City of Heroes is the original superhero themed MMORPG published and developed by NCSoft. City of Heroes launched back in November 2004 and has since accumulated several high-quality expansions, a massive player-base, and an in-depth story that has kept gamers glued to Paragon City for almost 8 years. City of Heroes throws you into a fantasy world where the continuous battle between Heroes and Villains is at its peak, super villains are roaming free disrupting city life, are you the Hero to step up and stop them? Or maybe you're the type to join their cause? Either way, there's loads to do in City of Heroes.
Similar to Champions Online, City of Heroes offers players an extensive character creation and customization engine. City of Heroes also features a unique classless progression system that allows players to customize abilities within a specific archetype. The available archetypes are Blaster, Controller, Defender, Scrapper and Tanker. Each one is vital for a successful group encounter, creating a balanced selection of character archetypes within the game. Each archetype works using a typical MMORPG progression system, with players unlocking more skills and abilities as they complete quests and defeat enemies.
City of Heroes also includes a unique Mission Architect system that allows players to construct and share their very own missions. This is a first in an online RPG, no other game offers such depth and customization in regards to allowing players to create their own mission-based content. The Mission Architect system allows players to create up to 3 stories, with each story having a maximum of 5 missions. This creates a comic book style approach to mission creation, giving players the opportunity to deliver an in-depth story alongside intense PvE in an episodic manner.
City of Heroes adds even more customization depth with the Base Construction system. Every superhero or villain can join a super-group and then help to create a headquarters. The HQ can include a huge variety of features, including turrets and other defensive items for PvP action.
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