The Daily Grind: Where did you Marvel Heroes players scatter to after the sunset?

    
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A couple of months ago, after we learned about the sunset of Marvel Heroes but before it actually happened early, we asked our local Marvel fans which MMO they planned to play next to fill the hole left by the end of the popular MMOARPG. DC Universe Online and Champions Online were offered as contenders, of course, with the bigger crowdfunded games – Ship of HeroesCity of Titans, and Valiance Online – all getting mentions too.

But since many of those games aren’t actually out yet, and two of them are on the older side, I’m wondering where you actually went – and if it’s outside of the superhero world, what was it that made you trade in your capes and tights. We asked this same question when City of Heroes closed down, for example, and a lot of folks had scattered to some surprising destination rather than the superhero games – Secret World and Star Trek Online, as I recall, led the pack.

Me, I just logged into and swooped around in the City of Heroes Paragon Chat a few times and got it out of my system for another few weeks.

Marvel Heroes players, where did you actually go?

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Mewmew

There really isn’t a replacement for that experience right now. It wasn’t just that it was a Superhero game (though with the popularity of Marvel characters, it was partially that it was Marvel). It was also an action MMORPG with a Diabloesque viewpoint. There are single player games like it, but there is nothing to take up the hole it left for MMORPGs (even with a low zone cap it still was an MMORPG).

New superhero games may and will be fun, but they won’t be the same, nobody is making one based on Marvel properties with this viewpoint as far as I’ve seen.

If they did, I’ve got lots of suggestions for how to make it better and would probably try to get in on the early development in order to push those suggestions. Marvel Heroes actually had already died when they made the changes to the “BUE” (Biggest Update Ever) and Omega systems. The game wasn’t the same, wasn’t as open, was more narrow areas and linear like a mobile game, while getting simplified and some very poor power change choices as well.

They killed the game already when they did BUE / Omega, so really it was not the same near the end and was already gone then. Sunsetting was just a formality by that point. But before those changes there was a pretty decent game there that just needed more content rather than a full horrible overhaul to make it fit for how they thought console players would like it more.

Console players weren’t quite as shallow and confused by open systems as they thought and it was just a big kick in the face to the PC players. Still anyway there is no real replacement and I have to wonder if there ever will be.

Unless a new mobile game comes along that’s mostly the same thing in a couple of years, I don’t know if anybody wants to make a new Marvel game with that same viewpoint. They’d probably go full big 3D if they made a new one. Which also could work to fill up part of the hole anyway, if done right.

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Mike Davenport

You should check this out http://www.themarveluniverseonline.com

Then come tell us your ideas here https://www.facebook.com/muommo/

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Bionicall

Sadly I have been bereft, nothing I have played since has felt a satisfying replacement for Marvel Heroes, which according to steam is my most played game by a mile.

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NeoWolf

I went back to WoW for a few months, but currently am not playing any MMO’s, waiting for Bless and AIR in the hopes one of those will prove interesting. In general though pretty underwhelmed with the MMO offerings of late…the genre seems to be in a bit of a lull.

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Joe

I was pretty heavy into Warframe for a good month and a half, but I hit a bit of a wall progress-wise there and burnt out of it. Since then I just haven’t really been playing much as far as online games go. I tried Grim Dawn to scratch my ARPG itch but that didn’t last too long either.

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MagmaFist

Nothing good superhero wise so am playing more ESO. Combat is meh compared to CoH and MH but damn, if it isn’t a gorgeous game to just run around in. I’m constantly amazed at the amount of detail(PC version) of the buildings, characters, forest, etc. I can get right up to any object and just admire the textures and design.
On a sidenote, now that I’ve got it down, I love lockpicking. I wish ESO had more mini-games like that(I don’t count fishing or puzzle quests). And if I could just use 2-4 more spells on the hotbar without swapping, it would be a much stronger contender for my time. Pets are nice but still nowhere near a Mastermind.

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George Pastras

Well, it’s back to PS3 & PS4 games for me… Already finished Lego Avengers, Lego Jurassic World, Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens, Lego Batman 3, Lego The Hobbit, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate… Now playing Shadow of Mordor. I don’t think I will be playing any MMRPG soon (Marvel Heroes was my first and I had been playing for 915 days straight), the hole in my chest, acquired with the MHO shutdown, still hurts like hell…

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Colin Henry

At the suggestion of some of the commenters here last time you asked this question, I started playing Warframe. It seemed like an odd suggestion at first–how can a scifi shooter take the place of a superhero ARPG?–but now I get it. The thing that I liked about Marvel Heroes was endlessly leveling new characters. Warframe provides that same feeling. The whole game is about finding parts, crafting stuff, then leveling it. Both games also let me play alone or with a group, which is nice.
As for superhero games… there’s nothing really. I’ve tried DCUO and Champions Online again, and neither of them resemble anything I’m interested in. Hoping one of the CoH clones turns out to be good, but I’m not even expecting to get into those this year.
I really miss Marvel Heroes, and, as with all of the games we’ve lost, nothing will ever truly take its place.

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Knox Harrington

Devilian!

Oh wait…

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Colin Henry

Master X Master!
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Bryan Correll

LawBreakers!

/looks around

Hello! Is anyone here?

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Dug From The Earth

Wildstar

(Im a glutton for punishment)

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Tanek

I tried DCUO but, as much as I like the idea of the game and 90% of the game itself, the 10% that includes the controls not working very well for me on keyboard/mouse make it difficult to play for any length of time.

Warframe and LOTRO cover the gap at the moment.

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A Dad Supreme

Me, I just logged into and swooped around in the City of Heroes Paragon Chat a few times and got it out of my system for another few weeks.

This was me, except swap out City of Heroes for Marvel Heroes. I only and very rarely played MH on PS4 as a boredom breaker from other games. I just logged in to throw Angela’s whip around and mind control NPC’s heads.

The people in my Friend’s List who I know played mostly went back to single player RPG games, Star Wars BF2, Destiny 2 and The Division.

Marvel Heroes could never be a “main” game for me; it’s repetitive play zones was just too bland and droning, no matter how many times you switch to another character.