Marvel Heroes 2015 goes to battle with War Machine (Plus, a Shack Giveaway)

War Machine is the latest to join the playable Marvel Heroes 2015 roster, headlining a slew of new additions. Plus, Shacknews has five copies of this one-man army to give away to our readers.

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Marvel Heroes 2015 is looking at another rebranding in the near future, with the first details on the newly-dubbed Marvel Heroes 2016 set to be unveiled this Sunday at PAX Prime. But if the "2015" moniker is going away, it's certainly going out with a bang, with Gazillion's MMORPG getting a handful of new arrivals today.

First and foremost, Marvel Heroes now has its 50th character. James Rhodes, better known as War Machine, has joined the battle with his array of superior military tech. War Machine may look like he plays just like Iron Man, but remember that Rhodey hates being labeled an Iron Man derivative as anyone else. As such, he plays less with repulsors and more with just hardcore weaponry, like chainsaws, flamethrowers, and a whole lot of missiles. His signature attack, a tongue-in-cheek move called "Sidekick," calls Iron Man down, as they both fire a concentrated blast to create a massive explosion. The explosion will also leave War Machine with extra residual power that remains for a short period.

More on War Machine can be seen below, but we'll get back to him in just a bit.

Meanwhile, Gazillion continues to review each of the Marvel Heroes roster, one upgrade at a time. The latest character to get a review is Cable. The time-traveling mutant from the future now has some new moves at his disposal, which can be seen below. On top of that, his Marvel Now! costume has been added to his available wardrobe.

There's also a new Team-Up character and it's not who many would expect. It's the murderous symbiote known as Carnage. Carnage's killing sprees are things of legend in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man, so much so that it was the center of a huge 90s event that eventually got its own video game adaptation. He's one of the few villains to join the Team-Up roster, after Doctor Doom, and his symbiote powers look to be a boon to any superheroic effort, as the video below shows.

These changes are all hitting Marvel Heroes 2015 today. Shacknews also has five War Machine codes to give away to our readers. To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments: Gazillion will enter Marvel Heroes 2016 with exactly 50 playable characters, but who should be next to join the playable roster? Winners will be drawn and notified via Shack Message on Saturday.

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From The Chatty

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    August 28, 2015 1:15 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Marvel Heroes 2015 goes to battle with War Machine (Plus, a Shack Giveaway)

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      August 28, 2015 1:34 PM

      "War Machine may look like he plays just like Iron Man, but remember that Rhodey hates being labeled an Iron Man derivative as anyone else. As such, he plays less with repulsors and more with just hardcore weaponry, like chainsaws, flamethrowers, and a whole lot of missiles."


      mmmmmmm yeah

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      August 28, 2015 1:38 PM

      So I never used this before. But article says go to chatty? I know that next hero being released is Kitty Pryde aka shadowcat :) hopefully this is what was required to win. I would be extremely happy :)

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        August 29, 2015 3:31 AM

        I'd love to see Kitty Pride, Blade and Howard the Duck next. Also, who doesn't want to play Mystique or Beast? :D

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      August 28, 2015 1:39 PM

      and I wish they could figure out a way to get Namor in there but it would be tough to do him I think.

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        August 28, 2015 1:52 PM

        Unfortunately the rights for Namor are a mess so he cannot appear in the MCU or Marvel produced video games.

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          August 28, 2015 4:05 PM

          What's up with the rights for Namor?

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            August 28, 2015 4:16 PM

            Tied up in litigation with Paisley Park Records, Inc.

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              August 28, 2015 4:21 PM

              Supposedly Marvel is in the clear with him now... they are just not putting him in anything. It's really weird.

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                August 28, 2015 10:00 PM

                Thats really weird... any speculation why?

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                  August 29, 2015 7:20 AM

                  He's lamer than aquaman. That's pretty lame

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      August 28, 2015 1:40 PM

      is howard the duck playable yet?
      because he really should be.

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        August 28, 2015 1:42 PM

        no, but that could be hilarious

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        August 28, 2015 1:54 PM

        Howard was actually being worked on to be an April Fools Day 2015 surprise character but had to get shelved due to more pressing issues.

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        August 28, 2015 4:19 PM

        He's a team up you can get via ARMOR events. Not playable and not slated either as far as I know.

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      August 28, 2015 1:40 PM

      I want to see some X-Factor characters in the game so I'll say Multiple Man from the older series and Polaris from the last iteration of X-Factor that wasn't given a chance to really establish itself.

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      August 28, 2015 1:42 PM

      Beast!

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        August 28, 2015 6:10 PM

        This so hard. He hasn't been a playable character in an ARPG since the first X-Men Legends.

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          August 28, 2015 10:03 PM

          Beast is likely be AP3 character based on what people have seen so far

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      August 28, 2015 1:46 PM

      I know the were putting him to a vote recently but Nick Fury would be a good next hero. I do like pandastrong's idea of Beast though.

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        August 28, 2015 1:53 PM

        I still want Machine Man as a character.

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          August 28, 2015 1:54 PM

          Also, Bob, Agent of Hydra needs to be a team-up!

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      August 28, 2015 1:50 PM

      Dazzler needs to be added to the game.

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      August 28, 2015 1:53 PM

      Cmon, everybody wants Xavier. Don't even try and pretend you dont.

