Last month, Luke brought us this little nugget of gold from the interwebs called 300 Heroes — a shameless League of Legends clone that offers users a chance to play as “over 300” different heroes from various intellectual properties. Despite the fact that it’s such a terrible case of copyright infringement and possible theft, the game is incredibly entertaining and possibly my favourite LOL clone.
Made for Windows only, this Chinese online game is exactly like LOL. Each of the 300 heroes in the game is pretty much a re-skinned version of actual LOL heroes. The gameplay itself is a copy of LOL’s (and pretty much every other online arena game’s). Players select a hero, pick their skills and then guide their hero from point A to point B all the while destroying towers and enemy minions.
But where 300 Heroes shines is the exact reason why it’s in such hot water. 300 Heroes only works because it’s such a shameless rip-off. LOL was never fun for me (mostly because I sucked) but 300 Heroes was incredibly fun because I got to run around as some of my favourite characters from film and anime. The game also has this really weird Naruto vs One Piece theme going on. The minions in the game are dressed in either the marine uniforms from One Piece or the Akatsuki robes of Naruto.
Early on in the game, the character roster is very limited. Only about 20 of the 300 heroes are available. As the player levels up, more characters are unlocked. The early characters include some fan favourites such as Kakashi from Naruto, Saber from Fate/Stay Night, Kirito from Sword Art Online and Boa Hancock from One Piece.
Being able to run around as Shrek, Wall-E, or Kakashi was a major draw, and the game was even able to work around the existing LOL skill set to give each character a unique attack. Most of it is cosmetic, for instance Kakashi’s signature “Lightning Blade” attack is basically a copy of Katarina’s “Shunpo” but visually reworked.
On top of the visuals, the game also has incredibly funny voice acting. Each character sounds almost exactly like they do in their respective Chinese dubs. Kakashi, for example, sounds just as lackadaisical as he does on TV. The best voice acting performance however comes in the from the announcer. I know it’s terribly wrong to make fun of the way foreigners speak English but this game is almost worth playing just to listen to the announcer say “shut down” and “god-like”.
It’s unknown how much longer this game will stay online in China. Having already been around for close to a year, it’s very likely that the game will last for a while longer; however Tencent’s recent acquisition of rights to the majority of Shonen Jump properties in China might mean the game will be shut down (Tencent is scary!). That said, enterprising western gamers can follow this simple guide to sign up for a ridiculous time. All you need is a Chinese ID to play this ragtag celebrity/character death-match MOBA.