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I have played so many superhero games in the past 26 years of my life: multiple Batman games (before the Arkham series), Superman, The Incredible Hulk, countless Spiderman games, Captain America, Wolverine, Injustice, and Marvel’s Avengers. I loved each game in its own way, but the one superhero title I miss the most is also the one that is no longer playable and has been shutdown since November 27, 2017—Marvel Heroes Omega. Marvel Heroes Omega was the console version of Marvel Heroes 2016 for the PC.
A New Hope
Marvel Heroes Omega was an ARPG (action role-playing game) similar to Marvel Ultimate Alliance. It was free-to-play and had a ton of characters to play that you typically wouldn’t find in another Marvel video game. And although there were microtransactions to unlock things early and support the game, you could still unlock almost everything with in-game currencies, including other heroes.
Marvel Heroes Omega Roster
The PC version had a full 63 characters on the hero roster! The full roster can be viewed by clicking here. When launched on console, Marvel Heroes Omega had 38 available heroes, including:
- Jean Grey
- Kitty Pryde
- Moon Knight
- Rocket Raccoon
- Scarlet Witch
Just from the list of 13 heroes above, you can already see a few characters that you might notice in another Marvel video game but are not actual playable characters. Don’t be surprised if you don’t know a few of these heroes either. I love superheroes but don’t really read comics, so this was the first time I even heard the name of Angela, Moon Knight, and Nova. Since then, Moon Knight has grown to be one of my favorite superheroes.
It has been such a long time since the game has been shutdown, so I may be slightly wrong here, but the first time I played the game, I think it let you choose between 4/5 free heroes. Once I started earning in-game currencies, I would eventually be able to purchase more heroes to play. My first 3 characters were Daredevil, Angela, and Nightcrawler, in that order.
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Each character had three class trees to spend skill points toward your preferred battle style. The individual trees generally focused on a certain mechanic or play style, such as the Assault (melee), Firepower (guns), and Demolition (explosives) trees for Punisher… or the Archery (ranged), Fighting (melee), and Trick Arrows (special ranged) trees for Hawkeye. Every skill had a level cap, so more points could not be put in a skill until a certain level was reached.
The abilities were true ARPG-style. Investing in a specific build would get you farther and farther into endgame raids and missions. My first playthrough with Daredevil was fun. I focused on beating enemies with melee attacks and, ironically, blinding enemies within range. Angela was my favorite because she controlled heavenly ribbons to stab foes to hell. The endgame build was focused all around weakening armor and bleed damage. Nightcrawler focused on teleportation and melee skills with a sword. His ultimate ability landed 26 hits on an enemy without being targeted, which was INSANE! I loved every minute spent with my heroes on Marvel Heroes Omega.
The Empire Strikes Back
Ultimately, I had good fun for a solid 8 months. Disney decided to end their relationship with the developers and ordered the game to be shut down. By shut down, I mean literally buried one hundred feet under the ground never to rise again. The console version, online PC version, and even the website all got canceled in the blink of an eye. It was a sad year for Marvel fans.
Marvel’s Avengers (August 14, 2020) somewhat revitalized the itch I had from the missed Marvel Heroes Omega, but it’s been hard to wait on newly released characters with the current 8 hero lineup compared to the 30+ characters from Omega. I really miss Marvel Heroes Omega, but Disney definitely has no plans to rekindle the old flame for an ARPG, especially now with the critics ravaging the new Marvel’s Avengers.