://www.gameskinny.com/g27r1/marvel-heroes-2016-celebrates-civil-war-with-in-game-event https://www.gameskinny.com/g27r1/marvel-heroes-2016-celebrates-civil-war-with-in-game-event Mon, 09 May 2016 04:52:25 -0400 Joshua Potter

If you're a Marvel fan, chances are you've already seen Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Heroes 2016 has decided to launch a rather large in-game event to celebrate the movie, bringing a ton of new content to celebrate all the featured heroes from the movie.

The newest update to the free-to-play action role-playing game features new costumes for each of the starring roles in the movie. From May 6th to May 26th, there will be several in-game events to allow players to feel like they're a part of the universe. New costumes for Captain America and Iron Man have already been released in the game, and over the course of those twenty days additional movie inspired outfits will be added for Ant-Man, Black Widow, Black Panther, War Machine, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Spider-Man.

Also, look how cool the new opening to the game is:

The first part of the cross-promotional event kicks off with the villain Crossbones attacking the city patrol zones, culminating with a showdown with Crossbones in Madripoor that has its own in-game storyline and events. During this time, you can use the promo codes TEAMCAP or TEAMIRONMAN to unlock either one of these heroes for free. Choose wisely though, as you can only support one side.

The second phase starts on May 12th, and will have players facing off and choosing a team to earn bonuses for their respective side. Playing as any of the characters that appear in the movie also nets you bonus experience.

The final week from May 19th-26th will include all of the game-related content from the prior two weeks mashed together, as well as 150% bonus experience. It's obvious the development teams have put a lot of hard work into this update, and the newer models for the characters look absolutely gorgeous. Here's a high-resolution shot of the titular character.

I especially love the detail that went into where his pants meet his boots. The updated models definitely make the game feel much better than it's original release with cartoon stylized models that just felt out of place in the world around them. I personally can't wait for the Hawkeye, he's so dreamy.

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The best computer role-playing games of our decade. https://www.gameskinny.com/11h2v/the-best-computer-role-playing-games-of-our-decade https://www.gameskinny.com/11h2v/the-best-computer-role-playing-games-of-our-decade Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:29:53 -0400 Joshua Potter

The role-playing genre has long been the cinematic crux of gaming. From humble roots in games like Adventure on the Atari 2600, where you simply controlled a square wandering an 8-bit world, to modern powerhouse games like Final Fantasy XV that strive to revolutionize graphics engines, players have always craved the immersion granted by classic RPGs.

For PC gamers, there's a special sub-genre of RPG that is near and dear to our hearts -- the CRPG. These computer role-playing games were all the rage a decade or two ago, and have recently been making a bit of a comeback. Hallmarks of the genre included RPG elements like classes and customizable stats, turn-based combat, and often a top-down perspective. In light of this resurgence for CRPGs, we decided to round up some of the best ones from the past decade. Here they are.

1. Diablo 3

Leading the list is Activision Blizzard's own Diablo 3. Many gamers know the Diablo series from its predecessors, and held high expectations for the third installment. Naturally, the high expectations were hard to meet, and Diablo 3's initial release was shaky at best, due to issues with players not being able to play the game at all, or the in famous real money auction house.

After restructuring their staff, Activision Blizzard's game began picking up steam again. Following a new expansion, the removal of the auction house, reworks to the classes, and the introduction of "seasons" similar to other sports, Diablo 3 was able to become one of the best action role-playing games in the genre.

2. Divinity: Original Sin

With 11 different classes, attributes, and ability modifiers to define your character, talent and skill points to invest in, and a huge crafting system, Divinity: Original Sin really has a lot going on for it. The series is also cooperative, making for a great thematic adventure you can share with your friends. The game even uses an in-game relationship system based on how your characters choose to respond to the NPCs and the choices they make. There is also a turn-based system for combat, making Divinity: Original Sin stand out against its competitors, since it embraces its roots so well.

The game's humor is well established, and you are able to customize your character's attitude and choose a class right from the start. There are also several classes unique to the series, such as Wayfarers, the dexterous mages, or Enchanters, the manipulators of minds.

 3. Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity, similar to Divinity: Original Sin, has a selection of 11 classes, and races familiar to the Dungeons and Dragons crowd -- dwarves, elves and your occasional godlike being. The game includes skills that will be familiar to veterans of role-playing -- such as athletics checks and survival. This allows you to specialize your characters not only for the purposes of satisfying an objective, but also adding that extra layer of personality to who you're creating.

If you're looking for a single player experience to emulate the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition experience, this game is one of the hottest out there.

4. Torchlight

What sets Runic Games' Torchlight apart is just how gosh-darn cute it is! The character sprites for this game are amazing. To start it off, you get to pick a pet to accompany you throughout your adventures. Your pet is able to fight alongside you in combat, and even tote your trash loot back and forth between towns. My dog being able to barter with merchants for wares is pretty extraordinary, but I think I have some ideas as to how he gets it done.

Similar in feel to early Diablo games, Torchlight was able to make an otherwise unfriendly and difficult genre of gaming feel welcoming and accessible to anyone. If you're looking for a less complex way to enjoy a dungeon crawler, or just want a fun way to enjoy an adventure with friends, this is a great place to start.

5. The Witcher

The Witcher series brought something new to the classic computer RPG genre; mixing together the elements of a 3rd person action game while still retaining a feel of a turn-based RPG. While movement in the first iteration of The Witcher is free, the main character Geralt only attacks as frequently (or infrequently) as the weapon he has equipped allows. This adds the strategic element of swapping between available weapons, and use of spells to try to maximize the damage you're dealing to enemies while keeping yourself healthy. This made the game notoriously difficult to players new to the franchise, and gave the game the attention it deserved in order to escalate into the action RPG franchise it is today.

That's the end of our list. Despite being numbered, there's no right or wrong choices here, every single one comes with a stamp of approval. All of these titles will be able to give you that sense of satisfaction your role-playing heart could ever want.

