Marvel Heroics: My Marvel Heroes wish list

If there’s one constant in the gaming universe, it’s that every MMO player has a wish list. It’s almost impossible to spend any length of time in a title without thinking of what you would love to see added or improved or changed. When you see others echoing those desires, it can be both comforting (you’re not alone!) and maddening (why won’t the studio listen?).

In many respects, I think that Marvel Heroes is a terrific and highly accessible game. I wouldn’t change a thing about its business model, for example, nor how the devs continually add new characters and costumes. But I can’t help but note some of the weaker parts of the game and crave some features that simply aren’t there.

So today I’m going to get it all out of my system and give you my six-point wish list. Let me know your own wish list in the comments!

1. Housing

It’s unnerving to me that there’s a big hole in Marvel Heroes when it comes to housing, whether it be the individual or guild variety. After all, superheroes are often portrayed in the comics as having a lair or base of operations, yet the playerbase are basically nomads, mooching off of iconic hubs while never having a place to call home.

Yes, I would love to see housing of a sort come to the game, preferrably through an expandable base system that would allow you to cosmetically decorate while also adding practical features (S.T.A.S.H., crafting, etc.). Giving supergroups a place to hang out together and even engage in limited PvP or raucous parties would be excellent. I think it’d be pretty awesome if supergroup bases would be the target of the occasional dynamic event where villains attempt to invade and the heroes have to fight back.

Unfortunately, it seems as if Gazillion isn’t that interested in making player housing happen, so pthhbbt on that notion.

2. Better customization

I’ve been asked to make comparisons between the beloved City of Heroes and this title, and while there are a few points of commonalities (such as the light show of combat), the truth is that both titles represent different parts of the superhero MMO spectrum. One area in which Marvel Heroes couldn’t be any further away from City of Heroes is with its conspicuous lack of a deep, rich character customization system.

And while I would never expect Marvel Heroes to suddenly let you create a hero from the ground-up (this isn’t that type of game), I sincerely wouldn’t mind if there were some effort made to provide more customization than there is at the present. Costume swapping and equipping the odd artifact to provide auras are nice, but we still exist in a sea of clones without much opportunity to express player creativity in character design. Creating costumes that have dye patches, adjustable logos, or even being able to break up costume pieces to mix-and-match would be welcome.

3. Supergroup improvements

Now that I’ve both been in and run a supergroup (Massively Underpowered — shoot Sypster a tell for an invite!), I can say with certainty that Marvel Heroes is sadly lacking in its guild tools. You can create one, structure ranks, invite others, write a message of the day, and… well, that’s about it. There are no in-game calendars, no supergroup halls, no supergroup logos/capes, and no tools to make the organization and running of supergroup activities easier.

While we’re on the topic, it would be just smashing if Marvel Heroes would allow us to join multiple supergroups. Since you’re limited to being part of only one per account, that really hurt when you have friends in separate SGs both requesting your presence. Would it hurt to be part of both?

4. Craftable uniques/artifacts

I feel that crafting in this game is not quite what it could and perhaps should be. My bank is chock-full of crafting mats that are going unused because I have to pull them out for only a few projects per character.

Considering how screwed we can get by the RNG at times, why not open the door to collecting recipes to craft artifacts and uniques? I’m always for multiple paths to the same goals, and while I appreciate that Marvel Heroes has added some uniques as rewards for achievements, some “must have” items are still far too difficult to obtain, particularly when you’re trying to gear up multiple characters. I’d love to be able to occasionally be able to take a good chunk of my crafting mats and turn them into an item I can actually use.

5. More female characters

Not every player wants to play male characters, but as in the comic book industry, there are more guy characters in Marvel Heroes than girls. According to one thread, even with gender-swapping costumes, there is only one playable female hero in the game to every two male heroes. That doesn’t sit right with me, and it shouldn’t with Gaz.

I know we have more female characters incoming, which is great, but the studio should make a concerted effort to getting that ratio balanced. Adding in even more gender-bending costumes (which I totally love, by the way) is a great way to do this, and it’s even in keeping with the spirit of the comics since many characters have had an opposite-sex counterpart.

6. Revamp the gear system

While veteran players might be completely used to the layer cake design of Marvel Heroes’ gear, if you take an objective step back, then it’s hard to deny that it’s more than a little convoluted and difficult to understand. There’s just too much stuff with too many types of modifications, requiring too much work and many types of resources to properly gear a new hero. Considering that Marvel Heroes is built around wanting players to continually acquire and level an ever-growing roster of heroes, I think it’s disadvantageous to keep adding on to a gear system that’s already teetering from over-tinkering.

