Yesterday with Monday Midtown Madness live again I (finally) made it to 60 on Hawkeye, now my first max level character in Marvel Heroes (and making it the maybe 4th MMO where I have achieved that feat). The current event is kind of crazy (higher stacking XP buff every day) so after hitting 60 and then spending roughly 15 minutes opening loot boxes I immediately switched to Scarlet Witch, because your first 60 gives an account-wide +25% XP buff if I am not mistaken.
So I continued with story mode where I had left off at level 7 and this brought me to the Kingpin at Level 19ish which is when I switched to Midtown again to get to 25 (one more Synergy bonus, yay).
Thoughts on play styles so far:
- Hawkeye feels cooldown heavy (like Rogues in WoW used to be). Every 50s I can literally destroy a screen full of enemies (with the help of my turret) but without my summoned demon pet (35s cooldown, 30s active) I would be quite helpless in the Holo-Sim, whereas when partnering with Rocket Raccoon with a pure minion spec everything was smooth.
- Scarlet Witch only started to kick ass at around 20 with my spec, before that a bunch of ranged mobs would hurt and bosses take a while because of dotting, strafing, running. Definitely not a tanky character, but fun to play. Unlike Hawkeye, I don’t like the default costume a lot. It’s a bit skimpy.
So my humble roster now looks like this now:
So that’s one max level character and 2 at the first “important” level, which gives them access to their first Uru-Forged item and also unlocks a Synergy buff. Plus around this level you usually complete story mode for the first time. In WoW I used to define this important level as 40, when you got your mount, because I am that old. Nowadays I’d say it’s 20 (first mount) and 58/60 (going to the first expansion zone, plus flying mounts) and 70, 80, 85 and 90 aren’t that important as milestones, unless you personally set your goals like this. Yes, I do, but it’s kind of arbitrary.
Whereas my partner in crime (fighting) already sports around 2 60s and 3 25s. But as in Diablo 3, as much as I enjoy the game in small bursts, after 2h or less I need a break. Something I don’t know from other games, but apparently at times I even grab my mouse a lot harder because my hand hurt. Time to relax more I think.
I think my favorite gimmick feature is heroes quipping to/about other heroes when they encounter them ingame. Even quite funny at times.
Apparently yesterday there was an event called Monday Midtown Madness (or any combination of the three) which resulted in me playing for roughly 6h straight, something I hadn’t done in a while, in any game. It was just the right amount of carrot on a stick it seems.
Go to Midtown, wait a while, kill 2-5 event bosses, loot, have no bagspace, go donating to level up your vendor, wait up to 3 minutes or how long you needed to check all the gear that dropped from the loot chests or cards, repeat.
Yep, that escalated quickly. I got from 35 to over 42 with no additional XP than the events, a whole new set of equip, about 15 Uniques and 6 Uru-Forged and still 20 loot chests in the bank that I will postpone opening until I run out of bank space again (they always drop loot of your level, that’s why it makes sense to keep them).
Oh, and I got one of these now:
(generated by this page and of course Green Armadillo pointed me to it)
I think this was the first post written in wordpress.com’s new editor, not sure I like it, but it seems to work well enough. I have no clue what “Featured Image” does, I nearly didn’t find “Add Media” and I don’t see how the final url will look, that’s especially bad.
I wrapped up the first playthrough on Normal difficulty yesterday, defeating Dr. Doom and then Loki with Hawkeye. I was Level 28 or 29, now I’m in Lowtown again and nearly Level 31.
I really like playing Hawkeye, although he’s not feeling like easymode like Human Torch (up until Level 14, so my experience is limited).
Loki was a real pain, though. I think I died 6 or 7 times, a first. The jump from Normal to Heroic is not really noticeable I think, less than in Diablo 3 for sure.
I got weak and bought a little more ingame currency for 5$ and now have a crafting tab. I could buy a Hero tab as well but so far it’s been bearable. I am feeding all the items I get to the crafter to reach level 20 there, but so far it’s only Level 8.
The winter/holiday event ended yesterday evening with a long downtime and today there’s a new event with 42% XP bonus. I was happy until I noticed that the holiday event had 100% XP bonus, it just wasn’t easily recognizable if you started during it. Ah, whatever, 29 levels wasn’t too bad.
I played a lot less WildStar, but my Medic is 38 now and halfway through Wilderrun already.