Heroes of the Storm

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Accessible, fun multiplayer battler emphasizes pay-to-play.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No message conveyed, but player teams are given goals such as freeing imprisoned heroes and can play cooperatively as heroes that are both good and evil, with neither side designated as such. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some heroes clearly good, others monstrous with sadistic powers. All use their abilities to destroy property, kill other heroes. 

Ease of Play

Players take specific roles on a team, use specific abilities to beat opposing players. Though learning each heroes' skills takes time, controls and gameplay easy to learn.

Violence

Point of each match is to defeat opposing team by killing other players' heroes with various weapons, special abilities and destroying their base. No blood, gore shown.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players immediately taken to online game store upon launch, given the chance to try, purchase heroes, other items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heroes of the Storm is a downloadable online competitive multiplayer action game. It centers on cartoonish, non-gory violence, with characters that are both good and bad using weapons and skills to defeat their enemies and destroy an opposing team's base. Though the concept is easy to grasp, it takes some time to get used to the skills of each character and how to best use them in battle. There's a heavy push for players to buy new characters and items, especially since the in-game store is the first thing players are brought to upon launching the title. There also are privacy and safety concerns since chat is unmoderated, but it can be disabled.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byBetterGames August 1, 2016

Bad game

Not recommended to anyone at any age. This game is terrible with many references to violence, gore, sadism, satanism, scantily clad characters, and suggestive v... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 15-year-old Written bydhalsim2 February 20, 2021

Base game vs online content

Other reviewers have expressed reasonable evaluations in their reviews, but a strong distinction needs to be made between the content that comes with the game a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPera Perić February 6, 2016

Best MOBA out there, better than League of legends

Its, easy, its quick, its fun, its engaging, Its amazing!
Teen, 15 years old Written byvoidwalker0 January 26, 2021

This is maybe the best MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) out there, balance is amazing, but poor match maker

For some reason, a couple parents gave this one star and age 18+, just because there are a few "oversexualized females" in their opinion, plus some... Continue reading

What's it about?

HEROES OF THE STORM includes heroes from all of Blizzard Entertainment's games: Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. As it's a multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, there isn't exactly a story; heroes from all of Blizzard's hit franchises form unlikely alliances and battle it out. As characters defeat other players, they earn experience to level up their characters, becoming more powerful and unlocking additional abilities. The overall goal is to defeat the opposing team by destroying its base, preventing its ability to respawn onto the battlefield. Additional characters are available through the in-game store, along with powerful items that bestow additional abilities.

Is it any good?

Heroes of the Storm manages to be an attractive, fast-moving game that's both challenging and accessible by focusing on the core gameplay factors of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. Its distinct advantage in a hero-centric genre is significant, because its hero roster can draw from three hit franchises: Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo. It also has the benefit of Blizzard's legendary ability to boil gameplay complexities down to their most entertaining essentials. Removing the resource gathering and item purchasing of other MOBAs, Heroes of the Storm lets you focus on learning and upgrading your heroes' skills and practicing your teamwork. The welcome side effects of this are more heroic contributions from every player and quick, dynamic matches.

Seven maps -- each with a cool story intro and different side objectives -- let players augment their teams with things such as vengeful gods and hired thugs, while more than 30 heroes keep things fresh match after match. The graphics and sound are fantastic (of course they are; it's Blizzard), and the cartoony, non-gory violence keeps things competitive without being graphic. The base game is free, but for the full experience, you must spend money (the game constantly reminds you of this by tossing you into the cash store). This heavy-handed marketing is a little annoying, but hey, at least you can try before you buy. Even with the push to purchase, Heroes of the Storm is a worthwhile MOBA. It's lively, strategic, beautiful, and, best of all, approachable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games such as Heroes of the Storm. Is the violence acceptable because it's cartoonish and clearly unrealistic, given the characters involved?

  • Talk about heroes. What kinds of heroes do you like the most? Fantasy, sci-fi, monsters?

  • Discuss teamwork. How are online battle arenas like other real-world sports? 

  • Think about battle strategies. Is it better to attack or defend? 

Game details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love team battle

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