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City of Heroes - PC

by NCSOFT
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
Teen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews) 85 / 100

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  • Become a superhero, take on personalized missions, and rid the city of evil organizations
  • Create your own hero, choosing from hundreds of different powers and costumes
  • Band together with other players to fight evil and become the premiere hero group in the city
  • Explore the streets of Paragon City, a sprawling online metropolis that offers unlimited adventures and countless surprises
  • Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
The City of Heroes Servers Have Been Permanently Shut Down
This title is no longer supported by the publisher. The servers have been shut down and the game is no longer playable. Please see here for further details. Customers who enjoyed NCSoft MMORPGS may also be interested in "Guild Wars 2".

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Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001DLLWC
  • Item Weight: 11 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 28, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,665 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Welcome to Paragon City, home to an entire universe of heroes. In this massively multiplayer RPG, you and thousands of other players will be able to take on the roles of super-powered heroes in a stunning, 3D graphical world. Take on personalized missions to rid the city of super villains, aliens, madmen, criminals, and evil organizations. Explore the skyscrapers, slums, sewers and streets of this sprawling online metropolis, and become an integral part of 20 different ongoing story arcs as the villain groups menace Paragon City and react to player victories and defeats. System requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Intel Pentium III 800MHz or AMD Athlon 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM, 4x CD-ROM drive, 2GB available hard disk space, GeForce 2 Series or ATI Radeon 8500 Series video card, DirectX 9.0, 16-bit sound card, Internet connection and 56k modem, keyboard and mouse.

