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Heroes of Newerth is the Best Online Game Ever

Updated on October 8, 2014

I Would Suggest You to Buy It if It Wasn't Free!

One of the best online games out there is free to play and I decided you should know it. It is called Heroes of Newerth and I have been playing it along with more than 500 000 other players all over the world for the last 2 years. It provides unmatched diversity in gameplay and you can never get bored or tired of playing it. Every match is different. The only thing you should be afraid of is become addicted to it and want to play more and more.

How To Get It

Download, register and start playing now!

It is more than easy to start playing Heroes of Newerth (HoN). All you need to do is go to the official heroes of newerth website . There you will need to register and create an account. Chose a good nick name, because you won't be able to change it in the future. (Well, it is possible, but you would be required to pay for it.) From the same website download the game and install it. You can run it on Mac, Windows and Linux. Start the game and enter your username and password from the account you created earlier.

That's it! You are in the game lobby. No need to pay for anything, no credit cards required.

But don't hurry to join the battle just yet. There are a few things you need to learn before that.

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HoN System Requirements for Windows

Minimum:

Processor - 2.8GHz Pentium 4 / 2.0GHz Core 2 / AMD 2400+ or faster

RAM - 1.5GB of RAM

Video Card - 128 MB GeForce 5 / ATI 9800 / GMA 950

OS - Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Network Connection Required

Recommended:

Processor - 2.4GHz Core 2 or i3 / 2.2GHz i5 or i7 / AMD 3500+ or faster

RAM - 2.0+ GB for Win XP / 3.0+ GB for Win 7

Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+

OS - 32-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Windows 7

Network Connection Required (Broadband)

HoN System Requirements for Linux

Minimum:

Processor - 2.2GHz Pentium 4 / AMD 2400+ or faster

RAM - 1.5GB of RAM

Video Card - 128MB fully OpenGL 2.0 / GLSL 1.20 compliant Geforce or Radeon

Network Connection Required

Recommended:

Processor - 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo / AMD 3500+ or faster

RAM - 2.0GB or higher

Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+

Network Connection Required (Broadband)

HoN System Requirements for Mac

Minimum:

Processor - Intel Processor

RAM - 1.5GB of RAM

Video Card - 128MB fully OpenGL 2.0 / GLSL 1.20 compliant Geforce or Radeon

OS - OS X 10.4 or newer

Network Connection Required

Recommended:

Processor - 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo or faster

RAM - 3.0GB or higher

Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+

Network Connection Required (Broadband)

Supported video cards:

OS X 10.4: Geforce 8600, Radeon HD 2400 or higher

OS X 10.5: Geforce 7300, Quardo FX 4500, Radeon X1600 or higher

Note: Integrated Intel GMA 950/X3100 is not supported

What is Heroes of Newert

A brief description of the game

I will try to give you an idea of what exactly is heroes of newerth, though it is a high complex game and it is impossible to be explained in details with just a few words. It is a proud member of the MOBA genre. On a small map two teams of 5 players clash into battle in an effort to destroy the enemy base. Each player takes control over a unit referred to as "a hero", who has his own unique stats and skills to fight the enemies. There are also non-player units called "creeps" who can be allied, enemy or neutral and act in a zombie-like manner following defined model. As a player kills enemy heroes or creeps, he gains gold and experience. The gold he can spend for items and the experience - for skills. Whenever killed, a hero would revive after a certain time. Equipped with items and using their skills, the team of 5 must push the enemies and destroy their main building in order to win the match.

A match would usually last about 45 minuties, but sometimes it ends in just 15 or last more than an hour. The players start each match with heroes at level 0 and build them up through the game. Ingame statistics are not transferred into the next match. However, every player has a record of number of games played, wins, loses and much more. They form the player's level. Some of these statistics play important role, but I will talk about that later.

Heroes of Newerth Match Replay

The best way to understand the game is to watch a replay. Below you can see a match between two really good teams. The shout cast would make it a little easier for you to understand what is going on on the screen. Don't expect to have everything clear - as I said, it is very complex game. But you will get the idea.

Don't forget to watch it in HD.

The Heroes

Who are the Heroes what is so Heroic about them

Currently there are 91 heroes in Heroes of Newerth (as of 10/5/2011). This number is constantly growing with S2 releasing new hero every now and then. Every hero is unique not only in the way he looks, but also in his skills and stats. However, the heroes can be grouped together by several different features.

