The Daily Grind: Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees?

So Marvel Heroes has about six weeks to live thanks to the impending shutdown of the game following Disney’s decision to drop Gazillion as a business partner. That’s going to leave some superhero MMO players once again without a home, and though the game’s current Steam numbers can’t hold a candle to the number of players affected by the City of Heroes closure five years ago, we’re left with the same situation – and a similar roster of games vying for refugees.

The big superhero MMORPGs are still DC Universe Online and Champions Online, the former of which is certainly better supported with content, the latter of which may have more of that Marvel feel. There’s also three strong crowdfunding superhero MMOs still trying to fill the CoH vacuum: Ship of Heroes, City of Titans, and Valiance Online. Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees? Would it be another superhero MMO, another superhero game or ARPG altogether, or something else? If you’re a former MH player, where are you getting your fix?

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butterpanda888
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butterpanda888

For Superhero Hero Collecting: DC Legends Online.
For ARPG: Diablo III, Path of Exile, Titan Quest.
For Supers genre: DCUO, Injustice 2, Marvel vs Capcom, Marvel Mobile Games.

On a side note, I am really looking forward to new superhero titles.

RIP Marvel Heroes. You will be missed.

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Indigo Salma

Nothing , there is nothing like Marvel Heroes out there.
And DC universe has a lot of content locked unless you pay monthly.
Not to mention that even if you pay monthly you still have daily dungeon locked loot …

This mmo is VERY unique , and i’m hoping people will make private servers as fast as possible.
And revert the game systems back to what they were before the huge trash overhaul they added since last year.

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NeoWolf

As a Supers alternative I wouldn’t recommend any that are out. Champions is dead and was never that good, DC is alive but is not that good unless you like action games in which case it may work for you.

My advice and the advice I am taking myself is to wait for these three Ship of Heroes, City of Titans, and Valiance Online in the hopes one of those can fill my Super Hero MMO needs.

I am holding out a small hope we may actually get a triple A MARVEL mmo now though, but even if we do it will be years off.

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Dug From The Earth

Honestly, there arent any.

CoH/CoV is gone. Champions online is a mess and way too dated. DC Universe is so packed with DLC now that you would find yourself having to drop a LOT of money shortly after reaching 30 (which is a quick process) AND DC’s graphic engine is super dated too.

The 3 “CoH spiritual successors” that are in the works are all pretty meh as well. Most of them are struggling to even meet the level and quality that CoH had over 7 years ago.

There just isnt a good solution for a Super Hero mmo of any kind right now.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

There is no online game equivalent. Yeah, you can find and play Diablo like games, but they all have a medieval fantasy feel and most aren’t MMORPGs where you actually see other people running around the levels (you see them in hubs only and can team up, but it’s not the same).

I don’t see any replacement coming either. There are superhero games coming, but I don’t believe any of them have that Diablo-esque view and play, and certanly none of them are in the Marvel universe.

I’d like to see a replacement game made that is sort of like this one, much bigger in scope and size, but one that lets us make and design our own superhero in that universe. I’d sink so much money into a game like that.

Nathaniel Downes
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Nathaniel Downes

For Diablo like play, I’d go for Master x Master… oh wait.

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Grave Knight

Master x Ma-oh, right…nevermind.

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trekfangrrrl

The answer is obvious:

Marvel Future Fight

It is basically the mobile version of marvel heroes, but using programs like Bluestacks you can play it on PC.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netmarble.mherosgb&hl=en

https://www.reddit.com/r/future_fight/

Mewmew
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Mewmew

No offense but that’s so very not the same. That’s a single player game that also has an arena you can fight bots of other players in. It’s very on rails, it doesn’t have big open areas. It has an autoplay button so half the people don’t even play it but watch it (your choice, but lots of people use it). It only has a few powers to use. It’s a lockbox draw to get heroes game.

Marvel heroes was so very different than that in almost every way except for that they both use Marvel characters. That’s not a good place for refugees. That may be fun for people to play on mobile here and there, I’m not saying it wouldn’t be, but it’s not close to the Marvel Heroes MMORPG at all in anything but the property it’s based on.

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A Dad Supreme

Assuming they were playing Marvel Heroes because they like the “superhero” aspect of that game as the main reason they were playing, there is only one choice- DCUO.

