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  • Summary: This free-to-play online team brawler assembles a diverse cast of characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes, and challenges them to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles. Heroes of the StormThis free-to-play online team brawler assembles a diverse cast of characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes, and challenges them to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles. Heroes of the Storm solicits players to customize heroes to suit their style and then team up with friends for some all-out mayhem. The game features an array of gameplay modes for players of every skill level, including Cooperative, in which players team up against computer-controlled opponents, and Quick Match, an accessible way to jump in and play versus others. Experienced players can also join forces against other teams of players in highly competitive, draft-style ranked play. [Blizzard] Expand
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  1. Positive: 54 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Jun 2, 2015
    95
    Heroes has a ton of depth, it's very well balanced (though not perfect), and nearly every cast member is a blast to play. It achieves almost everything it sets out to accomplish, so I really hope it catches on with the non-believers and continues to grow.
  2. Jun 8, 2015
    90
    Heroes of the Storm Has some small flaws (mainly associated with micro-transactions and the technical side) but all in all is a very good game. It doesn't copy things from other games and freshens up the MOBA genre in a really satisfying way. While playing HOTS I have never felt alienated, bored or unnecessary.
  3. Aug 5, 2015
    90
    I can't recommend Heroes of the Storm's friendly approach enough.
  4. Jul 29, 2015
    87
    If you’re both a fan of the MOBA genre and Blizzard’s various properties, there’s no reason you shouldn’t check Heroes of the Storm out. It may seem like Blizzard’s just got another “me too” on its hands at first glance, but there’s enough to set this MOBA apart from the rest and it all combines together to make for a distinct and thoroughly fun experience that no fan of the genre should miss.
  5. Heroes of the Storm offers a different MOBA experience with iconic Blizzard characters. Heroes of the Storm doesn’t contain gold and gold farm, level based character progress, and inventory system unlike other MOBA’s. It has it's own cleverly designed rules.
  6. Jun 4, 2015
    84
    The most any studio has done to open up a complex genre to a new audience. Inviting, entertaining, and deceptively deep.
  7. Jun 22, 2015
    60
    Perhaps with time Heroes of the Storm can age into something great, for now it’s worth checking out if you want to experience a different take on a popular genre.

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  1. Jun 2, 2015
    10
    It's the first MOBA I play and I must say, I'm in love with this game. It's amazing, and fun, and you gotta love the way the heroes (andIt's the first MOBA I play and I must say, I'm in love with this game. It's amazing, and fun, and you gotta love the way the heroes (and villains) of WoW, Diablo and Starcraft battle against each other. A must play for Blizzard fans! Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2015
    10
    After playing years of other MOBAs and stopped for a year. Blizzard got me hooked again. Gotta love 7 maps at release and new one alreadyAfter playing years of other MOBAs and stopped for a year. Blizzard got me hooked again. Gotta love 7 maps at release and new one already being implemented after 1 month from release Expand
  3. FDK
    Jun 2, 2015
    9
    I've had a moderate experience with MOBAs going way back to the WarCraft 3 days of DotA. While not disliking the genre, I've never been thatI've had a moderate experience with MOBAs going way back to the WarCraft 3 days of DotA. While not disliking the genre, I've never been that hooked to any particular game. I've played a bit Dota 2 and done some games in LoL with some friends from time to time, yet I always felt there were problems with each game that stopped me from loving them.

    That being said, I have had a quite positive experience with Heroes of the Storm since I got into Alpha back in December. While it may be lacking a bit in some features and there are problems with things like matchmaking, the ladder system, and the reconnect-to-game system, there is no doubt to me that the game's core gameplay is plain solid.

    The variety of maps, the talent system, the focus on objectives, and shared team experience really make for a unique gameplay experience that differs from the rest of the genre, which to me is the main selling point for this game. It is a MOBA, but it is neither like Dota or LoL. The games are shorter, but has a lot of action. An average game can last 20 minutes, which makes it great to play in short spurts when you don't have a lot of time, and it is my favourite thing about the game. It's refreshing not having 1 hour matches after experiencing those in Dota and LoL, so to me this is a great boon to the HotS.

