What matters most?
Gazillion Entertainment released a new developer diary yesterday to shed a bit more light on their upcoming game Marvel Heroes, this time a video with COO David Brevik . They seem to be taking the smart approach now of putting Brevik out in front and really pushing the fact that he was one of the creative heads that made Diablo 1 and 2. Few people could argue that his being involved is NOT a good thing considering the love for Diablo 1 and 2 in the PC gaming world.
Now the game has not really been shown much and lots of comments around the internet are focusing mostly on one specific aspect of the game, or the lack of something. Players do not create their own character in Marvel Heroes, much as they did not in Diablo 1 and 2. Instead you choose from existing characters and play thru the game with them and power them up in ways in which are more suitable to your own style. So yes, there will be perhaps mulitple Iron Man players at one time, but some may be more defensive built or some could be more offensive built. Add to that the fact that additional skins for your character can be unlocked or purchased and there can be some significant variety on screen. For those complaining about three Wolverines on screen at once I have to wonder if playing Diablo 2 with three Paladins was a major issue.. so much so that they stopped playing.
Adding on top of the fact that Brevik is involved is that the main storyline head is Brian Michael Bendis who was a big part of the Marvel Ultimate launch. Few could reasonably question his storytelling abilities.
So the question is what do you really care about? Is it absolutely important to create from scratch a character all your own? I remember the early days of City of Heroes where despite the amazing character creator I was surrounded by Wolverine and Superman copies…. hell even some of the names were copies. Marvel Heroes is focusing not on the character creator but more on the content to experience. Personally I want to explore some of these zones… I want to run around as Captain America dishing out justice with my shield or play as Wolverine exploring the Morlock tunnels… especially if I can do so during perhaps say the Mutant Massacre.
I like the approach they are taking with Marvel Heroes.. is it an MMORPG? Hell if I know. Will it be massive? I am not really sure what that means anymore. I do know it will be online… I do know it will have multiplayer aspects.. not so sure about the actual ‘role playing’ though. I see it being more of a online mulitplayer action game with large amounts of collectibles and unlockable items.. and marvel characters… and to me that sounds pretty enjoyable. That is what matters most to me as a gamer… enjoyment.