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Kjell
17-08-2005, 13:10
Anyone play this? The best, the worst and the so far only comic-book superhero MMOG. I play it, been playing it for some months now too. I have the US version, play on the Victory server and a a level 26 Energy/Energy Blaster, named Blastotron. Yes, it's cheesy. Campy, even. But, well, the character creator really lends itself to making golden-age style costumes.

And yes, CoH's character creator is the best I have ever seen. No two heroes need look alike or even remotely resemble each other. It got improved recently, too. The entire creator system, including both the game mechanics bit and the costume options, is very diverse. Want a robot with a broadsword? You can make one. Want a wizard with a machine gun? You can make one. Want an alien that can teleport and shoot people with radiation? You can make one. Oh, by the way, did I mention that you can fly, run super fast and jump super high as well? Because you can.

Also, there is no loot in the game. None what so ever. Sure, there are things you can collect, but those are more for the sheer hell of it than anything else. They're badges you get for exploring, doing a particular trial, defeating a particular monster... So, if you're heavily into the entire WoW/EQ/etc. "farm Grugh the Blobmonster until it drops Choppy Axe of +5 gashing" this is not the game for you. Of course, you can still farm, if you really want to. Many badges require you to beat a certain amount of one bad guy faction. But there are only a few, high-up badges that actually do something, and even then it's more of a fun quirk than anything else.

Ah, yes, about the bad guys... This game has got some great factions. Want to beat up mutant punks? You can. Want to beat up cyborg, self-styled "anarchists"? You can. Want to beat up super-soldiers from an organisation bent on world domination? You can. If you want to beat up the more arcane bad guys, you can do that too. Feel like whupping devil-worshipping street thugs? Or what about yakuza-inspired ninja sorcerers? Or maybe even the more classic demon-summoning cultists? And I haven't even mentioned all the bad guys.

All that said, CoH has a few flaws, though. It's getting better, but missions can be a bit samey after a while. Mostly it's "just" action. There's no real problem-solving yet. Escort missions, new maps, and now NPC heroes that can aid you in that particular mission will be added very soon, however. All the content expansions are free, no matter what's in them. The last one introduced several new costume pieces, and the Arena (hero vs. hero PvP). The next one, which should be coming soon, introduces a few new power sets (archery, sonics...) and a new zone based on Irish mythology.

So, yeah, CoH is pretty much the complete hero-ing experience. Even the name of the city it takes place in screams "comic book" (Paragon City, The Birthplace of Tomorrow!). Since it's completely independent, don't expect Wolverine to turn up, even though there is a Claws set and a Regeneration set. Making copies of already existing heroes is not recommended. Obviously. :p Anyway! This all turned into a huge babble. And I was only going to ask if anyone here played it.

So, anyone who does? :)


Oh, don't like heroes? There's City of Villains in the works...

Brother Bob
17-08-2005, 21:06
i once saw it for 10 euro but didnt buy it cuz there was a montly fee...

~BB~

Kjell
17-08-2005, 21:16
i once saw it for 10 euro but didnt buy it cuz there was a montly fee...

~BB~
Well, yes, it is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game, after all... ;) I see why some people don't like the monthly fee, though. But, well, at least I personally think it's worth it.

Oh, the first month of play is included with the game, by the way.

McBain
18-08-2005, 09:55
I used the free trial that uk pc gamer gave away on there cover dvd, i cant remember the lvl i got to but i had just learned to hover.....

I was Lord Voltron i fired electricty at my enemies and had a very very nice red and white jump suit with funky helmet i loved the total lack of searching for the magical pants of fart gas.

I am considering getting the game but CoH and WoW are currently both hooked my interest, i need to figure out which one i want...

Kjell
18-08-2005, 10:54
Okay, I've played WoW too, and as such I can give you a few differences. Well, the biggest differences:

WoW pros:

Feels like a much larger world. Indeed, it is a much larger world.
Is more immersive. If you like roleplaying or even just feeling like you're really inside a fantasy world, WoW is better.
Better graphics. It might just depend on the settings, though.
A lot of silly sidequests to do. Adds a lot of depth.


CoH pros:

Action, action, action! If you want to whack bad guys fast and hard, CoH is hard to beat.
Mobility and freedom. This is partially why CoH feels smaller. You can go everywhere. Sadly, there is a height cap, so you can't go on top of the very tallest skyscrapers. But still.
Little lag. Only time FPS really starts to drop is when there's a lot of heroes with fancy toggle powers turned on (pretty much every Scrapper and Tank run around with all their toggles on all the bloody time...). Other than that, and the occassional lag spike which even WoW gets and suffers far more from, CoH is pretty smooth.
Better official forums. It's true. The official WoW forums are nearly as sucktastic as the official GW ones. I know. I've been there. I'm regiestered there. The CoH forums are nearly as good as the Warseer forums, in fact. If that's your sort of thing.


Basically, it depends on your preferences. In CoH you can still make a magic-wielder if you want to. There's no spell system, and all powers work the same no matter your Origin*, but still. In WoW you're a bit more restricted. Understandably, though. It's based on a slightly less broad subject than "comics". :p


*Magic, Mutant, Natural, Science, Technology.

jazzdude78
18-08-2005, 17:00
I personally cant wait for CIty of villains especially if they manage to combine the two so while youre flying around a villain can come out of nowhere and whack ya

as in the above post this and WOW are about the only mmorpgs Id ever get into

cept guild wars as I heard theres no fee

Brother Bob
18-08-2005, 20:10
Well, yes, it is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game, after all... ;) I see why some people don't like the monthly fee, though. But, well, at least I personally think it's worth it.

Oh, the first month of play is included with the game, by the way.
i dont like it cuz i only get 16 euro`s a month :p
but the game sounds cool maybe i will buy it for the 1 free month :D

~BB~

Kjell
18-08-2005, 20:29
I personally cant wait for CIty of villains especially if they manage to combine the two so while youre flying around a villain can come out of nowhere and whack ya
There will be zones where PvP is not only allowed but a major part of why those zones exists. It's in these zones where heroes and villains will be able to meet. You can't roam Atlas Park or Indepence Port as a villain, though, nor can you tour the Rogue Isles as a hero.


Oh, and yes, Guild Wars does indeed not have a monthly fee. Then, the majority of it is instanced so you won't randomly run into other players.


i dont like it cuz i only get 16 euro`s a month :p
but the game sounds cool maybe i will buy it for the 1 free month :D

~BB~
It's definately worth trying for a month, and especially if you can get the full game for as little as 10 euro. Man, that's cheap!

McBain
18-08-2005, 20:51
cheapest i can find the game for is 24.99 and the a 60 game card goes for 18.80 i think roughly.