25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Still playing it,
By A Customer
This review is from: City of Heroes - PC (CD-ROM)
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. The only drops are enhancements (which can be permanantly attached to your powers to boost them in some way) and inspirations which are consumable temporary heals and buffs. Let me say crafting, to me, holds no interest, commerce, to me, is actually annoying. I earn enough money in the game to buy the enhancements I need to strenghten my powers to keep playing and move into new areas, where there are new baddies to fight.
People who do not immerse themselves into the character they have created will not have fun, the game can come across as repetitive, but only if you dont enjoy the environment and the variety of bad guys that you fight (which is ever expanding)...
There is a monthly subscription cost (like every other MMO game)and NCSoft has already released the first big enhancement patch which includeded
1) allowing for multiple costumes on a single character
2) 2 new higher end zones
3) 5 new story archs (so more missions)
4) fixed many bugs including mission bugs
That is what your $14.95/month gets you (along with hours of gaming)
Also just for the record Ive experienced no server down time (and I only play weekends and evenings so peak times) and no major lag.
This game has occupied my time since April. I usually buy a new game every other month (so thats about $50 every 2 month, so instead I spend $30 for 2 months of City of Heroes... I think thats a reasonable price for the quality of this game.