Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Preview
Blizzard’s new game Hearthstone has been in the closed beta stages for some time now and gamers can be delighted in the fact that it proves to be both fun and addictive.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft can be somewhat loosely compared with Magic the card game. It doesn’t seem to be as complex but is definitely addictive. Players will gain mana crystals each turn, which is the Blizzard equivalent to placing land cards. Players will then start off with a number of cards that they can play based on their mana cost to try and take down their opponents hero by draining all 30 of their points. Each minion card has an attack and health rating with a mana cost while spells will do give you different abilities such as polymorphing an enemy minion into a sheep. When first summoned, most creatures are asleep much like Magic’s summoning sickness, unless they have the Charge ability which will let them attack in the same round. Creatures that have Taunt will need to be attacked first before you can put any damage down on your opponent’s hero.
Players will select a character class when building a deck and from those decks, players can add in class-specific cards or neutral cards to give your deck some punch. Shaman’s will run totems that can be summoned for special abilities while playing while the Warlock will generally sacrifice his own life for some slight advantages.
Visually, the game is exactly what you would expect. There is some great artwork on each of the cards and little animations are played whenever actions or attacks are performed. It’s something that gamers can expect from Blizzard because while it all has the appearance of being quite simple, it has a certain polish that Blizzard is famous for. Hitting an opponent for one damage is somewhat uninspiring when compared to hitting a player for massive damage with screen shaking and an audience bellowing a fury-invoking “ooooh”.
Thankfully the game is still in beta so Blizzard has a chance to look at and review the rewards system in order to make it more fun and more accessible for the gamers who want to be part of Hearthstone. In the same light, I do understand that Blizzard would like to make some money out of it, so perhaps offering rewards when paying would be the way forward to entice those “freemium” gamers for a little bit of money. As of right now though, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a lot of fun and it is very easy to get into and easy to pick up. After a few losses on the ladder you will start putting more thought into your strategies and variety of play but it may have the potential of being unbalanced depending on what card are available to what heroes.
Rob 'GrIdL0cK' Clegg has been in the gaming industry for over 15 years and has competed in both local and international tournaments at the highest level. He is also a respected gaming critic and is Telkom Do Gaming’s editor and lead reviewer.