Well, Champions Online is an option but I don’t think they have a big enough playerbase. DCUO is supported on console which means if you want to invest in a superhero game, you’re on safer ground.

Assuming they were playing Marvel Heroes because they like the “Diablo” aspect of that game as the main reason they were playing, there are a myriad of choices to pick from… so many that I won’t even begin to list because it’s not necessary.

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Mewmew
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Mewmew

Well it was a Diablo like view and play style, but also an MMORPG. There aren’t really many true MMORPGs that are like that. Path of Exile is an excellent game, but the only time you see other people is in a hub unless you group up with them, it’s not a true MMORPG where you see other people running all around the levels you’re doing. Yes, Marvel Heroes did have an instance cap so if too many were in an instance it would make a new one, but still most of the game had other people in it with you.

There are very very few Diablo-esque games that are actual MMORPGs. Guardians of Ember is one, but it’s medieval and not super hero stuff, plus it’s buy to play (which is fine – great even, but also different).

There is no MMORPG equivalent right now sadly. I’d love to see a new one made if possible, and another Marvel one would be great if we could also design our own characters. I know there are multiple superhero MMORPGs in the works right now but none are Marvel based, and at least as far as I know none are of this Diablo type view and play style.

Most played it because it was a mixture of both, although a lot played it because it was Marvel specifically.

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A Dad Supreme

Well it was a Diablo like view and play style, but also an MMORPG.

I think the jury is still out on this. Most people I know didn’t consider it one. Guild Wars (the original) was more MMO than this was.

Granted that’s only people I know, but I only know four people :P

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jay

Can’t in good conscience recommend dcuo, unless you play it on console, as it’s pc community is minimal at best. Champ online isn’t supported for crap, so that’s out. The kicksters are too far out as yet.

So I would say path of exile, or if you want something more 1st person and action oriented, warframe. WF is wonderfully supported, great community, with constant updates. The only thing I can say is make sure to find a friend/clan to take you under wing when you start. The intro to the game is super confusing, and it takes a while to learn the ropes

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WADE Green Jr.

DCUO has crossplay between PC/PS4/PS3. So they all play together.

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Oleg Chebeneev

As others said, Marvel Heroes wasnt really an MMO. It is a diblo-type game with expanded multiplayer. So I recommend games of similar type: Diabloe 3, Grim Dawn and Path of Exile

Mewmew
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Mewmew

Actually Marvel Heroes was more of an MMORPG than the games you’re listing. It *was* an MMORPG only the instances had a cap that could be reached quickly (almost all MMORPGs now days have an instance cap even if you never get high enough to hit them and force another to open). It very much had other people running around in almost all of your levels through the entire game without grouping up.

It was an MMO, it wasn’t like Path of Exile where you only see people in a hub unless you group with them or peer to peer games like Diablo 3 and Grim Dawn which are solo games that let you bring a friend or two.

It was very much an MMORPG just with small instance caps and a few levels you could select to play alone outside of the main game and story line.

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Oleg Chebeneev

It was MMO on paper since technically there indeed were people all around and there was content similar to MMOs. In reality its gameplay was nothing like MMOs and it was just a diablo game in superhero theme

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Armsbend

World of Warcraft or TSW. It is the only MMO I’ve played in a decade worth any amount of time at all. It doesn’t matter what the genre is if the game sucks the game sucks.

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pepperzine

I’m confused. What about WoW would be specifically appealing to those who enjoyed playing marvel heroes?

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Sally Bowls

It is not a good fit. But I think the part of “WoW would be specifically appealing to those who enjoyed playing marvel heroes?” was that WoW will still be around in a decade. People overreact. I knew someone who during an oil crisis that replaced his Z-28 Camaro with a Rabbit Diesel. (You had to have driven a Rabbit Diesel to know what a bad idea this was.)

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rafael12104

LOL! The Rabbit was bad enough. But yeah… diesel. Man, how did anyone even approve that. The thing could barely pull out into traffic.

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Sally Bowls

The good news was, with the pedal on the metal, it was impossible to get a speeding ticket on the expressway.

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cruzader

This just makes me miss City of Heroes all over again.

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MagmaFist

Yep. :(

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David Martel

yes me too , and to put salt in our still unhealed wounds , master x master with ghost widow and statesmans is closing too. : (
#lesad

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Castagere Shaikura

DCUO is out because its not Marvel. Champions Online is close but the lack of new content sucks. The up coming kickstarter games also don’t factor in yet because no one really knows how they will turn out. For right now they just need to find something different to play. Diablo 3 with the Reaper of Souls expansion has turned into a really fun loot game That’s open world which Marvel Heroes was.

