The free-to-play, “Diablo”-like “Marvel Heroes” did everything as advertised on the tin when I played it last year during PAX Prime, but very little about the experience felt as vital or fluid as something like “Marvel Ultimate Alliance.” The combat (at the time) didn’t have much punch with swarms of generic enemies wandering into your field of (at the time) wildly overpowered attacks before reaching one of the classic Marvel villains for an end-stage battle. The environment I saw–rundown city streets, the interior of the X-Mansion–didn’t exactly inspire confidence that this would be something whose visuals we’d be talking about for a while (the words “drab,” “lifeless” come to mind). But again, time and development can fix many things.
If you want early access to “Marvel Heroes,” Gazillion is offering a tiered Founder’s Program, with a $199 buy-in granting you access to the game starting May 28, while the $59.99 and $19.99 packs can get you in on the 31 and June 2 respectively.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Cosmic Cube is a device of untold power capable of changing the very fabric of reality at the whim of its possessor. The brilliant but malevolent Dr. Doom has the Cube, and with it he aims to reshape the world in his own image. Determined to succeed where the Cube’s previous wielders have failed, Doom has lined up villainous allies to prevent the super-heroes from interfering. Can you unravel Doctor Doom’s sinister plan and stop him before it’s too late?
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