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10 Quotes That Prove Deadpool Is Still The Sassiest Hero In Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/frbpd/10-quotes-that-prove-deadpool-is-still-the-sassiest-hero-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/frbpd/10-quotes-that-prove-deadpool-is-still-the-sassiest-hero-in-video-games Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:16:54 -0500 QuintLyn

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And there we have it! Ten times Deadpool couldn't have been any more Deadpooly in a video game if he tried. Somehow, I don't think he's trying all that hard. 

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Now, it's time for everyone to get ready to go see the movie, if you haven't already. It's supposed to be fantastic. Even Betty White thinks so.

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Okay... So I just wanted an excuse to drop a video of Betty White being awesome -- and I don't think Deadpool would mind. 

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So, go enjoy the movie. Just remember... NO SPOILERS. We will come find you.

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And sometimes, he's an outright poet...

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A haiku, by Deadpool: I hate broccoli / And think it totally sucks / Why is it not meat?

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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

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Still... Somehow, he still manages to be the most adult person in the room...

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I need help! And a pony!

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And we can always count on him when there's work to be done...

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[After Black Widow informs him that he has to fight Dr. Doom] Wait, we're going to fight Dr. Doom? No one told me we were going to fight Doom! I want my lawyer! I want my mummy! I want my lawyer's mummy!

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(Marvel: Ultimate Alliance)

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Sometimes he's just brutally honest...

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Welcome to Loserville. Population: You.

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And is forced to be honest with himself...

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Deadpool: Hey, did I enter the side show tent? 'Cause you look like the dog faced boy.

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Dark Spider-ManOh, you are a wit, Deadpool... or at least half of one. Tell me, do the chicks go for your insane babble?

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Deadpool: About as much as they go for your attempts at self-deprecating humor.

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Dark Spider-Man: So then it doesn't work.

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(Marvel: Ultimate Alliance)

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Then there was the time he told the story of the entire Marvel universe…

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“The day my father Odin banished me from Asgard, I was bitten by a vampire and had radioactive waste dumped into my eyes. To make matters worse, my mutant ability to control weather activated just as I was hit by a blast of gamma radiation.”

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Before suddenly remembering what the actual question was...

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“Nah, actually, I got this way by volunteering for the Weapon X program. They promised to cure my cancer. And they cured it all right, by giving me an outrageous healing factor. Then they labeled me psychotic and tossed me into a prison lab. So I escaped and became what some people might call a 'mercenary'. I prefer the title 'cleaner of the gene pool'.”

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(Marvel: Ultimate Alliance)

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When he really wanted us to know he's better than Wolverine...

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[After leveling up] “And now I'm better at doing whatever it is Wolverine does!”

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And finally proved it…

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“You see that? *That's* how you beat Wolverine, people. AND YOU DON'T EVEN NEED OPTIC BLAST!”

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(Marvel: Ultimate Alliance)

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When he proved he had excellent taste in friends…

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[Talking about Weasel] “Oh, yeah, he's totally trustworthy! Except where money's involved. He would sell his granny's walking cane for a buck. In fact, I bought his granny's walking cane for a buck!”

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I mean, impeccable taste…

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Deadpool: “And I've made a lot of good friends along the way: like Arcade. He's always sending me to his amusement park.”

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Arcade: “HELLO, Deadpool. Ready for a fun filled day in Murderworld?”

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And that they couldn't have a better friend than him…

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Deadpool: “Weasel old buddy! Where have you been hiding out?”

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Weasel: “In the hospital, you stabbed me in the leg remember?”

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Deadpool: “Oh yeah, but I had to, you were trying to steal my last Cheesy Puff”

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Weasel: “It was my bag of Cheesy Puffs!”

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Deadpool: “That's not how I remember it.”

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(Marvel: Ultimate Alliance)

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All those times he demonstrated what a true culinarian he is…

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“Phew! That's what happens when you mix C4 with a bean burrito. Now be honest... I'm not the only one with a little bit of shit in their pants right now, am I?”

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Constantly reinventing our favorite foods…

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“Mashed Braintatoes!”

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And understanding that we just want a tasty deal…

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“Two extra slices for just 9.99!”

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He really, really gets it…

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“My cuisine reigns supreme.”

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(Marvel Heroes & Deadpool 2013)

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Sometimes he just shows that the best friend – or worst enemy – anyone can have is themselves…

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Deadpool: “See? Once again our explosive personality wins the day!”

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Yellow Bubble: “High five!”

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White Bubble: “No high fives. We're voices in our head.”

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And that we should listen to those voices in our head…

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Deadpool: “What? He said no? That was our chance to be in our own video game!”

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White Bubble: “Maybe we shouldn't have written the proposal in crayon.”

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But not all the time.

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(Deadpool 2013)

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Those times he demonstrated why all the other superheroes love him so much.

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By showing respect for women...

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[Talking to Scarlet Witch] “More like the Scarlett Bi... Hey, hey, hey, I didn't see you there.”

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And not pointing out personal features that they might be sensitive about...

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[Talking to Ghost Rider] “Oh man, I forgot to bring the marshmallows.”

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Or insulting their personalities...

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[Talking to Punisher] “You're just me without the funny, and the lithium.”

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And then wonders why he never gets those important phone calls…

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[Referring to Hawkeye] “Oh, oh, so they're letting Robin Hood in, but somehow the Avengers keep losing my phone number. What's up with that?”

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(Marvel Heroes)

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That time he truly understood your gamer feels...

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“No XP? What a ripoff!”

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And knew exactly which gamers he was speaking for...

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“Explosions attract the coveted 18 to 24 year old male demographic.”

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But wasn't afraid to point out the absurdity of game logic...

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“Where do these bullets keep coming from?”

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Yet still managed to pay tribute to our gamer roots...

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“You have died of dysentery.”

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(Marvel Heroes)

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Everyone's favorite man-child superhero finally has the film his fans deserve – which may, or may not be saying a lot. Deadpool's first feature film officially comes out today, but people have taken advantage of advance screenings and the reviews are rolling in. For the most part, everyone seems to love it -- the only exception being those who had apparently never heard about Deadpool and his chimichanga fetish before they were asked to review the film.

