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Marvel Heroes 2015
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marvel Heroes 2015 is an online MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) where players take on the persona of their favorite Marvel character and fight bad guys and supervillains. It's free to play, but a cash shop allows the buying of special items, heroes, and costumes.There's a great deal of violence as players punch, kick, and use weapons and superpowers, but no blood or gore is shown. Costumes are exactly like the ones in the comics, which means a lot of tight spandex that leaves little to the imagination, but the zoomed-out perspective limits the view. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content, although multiplayer is unmoderated.
What's it about?
MARVEL HEROES 2015 is the rebalanced and rebooted game originally launched in 2013, which is set in the the comic story line arc of Dr. Doom and the Cosmic Cube. Your job is to prevent Dr. Doom from destroying the world with the Cosmic Cube, and to do it you have to get past the many supervillains that are aligned with him and that will try to prevent you from stopping him. Along the way, you help out law enforcement in New York and other areas to keep crime down.
Is it any good?
Marvel Heroes 2015 is a free-to-play MMORPG that lets players try out a starter roster of heroes, such as Black Widow, Human Torch, Storm, Captain America, and Punisher. This range and group of heroes lets players try out different fighting styles and abilities, as well as giving them the option to level these characters up to Level 10 before they're forced to unlock a separate character or pay for an additional character slot for their account. The heroes are powerful, and kids will certainly feel heroic as they lay waste to the crowds of baddies coming after them with all manner of weaponry or as they team up to take out a supervillain. In any area, these events will take place over again so kids don't have to wait a long time for a special event to happen, and everyone who takes parts will receive rewards. The game also has complex systems and various currencies that are earned or picked up as you play. Eternity Splinters, for example, unlock either new heroes you can take beyond level 10 or "Team-Up" heroes, which accompany you and assist you in fights.
There also are crafting and item-improvements systems, as well as the usual "alliance" systems, where kids can be part of a formal group. This assists in finding friends to play with and exchange items for crafting. Fans of the Marvel comic universe and the beat-'em-up genre will find Marvel Heroes 2015 a lot of fun. The only drawback is the amount of time they'll spend on the official and unofficial forums and wikis trying to figure out how the various systems work. For example, the game doesn't tell you which characters in the Team-Up window are playable and non-playable. But if you can overlook the lack of in-game support and the amount of trial and error on game systems, comics fans will really enjoy taking on this adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of on-screen violence. Does the fact that there isn't any blood or gore make the game less violent?
Talk about sexuality and gender equality. Does it bother you that there are many more male than female characters to play? Is it a problem that the women's costumes are skimpier and more revealing than the men's?
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