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City of Heroes (Windows)

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Description

City of Heroes is the first Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) that lets you step into the pages of a comic book. Set in the 3D world of Paragon City, USA, you become a Super Hero spending your days fighting evil doers, assisting other heroes, forming Super Groups (complete with their very own Team costume), and mentoring Sidekicks. You are able to choose your Origin story and your Archetype, or style of play. There are hundreds of powers for a player to choose from, including learning to fly like Superman or run like the Flash. This is a online game and requires both internet access and a monthly fee.

Screenshots

City of Heroes Windows La Cosa Nostra gets up close and personal with a bad guy.
City of Heroes Windows Log-in screen
City of Heroes Windows As you complete missions, word gets around about how great you are.  People on the street talk about your latest exploits.
City of Heroes Windows Once you've selected the powers and created the costume for your hero, you can name him, provide him with a background origin story, and even give him a battle cry.

Alternate Titles

  • "英雄城市" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Yingxiong Chengshi" -- Chinese title
  • "CoH" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "City of Heroes: Deluxe Edition" -- European title
  • "City of Hero" -- Korean title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

WomenGamers.com Nov 08, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Jun 21, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 11, 2004 9 out of 10 90
ActionTrip Jun 03, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net Aug 15, 2005 85 out of 100 85
IGN May 28, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
videogamer.com Nov 24, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ESC Magazine May 11, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2004 77 out of 100 77

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

City of Heroes appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Christopher Reeve memorial

As City of Heroes is centered around superheroes, some players have set up a living memorial at the Virtue server upon learning of the passing away of Christopher 'Superman' Reeve at October 10, 2004.

Comic

A subscription to the game also, as of 2005, gets you a subscription to a real, actual monthly comic book based on the game, and featuring prominent NPCs from the game as main characters. The game's comic book sometimes features actual players' characters.

Novels

On top of a collectible card game, numerous comic books and a pen-and-paper RPG, CDS published two novels set in the City of Heroes universe: The Web of Arachnos (2005), by Robert Weinberg; and The Freedom Phalanx (2006), by Robin D. Laws. (A third, The Rikti War, was written by Shane Hensley and due for 2006 publication, but never released.)

Rating

Cryptic Studios originally refused to release the game with anything harsher than an E rating. This, obviously, did not happen, as the game is rated T.

Role playing server

Though there is technically not an official Role Playing (RP) server, the Virtue server has been the "unofficial RP Server" since the game was originally launched.

Universe merge

In July 2008 NCsoft announced the complete merger of its City of Heroes and City of Villains titles into one game universe. Current subscribers who only had one of the titles received access to the features of both games, and new sales grant access to both.

Awards

  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2005 - #9 Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – MMORPG of the Year
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Best Character Creation of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #8 PC Game of the Year
    • 2004 – Best Use of Spandex of the Year (PC) (for its character creation system)
    • 2011 – #5 Top Superhero PC Game (together with City of Villains)
Information also contributed by Afterburner, PCGamer77, Pseudo_Intellectual, Weston Wedding and Zack Green

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aerynsun (117) added City of Heroes (Windows) on Apr 30, 2004