The Daily Grind: Two months in, have you tried the resurrected City of Heroes?

    
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It ensues.

So I spent a bunch of time over last weekend playing City of Heroes again. The game died seven years ago, but like any proper superhero it came back to life in a frenzy of events that were really just… bizarre. Seriously, the whole Homecoming saga has been so weird that it’s almost impossible to believe, and the weirdness of it is not solely limited to the fact that City of Heroes seems to have come back from the dead.

Have you tried it yet?

I can actually understand not giving it a shot, of course. You might have played the game before and not want to play without your old character, or you might not trust its long-term prospects of survival. Or maybe you’re just waiting for more information or a more stable environment. But it’s there, and it’s weird, and it has gotten a second lease on life even if it’s only temporary. So… after two months of its weird resurrection, have you tried City of Heroes?

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Zero_1_Zerum

Haven’t tried it, because I’d hate to get into a game, only to have it DMCA’d out of existence.

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Dab

Been on Homecoming since it became stable. My wife & I played since launch on Live in ’04, and honestly never found another MMORPG that clicked like CoX. So we’re ecstatic it’s back, and have been playing every opportunity we get. Which sadly isn’t often enough nowadays – amazing how our lives have changed since Live.

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Armsman

I’ve thought about it, but in the end, no, I haven’t. I was one of the first group of 300 players admitted into the post friends and family closed Beta stage (back in December 2003); and was playing at a time when Cryptic couldn’t keep their server up more than 30 minutes without having to reboot (yeah those were fun closed Beta sessions but they eventually got enough info to start fixing that major issue).

And I loved the game and played for years after release (althouigh ultimately I think their implementation of CoV was a mistake as it segregated the playerbase too much and CoV had a derth of content compared to COH thus many made a character to try it, and some loved it – but again in the end it took a small playerbase for ‘City’ as a whole and because of the segregation, made it seem smaller) <— And that more that the infamous 'Enhancement Diversification' patch caused a downslide that eventully lead to NCSoft pulling the plug.

It' achieved near mythic status after it's demise and somehow many people looking back feel the Dev team that remained after Cryptic sold the IP and NCSoft created Paragon Studios could do no wrong, but the fact it, they continued to make some very lackluster choices and couldn't meet deadlines set by the home office (Going Rogue was WAY late and released with a lot of promised feature unfinished.)

But that said I STILL did enjoy my time in the game. That said, while I have no reason not to trust the people who have jumped through hoops to get what now exists running and made available for free (and donate if you're so inclined); I just can't bring myself to provide even the minimal amount of personal info they require plus, it's still illegal in the end, and will probably negatively affect those trying to bring the spirit of it back, and who've already spent a lot of time effort and money to do so.
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So, yeah, I haven't joined in (yet.)

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Crowe

If I recall correctly, an email address was all that was needed in order to create a forum account. And there are so many free email providers these days… Just sayin’
And yes, I totally agree with you on how they handled CoV and Enhancement Diversification. It was definitely not done well.

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Bruno Brito

If I recall correctly, an email address was all that was needed in order to create a forum account. And there are so many free email providers these days… Just sayin’

Pretty much it.

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Brazen Bondar

No. Missed the original game but I am glad the people who loved it have a chance to get their game back. I will wait for the new successor games and try all three of those.

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Witches

I’ve been playing the character creator more than the game itself, but yes.

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rafael12104

Meh… no. I haven’t tried it yet. I probably won’t, maybe…

Two things. I have a problem with emus or rogue servers. Oh, it’s an old argument and I don’t want to rehash it here. But the short of it is, without the devs who originated the games approval, I don’t feel I have a right to play. Hey, before you slam down the hammer of justice or whatever, that’s the way I feel about it. Tried it with SWG and I couldn’t stay long.

The second is that I’m very wary of connecting to any server not managed by credible and legally liable source. Oh hacks there are a plenty. And I’ll be damned if I make it easy for them.

So, I’ll raise my cup to those having fun. Nothing but good feels toward you. As for me, it’s back to what I have on hand, the games that I love now.

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xpsync

hehe not to get you going lol :)

Within “credible and legally liable source” they track the chit out of you, spy on everything you do, where in coh they turn that garbage off so emu is much safer.

Also your credit card and personal info isn’t sitting on file just waiting to be hacked within their systems, about all they could get in emu world is your email address.

SWG:Legends if it helps og developers are still working on it and contributing.

I used to feel exactly they way you do, but i feel if you stick to the more known reputable emu’s the only thing that will happen is you have a great time.

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rafael12104

Oh, not too worry. I understand. I know that evil that tracks me and sells my data like it was candy. They also get hacked, a newsworthy one, approximately every 6 to 12 months. Heh.

But I’m comfortable with that ironically because I know where I can go get my pound of flesh and applicable restitution.

As for the rest, it’s a preference I suppose. Here is to the good emus and those that support them.

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Chris Meadows

Have tried it, been loving it, have got two level 50 characters so far. Not only is the game just as good as it’s ever been, the fans who had been continuing development have eliminated or added workarounds for a number of little annoyances, such as a lot of the obnoxious time sinks Cryptic and NCSoft had built in, such as zones there was no convenient way to travel to, or missions you had to do as prerequisites to have access to new systems. And the way that the consignment market/auction house works has been significantly revamped, too. This new version of the game is, basically, the best it’s ever been.

Is it worrying that the legal status of the game is still up in the air? Yeah. But if NCSoft had been planning to shut it down, it would presumably have done so right away. There are no guarantees City of Heroes won’t go away again, but the longer NCSoft lets it go on, the more players it accretes, and the more backlash there will be if NCSoft eventually does pull the plug. So I’m going to hope and believe that NCSoft will be inclined to be reasonable. And if, in the end, they’re not, what have I lost? Not any money—just the time I’ve sunk into it. And I’ve at least gotten enjoyment out of the time while I was sinking it, so there you go.

Regardless of CoH’s eventual fate, I do have high hopes for City of Titans, the successor game developed by long-time CoH players and fans, which set out to keep the things its developers loved about CoH while learning from CoH’s mistakes. With any luck, it might have a playable alpha out this year. Hopefully, it’ll manage to be even better than CoH, though that is a high bar to strive for.

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Peregrine Falcon

Spyware? I have anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on my computer. Everyone should.

Steal my info? I don’t have any credit card info on my computer. I guess they could “steal” my Steam library.

Shut down? I’ll start my characters over again on another server.

TL;DR – If you actually want to play City of Heroes, there’s no rational reason not to, IMHO.

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MagmaFist

Without a doubt…bye, back to playing.

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kofteburger

A little bit. I didn’t play it when it was around the first time so it doesn’t hold a nostalgia value for me.