First of all, you will see that they are divided in two opposing fractions - the Legion and The Hellbourne. The belonging to one of these fraction has no effect on the game whatsoever. When the game starts in All Pick mode you can chose whichever hero you want, no matter what fraction you are in. (I will discuss modes later.)

According to their dominant statistic the heroes are Strength, Intelligence and Agility. This is what mostly defines the way a hero should be built in order to be most efficient.

In a team, every hero has to fulfill a specific role. According to the role a hero fits best, they can be support, carry or initiator. The roles don't have exact definitions and a hero can take different roles in different matches or several roles in one match.

HoN Hero List - Pick any of them and get into battle!

HoN Hero List
HoN Hero List

These are the heroes fighting for Newerth! New join their forces constantly, so keep a track on them on the official Heroes of Newerth website.

Items

The items are extremely important part of the gameplay. The artifacts you buy for your hero can change completely the way he should be played. They can make him a real beast or just an easy pray. That is why you should know what does each item do, what situation it is good for, when it may help you and when it is a bad choice.

There are all kinds of items to chose from. Basically they boost some of your stats - strength, intelligence, agility. Some add attack damage, others boost your movement speed or attack speed. They may increase your armor or magic armor. Many have special abilities on activation, like making you invisible or immune to magic. Some have attack modifiers - special effects that apply on attack and are very powerful. Naturally, the cheapest are the weakest, but often they can be upgraded or combined with other items to form a new, much better item. All items are to be found in the shop building in the base.

HoN Item List - Yes, they are THAT many!

HoN Guide Items
HoN Guide Items

You must learn ALL of these items, know EXACTLY what they do, what their effects are, how expensive they are and how they combine. Don't worry, it comes with experience.

Account Types

Is it really free and where's the catch?

Yes, it really is free. You can create an account, download the game and start playing with your friends immediately.

Yes ,there are things to buy in HoN with real money. But unlike many others online games that claim to be free-to-play just to bait you and then you find out there are paid accounts that have huge bonuses over free accounts and make the game completely useless for those who do not want to pay, in a HoN match all players are equal.

But let me just explain everything from the beginning.

As a new player, as soon as you register, you become a proud - or maybe not so proud - owner of a [b]Basic Account[/b]. That gives you access to the "No Stats" public games, All Pick mode. You won't be able to join other games besides "no stats" public games, until you reach level 5 on your account. The level of your account depends only on the number of games you've played. This helps separate experienced players from new ones.

When you reach level 5 your account automatically upgrades to [b]Verified[/b]. Now you have access to the MatchMaking system and "verified only" public games. By now you are expected to have some basic knowledge of the game and be able to perform decently on the battlefield. You also get to use the "report player" system and get 5 free tokens.(Tokens are used to play heroes not in the free heroes list.)

With both basic and verified accounts you have access to 15 heroes - the free heroes list. The list of 15 free heroes changes weekly, every Friday. If you have tokens, you can chose different heroes, not in this list.

With both basic and verified accounts you can play only All Pick mode. (This is related to the fact that you only have access to 15 heroes.) If you have passes, you can enter other modes - Single Draft, All Random, Banning Pick, and Banning Draft.

I once again want to stress on the fact, that at any point of the match you will be absolutely equal to any other players in terms of game play.

However, there were time, when HoN was released, when it was not free to play. Players then had to buy their accounts. Those players now have status [b]Legacy Account[/b] and have access to all heroes and all game modes. This doesn't give them any bonuses in-game whatsoever.

HoN Picking Modes

What does it mean?

When a game starts, before you load the map, you are presented at the picking phase. There are several different "modes" which affect the way you can pick your hero. In All Pick (AP) all players have access to all heroes in the pool. This is perfect for beginners who are used to only one or just a few heroes and prefer to play with them. If you play in All Random (AR) everyone is given a random hero. This is great when you feel too lazy to decide what hero you want to play or just want to be surprised with something. This mode makes you learn different heroes and you need to switch different play-style every match. Single Draft (SD) is pretty much like All Random but every player gets to choose from three random heroes. Random Draft (RD) leaves just 20 heroes in the pool for all the players to chose from. Baning Draft (BD) and Banning Pick (BP) are the two modes that are best for competitive and high tier games. The players in Blue and Pink slots get the right to ban some heroes. Then the teams take turn to pick heroes.

