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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.


City of Heroes Windows What you see when you first log in for the first time.
City of Heroes Windows Server selection screen
City of Heroes Windows Secondary powers come less frequently as you level up, and you only get one to choose from for a new character.
City of Heroes Windows Log-in screen

Promo Images

City of Heroes Wallpaper
City of Heroes Wallpaper
City of Heroes Magazine Advertisement
City of Heroes Wallpaper


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

It's CLOBBERIN' time! Afterburner (496) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Jun 21, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
GamePro (US) Jun 03, 2004 4.5 out of 5 90
FOK!games Jan 04, 2005 88 out of 100 88
GameZone May 10, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
UOL Jogos Aug 25, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Sep 07, 2004 79 out of 100 79
Game Revolution May 17, 2004 B 75
Factornews Mar 07, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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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.

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.


  • 4Players
    • 2009 – Most Humorous Trailer of the Year
  • 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 (125) added City of Heroes (Windows) on Apr 30, 2004