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Marvel Heroes - The End is Nigh!

Posted Fri, Jun 28, 2013 by Dalmarus

Marvel Heroes End Game

Name Something That Blocks the Endgame

Last week, I posted a Marvel Heroes review. While it's not the greatest game on the planet, it's not the worst by any means either. To its credit, it’s also extremely kid friendly. As promised, I finally got a chance to check out some of the endgame content this week and I'm here to deliver the goods on what I found.

As a side note, since I hadn't gotten to the very end of the main storyline last week, let me add this little bit in regards to the storyline gameplay. The developers at Gazillion have broken one of my personal cardinal rules when it comes to any video game, no matter what type it is: do not let me play the entire game in one manner without difficulty and then block me at the very end of the game by making me play in some other manner. Nothing drives me crazier than making my way through an entire game just to get road blocked at the very end. It isn't fun, it isn't cool, and it's incredibly frustrating.

Marvel Heroes End Game

The final battle with Doctor Doom should be done with a group (though there is no indication of this in the game). The fight has three phases and, while the first two are long and a bit tough to solo, they can be done without an extreme amount of effort. At level 28, I found it impossible to get past the last phase (and I spent hours trying). Finally, with a bunch of bothering people and begging, I eventually managed to gather a group together and we handled the fight with little trouble. Done with a group, the fight is not frustrating, and is actually pretty cool.

Here's my problem with that though. I was able to solo my way through everything else in the game up until that point, and I do mean everything. If you allow a player to solo his way through the entirety of your main storyline, DON'T CHANGE THE RULES FOR THE LAST BATTLE. Ever. Okay, final battle rant over. On to the endgame!

Top Four Answers Are on the Board

When you defeat Doctor Doom, the Cosmic Cube he had in his possession shatters into thousands of pieces. Each of these cube shards has the power to cause major trouble and is creating an increasing number of pocket universes. Left untouched, these alternate realities will destroy ours. That's where you come in. It's your job to go into each of these dimensions (accessed through the daily missions - the green and red terminals) and clean them up. The problem with this is that they're all places you've already played through. Problem number two is that by the time you finally get through the main storyline, you're high enough in level that there's no need to do anything more than stand and shoot for the most part.

Marvel Heroes End Game

That alone would make the gameplay in each of these areas boring enough, but the fact that they also take place in the exact same places you've already gone through is disheartening, even if well explained by the destruction of the cube. If you've only played through the storyline once, this may not be a complete deal breaker for you. Since all superheroes start out at level one though (even if you obtain a new one when you’re level 25), then anyone that has taken the time to level more than one character will have gone through each of these areas even more times. The combination of all these factors means that for me, the daily mission section of the endgame isn't worth playing.

Show Me “Challenges!”

There are two more categories of gameplay that may satisfy your needs. Using the purple terminal, you can access group challenges or survival challenges. If you choose a group mission, you'd better have a group ready to go. Otherwise, you're going to find yourself in an area with an incredible number of mobs to fight your way through by your very lonesome. It's not something I would recommend. While there aren't many of these maps, the fact that you can play them with a group and just destroy everything in your path instantly makes them a little more entertaining than the daily missions.

Marvel Heroes End Game

The other type of mission you can access through the purple terminal is called Survival. Once you've unlocked it (you need to complete the first group mission at least once to get access to the first survival map), you will randomly be paired with 10-15 other superheroes and pitted against wave after wave of various foes. I'd love to tell you all how this played out, but there's one problem... getting a group to complete the previously mentioned group challenge required to unlock this gameplay mode was a fruitless lesson in frustration.

If there were a group finding tool, or if the chat window wasn't defaulted to being closed, maybe this wouldn't be much of an issue. After repeatedly asking random players around me to join a group though, I eventually gave up. This is too bad, because I’ve heard the Survival Challenges are actually a lot of fun. Let this be yet another lesson to development teams - quit putting roadblocks in your game content unless you have a clear system in place to assist those players trying to progress.

Two Strikes. One More and the Henderson’s Can Steal

If PvE isn't your bag, there is one last nugget of interest for the Marvel Heroes endgame crowd - PvP. It's currently in a beta stage, so don't expect much. Oh wait, there is one thing you can expect... to get ganked by a level 44 enemy when you're level 28. Seriously, the fact that there's no level separation in the PvP maps or teams is just ridiculous. So until you get high enough to start doing the ganking, I'd say avoid the PvP at all costs. That said, it is in a beta stage, so there’s no telling what kinds of changes we’re likely to see in the future.

Survey Says…

So at the end of the day, has my previous verdict (score) for Marvel Heroes changed in light of all this? No. I stand by the score I gave and the reasons I gave it, all with the caveat of not having played the endgame. For myself, I think I'd have more fun bringing another hero up through the storyline than I would playing any of the endgame content in Marvel Heroes. Your mileage may vary, and for your sake, I hope it does. The main game is relatively solid and definitely worth checking out. Just don't expect a bed of roses to lie in once you defeat Doctor Doom.

Wow interesting review. I would like to add a few comments about the game play myself. It looks like you chose Deadpool which was my "hero" as well. I found that the majority of the game could be done by myself. however when I needed to I turned on the auto group function and I was generally grouped with 3 or more players until i decided to leave that group. As deadpool I was able to down Doom with the help of Storm who was about 2 lvl's above me. (and about 10 deaths even with God Mode)

While your statements about current "endgame" content are mostly correct there is a little more to it than just rinse repeat. All 3 terminals have 3 different levels and locations. each color terminal is used for specific goals. the green (solo) is for gaining XP and gear basically for your other toons. the red (group of 3 or more) is for gaining Gear and Super rare drops. the purple has a group challenge map ( 4 or more) that is random in that the mobs spawn in several waves could be any of the evil groups in the universe. The end boss is also random and drops an upgraded medallion which gives your toon more POWER. you also have the added disadvantage that as a group you can only die X number of times or it is a Fail as well. It also has a Timed event called Limbo also random mobs and end boss. but it is a join as a solo make groups once inside and is kinda a world event in that you can have 20 or more toons all defending that world It is mainly for massive amounts of XP to get you to lvl cap. The boss has a chance to drop some rare rewards as well as a high lvl medallion.

The end game needs work if it is to keep experienced players excited. but it is more than just rinse repeat. Releasing the game with out in game mail was a big bad Idea. The ability to only friend people when they are on line is just wrong in this age. Once you hit lvl cap with your toon it basicly becomes a loot game if you do not lvl other toons. Free players end up with 2 or more additional random toons by then. The game is not nearly as deeply playable as say Neverwinter but it has the potential to be a very solid game if the guys and gals at Gazillion can add more features that today's gamer expects and can quickly add content to help with the rise repeat feeling that the end game currently has.

Ok well thats my 5 cents to add to your review. I hope that gives a little more info about the End game play and perhaps helps people who haven't gotten there yet or are on the fence about trying out the game. Bottom line for me at least playing deadpool and listing to his smart mouth has not gotten old YET.

Thanks.
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