Note, that you have a "swap" option that allows you to swap your hero with the hero of any allied player. Repick would let you swap your hero for another from the pool, but it costs you gold and then you start the match with less items.

Meta Game

Learn about the different stages in a match

The term metagame is used to define the different stages in a match.

It starts with the so called "laning phase". Players follow the creep waves and stick to their paths. This is the most efficient way for heroes to gain gold and experience while remaining in relative safety close to their creeps. During this phase the most important thing is to skillfully last-hit enemy and allied creeps, harass opponents and avoid ganks. It is extremely useful to use courier to supply with health and mana pots during this phase. Depending on your hero and on the enemies, you can play aggressively and try to keep your enemies out of experience range, or you can play defensively and try to keep the creep waves as close to the tower as possible.

Mid Game is usually the time for ganks and pushing towers. The support heroes have their boots and can move fast on the map, setting ambushes for enemies who overextend. The teams have enough power to quickly push a tower and retreat to safety. Ultimates are available and kills number start to raise.

Late Game is the last phase. Carries have got their farm and are equipped with their core items and are looking forward to some luxury items. Team fights are common and intense. Support heroes become more and more useless while carries are now capable of single handedly killing entire enemy team. The match comes to an end.

HoN Hero Roles

Yes, there are roles.

It is a team game and in order to win you must play as a team member. Every hero is given a specific task at the beginning of the game. If one fails, it is very likely the team will lose. Some heroes are better than others at doing certain tasks and are preferred for certain roles. In a team you must have a hero for each role needed. That is why the picking phase is so important. Let's see what these roles are.

- Support - as the title implies, heroes in this role are meant to support the team. Is is the most selfless role, as they are bound to put all their efforts to help other members of the team. This is done by placing revelation wards and wards of sight, upgrading courier, supplying health and mana pots. They should equip items that would affect not just them, but all team members - like items with aura - but often they would end the game with only boots and a bracelet. And that's not because they are not fit to get a kill - they are just not supposed to do it. Whenever they have a chance, they should let an ally take the kill, so the money go to him. Even during the laning phase, instead of last-hitting enemy creeps, supports are expected to focus on denying and harassing. They are even expected to give their life if they must, to save an ally. They often remain under-farmed and under-leveled trough the whole game and become nothing but quick pray late-game. Good support heroes are those, whose skills are efficient even without any items. This way the fact that they don't get much gold doesn't make them completely useless, at least not early to mid game. For example, Witch Slayer - a typical support hero: his stun will always stun, his shrink will always work and his ult will always do the same damage, no matter what items he has. (Ignore staff of the master for now.) A good support player would usually have a very low KD ratio and that means he really does his job properly.

- Carry - this is the other main role in HoN. The name was given because this hero "carries" his whole team after one point in the game. Suitable for carries are heroes, who have some kind of scaling ability. Scaling abilities have an effect which depends on an external factor. For example, an aura that increases the attack damage based on percentage of the hero's base damage. The more the base damage is increased, the more beneficial the aura becomes. In this way, a hero with a scaling ability gets more and more powerful the more his stats are increased. This means, that those heroes are highly item dependent - if they have good items, they are extremely strong; if they don't, they are very weak. That is why a carry should be focused on getting as much gold as possible from the start of the game until late game. That is his main task. During his "farming" the rest of the team should be trying their best to ensure the carry is safe and getting enough gold. That is why support heroes should let him get the last hits on creeps and on enemy heroes and even give their life to save the carry. Eventually, once the late game stage is reached, the carry would be able to take out the whole enemy team on his own and win the game. Playing carry is highly responsible role, but at the same time it is somehow boring at the early stages. You have to keep farming no matter what is going on on the map and should have a very good sense of when to attend a teamfight, a gank or defence a tower.

- ganker - Gankers are heroes, who can easily grant kills early in the game if they surprise the enemies on the lane. Suitable for this role are heroes with nice stuns, slows, disables or high damage spells. Once the game begins, they aim for getting boots, and then start showing everywhere on the map, where enemies overextend and give a good chance to be ganked.