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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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Update: I've now been playing for almost a month. I have one character (Empathy/Radiation Defender) now up to level 20, and a Fire/Fire Blaster at Level 14. The game continues to be at least as much fun as it was in the beginning. Went on my first Task Force mission over the weekend, got to level 20, took Group Fly as the new power at that level which is a lot of fun, etc. I don't quite get what all these no-star reviews are trying to say; this is the best computer game I've ever played. Beyond the first 7 levels or so, the real fun comes in grouping with other players to take on higher level missions and all of the social interaction that happens within a good group. Grouping is very easy and there's no problem finding people to group with even when you don't know anyone. Pretty soon your /friends list will be full.
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I pretty much ignored this title until recently. I mean, a game where you get to play a "superhero". How childish. How stupid.
How wrong.
After seeing the incredible buzz that this game has gotten in the week or two since release, I actually looked into it and decided to give it a try based on all the positive comments and reviews.
My previous MMOG experience has been limited to a couple failed attempts to get interested in EverQuest (a humorless torture mechanism that will suck the very living soul from your body as it crushes your will to live and tries to push you over the edge toward becoming a homacidal maniac) which I couldn't really get into for some reason.
But City of Heroes sounded like it might be good as a diversion for a while and, sure enough, even after a relatively short period of play I find I'm having as much fun with this as with any computer game I've played.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still playing it June 30, 2004
By A Customer
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City of Heroes: If you didnt exactly like Everquest, or SWG, and are tired of L33T kids/adults broadcasting junk all game then City of Heroes is for you.
My History: I played Everquest for 2 year, was an early Beta tester for Planetside and played that for 3 months, was an early Beta tester for SWG and played that for 3 months. My typical playing style is 1-2 hrs 4-5 nights a week. 80% soloing, 20% grouping in game.
Character setup: I thought that SWG had a great character setup, but COH matched and exceeded it in many areas. There are at least 20 different aspects of your character to set up, with each aspect having many many options. In fact one of my few complaints about this game is having to scroll through the 80+ chest embelems when designing a character. This is also when you choose your characters power family. For those that say this game is just for soloing, I say you've never played some of the more defense or support based power sets, and if you are doing ok soloing, then with the support/defense type characters in your group you can defeat more baddies with less downtime.
People who dont like this game seem to be expecting Everquest: the Superhero version. You want loot? What sort of loot should your super hero be collecting? Did you see batman picking up armor from his latest defeat? No. What you get instead of drops, are more powers. So instead of the +18 sword that you hoped would drop you get XP that helps you to your next power say "Flame thrower" or if you were hoping for that +20 defense chainmail armor, may be you choose your next power to be defense based. Same difference, you just cant sell the powers on e-bay.
There is no commerece, or I should say none has come up of yet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game-up till now, June 21, 2004
By Rocco
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Expansion packs will decree if City of Heroes (CoH) is a good-average game ora a great MMORPG.
Overall, CoH is very well done:
1) Character Creation is the best I ever saw in an MMORPG. From sizing, to clothing, to colouring...you can choose everything possible.
Unfortunately you get no capes and the voices and sounds you make depend on your gender (there are three possible: male/female/huge male - like the Hulk).
Furthermore, once decided your character, you can't modify him during the game.
2)Classes: at first glance it seems you get only 5 classes, but each can be personalized in such a variety of ways that the end result is that there almost is no one character that is exactly as another.
The classes are:
a) Tanker: withstand mass damage while beating the begeeses out of baddies in melee. Ex: The Hulk.
b) Scrapper: Deal mass damage with a good degree of resistance to bblows. Ex. Wolverine.
c) Defender: heal your companions and use your powers to control and impair high numbers of enemies. Ex. Hmm... difficult... Mrs. Richards (?).
d) Blaster: deal high amount of ranged damage (fire, energy blasts etc). Ex. Cyclops
e) Controller: control your enemies minds, paralyze them, have them battle each other. Probably the most powerful character. Ex: Xavier.
3) Graphics: simply stated...awesome.
4) Gameplay. Very good, but it could be better. Here are pros and cons.
a) PROS:
-There are a zillion of quests. Everytime you quest, you can do it solo or with your group. When you go in quest zones, other players out of your team can't come busting in ruining the party.
-It's intrinsically cool for comic fans to play super heroes in a perfectly rendered comic book city.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shut down
This game had its servers shut down in November of 2012
Published 2 months ago by Mallak
2.0 out of 5 stars Discontinued - Cautionary Tale
I would rate it with five stars except NCSoft discontinued the game even when it was making enough money to pay maintenance costs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jamesh
5.0 out of 5 stars SERVERS SHUT DOWN IN 2012. DO NOT BUY
This was a great game but the servers were officially taken offline in 2012. Therefore, this boxed game is usable only as a paper weight or coaster.

DO NOT BUY. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roelandt
1.0 out of 5 stars NCsoft is the worst. Steer clear of all their products.
NCsoft can go pound sand as far as I am concerned for shutting down a game that had a beloved, and one of their most successful and thriving loyal fanbases. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JD Car
1.0 out of 5 stars Game Has been shut down
Don't buy this as NCsoft has pulled the plug on this game, if you want a superhero game look up Champions Online that is F2P
Published 6 months ago by Sivar
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Heroes Shutdown
Do not buy this software, NCSoft has officially shut down the City of Heroes/Villains site and game is no longer playable since Nov 20, 2012. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda
1.0 out of 5 stars i miss this game...
this was one of the best games. as you can see from some of the recent reviews that this game is no longer officially supported. this was even free to play at the end. Read more
Published 11 months ago by tim w elkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Unscrupulous NCSoft shut this game down. Unscrupulous dealers still...
This was the single best MMORPG ever. NCSoft shut it down with no regard for tremendous customer support on Nov 30 2012. Ripoff dealers are still trying to unload boxes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mercedes Lackey
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a great game, now shut down
Game is shut down, these discs are worthless. Was a fun game for the time, not longer is. She's dead Jim.
Published 16 months ago by Chris Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware City of Heroes went out of business Nov 30, 2012
On Nov 30, 2012 City of Heroes went out of business. Shut down. All game codes are invalid, and the servers closed down. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paperback1933
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