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Lemme start by saying, they did.

 

Blizzard Entertainment‘s upcoming Heroes of the Storm gives the impression of an amped up League of Legends (or “LoL”). And why not? It will come at a $40 price tag, characters from high selling/prestigious titles such as: World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo III, and Lost Vikings to boot!

 

With League’s five year old battle system the game is still entertaining but has some much needed upgrades. Which Heroes offers! Such as..

 

Familiar Characters: I haven’t played all of Blizzard’s games, but even if I hadn’t played any, I would know who the hell Diablo is! The infamous game’s titular character has become an icon in the world of PC gaming, and he’s not alone!

 

Blizzard does with Heroes what Nintendo did with their Smash Bros series: they gave their consumers an opportunity to beat the hell out of each other using well established characters from a slew of their games.

 

Diverse Maps: I can’t claim to have played more than tens of League games, but damn if they weren’t all in the same map, Summoner’s Rift again and again gets stale after every battle takes place there.

 

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Heroes distracted my first few play-throughs as I kept getting sidetracked by what each of the individual maps had to offer. The level of detail is impressive in this gamer’s opinion, and the variety adds a unique flavor to each battle site. I hope more are added to keep my interests peaked!

 

Shorter Battle Time: Long battles are a commitment, they can be rewarding in their own right as you have time to lay and play out some of your longer strategies. But most of the times I want a match that doesn’t have the potential to go on for forty minutes!

 

I’m of the mindset that all fighting games should be fast. I’ve loved my turn based RPG’s over the years, and gladly weighed in on every little decision I made during a battle. Real time games however should be quick and fast paced, which Heroes does, and does well!

 

Despite not even having been officially released yet, Heroes of the Storm has an incredible $1.2 million prize pot set up for competitors at the upcoming BlizzCon

 

With $.2 of that million, or $200,000 going to the top winning team! Times like these I wish I’d paid more attention to video games instead of trying to pursue an education. Kidding of course, stay in school kids. Or don’t, I’m not your mother. But play heroes! I love the damn game, and am willing to bet anyone with similar tastes as mine will too!