F2Pmeter: Is Marvel Heroes 2015 truly Free-to-Play?

Marvel Heroes - F2Pmeter - EN

Are free-to-play games truly free to play? In today's F2Pmeter we test Marvel Heroes 2015, the new re-launched version of Marvel Heroes, the superhero Hack&Slash from Gazillion and David Brevik set in the Marvel Universe.

This title allows you to play with your favourite Marvel Characters in a fast paced, loot filled, costume changing action RPG which will satisfy even the most hardcore Marvel fan. But is it truly free? Let’s find it out.

Remember: games start with a 100% of free-to-play-ness. And that percentage will vary depending on the answers to our questions. And if you missed the past episodes of the F2Pmeter, go and check out our F2Pmeter on TERA and on SWTOR!


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EN - Question 1
No. – You can just create an account, download the game and start playing with one of the free heroes.


EN - Question 2
No. – You can just keep playing for free. No optional subscription either.


EN - Question 3
No – Expansions are free and available to everyone (at least for now).


EN - Question 4
Yes. – -5%. you can buy new heroes, new heroes bundles, new costumes, booster and other convenience items.


EN - Question 5
No. – Not really, you can buy boosters, e.g. to the XP gain, but there aren’t items that give you a direct advantage over other players. And every hero is unlockable through in-game currency as well.


EN - Question 6
No. – Free users and paying users have the same UI customization options.


EN - Question 7
Yes. – Every single hero in the game can be unlocked with in-game currency earned through gameplay (as well as purhcased with real money).


EN - Question 8
No. – There is no Auction House in the game. There is a secure trading system between players but is not restricted in any way.


EN - Question 9
Yes. – -10%. Everyone starts with the same number of inventory slot but you can buy more space by paying real money.


EN - Question 10
Yes. – You can access every zone and location for free.


EN - Question 11
No. – You can play every single content, being PvP or PvE, without paying a dime.


EN - Question 12
Yes. – +10%. The game’s features are free to enjoy for everyone. Of course, if you want you can have an easier time in game by paying real money to unlock the heroes you want to play right on the spot, maybe buying an XP booster to level up faster as well, but you can also wait a little and unlock them through gameplay. The other purchasable options are just cosmetic elements and convenience items which don’t have a huge impact on the overall experience.

Our F2Pmeter test on Marvel Heroes 2015 results in a 95% of free-to-play-ness.


Marvel Heroes - F2Pmeter - Result


16 Comments - "F2Pmeter: Is Marvel Heroes 2015 truly Free-to-Play?"

  1. Chris 11/09/2014 at 14:11 -

    Finally I site where people know what they talk about. I like this article, keep up the good work.

  2. Pesty 11/09/2014 at 16:17 -

    I’m an avid fan of Marvel Heroes, but I think you would have to answer “No” to that last question, or at the very least knock off another 5% from the total score. IMO, the sheer amount of different loot drops and random items necessitates buying more stash and inventory space with real money.

  3. Bob 11/09/2014 at 18:09 -

    Is there content behind paywalls?


    Has drops been nerfed to encourage purchases of boosts?


    Is it a super-grind fest to get anything, like a cellphone game?


  4. Bob 11/09/2014 at 18:32 -

    Am I butthurt over nothing?
    Do I have a really bad TTK?
    Am I mad about bug fixes and perceive them as nerfs?

  5. TheRealBob 11/09/2014 at 18:45 -

    Ahhh, another shining example of the delusional player base. Those crazy fanatics would give their first born for a digital barbie doll skin.

  6. RJ 11/09/2014 at 19:59 -

    The only content locked behind a paywall is extra stash space. Everything else can be earned in game for free. Bob has absolutely no clue what he’s talking about.

  7. TheRealBob 11/09/2014 at 20:18 -

    Except for certain team-ups and costumes….then you have to pay for up to $95 of fortune gambling cards. I know EXACTLY what I’m talking about, buddy ol’ delusional pal!

  8. kevio 11/09/2014 at 20:28 -

    If dedicated to one hero, and play long enough, and you dont want to buy you still can. If you want boost for XP, Marvel heroes has more event every week, which increase xp,sif,rif, and also there is secret promo code around the web that you can find easily, so find out and play.

  9. RJ 11/09/2014 at 20:30 -

    You mean the team-ups that are the exact same as their counterparts which can be gotten for free, except with a different costume?

    As for costumes, for one they drop in game, two you can earn them for free using the crafting system, and three they’re cosmetic only. 22 out of the 32 heroes I own are currently sporting a different costume from the basic. I’ve spent money on 3 of those.

    Yeah, you sure know what you’re talking about. LOL!

  10. TheRealBob 11/09/2014 at 20:37 -

    I’m butthurt.

  11. Shane 11/09/2014 at 20:42 -

    Bob’s an idiot.
    Costumes are vanity items that make no difference to gameplay, except for purposes of dual-speccing (which is limited in MH at the moment), but if that’s what you want a costume for, level your character a second time and they’ll give you a free default costume.

    Team-ups make no significant difference to gameplay, and are primarily vanity items too. Not only that, but a vast majority of team-ups (all the coolest ones, anyway) are available through easy to acquire in-game currency.

    There are a few things to complain about in MH, but the real world expense of anything but your time is not one of them.

  12. TheRealBob 11/09/2014 at 21:37 -

    Look at the delusional losers…scrambling to justify all those wasted hours. They are so desperate to prop the game up, otherwise their own existence is shown to be, like the game in which they dedicate their lives too,….a giant waste.

  13. VoxDeus 11/09/2014 at 21:47 -

    This isn’t really accurate. Microtransactions DO give an advantage in game.

    Team ups and soon pets will give an actual in game power advantage, on top of boosters.

    Technically, you can purchase team ups and pets with splinters (which drop within the game) but at the rate they drop, you’ll spend the first month or more (depends how often you play) just getting a team up and a pet, if you don’t want to put a gun in your mouth first because you chose a starting hero that doesn’t suit you well or has gameplay limitations.

    On top of that, boosters do give a significant advantage in terms of how quickly you earn special drops (typically currency and runes, used to unlock in game items and upgrades), rare items (Uniques and rare artifacts, also directly applicable to your power level in game) credits (which can be used to buy various things in game, but which arent in especially short supply) and XP, which is not only used to level your character but to unlock Omega Points, which are a direct boost to your power level in game. You can stack boosters to the point where all of the above are earned at 10-12 times the normal rate.

    So while you don’t need to spend money to get all of that stuff eventually, you do need to spend money to get it at a rate that won’t make you lose your sanity. Some one with deep pockets can accomplish in a month what it would take you a year or more to do for free.

    In the game where the design is all about stacking up the various advantages (hero synergies, well rolled gear, etc), getting the ball rolling quickly is a big advantage pretty much forever. The only thing that makes it less of an issue is the fact that it’s not a hardcore PvP or head to head type of game.

  14. Exerxes 11/09/2014 at 21:51 -

    Wise-man say “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time…” 😉

  15. TheRealBob 11/09/2014 at 22:09 -

    Look at me being a delusional loser… scrambling to justify my lies and hatred of a game just because I have a small penis…. as my wife has told me many times, my life was a giant waste.

  16. JAGNOG 11/09/2014 at 22:14 -

    like someone said in a comment above they have codes for free boosts and other things, and u can collect ” cube shards” and get free MK1 cards from one of the vendors which u can then get free pets, boosts, other things. the only real thing that you would need to buy is the stash tabs, “but u can just create another account and use that as stash space” , it has been confirmed by one of the Dev’s as ok and not against the rules of the game. So there is truly nothing you have to spend money on unless you really want to do so.