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Communication

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It is a team game and communication between team-mates is vital. Bad communication means failed ganks, wasted initiations and lost team-fights. The most efficient way to communicate with others is over voice chat, whether the in-build or using another software. However, when you play solo, with strangers or with people who don't speak English you will find that it is easier to type. There are a few defined "calls" used by everyone in certain situations. You must know them to understand when others try to warn you or when you need to warn others.

- In the laning phase, when a hero is missing on your lane and you can't see him on the minimap it is likely that he is going to try to gank somewhere. You should be cautious and stay close to your tower and you also must warn your allies. Do that by typing miss in the team chat. "MIA" means "missing in action" and "ss" is short from "miss". You can also specify the lane and the hero who is missining. "ss bot vj" would mean "voodoo jester is missing from the bottom lane"

- when you see that an ally is calling "B" that means you need to go back. Usually you will see B's when you overextend or when you are out of position and you are about to get ganked. Or when you chase an enemy and your allies decide it is not worth it.

- it is a good idea to let team-mates know where the tablet is by saying "rune top / rune bot". Tablet is often referred to as rune. You can add a few pings on the minimap to attract their attention.

- when you think it is time for your team to be aggressive call "push" and when you think it is better to play defensively call "def"

- you must always warn your allies for any danger you spot. Sometimes a simple "care" is enough, but sometimes you will need to be more detailed "mid going bot invis"

- You can be polite by starting the game with "gl hf" in all chat, meaning "good luck, have fun". End the game with a "gg wp", meaning "good game, with pleasure". When an ally does well, say "gj" (good job) to show appreciation.

I will not cover all the curses as I am sure you won't have problems learning them by yourself pretty fast. :)

Tales of Symphonia: The Plot

A role-playing game in Japan known as the Tales of Symphonia was released last 2003 for Nintendo GameCube but was later ported for the PS2 in 2004 with updated contents. During these years until 2008 this Japanese game was progressively developed into its media adaptations of manga, books, audio CDs, and anime, respectively.

In its manga and anime adaptations, the story clearly shows that readers can expect lots of adventure and fighting scenes. The plot begins with Collete Brunei, who is known as the chosen, going on a journey for the regeneration of their world. She is accompanied by her guardians Kratos Aurion and Raine Sage, and as well as, with the two friends Lloyd Irving and Genis Sage. Their main purpose or mission for taking the journey is to have Syvlarant replenished with mana because this particular aspect is a highly vital energy for their survival. The path that they have to pass successfully involves the five temples in which Colette has to unseal. The five characters meet Sheena Fujibayashi on their journey in a world parallel to Sylvarant called Tethe'alla. Sheena informs the group for the journey of regeneration regarding the competition of the worlds, Sylvarant and Tethe'alla, for each other's mana. So their mission now becomes the journey of saving both worlds. They see hope when they are told by Remiel, who is an angel, that the two worlds can be saved by their journey of regeneration. At the scene of sealing the final temple, both Kratos and Remiel, who are members of an evil organization known as Cruxis, betray the party. And the leader of the evil group of Remiel and Kratos is Mithos Yggdrassil.

The story continues with the party leaving the world of Tethe'alla in order to find the most effective way of saving both worlds. Colette's group meets three new characters, Presea Combatir, Regal Bryant, and Zelos Wilder, and the three of them join the journey. All of them gain knowledge regarding how to cut the mana tie between the two worlds, and that is by the Summon Spirits' awakening in Sylvarant and Tethe'alla. With the belief of this particular solution, they succeed in splitting every mana tie between both worlds. Unfortunately, the instability of Great Seed becomes the result of their actions. This certain supplier of the two worlds' mana has grown rapidly and engulfs the world of Sylvarant. The group give all of they have got in re-stabilizing the seed with the aid of the mana canon. Then, they learn from Yuan Ka-Fai regarding the fact that Tethe'alla and Sylvarant are used to be one world but was sever by the Eternal Sword of Mithos. So with this knowledge, all characters decide to defeat Mithos so that they can use the Eternal Sword in merging the two worlds, and in germinating the Great Seed into a Giant Kharlan Tree. In the end, they succeed in meeting these goals after Lloyd killed Mithos when the evil leader attempts to get the Great Seed before leaving to the Derris-Kharlan comet in order to escape.

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