Justice League Heroes - PlayStation Portable
- Use the destructible environment against your enemies at will and experience firsthand the awesome force of your superpowers in battle
- Customize your team as much or as little as you see fit, learn new combination powers and make the heroes your own by forging specialized boosts for their superpowers
- Play in cooperative team and single-player modes
- Story voiced by renowned talent like Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White, Chris Edgerly, Ralph Garman and more
- Platform: Sony PSP
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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In Justice League: Heroes, Brainiac and his villain cronies have developed a master plan to conquer the world and eliminate the Justice League forever. Using the extraordinary super powers and expert fighting techniques of the Justice League, players must save humanity from Brainiac's destruction -- and the even darker forces that are lurking behind the scenes. Unite Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and other extraordinary characters to form the most powerful force
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The game's other strong points: graphics (the cut scenes look weird at first but actually get even more awesome as you progress), sound, music, characterization and story (by comic/JLA cartoon writer Dwayne McDuffie) are also almost perfect. The game also has replay value--as you progress you power up your characters more and more, and can replay through the game with your powers on a different skill level.
In short, JL:H has been overshadowed by other games, but is highly Recommended.
The game was developed by Snowblind, who previously made a number of excellent "Diablo" or "Dungeon Siege" style games-stuff like Champions of Norath and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. I personally like their games better than Diablo actually. This game was probably commissioned in response to Raven's X-Men Legends and Marvel Ultimate Alliance games. Superficially those are similar-overhead view, basically an action RPG-but while I love Raven as a developer, I've hated all their games done in that style-they're too spastic for me to enjoy.
Justice League Heroes on the other hand has a more deliberate pacing that like Snowblind's earlier games just feels perfect.
Obviously any time you put characters with vastly different levels of power in a game, you're going to have to bend the rules a bit so that it's somehow plausible that Batman and Superman can be fighting the same enemies. Snowblind actually did a really great job though making some of the characters feel much more powerful. They also managed to do a good job representing powers and abilities in this, and you get to play a large number of characters. They also managed to give it the same kind of fun progression system that their fantasy RPGs have, even though you're not equipping armor and weapons like you would in those, where instead you're powering up various powers. (I remember I put a lot of power into Superman's heat vision, so it could kind of just tear through everything as you'd expect from the books.)
Anyway, I'd highly recommend this for DC fans, or even if you don't care at all about them, for fans of dungeon hack type games. The PSP has a large number of games in that genre, but Justice League Heroes is actually by far the best that I've played...probably because Snowblind is easily one of the best developers of this type of games I've ever seen.
The only bad thing about this game is it never got a follow up, and Snowblind hasn't published anything until their Lord of the Rings game later this year (which, given their track record, I'm really looking forward to!)
Also I should note, Justice League Heroes is the same game on the PSP, PS2, and Xbox 1. I'd personally get the PSP version since all things being equal, I'd rather have a portable version, but the other two versions should be excellent as well.
A game with the same name was also published on Nintendo's Gameboy Advance, and on their DS, but those two versions are completely separate from this, and from each other, by two different developers. I actually would also recommend the Gameboy version, which is a side scrolling fighter where you're controlling The Flash, developed by WayForward (who also did the recent Batman: The Brave and the Bold for the Wii that's somewhat similar). The DS version though got terrible reviews, and is by a...well...not as good of a developer, so skip that one.