While I don’t want to see the game streamlined down to Fisher-Price land, I would be for be all for a revamp pass so that it is easy to grok for the newcomer while still providing depth to the experienced player.

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dorn2
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SounderSays 
No. You have to understand the people who play the ARPG are bigger Marvel fans than that.  Ant-Man in particular has a really bad rep for being a wife beater. 

I don’t even like Wasp either.  I can understand that she’s far more popular than Ant-Man though.  Marvel had to know the movie was a dud too.  Gaz was just throwing away free money releasing him.
Not everyone is a douche who will only argue for heroes they like.  I really don’t want War Machine but I’d never call Gaz dumb for releasing him.

HeroeSilenciado
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MorpayneRADIO I don’t need to Google a subject that’s tainted all the way with sexism and inequality. What’s really disturbing is that to this day, in 2015, people still think that inequality (of any race, gender, nationality) is in any way correct. I’ve read enough of your comments to know that you are either a fail-troll or a very sexist/racist person. 
See, the problem right there is that “traditionally male oriented” is what’s wrong and has to be remedied. It is not ridiculous to want that. That’s what equality is all about. And by changing that “traditionally male oriented” perspective in the game maybe they can start to do it in the comics as well. Being male oriented is one of the bigger problems in the comics industry and generally speaking in the whole entertainment industry. In 2015, it is completely unacceptable. Women are people too. They are not objects (as per usual in their portrayal in the entertainment industry). 

I don’t want a girl or a boy on my team in a combat situation. I’m not sure why anyone would either. Adult “girls” are called women. Do that and you’ll take your first step into equality and into the 21st century.

Tithian
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Tithian

1. The problem with housing is that as a part of a team, you have an already established base of operations. Avengers Tower, Xavier’s school etc. are our bases.

2. Never going to happen, due to people creating cannon-breaking abominations like pink Dooms. This is coming leterally never, ever.

3. Fair point.

4. Considering Uniques/Artifacts are iconic items from those specific bosses, I don’t see how that could be incorporated without breaking cannon. Also, the whole idea for aRPGs is to grind stuff, so having shortcuts with crafting is against the whole concept.

5. More female charatcers would be nice, but they cannot break Marvel cannon, and sadly in the comics the majority of the heroes is male. So having equal numbers here is probably not happening any time soon.

6. I agree that some parts are convuluted (i.e. differing crit rates for ranged, area, damage types) but I mostly like the depth. Diablo 3 is a good example on how an aRPG can be made extremely shallow by dumbing down stats, so I’d rather they not touch the winning formula.

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orionite It’s great in games that have you collecting/crafting things to decorate it with (particularly amenities like mail/crafting stations/vendors/storage so you don’t have to walking to the town location for them), similar to the ‘dress-up’ features that have caused several games to have Appearance slots that override the actual look of the armor pieces you have.
But in a game like MH, where the characters are very intentionally limited in the differences in appearance, it’s…kinda pointless and doesn’t fit into the game at *all*. You’re *not* creating your own character in this game, and you’re not creating your own bases either.

orionite
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orionite

I keep seeing housing as a must have feature in these articles. Am I just not getting it? In my years of MMO play I have never craved housing ad even if I had a house given to me, I hardly spent time there, let alone time or money decorating it. 

Someone tell me what the draw is. I  mean, I get it. For some it’s a nice diversion from the usual kill kill loot, but as a must have, high priority feature?

vulpisfoxfire
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vulpisfoxfire

Koshelkin deekay_zero Enikuo Keep in mind, she’s beaten Doom and others…and is reportedly looking to go for Galactus… :-)

SounderSays
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SounderSays

Your suggestion to cash in on Ant-Man is to release a hero that was in the movie for all of 30 seconds? Not the main character? You know, the guy who’s name is in the title? Same goes for Winter Soldier…
Essentially, your argument boils down to, “They aren’t releasing the heroes that I want.” That’s fine, but don’t try to couch it in logic that doesn’t follow.

dorn2
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SounderSays 
That has nothing to do with it. Why do they have to release Winter Soldier to cash in on the movie?  New costumes, Nick Fury, Shield content, etc etc.  There were lots of better options.  The same is true of Vision.

Ant Man was a bad move too.  Wasp is more popular among players and could of easily cashed in on the movie.

jaif
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jaif

While there are many female heroes and skins that would be cool, I can’t abide a compulsive need to balance the scales. I’d like to see popular ones brought out without regard to a mindless quota.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

deekay_zero Enikuo Koshelkin 
*small correction*
Squirrel Girl is great as long as you IGNORE her current ongoing series.
What they’ve done to her should be illegal…