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        August 28, 2015 1:54 PM

        but sometimes there are stairs

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          August 28, 2015 2:40 PM

          Yeah if the put him in ADA rules state they'd have to redo the maps and put ramps in.

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      August 28, 2015 2:13 PM

      100% that Kitty Pryde is next. It was a toss up between her and War Machine for the 50th.

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        August 28, 2015 2:18 PM

        Kitty Pryde + Lockheed

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        August 28, 2015 4:14 PM

        I'm really curious to see what they do with Kitty and her powers- her stuff doesn't seem to match up with the kinds of powers already in the game. A lot of melee stuff with fluff text that says she's using her phasing to punch them in the organs? Some kind of area attack that slaps graphics around everyone's feet to make it look like they're stuck in the ground? Probably a lot of Lockheed-swoops-in-and-hits-everyone attacks...

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      August 28, 2015 2:59 PM

      I am going to go kinda old/not appeared in a while and put my vote in for Impossible Man to be added to the roster.

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      August 28, 2015 3:43 PM

      I'd like to see Bishop

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      August 28, 2015 4:03 PM

      I would like to see a playable Sabretooth. They have been putting in a few villains turned hero, so it would be nice to see Victor get the same treatment. It would also be cool to see Bishop, Lilith and Tigra as playable characters at some point as well.

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      August 28, 2015 4:11 PM

      More playable villains! Sinister, Apocalypse, Green Goblin, Thanos, etc. would all be a blast to play.

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      August 28, 2015 4:21 PM

      The next character should be Spawn. It won't be, but it should be!

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      August 28, 2015 5:54 PM

      Blob!

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      August 28, 2015 6:27 PM

      The next playable character should be The Black Knight. He's one of my favorite Avengers, but unfortunately he has gotten very little exposure in comics or anywhere else lately.

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      August 28, 2015 10:19 PM

      Jubilee! 90s wardrobe, worthless mutant powers and all!

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      August 28, 2015 10:51 PM

      Kitty will be next hero ! X-Men's pride (pryde) and lockheed ! xD

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      August 28, 2015 11:20 PM

      I hope they'll have Black Knight, Captain Britain, Black Bolt, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) as playable characters eventually.

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      August 28, 2015 11:38 PM

      a playable spider-woman or resuce. not alot of characters left i like that isn't in the game already.

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      August 28, 2015 11:52 PM

      The only other character I can think of right now would be Mania, but they'd have to do some work to give her some meaningful differences from Venom.

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      August 29, 2015 12:16 AM

      I heard next is going to be Kitty Pryde, but I really want to play as Nick Fury.

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      August 29, 2015 12:46 AM

      Hoping for Green Goblin

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      August 29, 2015 12:52 AM

      prolly kitty

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      August 29, 2015 12:52 AM

      Howard the Duck obviously

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      August 29, 2015 1:35 AM

      I'm not really a super hero fan so the only character that might bring me back is Deadpool.

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        August 29, 2015 1:35 AM

        he's was included in the launch...

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          August 29, 2015 2:00 AM

          Yes but he seems to be lagging behind and probably needs a review.

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            August 29, 2015 2:01 AM

            he's the last one slated for the review, which should be next, after spider man. again.

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              August 31, 2015 6:29 PM

              This is true - now that cable is done, should be done before Marvel 2016 launches (or launch with it)

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      August 29, 2015 3:32 AM

      I'd love to see Kitty Pride, Blade and Howard the Duck next. Also, who doesn't want to play Mystique or Beast? :D

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        August 29, 2015 3:41 PM

        War Machine dropped Friday, Kitty Pryde and Blade are coming up next.

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      August 29, 2015 7:09 AM

      ROM, SPACEKNIGHT

      eot, *drops mic*, game over.

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      August 29, 2015 10:20 AM

      Spider-Gwen! (I know, probably better as just a spiderman costume...but I can dream!)

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        August 29, 2015 10:25 AM

        I dunno if you play, but she'll be released here probably in the coming month. She's an Enhanced costume, which means they've re-done the voicework and, presumably, at least some of the animations.

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          August 29, 2015 11:46 AM

          I play off & on, haven't played for a month or two now though. I just finished reading the Spidergwen comics a couple weeks ago, they're so good!

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            August 29, 2015 9:57 PM

            I pretty much only read e-books anymore, but my little 7" tablet is too small for comics, even with the dynamic view the readers do nowadays. If I could afford a 10" tablet, I'd be all over that.

            Maybe I should just hit up the used book stores. :/

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      August 30, 2015 1:34 AM

      Kitty pryde is next, but if you ask me sunfire should be next playable hero

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      August 31, 2015 7:13 AM

      My pick will be SPidey 2099 !!! he should be his own hero and NOT an enhanced spidey costume ..

      I am also excited for the year end Iron fist , or blade in halloween ..

      Unfortunately next hero they said is Kitty :(

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      August 31, 2015 7:43 AM

      Definitely more GoTG like adam warlock,quasar or moondragon or cosmo the dog or mantis !!

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      August 31, 2015 7:48 AM

      War Machine now , whats next ? Rescue !!!!!!! lets have armor wars

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      August 31, 2015 7:18 PM

      which one of us won? clearly not me, since I did not get a PM lol

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        August 31, 2015 11:57 PM

        I did :D

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          September 1, 2015 11:45 AM

          Congrat. Would have loved to win but there will be another chance I am sure :)