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By all accounts, the new Deadpool movie is totally Deadpooly – and we're glad to hear that. Of course, Deadpool doesn't only appear in comic books and films. He's also made appearances in our media of choice – video games! As with his treatment in films, the quality of the games he's been in might be a tad questionable; but somehow the Merc with the Mouth's personality always manages to shine through.

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So, in celebration of the movie we've all been waiting for we've decided to highlight all those times this anti-hero managed to make things as weird as possible in all the video games he's appeared in.

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Magik voiced by Tara Strong comes to Marvel Heroes 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/5ctw1/magik-voiced-by-tara-strong-comes-to-marvel-heroes-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/5ctw1/magik-voiced-by-tara-strong-comes-to-marvel-heroes-2015 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:27:49 -0500 cdiponzia

Well Marvel Fans rejoice! Magik voiced by Tara Strong has been added to Marvel Heroes 2015. Developer Gazillion ran a poll back in the San Diego Comic-con seeing which character fans would like to add to the mass amount of characters already in the game. Magik won the poll by a landslide and has now arrived to the game!

Does Magik's voice sound familiar? Well it should? It is the voice of the amazing and well known voice actress Tara Strong! She is known for voicing roles such as the psychotic clown queen Harley Quinn in Batman Arkham City, or Meg's singing voice in Family Guy. 

The video below shows Tara Strong and her thoughts on the character Magik.

Magik is available for purchase today. She can also be bought in the Magik Hero Pack for $18! The pack comes with everything you see below.

  • Magik
  • 2 Costumes Magik Marvel NOW! (Default), Magik Soul Armor
  • Magik Hero S.T.A.S.H. (extra Hero specific inventory)
  • 6x Fortune Cards (One each of Mark 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)
  • 2 XP Boosts

So hurry up and hop online today to experience the magic of Magik!

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Marvel Heroes 2015 unveils Ant-Man and 6 other playable characters at Comic Con https://www.gameskinny.com/txky4/marvel-heroes-2015-unveils-ant-man-and-6-other-playable-characters-at-comic-con https://www.gameskinny.com/txky4/marvel-heroes-2015-unveils-ant-man-and-6-other-playable-characters-at-comic-con Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:36:12 -0400 Jackson Ingram

Near the end of last year, the wildly popular MMORPG Marvel Heroes 2015 announced the Advance Pack 2, featuring a star-studded lineup of all-new playable characters to be released gradually throughout the year. So far, the roster has given us the Winter Soldier, Iceman, She-Hulk, Vision, and the primary antagonist himself, Dr. Doom. Developer Gazillion joined Marvel at San Diego Comic Con to clue us in on future upcoming characters.

While he wasn't listed as a part of Advance Pack 2, Ant-Man will lead the charge into the second half of 2015. This addition is available now for pre-order, just in time for the character's feature film release starring Paul Rudd.

From what we've seen of his gamplay, Ant-Man will have three types of abilities at his disposal. The first, "Particle Brawling," capitalizes on his varying size. Shrink down to land quick, powerful blows or grow to titanic proportions and crush your enemies like a bug. Equipment-based moves can utilize technology like bio-electric blasting "stingers," or call on "Friends in Low Places" by summoning 10,000 ants. Finally, we have the "Insect Constructs" category. What are you constructing exactly? Use your imagination. Have you ever thought about punching your enemies in the face with a giant fist made of ants? Well, I bet you're thinking about it now.

Marvel Heroes Advance Pack 2

Gazillion will follow this up with War Machine, Tony Stark's closest ally and recurring character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the suit was originally built by Stark, Gazilion promises that Rhodey's personal upgrades will make War Machine's gameplay differ greatly from Iron Man's. How it will differ remains to be seen. Machine guns are cool though, so let's keep an open mind.

Heroes 51 through 54 shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, as Blade, Kitty Pryde, Iron Fist, and Black Cat had already been confirmed in the Advance Pack 2 announcement. Lucky number 55, however, remains a mystery.

Gazillion has opened up a poll to registered players on their official site to choose the 7th playable hero. Our options include Wasp, Magik, Nick Fury, Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel, Green Goblin, or Miles Morales's Spider-Man. Whoever wins will make it into the game. Eventually. If your favorite doesn't come out on top though, don't fret. Gazilion has confirmed that the poll losers aren't completely out of the running and are being individually considered for future Advance Packs.

Marvel Heroes 2015 is free-to-play and available now for Windows and Mac.

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Marvel Heroes Gaming Community Nominated for a Dragon Slayer Award https://www.gameskinny.com/sjxg4/marvel-heroes-gaming-community-nominated-for-a-dragon-slayer-award https://www.gameskinny.com/sjxg4/marvel-heroes-gaming-community-nominated-for-a-dragon-slayer-award Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:21:36 -0400 Christine Messere

Marvel Heroes gaming community has been nominated for a Dragon Slayer award in the most passionate gaming community category. What sets the community apart from all the others?

I visited the community and found a lot of useful information such as game tips, tricks, and suggestions.  Above all, I found friendliness.  I saw no drama, no trolls and no bashing.  It was just a friendly bunch of people who were sharing their love of the game Marvel Heroes.

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When I asked the community what made their community the most passionate and most deserving of the Dragon Slayer award, I received an overabundance of responses.

Overwhelming I was told that an excellent staff keeps the bar set high. They keep a close watch on any inkling of drama and shut it down.  If something does go wrong,  players are usually compensated in some sort of way, which is just unheard of in the gaming community overall.  The staff really takes an interest in the community's feelings and ideas.  I was told the staff hardly ever responds negatively.

Another big perk of this community is developer involvement.  Members told me that the game developers are very friendly and make them feel involved.  They make members aware of anything coming up.  I was even told that, at some point, the CEO and his wife put on a fun, informal stream for members.

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Member 'Soulfang" comment," The developers are here 7 days a week, listening and tuning the game to make it better, what more can we want?"  User 'whiskeyyy' replied,"Hands down the best dev group and community I have ever seen. and I plan to stick around for years to come."  A few other users informed me that they've tried other gaming communities but were disappointed when compared to this one.

