City of Heroes Reviews (Windows)

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Critic Reviews

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95 (Nov 08, 2004)
We should begin by explaining that this review is written by a couple that games together – geared both towards other gamer duos (be they significant others or just friends) and individual gamers.
Who are we to complain, though? We’re all still playing this game night and day, long after the review is over. We love it, and sadly, we don’t have much of a life outside of it. Thank God there aren’t more MMOs like this one.
I'm a little concerned about the depth of the game. It's immensely fun, and I certainly haven't tired of it yet. But I do wonder whether I'll feel the same way in a few months. Regardless, City of Heroes offers up a super-charged helping of awesome, and you don't need to be a comic book fan to know it tastes sweet. 'Nuff said.
Netjak (May 05, 2004)
However, I can't really just recommend this game to just anyone because I'm wary of the large cost it's going to take to play the game for a longer term than that. $50 is cool to sample the product and get a feel for it, but the fact that it basically stops working at that point if you don't keep re-upping is kinda messed up. So wade in with caution. Try it out with a friend's account, or just watch him play for a bit. But, all things considered, and with all the factors MMORPGs have going against them in my opinion, I still think this is the best MMORPG ever produced. This game's the most fun I've had for the last couple months, and it looks like it's going to stay that way.
90 (Jul 12, 2004)
City of Heroes has already come out with its first expansion entitled "Through the Looking Glass". This free download has added two new city zones, new villains, new missions, and the ability to not only change your uniform, but to have up to 4 variants as well. Every day I am more impressed with this game as well as the professionalism of NCSoft. One thing I should mention is that City of Heroes, like most all MMORPGs, requires a monthly subscription fee to play. On a personal note, this is the first MMORPG I will continue to subscribe to after review. In fact, I am going to go play now as crime’s afoot. See you all in Paragon City.
ActionTrip (Jun 03, 2004)
Cryptic Studios rose to challenge of providing a great alternative to the typical fantasy MMORPG and ended up with a game that looks and plays great. While some are not happy that the game is not EverQuest in spandex, due to the lack of crafting, no PvP (at present time) and no player housing, City of Heroes stays true to the comic books that inspired its creation. In doing so, they've created an exciting gaming world that has brought many new players who never considered playing a MMORPG to Paragon City and the alter ego of a super hero. For a long time comic book fan and MMORPG player like myself, City of Heroes is a dream come true.
Few can deny the appeal of being a superhero. Breaking thugs in half with your bare hands, leaping from rooftop to rooftop in pursuit of villains, and receiving threatening phone calls from your arch-nemesis are the stuff a comic nerd’s dreams are made of. Which is why it’s kind of perplexing that there are so few good games out there that let you live out your superhero fantasies. Sure, there are the occasional games based on existing comic book properties, but what about those of us who want the opportunity to create our own, original caped crusaders? Cryptic Studios has taken the liberty of crafting just that, and it’s everything a MMORPG or comic fan could want.
90 (UK) (Sep 11, 2004)
On the main forum which I while away my working hours, there's a thread. It's about City of Heroes, though is currently named "City of Hot Mammas". That'll have inevitably changed by the time this review hits the net-presses; the moderators are taking great joy at changing it randomly whenever boredom strikes, just to keep things interesting. At the time of writing, it's just shy of 1,500 posts. Cute, you may think, but no biggie.
GamePro (US) (Jun 03, 2004)
It's everyone's dream -- admit it. You've always wanted to jump up and fly over buildings, shoot lasers from your eyes, or punch evildoers so hard that they go sailing into the nearest wall. Up until now, MMOs have offered you a chance to wield great magic, swing powerful weapons, and do other things that characters from Tolkien used to do.
GameSpy (May 30, 2004)
Let's see, crazy costumes? Check. Ridiculously destructive superpowers? Check. Snarling supervillain groups? Check. Helpless civilians and highly-placed contacts requiring your services? Check. Henchmen to be mowed down by the dozens? Check check check check check. City of Heroes, the first massively multiplayer online superhero game, has all the basics of the genre down. But you can check off a few more important elements that rocket the title beyond a gimmick and into the realm of just plain good gaming: it's easy to get into, the combat rocks, and it's a blast to play with friends.
Armchair Empire, The (Jun 15, 2004)
When City of Heroes shipped there was a bit of consternation that capes were absent. What would Batman be without a cape? What about Superman? Vision? Spawn? Thor? It’s a shortcoming that is finally addressed in the second free expansion.
