Marvel Heroes 2016: The Beast and Jubilee Thoughts


The Beast Marvel Heroes Editorial

The BIGGEST UPDATE EVER has occurred for Marvel Heroes 2016, and I want to talk about that for just a minute. At least, talk about my favorite part in it. One of the most tedious parts of Marvel Heroes 2016 were the sheer ludicrous number of abilities, and in addition to that, you were given shovelfuls of points to put into them! I was fine with abilities being locked behind levels [which is the way it still works], but then you had to really consider far too much to just play the damn game. Where to put them? Is it worth it to put points into this passive/buff? Or should I put some extra points into a damage skill or leap ability? Ugh. It was so damn tedious. This takes a lot of the guess work and experimentation out of the game, which does upset some people. But not me! I just want to enjoy a fun action-RPG that reminds me of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. It’s a better version though, because it has loot drops, tons of characters, slotting abilities as I need them, and enjoying fantastic comic book action. I’m going to rate main heroes 1-10, and team-ups 1-5. We also live-streamed Marvel Heroes over on OnRPG’s Youtube! And will do so again on MMOHuts today, at 2:30! Though it doesn’t have quite as much Beast Gameplay, I’ll link it below, because it’s worth it!

The Beast Marvel Heroes Editorial 2

So, one of the things I want to start doing with this column is highlight the new characters as they come out, and play them for a bit, and give my thoughts on them. Henry “Hank” McCoy is the latest character to show up, one of my favorite mutants. The Beast! He’s incredible mobile, and as he moves, he builds Momentum. I like this concept, but I don’t feel like he has enough options for building that Momentum back. But tons that use it! I love the voice, the feel, the strength, he’s pretty beefy, able to take quite a hit before needing to back off. However, he’s got a lot of claw-swiping going on, when I recall the Beast being more punches, kicks, throws, grappling, or throwing things. This is an aesthetic complaint, less than a gripe about the game/character. However, the big problem I have is Momentum. Love it as a mechanic, but I genuinely think his basic attack ought to generate, not use it. From a soloing perspective, that can be really really frustrating. He does need a way to generate it other than running about. But he’s got a pretty varied moveset though! He can leap, swing through the air, use technological gizmos like calling down drones to help heal, deal damage, and his ultimate involves him taking a break and letting the Danger Room do his damage for him! That’s awesome. Every genius needs to relax, yeah? Beast can solo, but it’s not remotely as fast as when I play Cyclops, Nova, or Cable. Once he has better Momentum generation, I think he’ll be barreling through baddies in no time.

The Beast: 5/10, will improve when Momentum Gen. does. Fun, cool skillset, but I’m disappointed that Kelsey Grammer did not voice him. Not gonna lie.

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Then there’s Jubilation Lee [Jubilee]. Normally, the only Team-Up I use is Magik, because she’s fantastically powerful, I love her dialogue and her interaction with characters. In general, the character interaction lines are just fantastic. Jubilee does pretty great damage, fires off dangerous fireworks, but it can be a little distracting by just how much light and sound they produce. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, so I can’t really complain about it. But I do enjoy her, and she’s without a doubt, quickly becoming a mainstay on my team. Personally, I prefer to keep my Team-Ups out all the time, but she can be summoned in a pinch to obliterate anything you need her to, which will not disappoint. Overall, I think she’s a great partner, not on Magik’s level. . . But who is? Some of the Team-Ups just don’t make any damn sense. Carnage? Really? Who does he want to work with? But Jubilee? She was Wolverine’s partner in the comics for years and years. She just makes sense.

Jubilee: 4/5, definitely on the official “List of Ragachak’s Team-Ups”.

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  • Herschel Pilcher III

    Let’s not forget that she is one of the few characters in Marvel capable of destroying Adamantium and Vibranium. And is it basic Jubilee? Or do they go with the edgy Vampire Jubilee. I’m good either way.

    Haven’t played this yet.. haven’t played any Marvel title since.. *sighs* the Arcade game really. So this looks promising. Have to watch the videos and see if it’s something I might enjoy.

    • Ragachak

      It’s not Vampire Jubilee. I’m so glad…I think you’d enjoy it. Almost any character can be played at start. You pick one of the members of the cast and it unlocks their 1-60. You can try anyone 1-10, to see if you like them before you pay to unlock them/farm Eternity Splinters.

  • KDH81

    Well written. I have not started this game. I have considered it though. I have had a sour taste in my mouth since Disney killed off Avenger’s Alliance as it was a fun little RPG light system. All the fun of the battle system and strategy without the world to explore. It still required patience and a strategic mindset to win battles, but without having to spend hours on end going through an open world. I have no problem with doing so, but it was nice to have a game that was so highly focused on PvP, Mission based battles and a pre-set story, even allowing some challenges which you did choose your own way. That said, I believe this game could honestly be an amazing game. I have seen a little of the gameplay, and am excited to see Beast and Jubilee make an appearance, though I worry that she (Jubilee) will be made underwhelming as that is usually how developers and writers usually make her if not all the time. I will consider giving this one a go. Just not wanting to get too attached to this game and have it yanked out after four successful, and profitable years like Marvel’s Avengers Alliance was just a few months ago. Thanks for the great review. Keep up the good work.

  • KDH81

    Well written. I have not started this game. I have considered it though. I have had a sour taste in my mouth since Disney killed off Avenger’s Alliance as it was a fun little RPG light system. All the fun of the battle system and strategy without the world to explore. It still required patience and a strategic mindset to win battles, but without having to spend hours on end going through an open world. I have no problem with doing so, but it was nice to have a game that was so highly focused on PvP, Mission based battles and a pre-set story, even allowing some challenges which you did choose your own way. That said, I believe this game could honestly be an amazing game. I have seen a little of the gameplay, and am excited to see Beast and Jubilee make an appearance, though I worry that she (Jubilee) will be made underwhelming as that is usually how developers and writers usually make her if not all the time. I will consider giving this one a go. Just not wanting to get too attached to this game and have it yanked out after four successful, and profitable years like Marvel’s Avengers Alliance was just a few months ago. Thanks for the great review Ragachak. Keep up the good work.

    • Ragachak

      She was strong when I used her! Between Cable and Jubilee, everything melted in a haze of psychic powers, bullets, and fireworks. She was good with Beast too. I never played Avengers Alliance, but it looked neat. But honestly, I love Marvel Heroes. It’s worth trying.

  • KDH81

    Sorry. The Beast portion seems to have been deleted. I have never been a big fan of Beast IN games. He is usually slow and sluggish. No matter how agile and speedy he has been known to be in the comics and on television, that is the one thing no game seems to ever get right. I hope this one is the exception.

    • Ragachak

      He’s pretty quick in this. His movement ability is a cartwheel type move, he can leap, dash, he’s pretty mobile. He’s not as fast as Nova, but you know. He’s Nova.