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  • Summary: City of Villains, the sequel to "City of Heroes", provides players with a chance to play the ?bad guy? in the comic-book inspired world created by Cryptic Studios. Take on the role of super-powered villains and create your own character using thousands of power and costume options. ThenCity of Villains, the sequel to "City of Heroes", provides players with a chance to play the ?bad guy? in the comic-book inspired world created by Cryptic Studios. Take on the role of super-powered villains and create your own character using thousands of power and costume options. Then battle heroes and become a true menace to society while plotting your way to world domination. Turn the tide on all the heroes and heroines and lead your crime syndicate into battle in the impressive 3D backdrop of Paragon City. [NCsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    This is the game we've been waiting for since the day we learned we could pull on tights, don a mask and fight crime with powers we could only dream of! Now, we get to finally let our dark side run rampant through the streets!
  2. Perhaps one of the most positive things about the additions in City of Villains is that it seems that the developers have every intention to carry over the successful elements to City of Heroes, giving a good game a needed boost, and hopefully attracting new and old players to both games.
  3. Good changes to graphics engine, interesting play on the CoH world, welcome emphasis on SGs and new focus on inter-game PvP.
  4. It might not be the super-villain game of our dreams (that was probably "Evil Genius"), but given the nature of MMOs, it's probably the best we're going to get until someone decides to really push the online genre to its very limits. [PC Zone]
  5. 80
    You can't play City of Villains without thinking that Cryptic could have done much more. Given the relatively free-roaming landscape style of MMORPGs, more effort should have gone into actually making you feel like a villain. Instead you are left feeling like you're playing "City of Heroes", just in a different world and in a slightly darker pair of spandex.
  6. It doesn't reinvent the original, but it's a very solid and worthwhile addition to an already successful game, especially at the two-for-one monthly subscription fee. [Feb 2006, p.77]
  7. The big selling promise was that you could be a villain, but the worst we could manage was to kidnap ... villains from other gangs. That's not a dark side, that's a shade of gray.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Rarr
    Nov 10, 2005
    10
    This game is great - it is a similar experience to CoH, but there are a lot of little things that are different which make it feel a lot This game is great - it is a similar experience to CoH, but there are a lot of little things that are different which make it feel a lot different. I've noticed an awful lot of people saying 'it's just exactly the same as CoH.' What on earth did you expect? It's a stand-alone EXPANSION! It's not really a seperate game, and it's not meant to be. It can stand alone but it is a PART of CoH. That said, there are a lot of things different - I've read reviews saying that the archetypes aren't very different from CoH's. This is untrue - while they may not be technically all that far from the CoH archetypes, they play much differently - more offensively. CoV is not meant to be a lot better than COH! Expand
  2. AmyR.
    Nov 10, 2005
    10
    CoV and CoH have got to be the best MMP ever. fast paced and not another mee too orc fest. but you already know that. you cant beat the fact CoV and CoH have got to be the best MMP ever. fast paced and not another mee too orc fest. but you already know that. you cant beat the fact this game is a stand alone product, but its also an expansion for CoH. But the best thing I like about CoH is the new archetypes. On the surface they seem familiar, but make no mistake, they play entirely different. Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2010
    10
    Another winner from NCSoft. They've taken a brilliant game and made it better. Whilst I still prefer to be a hero, this game offers a wholeAnother winner from NCSoft. They've taken a brilliant game and made it better. Whilst I still prefer to be a hero, this game offers a whole new range of missions and characters. Expand
  4. MarkyT.
    Nov 4, 2005
    9
    Very enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours... it has the same laid-back vibe as COH, which is so much more enjoyable than the Very enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours... it has the same laid-back vibe as COH, which is so much more enjoyable than the irritable paranoia of WOW, graphics are nice, powers are fun. This doesn't blow the lid off gaming, but you will find yourself coming back... and not feeling the frustration of other MMORPS. Good natured fun is the key here; which is about as much as you can ask of a game. Plus, if you have COH, the only extra cost is the box - and it's worth it for the extra locations, bases and character types. Expand
  5. The13th
    Nov 9, 2005
    8
    City of Viillains is easily one of the best MMORG available on the market today, with such a broad range of costume possibilities and City of Viillains is easily one of the best MMORG available on the market today, with such a broad range of costume possibilities and character combinations this is what MMORG should be. Picks up on all of WoW's many short fallings. The only downfall to this game is that there is no single player aspect, but obviously I am just being picky. Expand
  6. Alodarn
    Nov 25, 2005
    7
    More, but diffrent, a solid addtion to an already sucessful game. However I just don't feel "evil" enough, kidnap missions feel more More, but diffrent, a solid addtion to an already sucessful game. However I just don't feel "evil" enough, kidnap missions feel more like a rescue. You always end up stealing from some group of thugs that have already commited the original theft. And apart from a bit of wanton vandalism that seems to be it so far. Expand
  7. JoeB.
    Oct 16, 2005
    1
    Same game as City of Heroes, they just reskinned it.

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