Oh Cable, we used to think your pouches were so, so cool. Now you’re just a reminder of the horrible Rob Liefeld era of comics.
Anyway, as I’ve been upping my Marvel Heroes playtime lately, I’ve come to realize just how much I don’t know about this game. On the surface it’s pretty straight-forward: click-click, loot-loot, rinse and repeat. But after months of casually dabbling in it, I’m still mystified when it comes to the game’s many modes, systems, its insane variety of gear types, and what I should actually be doing.
So I’m approaching this ignorance with a two-pronged attack. The first is that I’m engaging in something I’m informally calling the Level 25 Project: I’m leveling all of my regular (non-level 10 capped) characters to level 25 through Midtown Madness and Industry Patrol. This has a lot of benefits I’m finding:
- I’m unlocking a ton of level 25 synergies to use on any character
- I’m forcing myself to sit down and get to know some of these heroes I wouldn’t normally play
- I’m getting tons of loot to feed to the crafter and enchanter vendors (which is apparently Something You Should Do)
- And with the recent cosmic event, I’m quickly gearing up all of these characters with yellow gear
Thus far I’ve completed it on Black Panther and Cable, and am currently working on Daredevil. Black Panther was so-so, with some ranged knife attacks and a smallish AoE that was decent for multiple mobs, but I never quite warmed up to him. Cable is a character that I really don’t like, personality-wise, but at least he’s a straight-forward ranged DPS class with lots of buffs. I kept using his slow-firing homing shot that would hit an enemy and detonate with a strong AOE. Satisfying to play. And Daredevil is my first melee class, which is somewhat infuriating to play, but I did get one ranged bouncy skill that’s helping with the massed mobs.
The other thing I’m doing is enrolling in Marvel U. That’s what I’m calling “perusing the guides section of the Marvel Forum and realizing that there have to be players with actual degrees in this game — doctorates, no less — to understand it all.”
Everyone seems to love this following 3.5-hour video in which the guide walks new players through most of the game’s systems. I want to point to the length there: It takes him three-and-a-half hours to fully explain what’s going on here. Marvel Heroes has some insane depth for a Diablo clone.
Anyway, I’m digesting it in chunks and have already learned quite a few things — including the guide’s penchant for saying the word “essentially.” If you end up watching this, keep a tally on that word. And don’t make it into a drinking game, or else you will perish.