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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. 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
Score distribution:
  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. 90
    Like Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Moriarty or He-Man and Skeletor, though, City of Heroes and City of Villains need each other in order to be complete. Having the whole package makes the City of... games what they were always meant to be -- one of the best massively multiplayer online games available today.
  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. As a standalone game, it has enough features to reward serious players, but with several features that make it the ideal MMO for the player who only has a couple of hours a week to devote to it.
  6. 80
    As a conversion, Villains doesn't feel finished. As a sequel, it's simply not enough. But judged alone on its gameplay and design merits, it's a rip-roaring blast.
  7. 70
    The game definitely takes its place in the halls of infamy as one of the single most thrilling MMO experiences out there now. The raw catharsis of robbing banks, kidnapping innocents, and basically acting naughty in a virtual world while dressed up as the result of getting Jack Kirby and Stan Lee stoned-- there's little out there that beats it.

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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 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 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 whole new range of missions and characters. Collapse
  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 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 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 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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