Because of it's family-feel, non-toxic environment, game developer involvement, and awesome staff, this community continues to flourish and keep its current members happy and active.  For all of these reasons, I believe the Marvel Heroes Gaming Community is a top contender for Dragon Slayers' most passionate gaming community.

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To vote for Marvel Heroes and check out all of the other categories, check out the Dragon Slayer Awards site at Guild Launch.

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Marvel Heroes 2015 Nominated for Best Promotional Effort by a Game: 2014 Dragon Slayer Awards https://www.gameskinny.com/9tenh/marvel-heroes-2015-nominated-for-best-promotional-effort-by-a-game-2014-dragon-slayer-awards https://www.gameskinny.com/9tenh/marvel-heroes-2015-nominated-for-best-promotional-effort-by-a-game-2014-dragon-slayer-awards Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:08:21 -0400 Evan Lower

The Dragon Slayer Awards have begun! It's this really awesome annual awards shindig that Guild Launch, our sister site, has been hosting for the past three years and it's all about you.

One of the categories is Best Promotional Effort by a Game, and an especially special game, Marvel Heroes 2015, has been nominated. Continue reading for an in-depth explanation, or go right to the voting page to cast your votes, or skip this article entirely (but that's lame).

Marvel Heroes has come a long way since its initial 2013 release. This June 4th, exactly a year after the original release, Gazillion Entertainment rebranded the game with the name Marvel Heroes 2015 in celebration of the 2014-15 season.  It's done more than just rebrand the game, though; it has performed a complete overhaul of the mechanics and gameplay, such that this new iteration has a Metascore of 80 to the first's 58.

Obviously all of this hard work had to be accompanied by a proactive promotional campaign to offset the (legitimate) criticism of the game's first incarnation.  Other than giving players daily events, a trading system in-game, and the opportunity to fight the almighty Surtur, within two weeks of announcing the game, Gazillion announced that the game would finally be making its way to the Mac.

In that same month the company made the Silver Surfer a playable character in-game, as well as hosting two separate all-night Twitch streams with the game.

The promotional effort hasn't halted since the game's first month. Gazillion continues to churn out weekly game updates, as well as continuing the monthly character additions and weekly costume additions. 

On top of that Gazillion has ridden the coat-tails of this summer's blockbuster hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, releasing three of the movie's heroes as team-up characters, a new movie-themed costume for Rocket Raccoon, and Star-Lord as a playable character.

So if you think that all of this qualifies Marvel Heroes's promotional effort as what one might call "the best," head on over to Guild Launch's Dragon Slayer page and cast your vote. Or if you'd like to better inform your vote (like a responsible member of the electorate), go to GameSkinny's landing page for Best Promotional Effort by a Game to see all of this category's contenders.

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Dragon Slayer Award Nominees: Most Passionate Fan Base https://www.gameskinny.com/wsd4v/dragon-slayer-award-nominees-most-passionate-fan-base https://www.gameskinny.com/wsd4v/dragon-slayer-award-nominees-most-passionate-fan-base Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:01:53 -0400 Travis McGee

What would any game be without a devoted fan base willing to show its love and appreciation in art, letter, and demonstration?

From awesome cosplay to beautiful works of art. From conventions to million-dollar tournaments. From the passionate individual fan to entire communities here are your Dragon Slayer Award Nominees for Most Passionate Fan Base.

  • AdventureQuest Worlds
  • DotA 2
  • League of Legends
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • Marvel Heroes
  • World of Warcraft

What Inspires a Fan Base to be Passionate?


We all play games because we enjoy them, and if you ask 10 different gamers what they like about the games they play you're bound to get 10 different answers.

For some, loyalty plays a big part in their fandom - that is, the both the loyalty they've shown a game over a long span of time and the loyalty the game's developers have shown them. Typically this is found most often in long-running games like World of Warcraft or League of Legends because these fans have spent large portions of their life enjoying the game and supporting it.

For others a game's community is the reason for their passion. Games introduce us to new friends and there isn't a game out there without its own communities. For these fans, the game that inspired such a following is secondary to the communities inspired by it. A good example of how community impassions a fan can be found in Marvel Heroes where the game's communities overlap with the fan communities of Marvel Comics.

Sometimes what impassions a fan can really only be described as love. The love for the story, art, mechanics, lore or even overall design of a game can really be all a fan base needs to want to show their passion and appreciation. All of the nominees obviously fall under this category as much as the two above, and there are surely many other reasons gamers become passionate fans of the games they play. But, love is at the heart of it all.

How Do Fan Bases Show Their Passion?


Fans show their passion any way they can. Artists draw and paint. Writers write novels, short stories, and poetry. Actors act in their own videos based off the game they love. The list actually goes on and on.

The biggest way a fan base shows their passion is through each individual fan turning their own unique skills and talents towards showing their appreciation. This often results in contributions from the fan base that get incorporated into the game in some way.

Beautiful cosplay, amazing art, wonderful writing, and even viral videos are just a few of the ways that a fan base can show their passion for the game they love. There are far too many ways just to list in one place, but what matters most is that whatever they do the most passionate fan base needs to be completely over the top.

So...How Do I Know Who to Vote For?

This one's easy! Either cast your vote for the nominee that you're the most a fan of or the nominee who you feel has had the most awesome and unforgettable demonstration of their passion as a fan.

Don't waste any time. You can cast your vote here, and don't forget to check out the other categories for Dragon Slayer Awards, too!

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Guild Launch's 2014 Dragon Slayer Awards: Best Promotional Effort by a Game https://www.gameskinny.com/jwrt2/guild-launchs-2014-dragon-slayer-awards-best-promotional-effort-by-a-game https://www.gameskinny.com/jwrt2/guild-launchs-2014-dragon-slayer-awards-best-promotional-effort-by-a-game Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:24:20 -0400 PencilPusha

Every year, Guild Launch, the site that helped spawn GameSkinny, puts on the Dragon Slayer Awards for the best of the best in the gaming realm. This year, it's all about fans, comics, indie games, video series, Twitch channels, Kickstarters, and so much more. For those select few games that pulled all the stops as far as game advocacy is concerned, there's the 'Best Promotional Effort by a Game' category. Let's take a look at who made the final cut for voting.

