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  • Summary: City of Heroes is a super-powered hero based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The game is set in Paragon City, a modern day metropolis full of super powered villains, alien invaders, and underground monsters. Players take on the roles of Paragon City's super-powered defenders. Create your own hero by choosing your powers and designing your own costume. [NCsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. 100
    Odds are this game will complete you. Spending hour after hour earning points to gain new abilities becomes a kind of subhuman mania.
  2. Ok, when I said solid gameplay, I meant, "Oh my god, the combat is fun!"...I don't know if I can ever go back to single pulling, auto attack type battles. You don't even have to be into MMOs to enjoy this game.
  3. 90
    I have never been able to make a character that fit so closely to my exacting specifications as I have in City of Heroes.
  4. Overall, from a scale of Pat Sajak to Bob Barker, this game is Alex Trebek without the mustache: sharp-looking, packed with features, witty, and fun, but with just a little something missing.
  5. Anyone new to the genre can certainly make this a choice without expecting to get in too deep and losing their way, while seasoned MMORPGers can have a blast playing out their superhero dreams.
  6. It doesn't quite have the depth or legs to carry it into longevity like an "EverQuest" or a "Final Fantasy," bit that's for later patches and expansions. [Aug 2004, p.87]
  7. 60
    The versatile character-creation system will, at the very least, allow you to end up with something reasonably close to what you had in mind. The problem is that your looks pretty much have no bearing on how your character will play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 66
  2. Negative: 7 out of 66
  1. Oct 4, 2012
    with a powerful character creator and a wealth of well written (if slightly repetitive) content, City of Heroes truly is a hidden gem of the MMO Genre. Expand
  2. AlbertoF.
    Dec 26, 2004
    It is the best game period.
  3. RobertS.
    Apr 28, 2004
    Great game!
  4. SteveS.
    Aug 17, 2007
    I've been into super heroes for 4 decades now. For me, this game is a godsend. I'll never forget the first time my character flew. I got giddy. The entire game is that way. If you're a fan of super-heroes, and/or comics, this game will be addictive forever. Expand
  5. DrewC.
    Apr 20, 2004
    This is one of the Best MMORPG's that I have ever played. The game is almost worth your 50 bucks just creating a character. But not only do you get to vreate a character, you get to control him (or her) and put his powers to use! Expand
  6. J.D.
    May 9, 2004
    Chris -- that is not a review of City of Heroes; your input is a useless reaffirmation of the fee schedule for *ANY* MMORPG. You would have to try very hard to avoid the notice on the outside of the box in order to feign outrage about subscription fees. Good job. Pros: -Great character customization -Immersive world of NPCs -Graphics fit perfectly with theme Cons: -Lack of variety in missions and enemies -Not enough content for subscription-based entertainment -High-level/End-game lacks motivator. Expand
  7. Chris
    May 8, 2004
    You pay for the game, then on top of that pay $15 a month to be online.

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