    The monetization system is very much like how League of Legends does it; selling Heroes, skins, and other cosmetic stuff. You can still play the game completely free by just completing the daily quests and get gold from levelling up your Heroes. You also get a decent choice of "free" Heroes every week that you can try out and see if you like them, so you will not be very short on Heroes. As for the ladder system, the main requirement is 10 Heroes to enter, but there are enough cheap Heroes in the game to be able to meet that requirement, so if you are eager to jump into the competitive scene, it will not need to take a very long time (unless you only get the most expensive ones).

    If you aren't a huge fan of other MOBAs, then perhaps Heroes of the Storm might change your mind about the genre. It may look like a very simple game, but there is more to it than meets the eye. There is skill involved and tactical gameplay and teamwork will be highly beneficial. Try the game out right now. After all, it's free! ^^
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  4. Mar 24, 2016
    7
    Good things:
    -More than 1 competitive map.
    -Shorter games, more action. -Heroes with real lore. -Different objectives for every map (less
    Good things:
    -More than 1 competitive map.
    -Shorter games, more action.
    -Heroes with real lore.
    -Different objectives for every map (less monotone)

    Bad things:
    -No hero development (except for a talent every 3/4 levels)
    -Too casual (heroes are easy to use compared to other MOBAs)
    -Shop is too expensive (10$ for a Hero and 15$ for a skin?)
    -Terrible ranked solo experience (finds game fast by matching completely unbalanced teams)

    So basically, t's definetely better than traditional MOBA's, because of all the good new aditions it has to the poor genre, however I feel Blizzard could've done this sooo much better and it feels they're really lazy, really money grabbing and they don't care enough about player's needs and what they can do to make the game better, the matchmaking just makes you want to uninstall this game after a few ranked games, as fun as it might seem at the beginning.
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  5. Oct 24, 2015
    5
    Broken automatic matchmaking system, bizarre team composition, unbalanced and frustrating matchups. This pretty much seems to sum upBroken automatic matchmaking system, bizarre team composition, unbalanced and frustrating matchups. This pretty much seems to sum up everybody's experience of this game.
    It's a classic MOBA, except Blizzard dumbed it down a bit and with it its competitive potential. The heroes have one predetermined role and have to stick with it, there is no items to buff them or anything, the maps have secondary objectives to fulfill, the heroes are not very numerous and the balance is very bad, but the worst about this game is this very silly automatic matchmaking system that tends to make the most random team compositions and will make you wait 3 mminutes to then send you into 20+ minutes of unbalanced garbage, and that's a fun killer.
    After a few hours, the fun's not there anymore and HotS for me is a nope. Blizzard should make new franchises instead of trying to ride that MOBA wave and doing it wrong.
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  6. Jun 7, 2019
    2
    Matchmaking in this game is totally broken and playerbase is ****

    Some champions are totally unbalanced in a chaotic battlefield, i did try
    Matchmaking in this game is totally broken and playerbase is ****

    Some champions are totally unbalanced in a chaotic battlefield, i did try to like this game but after lv.15 i found out that this i just silly thing to do so i uninstalled the game.

    i'm trying to find anything positive with this game but i can't find any thing to say, tho the game started up and did not crash.. that must count for something.
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  7. Dec 8, 2018
    0
    +Idea
    +Design
    +Pace -Balance (would say double -) -Pay-for-new-OP-hero (always OP, always expensive, kind of P2W) -Toxic kids -Reporting
    +Idea
    +Design
    +Pace
    -Balance (would say double -)
    -Pay-for-new-OP-hero (always OP, always expensive, kind of P2W)
    -Toxic kids
    -Reporting is not working
    -Hard to reconnect after disconnect
    -Bugs
    -Varian

    2 years have passed, but feeling that game is trash and done for easy money is still here. Developers are concerned about cosmetics more than about the actual game. Would play if it has a soul like previous Blizzard games.
    Do not recommend unless you want to burn out all the time.
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