I’ve been playing Heros of the Storm on and off since it first went onto beta. It’s the first Moba style game I’ve played.. in case you’re wondering (I was), a moba is…
Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), also known as action real-time strategy (ARTS), originated as a subgenre of the real-time strategy (RTS) genre of video games, in which a player controls a single character in one of two teams. Wikipedia.
Basically it’s a team of 4-5 players (you can play with real ppl or AI players which is good if you don’t feel like interacting) against another team (AI or real) and you play across a map with the ultimate aim of destroying the other team’s towers which are protecting a larger tower called a Core before they destroy yours. First team to fully destroy the other’s Core wins the game. There are objectives to complete along the way that can help your team destroy the others and there are little minions that spawn for each team that can help attack and hold up the other side as you try to win.
Li Li, Malfurion and Falstad.
The toon I haven’t played with but really want to try, mostly because of how awesome she looks is Sylvanas.
Seriously awesome looking. I wonder if she and Arthas have any interaction if they are in a match together. She’s currently 10k gold to buy (not sure how much in real money), I have enough to buy her but I’m holding off until she comes free to play just to try her out. I would hate to spend my in-game gold on a toon I didn’t actually like to play once I try her.
The game goes live today, I’m not sure what time due to the time difference between here (Aus) and the game headquarters (US) but as there won’t be any more wipes the integration from beta to live should be seemless and no progress should be lost.
As a perk of it going live Blizzard has a little facebook game set up and you can take part and get a free mount for your Hero to ride around on. I didn’t know about this, so a big thanks to Cinder for posting about it or I might never had known. Basically you like the Heros facebook page and play a quick game building a team of 5 of your facebook friends and assigning traits to your team. Then, based on the traits you pick you and your friends are matched to the Heros toon that most resemble you. The traits I took for myself were Chatterbox and Likes to Explore and I was matched up with Zeratul; a Starcraft npc I know nothing about but apparently it’s a chatty exploring type.
Malfurion on his new Mechanospider mount.
There’s also a pet in the pet journal, Graves, that comes from reaching level 20 in Heros of the Storm, so I’m really hoping this little guy will turn up in the mail when the game goes live.
It’s a free to play game and there’s no real reason to spend real money on the game to be able to play it so if you’ve been thinking about it, definitely give it a try, the matches are relatively fast and watching and listening to the different characters is really entertaining.