New expansion delivers all new adventure
by Brian Leblanc
Do you have what it takes to be a hero of Newerth?
DotA makeover revives interest in classic arena game.
With more than one million active accounts and 50, 000 players online at any given time, S2 Games’ new release: Heroes of Newerth transcends modern gaming and has recently become open to the public, thus free to play.
Knowledge, control, economics, micromanagement and above all, teamwork; these are the skills required of a HoN player. The game’s learning curve is steep and although popular in the public scene, the game has undeniably competitive roots as a remake of the popular game, Defence of the Ancients.
“I don’t know much about HoN,” said Alexandra H., a 3rd semester social science student ,”but it’s a popular game, much more popular than I thought it was.”
Multiplayer online battle arenas are few and far between, but what sets them apart from other games is their intricate blend of game play elements that were developed by gamers, on their own time, with no cash benefits.
DotA is a custom map that plays on Blizzard’s Warcraft III expansion: The Frozen Throne. Most commonly played five on five, DotA features a plethora of unique player controlled units in a classic good vs. evil battle for supremacy.
HoN is in its open beta stage and is currently free to play. In order to continue playing after the unconfirmed release date (most probably sometime in the coming year), the game will cost a single $30 payment, which is rather inexpensive in today’s video game market.
“Heroes of Newerth is one of the greatest games I have ever played,” said Antoine G., a 5th semester commerce student, “I have been playing this game for months and it hasn’t cost me a cent.”
Players fight on two separate teams and the ultimate goal is to destroy the other team’s base. In order to win, player controlled heroes fight side by side with computer controlled soldiers that are sent in to the fray, by each team, in equal numbers and abilities, to ultimately push back the defending forces all the way to the base.
Standing in the way are three towers, each more challenging than the next, that assist the defending troops and heroes in staving off attacks, and offer strategic defence points.
Heroes become stronger throughout the game by gaining experience from killing enemy soldiers and heroes, and by purchasing equipment from the base to enhance their abilities.
Visit http://www.heroesofnewerth.com to download the free client and find out more.