And the Nominees for 'Best Promotional Effort by a Game' are...

Elder Scrolls Online

Grand Theft Auto V

Hearthstone

Marvel Heroes

WildStar

'Promotional Effort'? What's that?

Well, whenever you see ads for games on billboards, television, and other things like that, there's a promotional effort being made. Video game companies want you to know that their game is hip and happening in hopes that you'll buy it. Not only that, but they'll also put on giveaways and contests with exclusive, special-made memorabilia that will only be made for promotional purposes.

Mass Advertising

Game companies want the gaming community (that's YOU) to know about their upcoming game titles. And they'll do just about anything to get your attention.

For example, the Homefront marketing campaign was so huge and strange that it pissed off a good chunk of the San Francisco community. According to Joystiq.com, ten thousand red balloons were released into the sky of the City by the Bay...only to end up in the actual Bay. Do all game companies do weird marketing stunts such as this?

Not quite, but it's a way to reach the gaming community, be it good or bad publicity.

Contests

Game companies will put on contests to promote their games and the prizes are usually pretty awesome.

For example, Bethesda Blog held a contest during the San Diego Comic-Con for special-made Evil Within Xbox One consoles - and all participants had to do was take a picture of their favorite console at the Xbox Gaming Lounge and share it on Twitter. It's an easy win for only 20 participants (since there were only 20 consoles) and an even easier win for the game company's marketing department.

Giveaways

These are things you'll find on official game sites, at events like the San Diego Comic-Con, and the like.

Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive website announced that they would hold giveaways at the San Diego Comic-Con. On their Twitter page, one of the things given away was a balloon replica of the Over Charge mascot, Fizzie. These balloons were probably just for this occasion, so that makes the giveaway even more special.

Pre-Order Incentives

Games aren't sold by themselves anymore. Go to any GameStop and they'll tell you that if you pre-order a highly-anticipated game, it'll probably come with something like downloadable content, a strategy guide, or something else.

For example, Destiny is offering "early access to Vanguard weapons and gear and a Vanguard player emblem" when gamers pre-order a copy. Another win-win situation.

And they don't stop after the game releases!

Nowadays there's special downloadable content being made all the time. Some are holiday-specific or celebrate something special about the game company. Others are just-because and are 'hyped up' to get gamers excited about being able to experience it for themselves in-game.

No matter how these game companies let us know about their games, we're excited to know about them. We love games! And whether the way we learn about these new games thrills us or pisses us off, we know about them. They're on television, all over social media (and the internet in general), at our favorite annual conventions, and sometimes even in the newspaper. Game companies don't want you to forget their games - they want you to remember them so that maybe you'll buy them.

So if you enjoy Elder Scrolls OnlineGrand Theft Auto VHearthstone, Marvel Heroes or WildStar, make sure to visit Guild Launch and vote for your favorite! Think of it as a 'thank you' for all their promotional efforts that got you to play their games! But remember - there can be only one winner.

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Marvel Heroes Updates Captain America and Hawkeye https://www.gameskinny.com/hmb9l/marvel-heroes-updates-captain-america-and-hawkeye https://www.gameskinny.com/hmb9l/marvel-heroes-updates-captain-america-and-hawkeye Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:27:45 -0500 Game Oracle

Captain America fanatics playing their favorite Avenger on Marvel Heroes have a few new abilities and build options to try out.

Gazillion Entertainment recently released update 2.14 for this free online game, launched in June 2013. This update gives Captain America the ability to bring the Avengers together to deliver the awesome power and damage only they can deliver. It also contains a new land called Bovineheim, additional Cosmic Terminals for players to plunder, new abilities, and a Kate Bishop inspired costume for Hawkeye.  

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Marvel Heroes lovers can view and download this free online video game here. They can also take a look at all of the updates Gazillion Entertainment has made to the game since release, along with the new content for Captain America. Gamers wanting to view the new Kate Bishop inspired costume for Hawkeye should watch this trailer.

Marvel Heroes players can also expect Nightcrawler to come swinging into the game in the future. Gazillion Entertainment has indicated this beloved mutant will fight his way onto the Marvel Heroes stage during the months ahead.

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Guild Launch's Annual Dragon Slayer Awards: Community Manager of the Year https://www.gameskinny.com/nk5nh/guild-launchs-annual-dragon-slayer-awards-community-manager-of-the-year https://www.gameskinny.com/nk5nh/guild-launchs-annual-dragon-slayer-awards-community-manager-of-the-year Mon, 05 Aug 2013 23:46:40 -0400 Amanda Wallace

Gameskinny's sister site Guild Launch is hosting its' annual Dragon Slayer Awards, and you can vote until September 3. The Dragon Slayer Awards are for gaming communities, and voted on by members of those communities. 

This year, sixteen amazing community managers have been nominated by their communities for the "Community Manager of the Year" Award. 

The Nominees
So why not just celebrate the community management teams? 

While the teams they are apart of are professional and important parts of the games they manage, these individuals stood out to the gamers that interact with them. 

They act as a sort of community liaison, and changes are made through their involvement with the games. They personally inform users of changes and through their user interaction, they can fix game bugs and community problems. 

Community Managers are the public face of their brand. A good community manager communicates quickly and effectively, and maintains an air of professionalism. 

All of the community managers nominated for this years Dragon Slayer award exhibit these characteristics.  Being a community manager isn't a walk in the park, and it's managers like the ones nominated that make the online communities you love well-rounded and amazing. 

But now it's up to you. 

Head on over to Guild Launch today to vote for your favorite community manager. Don't forget to vote for the rest of the gaming community awards! 

 

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DSA: Profile of Community Manager Stephen Reid https://www.gameskinny.com/m1r0y/dsa-profile-of-community-manager-stephen-reid https://www.gameskinny.com/m1r0y/dsa-profile-of-community-manager-stephen-reid Sun, 04 Aug 2013 00:51:03 -0400 Amanda Wallace

Stephen Reid, aka Rockjaw, is the Community Director for Gazillion Games and works predominately on Marvel MMOs. He is also up for the Dragon Slayer Award for Community Manager. 

