A great many of us film/comic book geeks are still amped up after seeing The Avengers and in turn are desperately looking to fill our superhero fix in a video game. Ubisoft may be providing us with a comic inspired game based on The Avengers later this year, but the Wii U and Kinect basis of the game has it standing as questionable as of now. The amount of good Marvel based video game offerings may be rather slim if not entirely scarce, but we will have one option later down the road: the free-to-play Marvel MMO.
After striking out with an unreleased MMO that was destined as an Xbox 360 exclusive, Marvel decided to take another stab at giving its audience to become their favorite superhero and engage with those that they love – even if such a character is none other than Squirrel Girl. Dubbed Marvel Heroes, the comic book giant’s second attempt in the MMO space seems to be faring better than its doomed predecessor as we actually have a gameplay trailer for the game today.
Marvel Heroes may not feature sweeping camera angles or a gameplay outline similar to Crackdown or Infamous, but taking inspiration from games such as Diablo and Marvel Ultimate Alliance seems like a good thing to me. A bit short on giving us epic battle snippets, the debut trailer for Marvel Heroes does highlight the visuals, which look good, and the gameplay which seems to be following the standard pattern seen in the ever cherished Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
The scope Marvel and develop Gazillion Entertainment have for Marvel Heroes is impressive considering they’re hoping to include multiple character cameos on top of the playable roster which includes 36 characters. Even more, it appears that the plan is to still allow gamers to actually play as established Marvel heroes as opposed to merely interacting with them like in DC Universe Online. So in the wake of Activision forgoing the Ultimate Alliance franchise it seems like Marvel Heroes will be our best bet for solid superhero action in which we can either shoot stuff up as Deadpool, smash stuff as the Hulk, or be all noble and heroic as Captain America.
Unless something unexpected occurs in the next few months, Marvel Heroes will still be offered as a free-to-play game exclusive to the PC. I know it sucks that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners won’t be able to get in on the action but playing games on the PC is always a good thing and it’s nice to see the free-to-play genre continue to receive quality stuff.