Story: As this is a comic book based video game, I’m sure you can guess what the stories entail, right? A collection of the world’s greatest superheroes unite to face down one villain after another, in various scenarios and situations. The main campaign tasks you to battle through chapters, each with a core villain at the end and bolstered by other villains as you progress. So you take out numerous low level enemies, battle elites, then take on mini-bosses, before you go toe-to-toe with the super villain of the chapter, then you target the next chapter’s bad guys. The stories are fun and have a strong comic book feel, as well as taking us to varied locales and mixing up the enemy types, so it never feels retread or dull. So that’s the concept here, you choose your hero and battle it out with hordes with enemies.
Gameplay: Marvel Heroes Omega is an action rpg in the vein of Diablo, you kill off tons of enemies and collect a ton of loot. As you progress, you hope to upgrade your gear and over time, grow your power to immense levels. If you ever played the X-Men Legends or Ultimate Alliance games, then imagine that style of gameplay, but on a much grander and more complex scale. The mechanics feel great and combat is a blast, not to mention you choose between a wide scopes of styles, with 38 playable characters at launch. As this is a free-to-play game, you are able to sample each hero until level 10, then you’ll need to unlock them to continue. New heroes are unlocked with an in-game currency you collect from fallen enemies, which is a fair, but time intensive approach. If you don’t mind some real cash being spent, you can purchase premium currency as well, then unlock the ones you want instantly. While it does take a while to save up the in-game shards to get a new hero, it is nice to have a free option and since this kind of game involves a lot of grind time, it isn’t bad at all.
The roster is impressive and isn’t a bunch of cloned move sets, as each one feels unique and brings that hero to life well. Mowing down packs of enemies with guns as Punisher, smashing everything in sight as The Hulk, or even summoning demons as Magik, it all feels true to the comic books and is a lot of fun. The heroes each have deep move sets, allowing you to customize your special abilities to tailor how you play, so you could have an entire group of the same hero, with different skill sets. I found the combat to be pure action rpg heaven, crisp and responsive controls and a huge arsenal of abilities, great fun if you like to tinker and theorycraft with your heroes. Just being able to optimize your heroes to your own personal playstyle is such a welcome approach, I love that aspect of Marvel Heroes Omega. The heroes each collect their own loot as well, so outside of certain gear items, they have unique items and stat boosting priorities, another nice touch.
As I said, these kind of games tend to be grind intensive and this one is no different, but it offers a wealth of content to explore. After you finish the campaign chapters, you can battle villains in an assortment of multi-stage operations and even patrol the city with your fellow heroes. The patrols let you team up with other players, save citizens, and fight it out with powerful villains. So imagine a large group of heroes, all working as a unit to bring down the Brotherhood of Evil or a squad of Sentinels, it is very cool and a lot of fun. It is a welcome change of pace from the rest of the game, to be sure. If that’s not enough, you can collect Danger Room schematics, then explore randomized levels that provide bonuses or hindrances and task you to fight through several stages to accomplish your goals and face off with a super villain. These add so much replay value, as each feels fresh and it is like getting special orders from headquarters, very cool and such a great inclusion.
The graphics are solid for a game of this type, with great character designs and enemy variety depth. Not on the same level as the elite visual games out there, but rock solid for an action rpg and even in huge battles during patrols, the game performs well and that is a huge plus. As far as monetization, the game offers faster character unlocks, as I said, plus boosts like extra experience, inventory expansions, and of course, loot boxes that have a chance to contain a new skin for a hero. This is random, but even if you don’t get a skin you wanted, you can collect a premium currency from the boxes and redeem it for whichever ones you’re after. So the prices are on the expensive side, but the system is much more fair than some games out there. Marvel Heroes Omega is one of the best action rpgs available and being free-to-play, there’s no reason not to jump in if you’re a fan of Marvel or action rpgs.