Reid previously worked on the Community Management team for Star Wars: The Old Republic. 

As a Community Manager for Marvel Heroes he's gained a lot of praise, for being "honest, upfront and frank." One forum poster commented that his previous work with Bioware and EA was lacking due to secretive and rare communication. But that now his work with Gazillion; 

He has consistently been in touch with the community, listening to our concerns and feedback, and has been incredibly informative. The whole team in fact. Makes me realize that it was not his fault for what was going on in SWTOR. Which I probably should have seen in the first place, shame on me.

Reid has an active and involved Twitter following. He is also British, though living in the United States. 

It's no surprise with this sort of connectivity that Reid has been nominated for a Dragon Slayer award. 

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Marvel Heroes Review https://www.gameskinny.com/ivzwe/marvel-heroes-review https://www.gameskinny.com/ivzwe/marvel-heroes-review Sat, 03 Aug 2013 16:44:33 -0400 MMO Reporter

With cosmic rays and toxic waste bursting from its virtual seams, Marvel Heroes has landed on to the hard drive of comic book nerds around the world. Allowing players to take command of their favorite heroes from the Marvel universe, it’s a return to the gameplay style made popular by the likes of Diablo and Torchlight. With the creative mind behind Diablo II in charge, does Marvel Heroes save the world or does it get it’s cape stuck in a jet turbine?

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Pros and Cons

I’ve been a Marvel fanboy for many years. Throughout my teenage years, I would drive 45 minutes to the closest comic book shop once a week and buy the latest and the greatest of X-Force, Spider Man and X-Men. So it’s safe to say that the launch of Marvel Heroes was something that I looked forward to with both great hope, and great trepidation.

The gameplay is most simply described as Diablo II with Marvel characters. In fact, that’s how David Brevick, President and CEO of Gazillion Studios, describes the game. The description is accurate, with players directing their hero through the world from an isometric view, clicking to move and clicking to attack. Clickety, clickety, clickety. If this method of gameplay is not something that you’re a fan of, then you might have some issues with this game.

The “Marvelization” of the gameplay is pulled off incredibly well, with hero specific powers leaping off the screen like the ink on a comic book page. The animations are smooth, the powers are visually exciting, and the battles are fierce.

As I travelled through all eight chapters of the story, I didn’t really find myself challenged though. My chosen hero, Thor, wadded through packs of enemies, swinging the mighty Mjolnir in wide arcs and sending baddies flying. I found that by the time I had reached level 15, or a maximum 60, I had gained powers that would allow me to take down incredibly large amount of enemies without dampening my tights with sweat.

The character advancement in Marvel Heroes is a variation of the talent tree system, and will be familiar to WoW and Diablo veterans alike. Each level you gain points that can be put towards powers in three different trees. Different abilities and powers unlock as you get to higher levels, and the more points you put into said powers, the more effective they are. I found this to be a simple yet workable system.

While there’s not as much specialization as other MMOs (i.e. no “Tank” Thor or “DPS” Thor), there is enough that I felt that my particular Thor was different from the multitude of others fighting back to back with me as I travelled around the Earth. I was able to focus my Thor on his ranged lightning powers. I found myself to be a great ranged AOE fighter, and really enjoyed taking on multiple enemies and bringing the thunder! Playing around with some other characters, I was able to get some Tank-ish abilities, but there weren’t many healing abilities to be found.

Speaking of multiple versions of Thor, don’t be surprised to jump into your first fight and be joined by… YOU! Gazillion stated right from the beginning that players would not be making their own heroes, and would instead be taking on the mantle of established Marvel Heroes. This does created some immersion breaking moment, which detract from the stellar story that the game presents.

The story focuses on Dr. Doom and the Cosmic Cube. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the game has you travelling throughout iconic locations from Marvel mythos, including Hell’s Kitchen, the Savage Land, and even Dr. Doom’s home country of Latveria.

I did dabble in the end-game of Marvel Heroes, which takes place once you complete the main story, and, like Diablo, much before you hit max level. This consists of PvP and Daily Missions.

The daily missions take you through locations that you’ve already travelled through in-game, and pits you against one of the villains from the game and their minions. They’re just as pleasing as the combat in the rest of the game, but after several instances they do tend to get a little repetitive.

This is a re-hash of the Diablo style of replaying content to continue gaining levels and gear. While the addition of group specific missions does add some variation and a stronger need to group with others, it still doesn’t quite add enough to keep my interested for very long. Once I had unlocked all the daily missions through a simple linear progression, I found it hard to keep coming back as the grind started to irk me.

The PvP is where I spent the least of my time, mostly because the five or ten matches that I forced myself to play, all devolved into the same zerg filled chaos that I experience in my very first match. I had hoped, after jumping into PvP the first time, and being killed repeatedly by enemy zergs before I found my own team’s zerg that this was just a one time oddity that happened in this particular match. Nope. Each time I jumped into a  three team match, not so creatively split into Red, White and Blue teams, I ended having the same experience. Players of a much higher level were camping our spawn point, repeatedly killing respawning players, and zergs were the only way to survive. So much for tactical PvP play. Others might enjoy it, but I sure don’t.

 It’s the little things

  • The heroes are done right! This feels like the Marvel universe.

  • Stupid f-ing inventory. What do you mean I can’t buy more bag space?

  • The motion comics are freakin’ amazing!

Score

3 – A Hit.

There are lots of great things in Marvel Heroes, from the story to the combat. The lack of variety in the end game limits this to a very specific sub-group of players, and the current PvP experience is just awful.

