A favorite game is a concept that people struggle with all the time. What makes a game your “favorite”? Replay value? The story? The graphics? All of the above? Well I’ve been playing Hearthstone for a long time, and I think I have finally come to the conclusion, that it is one of my favorite games.
For those of you who are not aware, Hearthstone is a virtual trading card game developed by Blizzard, the creators of World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. You select a Hero, one of the characters from World of Warcraft, each one has a specific ability, and you do battle against another person.
Money into Hearthstone can be spent in several different ways, from buying packs of cards, to buying the single player adventures that give you specific cards, usually that are pretty decent. But you actually do not have to spend money, you can earn in game gold by playing often, and buy everything with that, it just takes longer. Which is one reason I love this game. By playing, I can earn in game currency to keep buying packs, and all I do is sit here like I normally do. Even while writing this, I have it open on my second monitor, and I am beating some Shaman up.
Now for someone who has a history of playing card games, ranging back in the day from Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, to collecting Dragon Ball Z and Digimon cards. Finally ending up playing kitchen table Magic the Gathering with my friends, I am a sucker for a good card game. Also, the best part of HearthStone, it is absolutely free, unless you want to spend money on it. Which I would say more than a few people do, myself included every once in a while.
Hearthstone is at its core almost one of the best card games ever in my opinion. It is incredibly balanced (most of the time), and with frequent updates, it is easy to keep it that way. It is a fun, easy way to zone out and just relax for a little bit. Not a whole lot of focus is required to play, as it is a turn based game, and the time limits on each turn is an easy way to bounce between multiple things. But perhaps the reason why it is one of my favorite games, is actually a very simple fact. It has a quality that very few games lack these days. You can sit down, without much thought and just relax. You can sit down for 10 minutes, play a game or two, then get up and leave. It is as simple as that.
With all of the open world games, with all the micro transactions, and the 12 expansions for every game. Developers are moving away from a game where you can just sit for a few minutes, play and then leave. Now I do not count Call of Duty, Halo or any other FPS in this, because chances are you cannot sit down and just play ONE match, you are playing multiple. But I can safely say that I am able to sit down, play a game of Hearthstone, and feel just as happy as if I sat there for an hour playing it. However, on the flip side, it can be extremely competitive, which fits my gaming background completely. Nothing is more satisfying than beating an opponent and rising through the ranking system also known as the ladder.
Hearthstone is about to take the leap and change the game for good. Adding card restrictions, and removing the solo adventures and the concept of them (for the time being). This is going to alter the game completely. They are moving to a Magic the Gathering style of different kinds of the game. If it is still one of my top games after that is yet to be seen. But the one thing I do know, is I wont stop playing anytime soon.
Like this article? Check out last week where I speak my feelings on Exclusive DLC.