- Series: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Prima Games; First Edition edition (May 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761545166
- ISBN-13: 978-0761545163
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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City of Heroes (Prima's Official Strategy Guide) Paperback – May 4, 2004
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The good news is that there's good use to this book if you're wandering around Paragon City, the City of Heroes base. Creature factions are very well described, with useful tidbits on how to fight them. For instance, two melee fighters shouldn't simultaneously attack a Circle of Thorn (COT) mage as the mage will self destruct, likely killing both fighters. It's hard to tell this simply by playing the game. Geography and combat tricks are also well described.
Unfortunately, the character development section has some problems. First, its readily apparent that many of Prima's testers gave only a cursory look at several skill sets. As an example, in only a couple hours of gameplay its readily apparently that the most powerful illusion controller attack is Deceive, which takes over the target for 30 seconds. In the guide, its mentioned only in passing. Second and more disturbingly, there are a number of errors in the skill guides. For instance, Siphon Speed under the Defender/Controller Kinetics power set claims to give you the ability to fly. It doesn't, and if you waste how many days to get to level 10 for it you will be very disappointed. Given that this skill never even had that during beta testing it's clear there was very poor editing involved. Finally, some of the technical details are also just outright wrong.Read more ›
The majority of the information is from the beta days of CoH, and there are plenty of typos and misinformation strewn throughout. For newbies, the Zone maps are fine, as are the character generation guides.
However none of the information is very "deep". It provide basic stats for an enemy, which is usually incorrect in some fashion or another. The guide lists arch villians but doesn't give you any idea where or how to find them. It tells you how to start Task Forces or certain Quests but gives you no help on solving them.
Most of the text for the mobs and areas is lifted straight from the game itself, with little commentary from the editors. There are no handy cross referenced charts for mobs. There isn't even an index.
Character generation strategies are strictly for newbies. According to this guide, pretty much every character ability is fantastic and works great with every character. For those who play healer or ranged archetypes, it's obviously a poor idea to dump slots and skills into close combat abilities - yet this guide makes it sound like a good idea.
There's some interesting information on how the Trial Zones work (which haven't even gone live yet and will most likely be changed from what's written here when they do go live). No mention is made of the Tailor stores or anything that happened in the game after the Beta. Fortunately the game world hasn't changed much 2 months after the guide's release.
Overall this is yet another 2 star Prima Guide.Read more ›
However it was way too obvious that each power, as well as some of the enemies, was researched by different authors. You may be reading about one power for an archetype that is described well, turn the page to the next power and find it poorly described. In addition they have obvious errors in the book. For example they mention a supergroup vault, which COH designers have told me directly doesn't exist.
All in all, this is book was obviously slapped together much like a frat kids research paper. Shameful for a proffesional game guide company.
There is some good information here, such as:
- Guides (though incomplete) to the city's various zones
- Expanded information about powers, archetypes, and origins
- Some scant but helpful information on tactics and gameplay
The problem I have is that there was so much more that could have been included. For example:
- Location of the various "stores"
- More advice on character creation and power choice
- Information about the villiains that would be, I dunno, maybe helpful? (tactics rather than tables of stats and origin info)
I also believe that the readers would have been better served by delaying the guide a month or two so that the many modifications to the game after launch could have been included. Instead, the guide was rushed out and still includes some erroneous information about gameplay and even some incorrect terminology (many aspects of gameplay and the names of some powers changed at launch due to suggestions by beta players).
In short, you might get some good information here, but you should try to get a look at the book to make sure it will be useful to you before you shell out the money. Here's hoping that Prima will put out a second edition of this guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of my first on line MMORPG. It was fun while it lasted but is no longer on line to play..Published on November 17, 2013 by Arthur F. Sintef
This was a good reference back when it was published but I doubt much of it applies to today's version of the game. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by R. Krohn
After owning the paper-back original version of this guide for COH, I bought the ring-bound version. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by J. Maynard
Sadly, this book was outdated and inapplicable the day it hit the stands. Repeated changes to the City of Heroes interface, infrastructure and gameplay have moved the game so far... Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Brian K. Miller
Very helpful guide. Much of CoH is not easy to understand and this guide really helps.Published on October 2, 2005 by Pot 'o Stew
The strategy guide is outdated, and should be revised for the current issue of city of heroes, the book still refers to the villains "council" as Fifth Column, and there are other... Read morePublished on September 20, 2005 by J. Rider
I use my book all the time. To help myself and to help other players. It is a little outdated in that it doesn't have the badges n it, but being that I have 2 computers, it is no... Read morePublished on August 29, 2005 by Elizabeth Berry
Not the most up to date information but still helpfull for a beginner with no manuel.Published on August 27, 2005 by Amazon Customer
Product has been very helpfull and contains many good tip to assist player. It was shipped from amazon in a very timely manner and arrived in superb condition.Published on July 20, 2005 by Jd Hackett