Heroes of the Storm is a place where all the strongest characters of the Blizzard universe meet in an online battle arena. This article will be a comprehensive review of Blizzard’s MOBA. Read our Heroes of the Storm review if you want to know more about the gameplay, story and DLCs.
|Type of game:||MOBA|
|Total Play Time:||30 Hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel i5
GPU: GeForce GTX 650
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
HDD Space: 10 GB
The World of Heroes of the Storm
This review will spend time breaking down all the features of Heroes of the Storm. We will home in on each feature individually. Upon release, Heroes of the Storm was met with mixed reception and middling scores. In the years since its release, however, the game has improved in many ways.
Atmoshpere & Location
The Heroes of the Storm world is a unique mix of Blizzard’s entire catalog. Heroes and villains from World of Warcraft go head-to-head with characters from Diablo, Overwatch and Starcraft. The result is a zany team brawler where spells and magic meet high-tech weaponry.
The game is divided into short bouts of 5-on-5 combat that are played out in one of several unique arenas. Like other MOBAs, each map features unique design choices that add complexity to the battle. The maps exist in a realm called the “Nexus” which is a place where all Blizzard characters have gathered for battle.
Despite its influences from other Blizzard games, Heroes of the Storm brings to the table an entirely original soundtrack. Composed of heavy drums and choral harmonies, the music is appropriately epic for battle. The ambient music of the main menu screen is also perfect for making pre-game decisions.
With a cast of heroes featuring such a wide range of spells and abilities, the game’s effects are impressive — especially when compared to other MOBAs like League of Legends or Dota 2. Though you’ll need a decent PC to notice the full detail of spells and abilities, battles feel colorful and exciting.
From Jaina Proudmoore to Jim Raynor, Heroes of the Storm features a diverse list of Blizzard characters with unique spells and abilities. Blizzard’s universe is one of the biggest in all of gaming, and their characters have fun and believable personalities.
As a game that is designed exclusively for online multiplayer, Heroes of the Storm does not follow the journey of a main character. Instead, each player forges their own story by testing out different heroes and determining which ones they enjoy playing as. Many players go on to master a single character.
Though each character features a unique set of abilities, there are five primary classes of heroes:
- Assassins look to deal burst damage and use evasive abilities to quickly escape combat.
- Warriors are damage sponges that look to control the pace of the battle on the front line.
- Specialist heroes have diverse kits that allow for a mix of damage, healing and crowd control.
- Support heroes empower and heal their teammates — but can also deal some damage.
- Multi-Class heroes can adapt during the battle to specialize in one of the other four roles.
Teams composed of characters that cover all possible roles are usually more successful. Heroes of the Storm is a game about strategy and balance. Playing to the strengths of your team’s heroes is a vital part of your success. There is always a particular objective that specific characters will have an advantage on.
The appearance of each character is also customizable. Every character has a number of unique skins that are inspired by that character’s backstory. Unlocking these skins often takes a lot of play time on an individual character, and they are symbols of a player’s mastery of a hero. Running into an enemy assassin with a legendary skin is always a foreboding experience.
Once again, Heroes of the Storm’s multiplayer focus diminishes from any traditional storyline. On a general level, we know that characters across the Blizzard universe have arrived at the Nexus for combat. Why they are fighting is not a question the game is interested in answering.
Each character brings a unique backstory that can be found in each of their original games or in material online. This information, however, will do little to increase your understanding of Heroes of the Storm.
Though lacking in story, each round of Heroes of the Storm has a crystal-clear objective: destroy the enemy team’s core before they destroy yours. To complete this goal, you and your four teammates will work together in completing map-based objectives and gaining experience points. As you gain more experience, you can spend points to increase the power of your character. At max level, every hero is capable of turning the tide of the battle.
As you eliminate enemy minions and complete other map-based objectives, your character eventually gains access to an “ultimate” ability. These are super-powerful moves that, when used properly, put an immediate impact on the battlefield. One of your main objectives should be charging these abilities and using them strategically with your teammates. Ultimate abilities that are chained together might eliminate an entire enemy team in a matter of seconds.
It’s best to approach Heroes of the Storm as a game that doesn’t have a story… yet. Your trials and tribulations on the battlefield are a huge part of the game’s narrative. Every player should walk away from Heroes of the Storm with their own exciting stories of conquest in the arena. Of course, so much of your experiences will depend on teammates. The game is best played with a group of friends.
DLC & Expansion Packs
The expansion content in Heroes of the Storm follows the same pricing model as the rest of the game. Major content like maps and modes are always free and are automatically added to the game. New heroes and skins are unlocked with in-game currency, or they can be bought outright for a small fee (usually around $5).
Though you can buy your way into a greater collection of heroes and skins, the game should not be considered “pay-to-win”. Free-to-play users can unlock content at a reasonable pace.
What’s mainly important here is that Blizzard continues to regularly update Heroes of the Storm. Though we are two and a half years from the game’s official release, Blizzard continues to add new maps, heroes, modes and balance updates that are keeping the arena fresh.
Heroes of the Storm is a great MOBA featuring a diverse cast of characters, complex arena battles and consistent developer support. Though it lacks in story, it compensates by arming you with the tools to create your own memories. Teamwork and strategy will help you climb the game’s ranked ladder. So long as you’ve got a reliable group of friends, the Nexus could be a great place to spend some time.
Do you have any experiences, thoughts or questions about Heroes of the Storm? Let us know!