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As I promised a couple of days ago, here is the complete team of villains I have made and will be playing on my return to City of Villains. Since I never really tried the “villain” side of City of Heroes, I guess I can honestly say I am not returning but starting fresh. Playing villains is a little odd to me, but I want to see the new content so I have to. I cannot get into playing a villain unless they have a valid reason to be a villain, and usually I prefer a hero that has fallen from grace.
Volt robs a bank
Most of my new characters have intricate backgrounds that I wrote up in my hand, not on paper unfortunately. Some of my villains are blatant rip offs, others incorporate current heroes in print literature into their powers. Playing a game like this it is hard to be original because you have decades of comics out there and someone is usually bound to have come up with your idea at one time or another. The best thing to do when this happens is ignore the cynics and play the way you want and write your character’s back story the way you want.
When I logged my heroes in the again after 2years, their original backstories were still printed on the in game ID cards, and it was a blast to go back and read what I wrote so long ago.
City of Heroes/Villains still does one thing well. The game is a straight up combat simulator. If you do not like to fight and run missions, then this game is not for you. You will be doing that. You will do this over and over but to me it doesn’t get old until I cannot find people to play with. That is the case in most MMO’s I have quit. Luckily, as I posted the other day, City of Heroes, much like EQ2, has methods to keep you and your friends close. I also like the game as a nice break from WoW due to the fact that it is not loot driven, and I can just do my thing.
Ok so all my villains are on the Victory server, all of them are waiting for anyone that wants to join me as a sidekick (or whatever the villain equivalent is) and most of them have lower case “L”’s bracketing their names. So for example The Finisher in game is l The Finisher l .
Ok I am only going to post screens of the ones I actually plan to put time in on.
First up, my current “main” villain, and quite by accident, the electrical stalker The Volt. The Volt is a science villain that uses his power gloves to manipulate the energy in the air around him as well as electrical current. At first I didn’t think I would play this guy too much but I really am starting to like him. He actually hit level 9 so fast that before I knew it I found myself just logging him in automatically. He has the hide ability as his second power set and is able to emerge from stealth with a nasty electrical shock attack that can sometimes one shot white con enemies. Along with this he uses Jacob’s Ladder which is a frontal electric attack to hit two enemies at once. This radiates foward from his gloves when he brings them close together. The Volt has been known to accidentally harm or kill many innocent bystanders due to the unpredictable nature of the equipment he wears.
Nest up the one that I like to play but sometimes find myself resisting because he is a tank and that is the Anti Patriot. You guessed it, this guy is the exact opposite of anything Supreme Soldier or even Captain America would stand for. In the CoH world, this villain is meant to be the enemy to my hero Supreme Soldier. He is a energy/shield brute (a villain tank basically) with a robotic arm that powers his strength. This guy is bad news and will do anything to topple governments the world over. That is what he gets paid to do. I avoid leveling him because I always fall into the trap of tanking in MMO’s and in this game it is a thankless job. I do love busting heads with this guy though and he has a swank outfit. No, he does not “throw” his shield. He just uses it to get in close then beat people to dust with that arm of his.
Next up we have the underworld’s answer to everything and that is The Finisher. Finisher is another stalker with a power set equal to Supreme Soldier. I just wanted the same type of character but on the villain side. He wears a special suit that allows him to blend with his environments and is a paid killer. He “finishes” the dirty jobs that everyone else is afraid to touch or get near. He is a martial arts expert and is lethal in hand to hand combat. His suit also enhances his speed through the use of stimulants and this tends to make him quick to subdue or kill his foes without a second thought.
No account would be complete without a character than can summon ninjas or robots. In my case, since I hate all that ninja garbage, I went with robots. Mechano is next and he is pretty much a mastermind archetype character that summons attack robots. Mechano is dying, and uses his science to keep himself alive. Since he is so weak and cannot get the funding he needs to continue his research, he has turned to a life of robbery and crime to get what he needs. To do this he put his genius to work in the form of massive attack mecha that he uses to terrorize the general populace. It is quite possible that Mechano has gone insane through the abuse of his life extending drugs but don’t tell him that.
Now I made a mutant last Sunday night finally. His name is Alabaster. White skinned of course, with deformed lizard like hands. He is a mind control mutant that causes pain through psionic attacks and domination of foes. He has to hide the lower part of his face and is rather used to sulking about in public and generally using his powers to get people to do things he wants.
I have one more character, but he is set aside as a “healer” and won’t be played unless someone I know wants to duo in game. That is all for now! I will continue exploring the game on the villain side when I have a chance and report back!