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HoN is a highly competitive MOBA game

A review by James

Heroes of Newerth is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game developed by studio S2 Games for Microsoft Windows, Linux and MacOS platforms, and was originally released on these platforms on May 12, 2010. At first, S2 Games released the game as paid, but a year later on July 29, 2011, it was rereleased as a free-to-play (FTP) game. The development team that worked on Heroes of Newerth transferred to Frostburn Studios on May 5, 2015, and further development to the game has been added from that company. Like so many of today’s most popular MOBAs, Heroes of Newerth was an idea that was derived from the custom-made mod map called Defense of the Ancients (DotA) from the highly-revered game Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Legion and Hellbourne

In Heroes of Newerth, players form two teams—called the Legion and the Hellbourne—picking a hero for each member from more than 125 available in the roster, and battle it out against each other suing the skills and perks unique to each hero. The two teams are stationed at the opposite ends of the map from where they progress towards each other through buildings, creep spawns, a hero spawning pool and a central structure. The Legion team has a “Tree of Life” on their side and the Hellbourne team has a “Sacrificial Shrine” on theirs. The team that first destroys either the Central structure or the enemy team’s main building wins the game. A game can also be won if the opposing team is forced to surrender. From winning the game combat experience and gold is earned, which can be used to buy items that increase your hero’s strength, as well as your player ranking.

Four game modes

Heroes of Newerth provides players with four game modes:

  1. Co-Op, in which player can fight against bots with bots or live players
  2. Player Hosted, which allows players to customize a match and its configurations and allow others to join
  3. Normal, in which players form a team and play against other live players
  4. Casual, which is very similar to Normal but has different combat experience and gold earning perks, and is generally made for more casual players.

Updates and patches

On May 1, 2013, Heroes of Newerth received a large update which changed many aspects of the game, called Heroes of Newerth 3.0. The most major changes were the major changes in graphics and bots that were intended to be an easier way to introduce new players into the game. Heroes were more detailed and sharper-looking like the rest of the map, other features like different looking lanes, cliffs and towers were introduced, as well as tutorial gameplay videos and AI bots to help new players learn the basics. Heroes of Newerth has continually been receiving updates and patches from the developers still almost seven years after its release, and it is still popular within the MOBA community, with frequent mods being added which increase its gameplay value and has kept it going strong for all these years.

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