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 Omega is a downloadable, free-to-play, massive multiplayer online action role-playing game (MMORPG). Players take on the role of a hero from the Marvel Universe and team up with others to fight against the forces of evil, protect those in need, and save the world from destruction. There's constant superpowered fighting in the game, complete with flashy effects and big explosions, but no blood or gore. Although the game is free-to-play and players can get a lot out of it without spending a dime, the game does encourage the use of real-world money to buy new characters, costumes, consumables, and upgrades. Parents should also be aware that the game is an online experience, and younger players could potentially be exposed to offensive content from others via in-game chat.
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What's it about?
MARVEL HEROES OMEGA is the console port for the popular Marvel Heroes MMORPG game for the PC. When Doctor Doom gets his hands on the reality-altering power of a cosmic cube, the entirety of the Marvel Universe is at stake. Take on the role of one the many Marvel superheroes and team up to clean up the city and save the world. Team up with other heroes online or have your own Marvel Team-Up with a buddy, courtesy of the consoles' exclusive drop-in/drop-out couch co-op play. With massive enemy encounters, epic superpowers, and enough loot to make even the greediest supervillains green with envy, Marvel Heroes Omega is your chance to be a part of an ever-evolving story, living out all your comic book dreams as a part of the Marvel Universe.
Is it any good?
This console port of a popular PC online game brings the comic books to life. At first it can feel a bit odd to have multiple Wolverines or Iron Men running around (explained as a result of rips in the fabric of reality. But with all the available abilities, gear, traits, and costumes, even multiples wind up being substantially different. Besides, there's usually so much action you barely have time to think about what everyone else is doing. In fact, sometimes there's too much going on, and you end up losing track of where you are amid the explosions and effects. One of the best changes is the addition of drop-in/drop-out couch co-op play. It's a blast to have a buddy be able to jump right in for a quick superhero team-up. The game's controls also get an overhaul; accessing powers is a lot more streamlined and feels natural with the controller. Unfortunately, inventory management is a bit of a mess, especially considering the amount of loot you find and use. The inventory also fills up pretty quickly, unless you're willing to spend some real cash to upgrade your storage space. In fact, while there's plenty to do in Marvel Heroes Omega, you'll want to invest at least a little money to get the most out of the game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online gaming. What are some positive ways to interact with others online, and what are some ways to remain safe? What are some things to look out for, and what should kids do when facing objectionable or offensive behavior?
Talk about heroes. What are some traits that define a "hero"? Are the characters heroic even without their superpowers? If you could have a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Gazillion Entertainment
- Release date: May 16, 2017
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
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