FOK!games (Jan 04, 2005)
Voor liefhebbers van comics en RPG's is dit spel zeker een aanrader, mits het maandelijkse bedrag niet in de weg staat. Het spel is zeer uitdagend en heel erg origineel. Doordat het character creation proces erg uitgebreid is, zul je niet zoals in andere MMO's het gevoel hebben dat er nog 100 andere mensen met precies hetzelfde character rondlopen, maar dat je echt uniek bent in de wereld van Paragon City.
City of Heroes is kind of MMOs for people new to the genre with its lack of economy and gathering, but at the same time an experienced player has tons of things to do. The game breathes new life into a genre full of rat killers and D&D wannabes. So in short, this in one of the most unique MMOs ever to come out and if you're into the superhero concept, the MMO genre, and can afford the 12-15 dollar monthly cost, then go for it.
FiringSquad (Jul 05, 2004)
City of Heroes is a pretty ambitious game that, for the most part, achieves its goals. The base gameplay and fun factor are through the roof. This has to be the first MMO that immediately grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Wearing tights is extremely addictive, if you can fight off the eventual tedium set-in. So, if you know what evil lies in the hearts of men, and want to punch that evil really hard, give City of Heroes a try. Where else can you beat guys up wearing your sequined dance uniform from your one-man show? Definitely not in Wal-Mart, they have a policy that frowns on that. Trust me.
85 (Aug 15, 2005)
Everyone likes to be a superhero from time to time, and several developers have used the theme for their games already. Think Freedom Force or the many known ones that were put in the form of a game. NCSoft comes with City of Heroes, a MMORPG where every gamer can create his or her superhero and fight evil. I got a trial that allowed me to play for only 2 weeks sadly, and to be honest: that's way too short for a MMORPG that's as fun as it looks.
A great game if you love superheroes, MMORPGs and treadmill leveling-up.
GameZone (May 10, 2004)
Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games are as difficult to get into as it is to say. Developers have continually focused on overly complicating features of gameplay to increase the already open-endedness of RPGs. That is what makes City of Heroes the breath of fresh air needed for the genre.
GameSpot (May 05, 2004)
It's a refreshingly focused online role-playing experience, and is an entertaining, polished game that, unlike so many others, manages to deliver on the underlying promise of an excellent concept.
IGN (May 28, 2004)
Paragon City is in trouble. And I was just the man to help... well, woman sometimes, but that's another story. It's been a month since City of Heroes was released to store shelves and I can firmly say that I still really like this game. That isn't to say that it doesn't need some improvements in certain areas, but what Cryptic has created here is nothing less than one of the most exciting MMOs that I've ever played with the coolest premise.
83 (Feb 18, 2005)
Schnauze voll von mittelalterlichen Fantasy-Welten? Dann ab nach Paragon City! Hinter der grauen Fassade von City of Heroes verbirgt sich ein auf Action getrimmtes Online-Rollenspiel mit einmaligem Superhelden-Szenario. Schon mit der Erstellung des eigenen Helden beginnt die Faszination, denn man hat viel mehr Freiheiten bei der Gestaltung als z.B. bei World of WarCraft. Danach beginnt die motivierende Jagd nach Erfahrung, neuen Fähigkeiten, Einfluss und Ruhm. Hier fällt vor allem das auf Verbesserungen getrimmte und zugleich sehr flexible Skill-System positiv auf. PvP und spielbare Bösewichte gibt es zwar noch nicht, aber bis dahin können sich sowohl Solo-, als auch Gruppen-Abenteurer in der Stadt austoben und gute Taten vollbringen. Anzukreiden bleibt neben der fehlenden Sprachausgabe allerdings das sehr simple Questsystem - hier bieten World of WarCraft und Everquest II mehr. Unterm Strich ist City of Heroes jedoch eine lohnende Alternative!
83 (Jun 28, 2007)
Weighing in at a penny less than nine pounds a month COH/V hasn't exactly become the budget MMO it perhaps should have. However, when you're having this much fun it's hard to be churlish about what amounts to still considerably less than a new game a month. And that's really the key to City of Heroes and City of Villains, despite looking a little dated and lacking some of the more complex features to be found in more modern MMOs what it does offer is a massive sense of fun and the feeling that everything is geared towards letting the player simply enjoy the feeling of being a super hero/villain rather than worrying about all the other things that can bog down more serious MMOs. This may put off as many people as it encourages but if you've ever dreamt of being in your own comic book then City of Heroes and City of Villains offer exactly the kind of wish fulfilment none of the officially licensed superhero games have been able to match.
