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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Information also contributed by
Weston Wedding and
- 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
- 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)