Hearthstone Ooze

Some free-to-play games are more polarizing than others, with some sides taking the stance of “great, totally non-exploitative implementation” and others thinking “total pay-to-win trash.” We’d like to see on what side of the spectrum the gaming public — and by that, we mean you guys — think of certain F2P games, and so we’ve invented something new called Love It Or Hate It?




Every week, we’ll present a new F2P game and give you the option of passing judgment on it. Then we’ll look back at it the next week and see what people thought. There are no prizes, except for the satisfaction of knowing you clicked on a button and made something happen. Really, what else do you need?

Our first game is the one that got me thinking about this topic, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which seems about as divisive a game as there is. Indeed, I got the idea for Love It Or Hate It? from looking at its Metacritic page and seeing 145 positive and 135 negative (along with 44 mixed) fan reviews.

Pros: It’s easy to get into and you can play extensively for no money. Arena mode lets you compete on a level playing field.
Cons: As with most CCGs, more money means you can get better cards, which hints at pay-to-win. Also, randomness plays a big factor in matches.

So what do you think? Yea or nay for Hearthstone? As always, feel free to leave a comment to let us know why you voted the way you did!