City Of Heroes,Video Game
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  • In fact, I played FF11 first, mostly because of my love for the series itself, but I found there were several points that the game lacked on, ones that COH excelled in
  • You can increase the effectiveness of each power with Enhancements, each enhancement enhancing a differant aspect, like power, endurance cost, accuracy
  • It's easy to start up, and the higher you get, the more interesting your tasks become

    • by Joel Desjardins
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      The game I am here to speak of is one I have played for the past several months, the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) City of Heroes. Over the past few years, many online games have come out, the kind that opens an entire world for you to explore and develop in. And, while some of these games may have more diversity in enemies, items, etc, City of Heroes offers an easy-to-learn, uncomplicated way of experiancing the worlds and adventures that until now had been stuck in comics and the big screen. As I review this, I will compare it to the only other MMORPG I’ve had the opportunity to play, Final Fantasy 11. In fact, I played FF11 first, mostly because of my love for the series itself, but I found there were several points that the game lacked on, ones that COH excelled in. One, the character itself. In Final Fantasy 11, your clothing and equipment are somewhat limited in the beginning, so

      for the first few levels, everyone pretty much looks like everyone else.

      In City of Heroes, however, the costume options are nearly limitless, offering everything from a dinner jacket to a little cat perched on your shoulder (an odd addition, but funny to see nonetheless. ) Hair, face shape, even body structure can be manually altered. Want a slim waist and really broad shoulders? No problem. Think your butt looks big? Shrink it. Keep in mind that when you first start off the game, it would be best to take the time in choosing a good costume for your character when he starts out; changing your costume after the character has already been made is quite expensive. Luckily, as you grow levels, you get extra costume ’slots.

      ’ As for leveling your character, in FF11, the leveling is really slow, and if you die, you lose experiance points, which means that sometimes you can even level down. In City Of Heroes, they use a ‘debt’ system. If your character dies, then instead of losing experiance, a set amount of experiance you receive is cut in half. In other words, let us say you have 5000 points worth of debt, and need 2000 points to level up. And let us say every villain you kill gives you 200. Half goes off towards paying off your debt, half towards leveling up.

      Without the debt, you would have to kill 10 enemies to level up. With it, you have to kill twenty. And, after 50 enemies are taken out, your debt is payed off and you start collecting experiance normally. A bit hard to follow, I know. The character powers themselves are varied; it is broken into five ‘Archtypes. ’ Blasters, the long-range offensive group, could use things like energy blasts, assault rifle, etc.

      Scrappers can use sword, martial arts, mace, etc. Controllers can fire radiation, control fire, etc. Tankers are primarily defensive, and can use super strength, invulnerability, fire melee, while Defenders are healers and supporters, able to buff ...


      • City Of Heroes,Video Game
      their teammates to improve their power. Along with these archtypes and the powers you can thus choose from, there are also Pool Powers. In other words, powers that any hero can eventually choose. They are broken up into sets, each with 4 powers.

      Four of those sets are called ‘movement sets’ because they contain powers that make you able to cross ground faster. The sets are Speed, Flight, Jump and Teleportation, the powers in them that give you quicker means of transport are Fly, Super Speed, Teleport and Super Jump. The graphics are nice, as is the sound, and there are diverse levels and missions, such as Villain Wave Attack, Protect the Hostage, Destoy the Enemies, Secure Cargo, etc. Now, items… there are no real items, per say. You can increase the effectiveness of each power with Enhancements, each enhancement enhancing a differant aspect, like power, endurance cost, accuracy. Also, for temporary boosts, there are Inspirations, which give you a powerful, but quick-lasting boost in you abilities.

      Some can even heal health or return endurance. Leveling is quick and easy, whether you play solo or in teams. Furthermore, if you get your character to level 50, then you gain access to two new Archtypes, Peacebringer and Warshade. Very powerful archtypes. City of Villains, the stand-alone title to City of Heroes, is coming out in Halloween. If you own City of Heroes, there will be no additional monthly charge to play COV, and if you possess both games, then you can build your heroes their own ‘Fortresses of Solitude.

      ’ There may be instances of lag, especially when you are in an area with dozens of other heroes, but just stay out of crowded areas and you’ll be fine. To summarize, there are a wide variety of costumes, powers, missions and experiances you could undertake in this game. It’s easy to start up, and the higher you get, the more interesting your tasks become. Fight aliens from another planet, or stop a para-military organization from building a doomsday weapon. Or just fly around and beat the stuffing out of various crooks. Up to you.



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