Marvel Heroes (Hands-on Preview)

The tagline that the Gazillion Studios team, would like us to take on board for Marvel Heroes is: “Marvel meets Diablo on Steroids.” Considered the President of the company is one David Brevik, co-founder of Blizzard North and creator of Diablo and Diablo II, we’re inclined to take notice.

This upcoming action MMORPG would be a tempting enough prospect for fans of the genre and the world’s most iconic name in comics. Consider this though: the game will be free-to-play. Sure there will be optional micro-transactions, but you’ll be able to play all the way through the game without spending a dime. “We’re aiming to create the highest quality free-to-play game ever made,” ambitious, but there’s no denying the potential.

Brevik displays an infectious enthusiasm for the game: “I specifically sought this project out; it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. The heroes and their powers fit really well into a Diablo-style game. Not only that, but there are things that these heroes can do that have never been done in an action role playing game.”

The devs are clearly on the offensive towards the competition too: “You play as the Marvel heroes themselves. In other Superhero MMOs you kind of make your own character – Sparkly McGee and Firepants Joe. And nobody knows who Firepants Joe is right? So here you get to play as the big guys.” It’s a sly dig at DC Universe Online and that game’s philosophy of creating your own badly dressed flying abomination. Playable heroes include all the top names such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor, Deadpool and many more.

Ok, so there’ll be no flying around here, thanks to the grounded nature of the heroes, but the top-down isometric viewpoint would make such frivolities pointless anyway. Besides, do you remember how slow and awkward the flying was is DCUO? No more of that thanks.

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