I’ve played just about every game in Blizzard’s stable. At least once. And you know what I’ve noticed? Blizzard is is a lot like Apple. For instance, Apple didn’t invent the cellphone. But they created the iPhone. Blizzard didn’t create the MMO genre. But they came out with World of Warcraft. Apple didn’t invent tablets , but they created the iPad. Blizzard didn’t invent RTS but they created Starcraft. See what I’m doing here? Blizzard doesn’t really create anything new. They perfect whats already out there. Then they make it nice and pretty. Then they pack it in your pipe. Then tell you, “Go Ahead. The first ones free.” Then we puff. And we puff. And we puff. And well-you get the picture.
Last month I packed my pipe with all things Heroes of the Storm. Once again, all is right with the world. My pride is back on life support. And me and my wallet are in couples therapy. Is it good? I’ll put it this way: If Heroes of the Storm were a drug, Blizzard would owe Heisenberg an apology.
Here’s 8 reasons I think heroes of the storm will become your new addiction:
1. Its Not All About You
Online gaming can be a “dog eat dog” experience. And I’m talking about working with your team. Not to mention actually winning the game. One of the problems with online gaming is you can find yourself competing with your teammates instead of, you know, actually trying to win the game. Lots of these problems stem from having individual stats, like “kills” and so forth. This fosters a competitive atmosphere within the team. And if someone doesn’t seem to be pulling their wait, it can get ugly. This is normally when the harassment starts, controllers get slammed and players “rage quit”. Heroes of the Storm avoids these scenarios by focusing on team objectives. Every match has a series of objectives the team has to complete in order to win the game. If your team can’t gel together, there’s a good chance you’ll lose. So its not about your kill score or how l33t you are. Your success and failures in each map centers around your teams ability to work together.
2. Gaming is a Jealous God
One of my issues with online gaming isn’t just the harassment. Its the time. Face it. You’re an grown up now. The times of guzzling Mountain Dew and gaming through the wee hours of the night are behind you. You have responsibilities. Like working 50 hours a week, paying bills, and other grown up stuff. So you just don’t have time to play games like you used to. Subsequently, you just won’t be as good as some other players. You don’t have the time. You can’t afford to. One of Blizzards most popular titles, World of Warcraft is a perfect example of a time sink. And I’m not casting stones, I used to play it too. People have literally given years of their lives playing that game. I never put that much into playing that game, but I have played it more than I cared to admit. And you have too. If you don’t believe me type “/timeplayed” in Wow’s chat window. Go ahead. I’ll wait. See?
Heroes of the Storm, however, frees you from these kind of concerns. First of all, its not an MMO. Its better. Its a Multi Online Battle Arena, or MOBA for short. The best thing about MOBAs is that it combines the best elements of MMOs and RTS. So you get all the fun of leveling up a character, and actually having time to play with it.
3. It’s Cheaper Than Hearthstone
Oh Hearthstone, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. $3, $10,420 -wait what? Uh yeah. Amassing a winning deck in Hearthstone is like playing Russian Roulette. With a nuke. No matter how much money you spend purchasing cards, you have no control over the cards you get. Its all random. May the odds forever be in your favor. Good luck with that. Heroes of the storm, on the other hand is a lot cheaper and can even be free. How much is heroes of the storm? Well. Its complicated.
You can sign up for the beta on Battlenet’s website and/or you can be randomly selected to get a beta key. You can also watch some gamers stream, and there are various websites that give them way. The best way, in my opinion, is to “buy in” to the closed beta by purchasing something called the “Founders Pack” for $39.99. Its a better deal than it sounds. You get 4 heroes, 3 mounts and an extra skin per hero. Then you can level up these heroes to get “coins”, which is Heroes of the Storms in game currency. Then you can use these coins to purchase more heroes, then level them up too. Then collect more coins. Rinse and repeat.
4. Preparation is Key
Heroes of the storm is currently in closed beta. Closed beta is the time a few select players are invited to play a game so they can note any glitches or gameplay issues. Not me. I’m perfecting my play style. When this hits mainstream I’ll be the one doing the “pwning”.
5. Kicking It Old School
You can play as characters from various Blizzard games. You can play characters from the ’90s like the Lost Vikings. You can even play as Thrall. Yes–that Thrall for all the WoW fans. I’ll let that sink in a moment..
6. N00b Approved
Heroes of the Storm is easy. Like all Blizzard games, Heroes of the Storm is “n00b approved”. Which is my way of saying there’s a very low learning curve. You don’t have to feel like you’re at a disadvantage because you don’t live in your Mom’s basement. So, if you just want do some gaming, have a little fun, and maintain a somewhat normal social life. Heroes of the Storm is for you.
7. Built To Last
The best is yet to come. Take it from Dustin Crowder. He’s the game director for Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft 2. I believe him. You should too.
8. Looks Aren’t Everything
Graphics aren’t everything; just damn near. Take a look after these visuals. After you pick your jaw off the floor, you can get the Founders Pack.
It’s a pretty exciting time to be a gamer. There are lot of great games, for low prices. Heroes of the Storm is (will be) one of them. So what are you waiting for? Join us. I mean its not like you have anything better to do. At least not until Overwatch comes out.