The only game where you will find characters from Starcraft, Diablo III World of Warcraft, and Overwatch fighting each other for a God’s favor is Heroes of the Storm. Any fans of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre should know what Heroes of the Storm is. A title seldom talked about in a world where League of Legends and Overwatch are the go to MOBAs, Heroes of the Storm provides innovative, rewarding gameplay completely free of charge.
What sets Heroes of the Storm apart from its competitors is the fact that it has multiple battlegrounds. In most MOBAs there is one trademark battleground that you fight on all the time. Heroes of the Storm prides itself by always throwing you into a different battleground every time you play. In addition, Each battleground comes with secondary objectives to complete to help you win the game. For example, in the battleground, Volskaya Foundry you and your team will fight to keep control of an area of the map in addition to destroying the enemy’s core. The team who can hold the point for approx. 100 seconds gets to pilot a giant robot to mow down the opposing team.
Another defining element of Heroes of the Storm is its character selection. The game introduces a unique class type to pick from, the specialist. Specialists are actually the generalists of the game. They are typically picked for farming experience for your team to level up or use for tearing down fortifications. The specialist role that Blizzard Inc. implements is a refreshing next step for the genre.
Heroes of the Storm values teamwork above all else with its level system. Your team shares an experience pool. You are all at the same level, and you all should be working to level yourselves up so you can have an advantage on the enemy. Leveling up gives your heroes unique talents that enhance their skills. While in other MOBAs killing enemy heroes is vital to winning, in Heroes of the Storm, killing offers a large bonus to experience, but isn’t vital to winning the game. This is why it is crucial to work as a team.
Of course, everything has its downsides. The quick play “pick who you want to play” system is flawed. Most people want to play the hard hitting assassin role and not enough people want to play damage absorbing tanks and healers. This causes the matchmaking system to make some interesting choices when it comes to team composition. You haven’t lived until you survived a game with three specialists, a tank, and a healer.
Also with great MOBAs comes great toxicity. Almost anyone who has ever played a game of this genre knows that there are bad people in the world who say mean things. Luckily, Blizzard is good about banning or silencing people who get reported for verbal abuse.
Heroes of the Storm is a free MOBA that offers variety in gameplay. Teamwork is valued above all else in the game. Any fan of the Blizzard Inc. franchise or MOBAs will find themselves enjoying this game.
Heroes of the Storm can be downloaded for free from their website (make sure there is enough space on your hard drive first).