The quality of Blizzard games in the past decade is very debatable, with games like Diablo III and Starcraft II being of varying popularity and the successive World of Warcraft expansions being met with mixed feelings. Blizzard games, however they good they may be, are all prominent games in their respective genres, with games like StarCraft I and Diablo II being some of the best of their respective flavor. Enter Heroes of the Storm, a MOBA starring the iconic characters from the Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft series we’ve come to know and love/hate. With the MOBA genre being on the rise in the past few years and Blizzard dropping the ball a few times, does a Blizzard All-Stars MOBA stand up? Let’s hope I can articulate well enough today, because I was just really fucking up yesterday.
A flashy but inaccurate and official trailer. This one might be a bit better though.
Anyways, Heroes of the Storm released in June earlier this year and is free-to-play, which is always a bonus. While lacking the depth of other MOBAs like Dota 2 and League of Legends, the game instead focuses on team-based fighting, eschewing the complexity of item builds for a smaller pool of talents in the process. The game’s maps also feature a prominent map objective which can tip the favor of a battle in a team’s direction if utilized, which it usually is. This makes the game seem a little shallower to those used to DOTA2/LoL while making the game a little more accessible to those who don’t play MOBAs. The fact that the game focuses on team fighting almost immediately into a match makes this MOBA the only one I actually enjoy, with Blizzard characters I like being another draw to playing the game.
The game for the most part is balanced and works fine, except for a few choice try-hard meta characters and a matchmaker that sometimes makes you wonder why the system thought this was a good idea. The graphics leave a little to be desired, and for some reason the game doesn’t feature any iconic Blizzard music from any series, which I feel they really dropped the ball on. The music is still of the same flavor as the series the track is based on, so at least it has that going for it.
Like I’ve said, I don’t enjoy MOBAs, but I’ve been playing Heroes of the Storm steadily for a while now and can say that if you’re like me and don’t enjoy Dota 2 or League of Legends, try out Heroes of the Storm. You might find that it’s the cup of tea you’re looking for.