city of heroes

Official Site: City of Heroes
Studio: Paragon Studios/NCsoft
Launch Date: April 27, 2004
Sunset Date: November 30, 2012
Genre: Superhero Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac

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When you're a superhero, every day is a costume party -- but not every day gives you candy for free, alas. So it's still...

The Daily Grind: When are ‘microtransactions’ too much in MMOs?

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Two money-related topics crossed my desk the last couple of weeks. The first was a Reddit topic complaining about microtransactions in MMOs - not the...

Choose My Adventure: DC Universe Online just ended up making me love City of Heroes more

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Third verse same as the first. If nothing else, DC Universe Online is consistent in how its leveling game works, though there were a...

City of Titans’ lead gameplay designer on combat engine progress and other developments

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The developers of City of Titans are talking among themselves. That's not to say they're trying to be gossipy; they're sharing some internal interviews,...

Ship of Heroes shares a postmortem for its summer beta and future development plans

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The summer beta test for Ship of Heroes has officially wrapped up, and it's time for the devs at Heroic Games to take stock...
When the lights go down in the city.

Design Mockument: Fresh ideas for City of Heroes 2 in 2021

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Back in 2019, I had the idea to make Design Mockument semi-regular column because I like doing this sort of thing. I put out...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs have you played most excessively?

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I saw a fun thread on Reddit a while back I thought would be fun to pitch to our community too. The question asked...

Perfect Ten: Shapeshifting classes in MMOs

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After my wife and I saw an X-Men movie a while back, we got into a discussion about what mutant power we'd pick for...

City of Heroes Rebirth server tweaks various rewards and adds new powersets in its latest update

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We've got some fresh news coming out of the Rebirth rogue server of City of Heroes. The game's second issue, Paths to Power, has...

Choose My Adventure: Slowly acclimating to the goofiness of DC Universe Online

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Boy did this one start out strangely. Apparently I have played DC Universe Online a few times before -- I even have a level...

City of Titans’ senior gameplay engineer talks about creating super-powers

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Crafting perfect powers is essential for any superhero MMORPG. If they don't look, feel, or function in the impressive way that players expect, it...
I'll be gone soon.

Massively Overthinking: MMO ideas that were ahead of their time

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I'm gonna say something wild right now: In some ways, CliffyB was ahead of his time. My husband and I came to this realization...

City of Titans takes you on a tour of its downtown zone

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If there's a constant with superheroes, it's "massive property damage." Wherever villains and heroes clash, buildings grow new holes and Starbucks finds that its...

One Shots: Fantasy updrafting

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The way I see it, MMORPGs encourage us past our timidity and fear to be bold. So fight that dragon! Get a selfie with...

Massively Overthinking: The worst chat in the MMORPG genre

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The first rule of MMORPGs is turn off global chat. Think about that for a sec. This is a genre that is expressly multiplayer...

City of Titans’ flight travel power is getting good tester feedback

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There is no superhero travel power as iconic as flight -- and none that is as important for a superhero MMO to get right....

One Shots: Flying into bugs at 90 mph

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Flight may look cool on the superhero travel powers selection screen, but what they don't tell you in the shop is that it comes...
Go boom.

Ship of Heroes shows off the end boss fight of its mission beta while discussing difficulty

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The smart way to take on the big showdown at the end of the Iris arc currently playable in Ship of Heroes' mission beta...
Effing OOPS

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs that would actually benefit from a Classic server

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Here's the thing about having a classic server for a lot of MMORPGs: It doesn't actually do much. In order for a classic server...

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