Excerpt: Heroes of Newerth (HoN) is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that has two opposing teams faceoff against each other on various maps battling to take control of their opponent’s base. The learning curve for HoN is steep, many first time players of the MOBA genre will be turned off to the difficulty quickly.
Conclusion: Heroes of Newerth is an intriguing mix of frenetic action and tactical gameplay, showcasing some of the very best aspects of it's still-evolving genre. Be warned though, it's not the best choice of entertainment for a relaxed Sunday afternoon, and is probably best played after chugging a few cans of relentless and shouting at your own reflection for half an hour.
Summary: Heroes of Newerth is a session-based multiplayer Action-RPG heavily inspired by the popular Warcraft 3 mod, Defense of the Ancients (DotA), but with vast improvements in graphics and gameplay.
Excerpt: Azada: Ancient Magic is the sequel to Azada , where you had to rescue a magician named Titus from imprisonment in a book. Titus you see had a similarly magical great-uncle Argus who had an unfortunatly cursed library. Needless to say, things have gone horrid once again and this time Titus is too afraid to clean up his mess himself and has summoned you to do it for him. Pansy.
Conclusion: The gamer in me wants to tell you that this game is extremely fun - an absolute blast to play, because that's the truth. On the other hand, the critic in me wants to tell you that you'll have a hell of a time getting to the point where the game is fun, and that's also true. Think really hard about whether or not you're willing to put in the time to learn Heroes of Newerth, because you'll need plenty of it.
Excerpt: "Heroes of Newerth" is one of those rare things - a mod that did so well that it's managed to get a full release as a big, grown-up game in its own right. This is a great way for what starts out as an inspired idea by a bedroom-based designer to reach a wider audience which can then even get modded itself by yet more amateur designers, and so on. It's the democratisation of videogaming, where making money plays second fiddle to passion and inspiration.
Excerpt: Defense of the Ancients ( DotA ) has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a custom map for the original StarCraft . It only really took off in popularity with its release and refinement in WarCraft III , from which point it went on to feature in the World Cyber Games and has become the sole inspiration for several full retail releases that have been built solely around the concept.
Excerpt: Many an hour have I spent scrolling my mouse cursor over goblins and orcs, and many an hour have I spent revelling in their summary dismemberment or, if nothing else, salivating at the experience and loot they are soon to dispense. So when I was told that Heroes of Newerth was a hardcore game, for hardcore players, I jumped at the chance to delve into the depths of a game that was eager to satisfy my urge for number-crunching, effect-stacking and minion-slaying.
Conclusion: Fazit – Der Klon v2.0 Heroes of Newerth ist zwar nicht wie League of Legends Free2Play, dafür spielt der Ingame-Store auch nur eine Nebenrolle, somit besitzt man nach der einmaligen Bezahlung einen DotA-Klon der vom Anfänger bis zum Profi-Spieler eine Menge Spielspaß und Lust auf mehr mitbringt.
Summary: Anfangs hab ich HoN noch verflucht. Die hohe Spielgeschwindigkeit lässt Anfänger und Veteranen gleichermaßen verzweifeln. Dazu kommt der zu Beginn verwirrende Aufbau der Karten. Hinter jeder Ecke kann ein Feind lauern. Ein unachtsamer Moment bedeutet mit großer Sicherheit das vorzeitige Ableben. Habt ihr euch jedoch erstmal an das Tempo und den Anspruch gewöhnt, werdet ihr mit einem grandiosen Online-Strategiespiel belohnt.
Pros: geringer Kaufpreis, hohe taktische Vielfalt, großer Umfang
Cons: nur in Englisch verfügbar, hoher Schwierigkeitsgrad