Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1000 Total Levels In Marvel Heroes

I hit a milestone in Marvel Heroes over the long weekend, gaining my 1000th combined level. 

The levels are split between 26 different heroes, some of whom are relatively low level, in particular characters who are awaiting their post-launch reworks.  Overall it's 10 characters at level 60, 5 more inactive characters parked at level 50 or 52, and then a small handful of characters I actually consider active.  There are a total of 2040 levels in game amongst the 34 released heroes, with a new 60-level hero added every month, so I'm not even half way to the total cap (especially since the higher levels go slower than the low levels do). 

One odd bit of irony here is that I almost prefer to play when there is NOT an weekly event experience boost in effect.  I have so many different ways to increase my exp gain that I don't have trouble getting my levels and I do sometimes have trouble not outleveling content.  My "baseline" is over 150%, as I'm running at 123% synergy bonus plus 10% for Cyclops and 25% for an experience boon (which will run out in just over five days of /played time outside of hubs due to boon parties).  On top of that, I have the following consumables:
  • 16 of the common 50% exp boosts (32 hours total, I would "store" these by consuming all of them - which I've done with the 50% rare item find boosts - except that sometimes I want it to expire).  The overwhelming majority of these come from quest rewards - three per character. 
  • Triple iridium 50% boosts (6 of these for a total of 12 hours, and these are comparatively more valuable because they stack with the regular boosts.  Mine came from the most recent fortune cards)
  • 100% rush bars (available in exp only - reasonably common and I have 9 of these - or triple iridium, where I have a whopping 14 due to the recent cards and promo codes, i.e. 23 hours of 100% bonus)
All told, I can get above 350% bonus exp with a couple of mouse clicks and stay at that level for at least twelve hours /played before stuff starts falling off, and all of that is multiplicative with any server bonuses.   Thus the reduced enthusiasm for server exp events.  Then again, it does seem like the events are so frequent and so impactful that it's almost anticlimactic to play when there is NOT an event available. 

So that's where I am going into the game's touted 1st birthday.  I'd say expectations - speculation runs anywhere from free G's for the cash shop to a surprise hero - are unrealistically high, but they have done a pretty impressive job with past events.  Guess we'll know in a bit over a week. 

2 comments:

mindofyngwe said...

Congrats on level 1000! That is a fair amount of playing. It sounds like all those levels will help you get more bonuses through the new Omega System.

On another note, the Wolverine rework is pretty solid. Although, you may want to wait until they improve the Signature ability. It is currently very unsatisfying.

Green Armadillo said...

I think the Omega system is actually completely separate from existing levels and synergies. One thing it opens up for me is to spend more time on my max level characters. I'd almost always prefer to be working on something to benefit my future alts (more synergy exp and power options). With the Omega system I can get those types of bonuses on any character in any form of content. This will also mean that I can run terminals or whatnot on mega bonus loot weekends rather than inadvertently rush a character I was looking forward to playing to level 60 in under four hours.

My list right now includes Invisible Woman (almost at 50), Black Panther (mid 30's), Wolvie (at 30), and both Psylocke and Black Widow at level 12. Usually it's worth giving them a bit of time to fix the re-works and new releases, and it sounds like they're totally swamped with the upcoming festivities.