Heroes of Newerth – A New Review
It’s time to do this once again! Last time I wrote a review on Heroes Of Newerth was during the beta of the game. Back then I had hardly played any DotA and I wasn’t a big fan of how it played and worked. I was soon to be blown away by a game much like it. For some of you that know of both these games, you will see that HoN is a clone of DotA, in game style and even down to several of the heroes. Even if they have been rebalanced and changed to fit the meta game within HoN.
So, HoN is a multiplayer game where you and 4 others go up against 5 other players. Imagine tower defense, now imagine this in a RTS kind of looking game, where you see everything from above. Imagine three different roads to the enemy base. These roads need to be pushed down past enemy towers to eventually destroy the base. While you and the other players control a unique hero to help your team, taking different roles as support, tank, ganker, carry and so on. Killing enemy heroes and destroying their buildings will give you and your team gold and XP, this is used to advance your skills and buy items for your hero.
The graphics are great, they work well for this type of game and even if that means that the graphics aren’t great, it works. Each hero has a unique look and feel to them. Graphics isn’t really the important thing of the game, it works, it fits it, certain things look better and certain things look worse. Most people will look at this game and compare to DotA, and because of that, this game wins the graphic race. Not a big surprise seeing how old DotA and Warcraft 3 actually are.
The controls are simple, you click where you want your hero to move, and you use Q, W, E and R to use your 4 different abilities. You don’t need much experience for the basics of the controls, try them out once and you should be set to play the game. The difference between a good and a great player in HoN, is how you control your hero. How you use your skills in the game, how you cooperate with the other players and communication with other players and so on. What you really need to set your mind into is the short keys, or hot keys. How to use your items quickly without the hassle of moving around with the mouse in important situations like team fights.
One thing that you should know before running in to this game is; the community isn’t nice. This game thrives on team work, the better you and your team works together the bigger chance you have of winning. This makes HoN (and any game like it) a horrible place for new players, while learning the basics, you will be facing a lot of “bullshit” from people in the game. There’s always a lot of hate pointed at players doing bad, and I hope that most new players can look past that. As soon as you get into it a bit more, there’s a great game to find behind the wall of “NOOB!”.
HoN isn’t DotA, but for any player out there that plays one or the other, they will be able to try the other game and understanding it quickly. As it is now, HoN gets a new hero every two weeks, mostly they also fix and change different items and setting within the game to balance it out. One important thing to notice is that this is NOT a game that requires you to spend money on it after the first 30$ like many other games like it. There are several cosmetic and sound options that can be bought, but these are also available with the in game money you earn for playing. All heroes and items are available at all times, so it never turns the balance if someone spent more money on the game then you did.
Heroes of Newerth is the kind of game that you may not be sure if you like at first, and when you sit back and look at the time you will realize that you spent 2-3 hours playing it. It’s an addicting game and it constantly changes thanks to the huge pool of heroes. There are currently 80 heroes in the game, and you only use 10 heroes each game, and a different mix every time. Yea… there will be a different feel every game.
HoN is a addicting game with a fun type of game play. The community is harsh towards new players that don’t know the game as well as them, but as soon as the noob barrier is passed the game will be a lot more rewarding. Team work games have always been major part of what I enjoy what in comes to online games, and HoN really puts that to test. Can you work together to defeat the enemy team? You will always feel great when a plan works just as you imagined it, or when you escape death with only a little health.
New players may find it slow and even at times hard if you haven’t played a game like it before. But the more you learn and the better you get, you will understand that every moment in the game is important if you want it to run in your favor.
+ Constantly evolving with new heroes and updates
+ Addictive game play
+ Team Work
– The community
– Hard to get into for a completely new player
– Balance in the game can switch quickly to the worse with so many new heroes and updates