marvel heroes omega
Hulk smash, Squirrel Girl smash too
Dozens of Marvel characters in Diablostyle multiplayer dungeon crawl that doesn’t cost a penny to play. It’s a tempting proposition, but even in the world of ‘free’ games there’s usually a price to pay.
So what do you get for the princely sum of zero pounds? You can pick almost any character from the start and play as far as you want up to the level 10 cap, which will probably take about an hour. After that, you can continue playing but earn no more XP, you can start again with somebody new or you can opt to fully unlock the character and access all of the game’s content.
This is where you might have to start paying, of course. As is typical in this sort of thing there are multiple ingame currencies, one of which costs real money. Unlocking characters can be done with crystals that drop from defeated enemies, but these are relatively rare. So while it’s technically possible to see almost everything using only the fruits of your in-game labour, the time required to earn those crystals is designed to be sufficiently vast as to make the prospect of shelling out some cash seem like a sensible option. Unlocking a major character like Spider-Man will cost many hours of grinding, or about £6.
Your free account (an Xbox Live Gold sub is also required) has enough starter funds to fully unlock either the Hulk or one of the less popular characters, so you don’t have to stay stuck at level 10 if you’re on a tight (zero) budget. We opted for Squirrel Girl, who has a giant bushy tail and floats around on a carpet of deadly ninja squirrels, and to be honest she seems every bit as effective as any of the others. Plus she isn’t Hulk, so at least she’s easy to spot among the hordes of identi-Hulks in the early areas.
Rinse and repeat
The game is extremely repetitive. Visit an area, smash some enemies, grab some loot. It doesn’t seem to make much difference which characters you join on a raid, as there are no rigid class roles to follow. Cooperation is definitely optional, and everyone just zooms around the screen, smashing everything in sight. If you want to pretend you’re in a team of superheroes rather than just a massive button-bashing free-for-all, a party of friends is the only way.
Even then it’s not exactly subtle. Standing still and spamming the attack buttons takes care of most opponents, as long as you remember to dodge when bigger enemies are charging up some sort of super weapon. Loot can be equipped whenever you find a breathing space during battle, but we were hard pressed to tell the difference between all the boots, gloves and armour we swiftly amassed. And while there might be some variation in stats, everything looks exactly the same when equipped, which is very poor indeed.
The stilted animation, low-res textures and shuddering framerate in busy areas aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye, but it seems a bit mean to dismiss the game for its lack of high-end production values. You can download it for free and make up your own mind – consider it an extended demo – but we can’t imagine the take-up on those currency packs is going to be all that high.
“Unlocking SpiderMan will cost many hours of grinding, or about £ 6”
right Zoom in to get a good look at your hero, although the game is hard to play like this.