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rafael12104

As others point out, quite correctly I think, I don’t think there is a replacement because Marvel was the key selling point. Playing another superhero game of any ilk just won’t cut it if you are a Marvel fan.

So, I say venture out, and look for something completely new and different. Dive into the plethora of single player games there are out right now. Plenty to keep you busy and take you out of the doldrums.

And don’t worry, there will be another Marvel MMO. There is money on the table and Disney doesn’t leave money on the table.

A quick list of options for you, anyway:

Destiny 2,
Persona 5,
BnS (Dec 6)
Nier Automata
Horizon Zero Dawn
Warframe
Path of Exile

Mewmew
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Mewmew

Yeah there really is no true replacement at the moment. I’d like to see one come along, and maybe one will in a few years, but as of now there isn’t. There are single player games that are very close but that’s not the same at all. There just isn’t a replacement right now that would cover the bases.

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Minimalistway

I have no suggestion, just my sympathy for those who considered this game a home or a community, i have lost enough communities or homes in the past, the void usually is filled but sometimes this never happen.

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Hirku

There’s the forthcoming Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics Avengers Project, which looks like it may be online in some fashion:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/09/05/marvels-avengers-project-will-be-an-online-3rd-person-action-adventure

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Simon Morris

I would recommend you get Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, and play offline if you are having serious Marvel withdrawal symptoms. Other than that DCUO or Champions-Online.

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Jaymes Buckman

Our memories of that franchise were a major factor of the enjoyment my brotherand I took from this game. I also liked jumping in occasionally to play some of the characters that don’t often get featured elsewhere.

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Xzaf

Going to sound a bit weird, but I would say Warframe. It’s pretty much what I replaced MH with a few months ago. I liked collecting heroes, costumes, team-ups and leveling things up over and over again in MH; that was my main activity. Warframe can fill a similar role with leveling of weapons, pets, and classes(frames). Gameplay isn’t 1:1, but it’s still fast combat and satisfies that collecting/leveling itch.

Even though I haven’t really played it much this past year, I’m going to miss it. For a good while, it was the game I always returned to when I wasn’t playing something else.

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BalsBigBrother

There isn’t really an mmo that fits the bill though I would still suggest folks try DCUO or even Champions Online but not if they are expecting anything like a Marvel Heroes type of game.

If you want a good arpg and are not bothered about it being super hero themed then you have a wealth of choice with Path of Exile and Grim Dawn currently sitting at the top of the pile imo.

Others that are worth a mention Van Helsing (final cut), Victor Vran, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition, Sacred 1 or 2 (don’t touch 3 at all its awful, its only a sacred game in name only), Torchlight 1 & 2. Even Diablo 3 (with Reaper of Souls) will give you some fun for a little while

If you don’t mind early access Wolcen: Lord of Mayhem using Cryengine looks really promising. Not played it due to the early access thing but I have been sorely tempted.

There are lots of others that I could mention but well I have already typed way more than I probably should have.

Cyclone Jack
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Cyclone Jack

Wolcen is coming along well. Their skill tree system is very interesting, and the game overall has been progressing at a steady pace, refining gameplay, balance, skills, enemies, etc. Its even got a housing system in place. Their last update was an added Arena mode, and a defense overhaul which is interesting and different. That said, it is still very early access, so don’t expect a complete game or much of the story yet.

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BalsBigBrother

Yeah I have it on my wishlist and the second its released I will buy it even if that means I have to pay more money. Glad to hear good progress is being made, thank you :-)

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Tia Nadiezja

Champions is in a weird sort of limbo that I don’t understand, and at least when I’ve played it DCUO has been… not very good. Which isn’t to say very not good, just not very good. Kinda bad. Not terrible. Just… ehhhhhhh.

So I don’t have a superhero MMO recommendation. Play Secret World Legends. There’s no falling damage and a bit of Jeffery Combs. That’s kinda like being a superhero, right?

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Hirku

I think Secret World definitely qualifies as a superhero story even with the horror elements. After all, Funcom called their dlc “issues” (with comic cover artwork) and many NPCs flat-out call you a superhero.