PC Powerplay (Mar, 2005)
Auch wenn ich mit vielen Film- und Comic-Superhelden nichts anfangen kann: In City of Heroes bin ich gern ein übernatürlich starker Kämpfer für das Gute. Über die Dächer der Großstadt zu hüpfen, durch Straßenschluchten zu fliegen und Verbrecher zu erledigen macht einfach Laune. Vor allem die Kämpfe sind im Vergleich zu anderen Genrekollegen erfrischend actionreich. Dank individueller Charakterentwicklung kann ich mir einen einmaligen Helden erschaffen und bin eben nicht nur ein austauschbarer Krieger oder Mager wie in vielen anderen Titeln. Motivierend ist auch das System der Auszeichnungen, die man für die Verbrecherjagd erhält. Die Missionen basieren zwar auf ganz netten Hintergrundstorys über die unterschiedlichen Verbrecherfraktionen, sind aber an sich wenig abwechslungsreich. Das liegt zum Großteil an der mangelnden Gegnervielfalt und der Großstadtumgebung. Wenn ich schon immer wieder zehn Widersacher erledigen soll, dann doch bitte in vielfältigen Umgebungen.
Jolt (UK) (May 17, 2004)
One thing that City of Heroes has going against it – as with all new MMORPGs – is that the very idea of an MMORPG is no longer new to most people. Interacting with thousands of other players in a persistent world is no longer a great selling point in its own right. This basically means that any new MMORPG is going to have to offer some pretty unique gameplay if it is going to succeed (or at least have a huge licence, such as Star Wars Galaxies).
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar, 2005)
Een verfrissende kijk op online-rollenspelen, die je zeker een tijd zal boeien. Voor fans een echte aanrader!
80 (Nov 24, 2004)
In the meantime, City of Heroes is an extremely refreshing experience. It's accessible and fun, and to the credit of both players and the developers, it can be an engaging and exciting place. There are a few elements missing, and the long-term haul to gain levels can be a struggle sometimes, but Cryptic studios have created a universe that you will want spend time in. The biggest question mark is how long you'll want to play. At this stage, long-term appeal seems limited. So, although you may not play this for a long time, in the time that you do play, you're going to have a ball.
UOL Jogos (Aug 25, 2006)
Mesmo não sendo tão profundo e demonstrando certas limitações nas missões, "City of Heroes" vale a pena pela temática e, principalmente, pela fórmula simples - o que o torna bastante amigável para os jogadores casuais ou principiantes. Mesmo assim, é capaz de contagiar até os mais experientes no ramo. A ferramenta de criação de personagens, por si só, já vale praticamente o game todo. Uma vez criado seu alter-ego virtual, basta assumi-lo e conquistar seu lugar no rol de heróis de Paragon City.
ESC Magazine (May 11, 2004)
CoH has a great backer in NC Soft, famous for constantly improving their Lineage MMORPG without resorting to nerfing. Already, Cryptic and NC Soft have great plans for CoH. Not just capes, but a higher level cap and cool new areas that’ll really expand the storyline. Oh, there’s also a comic book that comes with the monthly subscription. I’d have reviewed it, but haven’t received my first issue yet. Rumor is some players will see themselves in its pages. Me, I’ll be stalking the alleys on Justice server, taking down evil the hard way.
Gamers Europe (Jul 17, 2007)
And so the challenge continues. Draw in more players, but keep the game samey enough to retain the loyal playerbase. Cryptic has a lot of balls in the air and if the laws of thermodynamics and diminishing returns are applied to juggling, each new episode is going to get harder and harder to make. How long can they keep this up? Indefinitely we hope. City of Heroes is (in spite of everything that’s changed) my favourite MMOG.
Anyone who is a fan of comic books or who fancies getting into MMORPG games should really consider this. You can easily play it for hours or just jump in and spend ten minutes doing a quick mission, both are equally rewarding and levelling up is always fun as you do not know how you character will develop each time. A must for all the superhero wannabees out there.
