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Celebrating Seven Years of City of Heroes

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Seven years ago today, NCsoft and Cryptic Studios released City of Heroes, providing fantasy-gorged massively multiplayer online gamers a new way to waste countless hours of their lives alongside thousands of their closest friends. Let's celebrate seven years of heroes and villains with a colorful infographic and nostalgia-laden anecdotes!

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I fondly remember the day City of Heroes went live. I must have spent a dozen hours camped in front of my computer, soaking in everything Cryptic Studios had created. Then I finished creating my character and moved on to the game proper. It was nice enough, but damn if that character creator didn't keep calling me back.

Seven years later more than 42 million characters have been created (some of them not mine) and 15.7 billion experience points have been earned. The game has survived a Marvel lawsuit, a studio transition, the invasion of super villains, and the release of two competing superhero MMOs, including Champions Online, a game crafted by City of Heroes' original development studio.

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NCsoft and Paragon Studios has a month of special events and sales laid out for City of Heroes players to help celebrate scratching seven years of the superhero itch. Head over to the game's official website for details.

Illustration for article titled Celebrating Seven Years of emCity of Heroes/em
Illustration for article titled Celebrating Seven Years of emCity of Heroes/em
Illustration for article titled Celebrating Seven Years of emCity of Heroes/em
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Miskatonic_Prof
Miskatonic_Prof

So...I've only ever played WoW in terms of MMORPGs. I don't anymore for time issues. I don't think I have time to even get into another MMO. But I'm curious...

I've been looking into several superhero MMOs for a while and can't seem to lean towards any of them.

City of Heroes - 7 years old. Not jumping on the bandwagon that late. Who knows how many years it has left. Or is it worth checking out anyway, this late in the game?

Champions Online - Tried the beta. Didn't click with me. I had 3 days to play a brand new MMO for free and instead decided to go back to WoW. When a brand new game doesn't hold your attention, something's wrong.

Not sure what I didn't like, though. Maybe it was the combat. Maybe the whole thing lacked polish. Sure it was a beta, but I still didn't see something there that I said, "ok, once that's sorted out, this is gonna rock."

Also, the whole pitching it as creating the hero of your dreams (extreme customization!) and then, after people pay full price for the game, having them pay more through microtransactions to build the dream piece by piece, left a bad taste in my mouth. Thankfully, the game is now free, but there is a "gold member" option equal to a subscription and the microtransactions are still there...

DC Online - SOE... That's all I got. For those who've played it, has SOE learned it's lesson? Will it pump out crappy expansions every six months? Will it swiftly and unexpectedly kill the game with a single patch?

Thoughts?