250 word review rundown: City of Heroes Freedomon September 27, 2011 at 12:14 am
Reviews are often lengthy, convoluted, and unmistakably bias. Instead of being told what to think about a game, I believe in trying one out for yourself. However, the price of a game usually makes reading a review a necessity. In place of a long, opinionated review, try out the 250 word rundown. These terse reviews offer up a quick glimpse into the game and whether or not it’s worth buying for several types of people.
City of Heroes Freedom lets gamers fight in tights for free. The superhero MMO offers up plenty to do, a bountiful amount of customization options, and several power sets to choose from to make the ideal character.
Before playing CoH, it’s important to know that the game is 7 years old. Even with Ultra-mode improvements, the game does look a bit dated. If that doesn’t ruffle your feathers, then by all means download this game.
The title has stood the test of time and transitioned well into being a free-to-play game. Playing for free doesn’t restrict the player in too many ways. The bulk of the game is still there minus the Incarnate, Alignment, Architect, and Invention systems. That sounds like a lot, but for a new player most of that won’t even cross your mind. Returning players might miss the latter two, though.
The game’s item mall, the Paragon Market, is well-stocked but clearly just starting out. New power sets, quasi-travel powers, and new costumes are showing up, though. Prices aren’t terrible, but the Market’s infrastructure needs work. Making sure purchased content doesn’t show up in the Market is a start.
Those looking for a solid superhero MMO should look no further. City of Heroes Freedom utilizes a good hybrid business model with realistic restrictions put in place. It’s definitely worth a download if you’re looking for a free distraction. However, CoH could easily become an MMO that gobbles up your money if you’re not vigilant about staying free.
Returning players: You won’t get too hardily screwed like with other transitioned titles. Don’t expect to play your Controllers or Masterminds unless you previously sunk some money into the game.
Superhero novices: CoH is the father to modern superhero MMOs and it’s a good one to cut your teeth on, especially since going free.
Cape-wearing veterans from other MMOs: There’s no denying that Champions Online veterans will feel the similarities (Cryptic did develop both games after all). However, DC Universe Online players might feel overwhelmed with the amount of costume options, frustrated with a different type of combat, or confused by CoH’s infrastructure.
Pamela plays several MMOs and writes about them for a living. She’s currently the national MMO Examiner and has been featured at MMORPG.com, MMOSite.com, and MMOHub.org. Unlike some writers, Pamela invests more time in playing games rather than writing about them. Whether or not that’s a good thing is still up for debate. You can follow her on Twitter or on Tumblr, like her on Facebook , or subscribe to her on StumbleUpon. Watch out, though, she likes cats and PvPing.