Wij hebben al veel meegemaakt, maar dit spel is op zijn minst verfrissend aardig voor dit genre. De quasi-afwezigheid van buit, het gevoel om meteen een superheld te zijn en het tactische spel dat ontstaat uit het bundelen van de verschillende superhelden, maakt van City of Heroes een goed spel. Het is misschien niet zo verslavend als zijn concurrenten, maar dat hoeft ook niet aan 15 dollar per maand.
PC Action (Apr 27, 2005)
Sie wollten schon immer mal so cool und beliebt sein wie Peter Parker, Clark Kent oder Bruce Banner? Das schminken Sie sich mal ab, Sie realitätsfremder Comic-Freak! Aber vielleicht hilft Ihnen das neuste Online-Rollenspiel von NC Soft. In City of Heroes erfüllen Sie sich wenigstens virtuell Ihren Traum von einem Alter Ego mit außerordentlichen Kräften.
GameStar (Germany) (Aug, 2004)
Statt wie in anderen Online-Rollenspielen einen kühnen Recken mit Breitaxt zu spielen, kämpfe ich mit einem Superhelden, der Spider-Man mühelos platt machen würde. Durch geschickten Einsatz meiner Fähigkeiten und im Team mit anderen Superhelden kann ich es so mit der gesamten Unterwelt Paragon Citys aufnehmen und habe dabei mächtig Spaß. Gut, dass es so wenig Leerlauf gibt. Nur: Die Quests sind selbst Einsteigern auf Dauer zu eintönig, die Gegner zu gleichartig.
75 (Feb 08, 2005)
City of Heroes est un MMORPG qui ne ressemble à aucun autre. En effet, que ce soit de part son univers très comics ou son gameplay simple et nerveux, on peut dire qu'il nous change un peu de ce que l'on a l'habitude de voir. Privilégiant le fun sur un contenu trop riche dont la majorité des joueurs ne profitent bien souvent pas, il a l'énorme avantage de ne pas nécessiter des heures d'apprentissage pour en maîtriser tous les aspects. Idéal pour ceux qui ne souhaitent jouer que ponctuellement. Quant aux joueurs plus assidus, ils apprécieront certainement le procédé d'évolution des compétences, les task forces et la possibilité de pouvoir très facilement grouper grâce à un intéressant système de sidekick.
Game Revolution (May 17, 2004)
If you could be a superhero, who would it be? My friends and I could argue over it for days. Superman is clearly one of the most powerful heroes, but his outfit is silly and his alter-ego is a dweeb. Batman is, of course, very cool and unbelievably wealthy to boot; plus, he kicked Superman’s ass once. How about Green Lantern? He’s practically a god with his ring-derived powers, so long as he doesn’t run into anything yellow. Or maybe even Wolverine just because he’s so badass.
PC Games (Germany) (Mar 15, 2005)
Superhelden sind cool. Sie tragen schicke Kostüme, fliegen majestätisch durch die Luft und feuern bei Bedarf Laserstrahlen auf fiese Widersacher. Mit City of Heroes darf man endlich in die Haut so eines edlen Übermenschen schlüpfen und dabei die Pfade gängiger Online-Rollenspiele verlassen.
Factornews (Mar 07, 2005)
NCSoft a prit un pari très risqué en adaptant en MMO un univers qui, loin d’être original, est largement répandu et présent dans les esprits. Pari réussi certes, mais malgré toutes ses qualités City of Heroes a peu de chance de convaincre les joueurs n’ayant pas déjà une forte affinité avec les super héros. En effet, la concurrence est plutôt rude en ce moment.
Joystick (French) (Jun, 2004)
City of Heroes apporte une touche de fraîcheur aux MMORPG en vente sur le marché. Facile à prendre en main, le plaisir de jeu est immédiat si l'on est sensible un minimum à l'univers des super héros.
55 (Jul 10, 2006)
City of Heroes : encore un Mmorpg de plus, a t-on envie de dire… Certes, mais celui-ci semble différent de ses congénères : point d’univers médiéval fantastique ou futuriste, voici un jeu qui se déroule presque à l’heure actuelle pourrait on dire. Bon, on ne va pas s’étendre sur le scénario qu’ont choisi les développeurs pour leur bébé, si ce n’est que le monde a été ravagé par une catastrophe radioactive quelconque et que les villes sont maintenant protégées par des super héros tels que vous. Rien de bien original à ce niveau, donc.