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Utakata

I’m not even sure one can compare Marvel Heroes to Champions Online or DCUO. As they are hero games for sure, but in name only. Only thing that may come close to MH are ARPG’s or MOBA’s, where players can roll set defined heroes. So this maybe an itch only something with the likes of Overwatch can resolve currently and not DCUO for example. But I am probably going out on a limb and a pigtail by saying that. o.O

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Utakata

“Eww! You just compared Marvel Heroes to Overwatch, Uta.”

…yeah, I figured that would go over like a lead balloon. :(

pepperzine
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pepperzine

If they enjoyed the gameplay specifically, Path of Exile. Free action arpg, with steady updates and free expansions. In my opinion, it’s the best arpg around atm.

Dantos
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Dantos

PoE didnt really feel right to me, compared to MH at least. It felt to lonely, no big public areas with people ponding on bosses, which, for me, was the only real part of MH that stuck.

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Chosenxeno .

My Problem with POE is I spent 500 hours in it and at no time did I feel like a badass. It’s a bit tough. I liked D3 and Marvel because I felt strong. Plus POE was too meta based. Like, if you want to do a Elemental Damage Archer you were better off starting in the Mage tree instead of the Ranger tree. *eye roll*

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Pandalulz

I don’t play PoE but yeah, I would probably think they prefer the isometric ARPG style which is why they’re not currently playing the other superhero games mentioned already.

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deekay_plus

i would figure they were probably playing it for marvel heroes it featured (duh) so there’s not really any other options that are going to fill that niche.

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WADE Green Jr.

There are currently only 2 superhero MMOs on the market, Champions Online and DCUO. I’m not fond of either for different reasons. But if I had to pick, I would say DCUO.

DCUO is active and continues to get updates. DCUO just released episode 30: Earth 3 and created an artifact system. They are constantly adding more to the game which is a good thing. My dislike for DCUO is the UI and interface. It’s really built for a console and not a PC.

Champions Online is a beast of another story. Champions Online would be a great place to go if the game ever got any development at all. I believe their last update was either August or September 2017. And this was after years of nothing (the interns must not have had anything to do so the supervisor said here…go play with this). This game gets no love from Cryptic but wants to charge you like they are still the sh@t on the block. Champions Online is on a respirator and the nurse is sitting there with her foot on the tube.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…None? DCUO isn’t worth it.

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Bryan Turner

DC Online 😀

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camren_rooke

City of H…..oh.

Oh yeah.

:(

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Utakata

As a former (and still to a degree) refugee from City of Heroes, I have never found any MMO to date that could fill that hole that went missing in my gaming heart when that game was shuttered. So at this point, I cannot recommend any other MMO’s to them…particularly if Marvel Heroes offered them the kind of magic that can’t be duplicate (or isn’t being duplicated) else where. Sorry. :(

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starbuck1771

None since there is no real Marvel MMO. Anything other then Marvel is just second string anymore even DC has gone downhill.

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Richard de Leon III

Marvel was too much a diablo clone to really recommend any of the superhero mmos at least on a gameplay standpoint. I havent tried the mmos that are currently in production, but between DCUO and Champions I’m biased for Champions. The ability to make your own hero and powerset(assuming you sub) is too appealing to ignore for any superhero fan. Ironically I have more faith on Cryptic surviving over Daybreak considering DCUO is their only true moneymaker imho while Cryptic is doing well moneywise because of STO and NW.

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Bryan Turner

At least DC still gets content patches regularly.

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Richard de Leon III

Agreed. But considering Daybreak’s owners are there just an investment firm its just scary what they might do at any given time.

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Tizmah

You got two super hero MMOs out now that are run by bad companies and could shutter in the near future likely. Then you’ve got three more coming that could be good or bad at this point. So at the moment the super hero MMO fix is pretty bleak. So…wait for the new Spiderman game by Insomniac?

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Wolfyseyes

I suppose it depends on what said player is looking for.

If they liked the MMOARPG thing, I rather am finding a lot of fun in MU Legend, but if you’re that special scent of a-hole that hates Korean games simply because it’s from Korea, then there’s always Diablo 3 lurking about.

As for the current crop of superhero games, I have a hard time recommending any of them fully, but gun-to-the-head I’d say DCUO over CO….but really, it’s just better to come join us CoX refugees on this here fence as we watch what happens in the crowdfunded superheroic MMO sector.

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