I have been spending a lot of time in City of Heroes lately, mainly because I have been sick and needed a fast pick me up MMO without loot hassles and wanted to beat something up other than orcs. Now that our WoW guild has Naxxramas on farm status, some nights I have some free time to goof off.
Another thing added to my current obsession with this game is the upcoming mission editor due to be released in Issue 14 (or PATCH as us older MMO players like to call it). I won’t go into the details of the mission editor since that news has made its rounds around the internet already. Needless to say this editor could give players the chance to see a freedom in making content that many of us have not experienced since games like Neverwinter Nights or Ryzom.
While some other tend to make heroes that are silly or funny, I tend to make mine rather serious and all business. I don’t go with gaudy costumes or stupid names as a joke. As a comic book addict, that just doesn’t fly with me. I decided a couple of weeks ago to log in and start clearing out my City of Heroes account that I have had since it launched in 2004. That is correct. 2004 and I never level capped in this game. In fact, I still have my awesome Best Buy pre order prestige sprint effect when I run around, which leaves streaks behind me. I still get questions about that in game and some people are bummed out when they realize how long ago I got that and it is no longer available.
I wish I had stuck with this game longer that I did. I have talked about it at length in my blog over the past two years so I won’t get all emo about it again. Logging in my account, my original characters were still there and so were many many alternates it was time to delete and get rid of. Apparently now it is hip to blog about this game once more since the mission editor is coming out. Once comic fan “bandwagoners” get bored I am sure the discussion will die down. Some may refer to them as tourists perhaps? That seems to be a funny little word being thrown around lately.
When I first got the game, I was in the pre order beta and I scrambled on opening day to reserve the names of my characters on every single server I could. Those days are long gone now, and NC Soft did a good thing in taking those names back from people that never logged in. I love when companies nail squatters. I would like to see this in other games as well. If for example Blizzard would do a guild purge of any guilds with less than 10 players along these lines, then I would be a happy camper. This would keep guilds as a social unit and not a poor excuse to get a funny tag over your head like “Big Jugs Inc”.
So it was that many of my year old characters had lost their names. Cannonball, my tanker, was now Roughhouse. Red Dynamo had become the Crimson something or another, but making the cut were Supreme Soldier and Chester McBrock. This late in the games lifespan it almost IMPOSSIBLE to get an original name still, and I have had to resort to many tricks since coming back to get the names my heroes or villains deserved. My usual tactic is to place a lower case “L” in front and in back of the name to set it off, such as “l The Vortex l” or something like that. I have seen others use periods or capital “I” as well.
I decided to stick with my original servers of Infinity, Freedom and Victory to condense my account down. Freedom housed all my returning new characters, Infinity all my original 4 year old heroes, and Victory was to be designated my all villain server.
I started to sit back and make my favorite combos to see how the game played out a few years later, and most of the mains I play now are villains since that content is all new to me. I stayed off the Infinity server since those characters were higher level and I had no idea how to play them anymore. Instead I went to Freedom server (crowded) and remade some characters and tweaked them a bit. On Victory, my villain stable was quite impressive, although I just cannot get into the mindset of playing a villain I deleted over 13 characters, and focused my account down. I signed up for one month only using Paypal, and downloaded the client off the PlayNC website.
Here is what I came up with, and I am sure I will be making many many more alts as time goes on. Right now I still am not going to choose just one character until I know I can solo and enjoy playing it for at least 30 levels. This post is going to be so long I need to split it into two days. Consider it bonus content for my 15 readers! Here we go with the good guys, whom I have not been playing that much since I have been there and done that.
Powerball. This guy was my first returning character along with the Longbowman that I wrote about HERE on my blog. Simple combos really and the Longbowman was someone I made to test the new archery archetype as well as trench coats. Powerball was meant to replace Roughhouse, my 4 year old tanker and co founder of my old City of Heroes guild. I found archery to be kinda slow and boring so I don’t play the Longbowman too much anymore. Also, I am tired of bows, no matter what type of character they are on.
Next up we have Gale Force, my attempt at a Storm ripoff. She is a controller using storm powers. I don’t play her much since she takes forever to kill things and I have played one of these characters before and found them drab. At any rate, her name is of course Gale in “alternate reality” life so I made a clever play on words there.
Roughhouse is my natural tanker, and man is he boring to play. Tanking in CoH is a boring job, especially if you don’t cheese out and use one of the OP builds like every other boring tank on the server. Roughhouse is meant to be like a juggernaut. He hits things really hard and is hard to bring down. Unfortunately this makes him very boring to play since all he does is punch, punch, punch, punch and maybe kick. This guy is meant to be in groups and is a snoozefest to solo with. I do get some team invites for him out of the blue, but since I am returning I decline since I have no clue what I am doing anymore.
Supreme Soldier is a name that I have kept for almost 5 years now, and he has seen two other incarnations before I settled on my “vision”. Originally he was yet another Tanker, but this was not working out for me so I deleted him. Then I made him a katana wielding scrapper which was so ludicrously stupid I deleted him too. Now he is a martial artist ass kicker and along the vein of what I wanted. A Captain America type with no shield. His costume was always dead on though so I have enjoyed leveling this character more than my other old ones.
Next up is my fire/fire tanker Solar Force which many years ago was the equivalent of a Death Knight in World of Warcraft: flavor of the month and easy to level. His costume is pretty awesome and he did manage to keep his original name, so I do not have the heart to delete him. Who knows, I may use him again some day but I doubt it.
Finally my Iron Man clone, an energy/energy blaster named Blastwave. I love energy/energy blasters because you can play them like “blappers”. A blapper is a COH community term for blasters that actually go in and melee (blaster plus scrapper). Why is this cool? Because for some reason blasters that have energy as a second powerset have this awesome energy punch that knocks villains back. Why on GOD’s GREEN EARTH this is a BLASTER ability and not an energy tanker or scrapper ability I will never know. However, nothing is more fun than punching a villain that is too close to your blaster several yards back and then giving them a facefull of proton energy. Anyway, Blastwave has been renamed, remade and started over so many times because blasters just die, they die A LOT. Running a blaster solo is a tricky job and honestly I have not figured it out at high levels. I will stick with this incarnation though. I like his outfit and looks so I think I will level him on the side. His powers are tech and all contained in his gloves.
Well that is it for now. Sometime this week I will post my bad guys, who I am trying to get into playing despite the fact that it feels dirty and unclean. I couldn't get the pictures to insert into this post so you can view them here http://www.mmorpg.com/galleries/pvthudson01