More Reviews
REVIEWS Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.

The Swapper Review
One of 2013's best indie games swaps its way to Sony platforms.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14

Madden NFL 15
Release date: 08/26/14


LATEST FEATURES Interview: Forging the Rings of Power in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Tolkien fans may now either squeal with glee at getting to play interactive fanfiction... or condemn it to the watery grave of Numenor.

How Bioware Creates Romances
Bioware's games have romances where you might save the world, on the side of course.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oneshotstop
Call of Duty will never be the same
By oneshotstop
Posted on 07/28/14
       We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...

Hero: 108 Preview

Blake_Morse By:
Blake_Morse
04/06/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE MMORPG 
PLAYERS 1- 999 
PUBLISHER Gamania Digital Entertainment 
DEVELOPER Gamania Digital Entertainment 
RELEASE DATE  

East meets West.


Once upon a time, there was a land where humans and animals lived in peace and tranquility... until this one douchebag named HighRoller came along. He was such a huge pain in the ass that he got himself banished from the Eastern Kingdom and went away to the Hidden Land. One day while festering in his loathing for humanity, he was hit by lightning and gained the ability to talk with animals and became the most evil Dr. Doolittle since Eddie Murphy.

click to enlargeNow he's convinced all the animals in the kingdom that the humans are the real jerks and should be eradicated from the face of the planet. It's up to you as a member of 1st or 2nd squad to repel the ensuing animal invasion and restore peace to the land. You'll crush insects, bop bunnies, and yes, much to mine and Hudak's dismay, beat up on some penguins to save the world.

Based off the upcoming Cartoon Network series of the same name, Hero: 108 is looking to appeal to the family-friendly MMO market, so if you're a hardcore MMO player with an unhealthy infatuation with dark elf priestesses or if you've ever had to go door to door and inform your neighbors that you just moved in (and not because you're being friendly) this is probably not the game for you. This is more for kids looking for something to do in between watching episodes of Hero: 108 The Animated Series and reading books about shiny, fem-boy vampires.

Every mission in the game is viewable from the very beginning and shows you what to accomplish in order to progress your quest paths. The game does hold your hand and walk you through to a point, but much of it is optional for those looking for more of a challenge. Combat is easy to manage, consisting of a standard beat-down button and several special abilities assigned to hotkeys in classic WoW style with the added feature of a dash button. As you level up, you'll gain new abilities along with a higher combo cap for your standard attack.

click to enlargeEach of the eight playable characters has their own unique fighting style and set of skills. There's the Mighty Ray with his uncanny ability to shoot lightning from his eyes after eating a banana, or the curiously odd Mr. Nohands, who actually has hands but they're bound because he'll uncontrollably tickle himself if set loose, and can somehow inexplicably throw darts and heal party members. As expected, making a team is all about the right balance of characters.

The thing that really stuck out about the game, though, was the art direction. Everything has that "animé meets American graffiti in the early 90s" vibe to it. Graphically, everything is cel-shaded with a vibrant and eclectic color wheel. This sort of "East meets West" fusion gives Hero: 108 an aesthetic that separates itself visually apart from the crowd of dull would-be Maple Story clones and offers something compelling and fun to play.

Hero: 108 is Gamania's first game ever developed with the Western market specifically in mind and with a cartoon and what I can only assume will be a slew of toys that usually follows this kind of thing; they may just have a shot at establishing themselves. Public closed beta begins in May through to open beta in June with a release date expected to be set soon after. In the meantime, check your local listings if you want to catch an episode of the cartoon.
More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Hero: 108


More On GameRevolution