 

1 out of 4 – Miss: Disappointing, just like rolling a 1 to hit

2 out of 4 – Glancing Blow: A good attempt that doesn’t quite connect

3 out of 4 – Hit: Solid, but falls short of greatness

4 out of 4 – Critical Hit: So awesome it makes us want to /dance

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My initial thoughts on Marvel Heroes https://www.gameskinny.com/s3rkf/my-initial-thoughts-on-marvel-heroes https://www.gameskinny.com/s3rkf/my-initial-thoughts-on-marvel-heroes Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:15:02 -0400 GabrielKross

Feels a bit like Diablo 3 mixed with League of Legends

I started playing Marvel Heroes earlier today, and gameplay-wise it feels a lot like Diablo 3. I do have to say that the combat also feels a little like League of Legends, with the way the characters are specialized. For instance, Scarlet Witch focuses more on her skills, like Syndra from League of Legends. Hawkeye is more like Sivir or Ashe, using basic attacks. I enjoyed it, but it's just too easy. My first death in the game was on under-leveled Scarlet Witch. I was leveling up Hawkeye, who is currently level 10. So I took my level 2 Scarlet Witch to where he was, and fought Taskmaster; needless to say I was destroyed. Though I did get 2 levels fighting to Taskmaster so it wasn't a total loss.

The first steps

The story, from what I have seen so far, is interesting. Doom looks to be the big baddie so far in the game. The tutorial-like mission takes you to the SHIELD prison called "The Raft" to subdue and recapture the Super-Villains that were released. It basically puts you right into the action and lets you figure it out along the way. Enemies seem to vary between physical up close in your face types, and ranged damage types. I haven't seen any middle ground types yet.

Will I continue?

I may continue to play Marvel Heroes as a casual game. I won't be buying anything from the cash shop though. I just don't see myself playing this game frequently enough to justify spending real money on it. Luckily though you have the chance to get all the Heroes without having to spend any money on them. I unlocked Hawkeye just completing the opening mission. So will I continue to play? I don't know, only time will tell.

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GS Podcast: Round Table - #2 MMO Talk https://www.gameskinny.com/5gwf5/gs-podcast-round-table-2-mmo-talk https://www.gameskinny.com/5gwf5/gs-podcast-round-table-2-mmo-talk Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:03:44 -0400 GSRoundTable

The sequel!

An official GameSkinny podcast about gaming, by gamers like you. We truly make this a 'round table' affair by connecting through people located all over the globe with hosts that come from Canada, the United States, Australia, and more. Gaming is a worldwide passion, and our goal is to bring you news, reviews, and great conversations. We want to connect with our audience on the topics you care about, as well as our own. Because after all, #obscuritysucks.

Welcome to the second episode of the Gameskinny Round Table Podcast. Our podcast this week consisted of JamieAneudys aka NunuLuiMikeJohnStephanie and myself Rob.

This week we decided to talk about a number of MMO's:

  • FFXIV
  • Neverwinter
  • Marvel Heroes
  • Wildstar
  • MWO
  • And more!

This weeks podcast went a lot better than last week's; we had a lot more organization and touched on a lot of good topics for the week.

I hope everyone who watched the stream enjoyed it and if you listen to this podcast I hope you enjoy it as well.

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Marvel Heroes: The First Taste is Free https://www.gameskinny.com/70grm/marvel-heroes-the-first-taste-is-free https://www.gameskinny.com/70grm/marvel-heroes-the-first-taste-is-free Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:36:47 -0400 Alan Bradley

In some circles, free-to-play is a dirty term, uttered with a distaste similar to the one that usually accompanies phrases like “movie tie-in” or “escort mission.”  It’s easy to understand why:  once upon a time, the free-to-play model was reserved exclusively for disposable shovelware that wasn’t high quality enough to warrant charging money for it upfront.  It’s also a concept tied in some rather nasty ways to social and mobile gaming, where its heritage is one of exploiting the addictions of the lowest common denominator of casual players through microtransactions.

All that is changing, though, and titles like Gazillion Entertainment’s Marvel Heroes are proof of how a free-to-play model can produce a top-tier product without feeling exploitative. 

Setting the tone

The game opens with a beautifully rendered cinematic that features the mysterious celestial entity, The Watcher, squaring off against a Cosmic Cube wielding Victor von Doom (Doctor Doom to his friends and foes).  Doom has acquired the Cosmic Cube, a device that grants its owner a staggering surfeit of power, through (surprise!) nefarious means and The Watcher, sworn to neutrally observe the machinations of the universe, has broken his vows to intervene before Doom can do untold harm.  The power of the cube proves too much, however, and a triumphant Doom is left to weave his sinister plots unmolested. 

 

Immediately we were impressed by the nods to Marvel lore.  The Watcher is a fairly obscure character with a strong comic pedigree, and the Cosmic Cube has a history in the pages of Marvel that goes back as far as 1966.  Counter-weighting these slightly more obscure elements with a heavyweight like Doom, one of Marvel’s most recognizable supervillains, is a great way to inspire instant curiosity about the game’s narrative.

Selecting your hero

After the intro, players are given a handful of free characters to choose from.  After a splash screen that features comic giants like Thor, Spiderman, and Wolverine, the selection of free characters is pretty underwhelming.  The menu includes Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, The Thing, Daredevil, and Storm: not exactly an A list of Marvel superstars.  Interestingly, the premium characters on offer are not being sold for a single, flat rate.  If you want to pilot the robot suits of a certain alcoholic multimillionaire, for instance, you’ll end up paying more than the majority of the other premium heroes, like Deadpool or The Punisher. 

We selected Hawkeye, mostly because of the descriptive text that listed him in game mechanics as a “ranged blaster”, and were treated to a motion comic detailing a crisis at The Raft, a maximum security detention center for super-powered criminals.  Seems Doom had been busy, blasting apart prison walls with the Cube and freeing a handful of his evil peers.  Our Hawkeye was dispatched by paramilitary super-cops S.H.I.E.L.D. to try to contain the situation and take down the escaping villains. 

 

Into the breach

Our first taste of the action-RPG style gameplay was very satisfying, and we were quickly reminded that Marvel Heroes is a David Brevik joint, one of the minds behind Diablo.  Heroes plays a lot like a Marvel themed Diablo, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing will depend on how you feel about Diablo’s oft-imitated brand of point and click action.  For us, the heavy coat of Marvel paint on practically every element of the game (down to exceptional minor touches like the character attributes system being modeled after the old Marvel tabletop RPG) was enough to make the well-worn combat feel fresh and interesting. 

