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Official Site: Marvel Heroes
Studio: Gazillion Entertainment
Launch Date: June 4, 2013
Genre: Superhero MMOARPG
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The Steam Team: A midday Marvel Heroes in Midtown

It's been much too long since Massively OP's MJ has enjoyed a nice leisurely afternoon stroll through Marvel Heroes. Of course, there isn't any actually strolling when it comes to Midtown Madness; no, it's all about the travel powers and racing from boss to boss to get all the XP and loot! Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and help MJ decide which hero to level up today.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes makes big changes to summoner builds

Pets and pet classes are one of the strengths of Marvel Heroes, as the superhero game has scads of characters that can summon and control minions, from Emma Frost to Squirrel Girl to Doctor Doom. These archetypes have been struggling with the fallout of the 2.0 update, but Gazillion said that it is currently testing out some major changes that could help these player pocket armies.

On the forums, the studio posted a list of summoner changes, saying, "Essentially, in this upcoming patch we will be changing all summoners to scale off normal damage stats rather than summoned ally damage bonuses."

It seems as though this move is to allow pet-using superheroes a lot more flexibility in their gear choices and loadouts. The new changes are on the test center, and Gazillion is asking for summoners to give them a try and keep an eye out for bugs.


Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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The Stream Team: A Marvel Heroes Beast breakdance-athon and giveaway

Massively OP's MJ had so much fun with Beast in Marvel Heroes that all her friends have gotten one, and a breakdance challenge has been issued. MJ is hoping you will join in! Don't worry if you don't have beast yet: She has a couple of keys to give away that include the hero, a second costume, and a dedicated stash tab. (You'll need that tab for all the loot you will gather in Midtown!) Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for your chance to get and then get down with the fuzzy blue brainiac.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017

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PSA: Make sure you submit character feedback in Marvel Heroes by tomorrow

In case you're among the players still unimpressed or even downright unhappy with Marvel Heroes' biggest patch ever -- now a few weeks distant -- you should probably be aware that Gazillion is continuing to collect feedback on specific endgame heroes.

Players have until February 15th to head to the feedback collection forms and rate those characters they've gotten to 60. Ticked off about your character's movement speed? Make yourself heard. Annoyed about pet class hotbar buttons? Now is the time.

"The survey feedback will go directly to our design team as they continue to implement feedback and fix bugs," says the studio.

Massively OP conducted an interview with Gazillion following the controversial patch, and we're hoping to have that back and out to you sooner rather than later.


Massively OP Podcast Episode 103: Back to Morrowind

We apologize in advance. The news of the return of Bree's most favorite Elder Scrolls setting has jacked up her excitement levels to 11. Be warned that this episode may contain any and all of the following: gleeful giggling, spontaneous singing, half-hour recollections of the old days, readings of player-written poetry, and confetti thrown through your computer speakers.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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The Stream Team: Bringing out the Beast in Marvel Heroes

Is your favorite Marvel universe character in Marvel Heroes yet? Massively OP's MJ can now play one of her all-time favorites as Beast has finally joined the roster. She's excited to get in and see what the mix of brain, brawn, and fur can do. Oh, and let's not forget all the clever quips; whatever will Beast say? MJ might also get to show off the newest team-up, Jubilee. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to check out the newest hero in...

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 6th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes gets wild with Beast and Jubilee

Two of X-Men's finest have joined the crew over at Marvel Heroes. This week, Gazillion added Beast as the game's 60th playable hero and Jubilee as the newest team-up character. The patch also came with the addition of cosmic artifacts to the game and the return of terminal bounty missions.

In other Marvel Heroes news, the studio clarified a change that was slipped into the 2.0 update. Basically, when players are going through content on normal difficulty, there is now no chance of unique or cosmic gear to drop from mobs or bosses; players will need to increase the difficulty to epic or higher for better gear. The community was not pleased to discover this, saying that the studio failed on communicating the change and will adversely affect the progression and availability of gear for new players and alts.

Check out Beast and Jubilee doing their thing after the break!

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Marvel Heroes unveils new variant costumes, adjusts hero stats and abilities

The fallout from the massive and controversial Marvel Heroes Update 2.0 continues on, as players are struggling to adjust to the new game paradigm while Gazillion is faced with the task of forging forward.

The studio rolled out Patch 2.01 today, and while it doesn't change Marvel Heroes' course entirely, its across-the-board changes tell a story of a dev team responding to metrics and feedback. Many heroes received adjustments, several crafting recipes had their costs lowered, and the cosmic trial difficulty was increased a bit.

For players chasing the vanity carrot, there are three new variant series costumes out today that come with a special emote and visual effects. Both Loki and Squirrel Girl are given outfits sans jackets (show off them guns!) while Black Panther got a cape so that he could feel more... Dark Knightish, we suppose.


Massively OP Podcast Episode 101: Marvelous heroes

You will believe a man can fly -- and you will believe that two gamers can make a podcast. As with great power comes great responsibility, Bree and Justin stand united and ask, "Why so serious about patches?" On today's show, heroes aren't born; they're built from gear, stats, and bizarre character concepts. (It's a superhero-themed episode, if you haven't figured out by now.)

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Marvel Heroes devs gush about new update while Lunar New Year arrives

There are two things for certain in regard to Marvel Heroes' "biggest update ever:" It was quite comprehensive indeed, and it has received mixed reviews (to put it kindly) from the player community.

For the developers, at least, there is no controversy here; they love the update and can't wait to gush about it. To that end, Marvel Heroes put out a new developer chat video in which various Gazillion employees share what they love best about the update.

Mega-update aside, Lunar New Year has arrived in Marvel Heroes and will be sticking around only until next Sunday. During the event, players will enjoy an XP and RIF boost while opening up a package of daily login gifts. There are also special "lucky red envelope" drops by random enemies that contain bonus loot.

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Leaderboard: Where do you stand on Marvel Heroes' massive overhaul update?

Past the downtime and the lag and the inventory snafus, how are Marvel Heroes players reacting to the "biggest update ever?"

Not well. On Steam, negative reviewers are busily tanking the game's rating, dragging its review score down from its usual "mostly positive" to the recent "mostly negative" with claims that the update drained the game of fun and lore and action and depth-wise is "a shallow husk of what it used to be."

On Reddit, players are upset that Gazillion apparently removed newbie accounts' options for their first hero, a regression in design goals.

On the official forums, players are annoyed over movement changes, the power bar, item changes, and attribute changes, calling it a "total destruction of a fantastic game." Ouch.

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Marvel Heroes rolls out 'biggest update ever' successfully

Last night, MJ and I were nervous about scheduling her Marvel Heroes stream -- would the game really be back up and functional when it had gone down only six hours before for its so-called "biggest update ever"? Turns out our fears were unwarranted; the game was back up earlier than planned.

If you haven't been in yet, you're gonna want to check out what's changed. Gazillion has two new videos, one on powers and one on talents, and MJ's posted her stream from last night, in which she scoped out how her own toons have transformed. Let us know how it's playing for you -- last night players were frustrated over brand-new inventory issues, so be warned you might be playing the loot shuffle game when you next log in before you can get to kicking butt.

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