Gamespy's excellent ongoing MMO column OnLife
has been regrettably on hiatus for some time, but it looks like it is back with a vengeance. Its first column back in the saddle is all about the online free-to-play FPS Battlefield Heroes
. While not technically an MMO, author Miguel Lopez notes numerous similarities between Heroes and high-end PvP in MMOs
. As he observes, the fact that he can even make these comparisons is bad news for the folks at DICE
. The stated purpose of the stylized online shooter has been to offer a simple, fun, low-cost experience for FPS players. Instead, even in the game's extended Beta, the game is already beginning to resemble World of Warcraft
's sometimes-arcane PvP build strategy game.
Says Lopez, "I'll admit that much of what makes me want to play Heroes' is its promise of varied abilities, full of potential for synergy and experimentation. But I hope that its designers will tread thoughtfully when it comes to implementing them."
Check out the article for his full assessment of the game, then click below the cut for a look at the hyper-cartoony graphics and strange sense of humor found in Battlefield Heroes