After battling our way through a horde of Hydra thugs and also-ran supervillain the Living Laser, we were treated to a showdown with The Green Goblin complete with pumpkin bombs and his signature glider.  The action combat really sings in these bigger boss encounters, necessitating careful dodging and timed attacks to succeed without burning through an excessive number of S.H.I.E.L.D.-branded medkits.  Because areas like The Raft are instanced, the designers are able to make the combat snappy and responsive and allow players to dodge and counter attacks in real time. 

Home sweet home

After defeating the Goblin, a S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet spirited us off to StarkTower, headquarters of the Avengers and our first hub area.  Here, Wonder Man and Hank Pym (a.k.a. Ant Man) introduced us to the subtleties of the crafting system and we were able to offload all the junk we picked up fighting our way through The Raft.  Marvel Heroes has a full inventory and paper-doll equipment system, but sadly the items that you strap on your character don’t alter their appearance. 

 

We also took this opportunity to look through our tree of available powers, which you add points to as your character levels, in more detail.  Hawkeye has access early on to a wicked arsenal of modified arrows with effects ranging from paralyzing electricity to freezing ice, and can also unlock a dodge maneuver that makes slipping away from enemy attacks much easier. 

Frying pan AND fire

After briefly exploring the tower, we were informed of trouble brewing in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.  Apparently some of the former Raft inmates were stirring it up, amongst them Electro and costumed bruiser The Rhino.  Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows, pulling strings from behind the scenes, the maestro of organized crime The Kingpin was making a play to expand his underground empire.  We were shuttled off to investigate, and found ourselves battling street gangs and the Kingpin’s henchmen, culminating in a showdown with Doctor Octopus and his eight deadly metallic limbs. 

Thus far, the game has been consistently entertaining and polished, and the Marvel lore has set its hooks in us deeply enough that we’re already contemplating which of the premium heroes we’re going to plunk down money for first.  We can only hope that other free-to-play endeavors take their cue from Marvel Heroes and continue to provide quality entertainment options for budget-conscious gamers, minus that oily sensation that they’re trying to slip a hand into our wallets while our heads are turned. 

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Marvel Heroes Reviewed https://www.gameskinny.com/xeirz/marvel-heroes-reviewed https://www.gameskinny.com/xeirz/marvel-heroes-reviewed Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:50:36 -0400 Vrothgarr

When I first picked up Diablo 3, after years spent in the depths of its predecessors and siblings, I felt like D3 managed to distinguish itself from sufficiently from D1 & D2. The third installment had taken its cues from modernized, post World of Warcraft game design, clearly. Vital elements were designed very differently, although they were still the same elements that constitute a brilliant time sink of an action RPG. The changes were met with some ire from hardcore D2 fans (what sequel isn’t). Yet overall, the general architecture of the games was the same.

On paper, everything looked the same, but it clearly wasn’t.

Torchlight is a favorite branch of this particular genre, and there it became clear how much the little things matter in creating a unique offering. It was the façade, the flavor, that made all the difference. The same goes for Marvel Heroes, and you can bet your oversized clicking finger that the flavor here is tastier and more addictive than In-and-Out and Five Guys at once.


All the parts required to build this kind of experience are here in Marvel Heroes.

The randomly generated environments are present, even more so than in Diablo. The loot is given a great variety as each item only fits one of the twenty heroes available, with more heroes to come after release. The stats are there, the plethora of unique foes, beautiful environments, the complex abilities choices fleshing out interesting heroes to encouraging various strategies. There is great variety in hero type and customization options. The gameplay is precise, engaging and diverse. The story is written Brian Michael Bendis. It’s perfect, really. Everything this reviewer could possibly hope for in this particular genre.

Simply put, this is Marvel’s Diablo 2.

More than an imitator, Marvel Heroes has what many found lacking from Diablo 3: David Brevik. The lead designer for the first two Diablo games, Brevik surely had the experience to create something new and revolutionary. Instead, he took Diablo 2 and perfected it under a modern Marvel mask. It appears to me rather obviously that this is Brevik’s work as the game has the exact same flavor as Diablo 2, despite the vastly different aesthetic. The team around him surely kept a steady focus on Brevik’s vision, and have delivered a sublime experience with a special bonus: f2p.


All hail the free-to-play model!

Not to mention being highly lucrative for the developer, the free-to-play (f2p) model draws in a much larger audience than the standard sales model as there’s no cost upfront. Being given access to the entire game (with one free hero of your choice) is an incredible gain for any prospective player, and encourages play up to the point where the player wants a new hero. From here, you can choose what you want to spend in order to unlock the heroes you want to play: money or time.

Anyone can download and play for free with the initial free champions. Subsequently, players can unlock new heroes, costumes, XP/item find bonuses, pets and more through a standard microtransaction model, or through various bundles at $20, $60 and $200.

While many see microtransactions as a way to suck cash out of existing players, the free-to-play model allows for a buffet of sorts: only pay for what you can eat. You can have a blast grinding and farming your way to the level cap of 30 without spending a dime for the experience. Being able to pick up a costume here or a hero there when it suits the player is a powerful thing. Some purchases, like storage tabs in your S.T.A.S.H. (Stark Armory & Supply Hoard), are more necessary than, say, access to exclusive daily missions or crafting materials. But the game refrains from the pay-to-win structure by leaving the power of the heroes themselves reliant on the extensively statistical items that drop along the way.

Initially conceived as an MMO, Marvel Heroes plays more like a straight action RPG with a few social elements imported from MMOs such as players being able to run into strangers on the overall maps, with many single instances for players to run alone or with friends. Elements such as World of Warcraft-style instances and perpetual worlds with people busy at play all around you are a bit of a break from the traditional formula. Although I'd enjoy a single-player experience, this addition isn't ruinous and many will enjoy the social integration. There are larger world events one can stumble across, and the diversity derived from random encounters in the world with different players is uniquely appreciated here in Marvel style.

Simply put, there is no reason not to give Marvel Heroes a go.

If you already know that action RPGs aren’t your thing, why are you still reading? If it is your thing, but Marvel isn’t your flavor, all you’ve lost is a bit of time and disk space. If it is, well, say goodbye to your free time and hello to a superbly crafted, vast time sink of an action RPG with a great cast of heroes and much more content to come.

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