So remember how I said I was interested in Heroes of the Storm?
Yeah, I got into the Technical Alpha.
[Screenshot to be inserted hear when my PC is on tomorrow.]
I’m really not sure how it happened but I feel like the most special snowflake right now! Apparently, I opted into the alpha (and beta, apparently!) some time ago – or Nick opted me in. Tonight I decided to install the Blizzard Launcher to de-clutter my task bar and upon launching it while Nick was looking over my shoulder (this wasn’t the first time I launched it; I had already been playing Starcraft earlier), he noticed I had a Heroes of the Storm thingy at the bottom. It said “Install.” So I did. Then it said “Play.” So I did.
Initial Impression: OMG THIS GAME IS FUN!
It’s got the usual Blizzard chunky look and feel. I like that. A lot. Skinny, tall characters bother me. Compare the characters in FFVIII and FFIX. I really like the FFIX style over the FFVIII type. The chunky, fun models are just more cute to me!
It also has the Blizzard sound, with the characters having the voices you would expect – their attacks having the sounds you would expect! Raynor’s rifle sounds just like it does in Starcraft and I should know since I was playing Wings like 10 minutes before I started Heroes. :3
The game play itself is… kind of like DOTA2? There’s three lanes and creep waves and towers and things like that. But instead of having hero abilities that you level up, you start out with all of the abilities and level up by choosing talents. The talents seem to be based on an either/or tree but I haven’t look too much into it yet. I honestly just played two bot vs bot matches and called it a night. I wasn’t exactly expecting to be in a game’s alpha test.
I am also genuinely entertained by the dialogue, what with Raynor’s reactions to being teleported to the Nexus (like a Protoss nexus?) and talking with Diablo and Uther.
I can’t wait to unlock Tychus. :3