City of Heroes allows its players to become crime-fighting superheroes in the fictional city of Paragon. The game's design is mainly based on the style of golden and silver age superhero comics, featuring a colorful 3D world in a third person view.
Although the game offers no more than five basic archetypes, player characters are highly customizable in appearance and skill development. Especially the included costume-designer for heroes is a powerful and popular tool.
As a Massive Multiplayer Online Game City of Heroes attaches great importance to teamwork, player versus player-combat was introduced with arenas spread throughout the city later (the first standalone expansion "City of Villains" also added whole PvP-zones and assaultable player-headquarters).
The Deluxe European edition of City of Heroes includes, besides the original game:
A digest of three printed issues of the City of Heroes comic
Printed comic by "PvP"-artist Scott Kurtz
Map of Paragon City
Exclusive in-game content (VIP badge, Prestige Power Slide power and unique cape)
The Deluxe edition of City of Heroes was released in Europe with a combination of components found in the US Collector's Edition and the original edition. The European master includes the first three 'Issues' of City of Heroes - the free expansions released in the US before European release - plus Scott Kurtz's PvP comic, and a digest of the first three issues of the Blue King Studios' City of Heroes comic book.