Heroes of the Storm is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is available for PC Microsoft Windows and Mac. The company has decided to create a MOBA (even though they haven't called it MOBA because they say that it is something greater) with all the heroes of its more famous sagas. That means that you will be able to control the heroes of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo. This release is free-to-play, and it is supported by micro transactions.
Almost every gamer knows about the direct competitors of this release. Of course, we are talking about League of Legends (LoL) and Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2). However, it is Blizzard, and if someone knows how to create successful game, it's them. Moreover, what does HotS offer that its competitors do not? To begin with, the vast number of well-known characters the players will be able to control. It is not the same to start with unknown characters than to start with characters you are fond of. Nevertheless, what really makes a difference is the ability to catch players with the challenging team combats.
Once you download this title, you will see that the graphics are not the strongest points of this game, but even so, they are living up to player's expectations. Blizzard has used the graphics engine of StarCraft II, and it has proved itself to work perfectly with these kinds of videogames. The modeling of the environments and champions is quite good, and the level of detail has been improved in comparison with the other games of the company.
The Heroes of Blizzard
As mentioned, plenty of champions of the famous sagas of Blizzard will be the characters you will control in this release. This way, from Warcraft you will be free to choose Thrall, the Warchief of the Horde, Tyrande, the High Priestess of Elune, Li Li, The World Wanderer and more. From StarCraft, you can choose between Kerrigan, The Queen of Blades, Abathur, the Evolution Master, Zagara, Broodmother of the Swarm, etc. Finally, from Diablo, you can play with Diablo itself, with Azmodan, the Lord of Sin, Tyrael, the Archangel of Justice, and plenty more.
You will be able to control the heroes of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo
Another strong point of this release are the maps. There are six different maps for the time being, but they will change later. This way, maps will be different from time to time and you will not play too much within them. Nevertheless, this is not bad news because this way you will not get used to just one arena and you will be forced to learn how to play with the rest. The maps are fully interactive, and knowing how to use this interaction can be the key to winning a match. For example, in Blackheart's Bay, you can make a deal with Blackheart and convince him to shoot his cannons to the rival team, so many of their constructions will be collapsed in a moment. Garden of terror offers the ability to defeat diabolical plants to get their seeds, and if you obtain 100 seeds, you will summon an extremely powerful creature that your team can control.
Take into account that Blizzard wanted to boost the team play, so mechanics such as "denial" or "last-hitting" have been rejected. Now, the entire team will earn the same experience, it does not matter who kills the enemy or who has contributed more. Thus, it is essential to participate a lot and try to help your team win, not just for yourself. The heroes do not level up, but the entire team, so just try to defeat as many enemies as you can, and help your team as much as possible.
Heroes of the Storm Beta Features
In this section, you can read up on the fantastic features of Heroes of the Storm:
- Incredible graphics with well-designed heroes, good graphics effects, marvelous cinematic scenes, and an outstanding art design
- More than 30 different heroes to play: each one from a different universe (Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo) and with different abilities (Specialist, Warrior, Assassin and Support)
- Six maps to play (they will change in future): Haunted Mines, Dragon Shire, Cursed Hollow, Blackheart’s Bay, Garden of Terror and Sky Temple
- Interactive maps to boost the strategic gameplay
- League of Heroes mode: only accessible if you have 10 heroes and the level of your account is 30 or more
Feel free to visit the official website of Heroes of the Storm if you like it and you want to know more information about it before you download the game.
Check out the minimum system requirements your PC needs to download and play Heroes of the Storm:
- Operating System: Windows XP or superior versions
- Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600, Intel Core 2 Duo or better
- RAM Memory: at least 2 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, NVidia GeForce 7600 GT or superior
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum
- Hard Drive Space: minimum 10 GB free on your PC