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City of Heroes/Villains free codes up for grabs

by Steven Williamson on 28 April 2008, 09:59

Tags: City of Heroes, NCsoft, PC, Strategy

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HEXUS.gaming has teamed up with NCSoft to offer all readers the chance to experience the super-powered MMORPG, City of Heroes/City of Villains. To coincide with the release of ISSUE 12: MIDNIGHT HOUR, we have 2,000, 14 day time-trials to giveaway!

To claim your exclusive activation code, you simply need to visit this specially created web page and enter your details.

Upon receiving your code you'll be able to download the game client and enter your code to activate the 14 day trial.

City of Heroes is set in an online world where you and thousands of other players take on the roles of comic book heroes fighting to save Paragon City from a rising tide of crime and the plots of nefarious super villains. Soar high above towering cityscapes, battle gangs of thugs in dank underground lairs, and continue your own ongoing quest for justice on the streets, freeways and back-alleys of this modern metropolis.

Amongst the many features on offer you can:

• Create, Develop and Customise Your Own Hero: Choose from hundreds of different powers and design your own unique costume.
• Explore the City: Travel the skyscrapers, slums, sewers and streets of Paragon City
• Live the Story: Uncover the hidden secrets of your foes, foil the schemes of criminal masterminds and save the city, the world and even the universe!
• Form Your Own Super group of Heroes: Band together with other players to fight evil and become the premier hero group in the city!

City of Villains is the standalone sequel to critically acclaimed MMORPG City of Heroes. Using a staggering assortment of new powers, abilities, and customisation options, players can now experience sinister game play from the other side of the mask. With diabolical craft and guile, players forge new super-powered villain characters in an attempt to dominate the world. Heroes and authorities of Paragon City will do all in their power to thwart these evil plans of destruction, requiring a supreme effort for true domination.
• Become an infamous villain: Players can advance from low level thugs to eventually fulfil their destiny as legendary arch-criminals.
• Design and build infinitely customisable fortresses of evil: Players repel intruders with vicious weaponry and devastating defenses.
• Heroes and villains collide: Now players can choose to take on the most challenging rivals of all time…each other!
• Features a huge variety of villain missions: Play your part in heists, kidnappings, infiltrations, and more!
• Incredible villain variety: New archetypes, powers, villain costumes, and the deadly new villain group Arachnos!

The clandestine organization of mystics, scholars and mages, known only as the Midnight Squad, seeks to rebuild its numbers since the devastating assault of the Rikti Invasion. The Midnighter's hold a secret that could bring the alien assault to an end, but without the help of the Heroes of Paragon City it will remain Lost forever.

Infiltrate the Arachnos organization from within! Upon reaching level 50, Villains unlock two new Epic Archetypes; Wolf Spiders and Blood Widows. They have their own unique storyline and missions, power combinations and costume sets. Branching powersets allow the Wolf Spider to specialize as either a Bane Spider or Crab Spider and the Blood Widow chooses from the Fortunata and Night Widow branches. Each brings with it unique costumes for your Arachnos duties, as well as your newfound role as a Destined One.

Using his newly built Resonance Manipulator, the Villain scientist known as Dr. Brainstorm has discovered a way to alter the energy strands which connect every Hero and Villain to their powers. This discovery has not only opened the door to new powers for his fellow Villains in the Rogue Isles, but has also done the same for the Heroes of Paragon City! Specifically, new characters of almost every Hero and Villain archetype gain access to an additional primary and secondary powerset that they didn’t have access to previously. Details to come!

Significant changes have been made to the Hollows zone to make it more fun! NPC encounters have been rebalanced, including new spawns, new villain groups, mission door improvements, and a mobile hospital has been added to the entrance of the zone. Additionally, Meg Mason, a new contact, has been added to give out repeatable missions.


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Nice, I was looking for a new MMO and this just might be it. I've heard that the possibility for customisation isn't used much and that you tend to find a lot of very similar looking characters though, can anyone confirm if this is so? It would be quite a waste.
I haven't played it in well over a year, but I've played a lot of MMOs and the character customisation in CoH/CoV was so far ahead of anything else. However, all characters are humanoid, which does limit things a bit - I guess that, at a distance, all people look like a small, medium or large variety of brightly-coloured, darkly-coloured or mono-coloured. I don't recall seeing anyone perfectly white, though.

…I'm going for a free code just to design and start some new characters again. :D I've just had an idea for a perfectly white character who shoots LASER BEAMS from his eyes! I'ma call him Eye Pod.

I've found that playing other third-person games after playing this makes you long for a travel power in those games! Jumping is my favourite, with flying second for its versatility. I don't think I ever got super-speed, but I hear you run into buildings a lot. Teleportation is technically fastest, but feels a bit clunky in use - it's still good, though.

Hang on, I've started waffling again. I'm going to ‘post’ before this turns into a full review!
EDIT: Sorry, was going to include useful links but the must have posted 5 times previously has nixed that. Had to gut the majority of the post.

As someone who's been playing this game for many years let me point out and suggest a couple of things for those who are looking to try out the game.

First, Issue 12 isn't out yet, it's still in close beta testing so don't get upset if you sign up and can't find the content they mentioned.

Second, download the game first, then register to activate your account. It's a 2.5GB or so download. You can find the download for the updater by Googling from the ftp site client-coh-com (replace - with .) which is the offical ftp site. The reason I suggest downloading/installing the game first before activating your trial is that on occasion, downloading via the updater may be a lot slower than your normal download rates. You can also check to see if the game at least loads to the login screen without an account as well. Why waste any time of your trial just to get the game downloaded.

There are literally tens of thousands of combinations of costume pieces to model your character around three body types, male, female, HUGE male. You can adjust a number of proportions of your character and character's head. Not all characters are human BTW, there are monster pieces and skins for various inhuman like characters. However two arms, two legs, one head is the skeletal type. If you are having a problem selecting individual colors for various costume parts, note that there is a checkbox at the bottom of the color chart that locks all the parts to one pair of colors, uncheck this to set them individually. You may see characters flying around with costume pieces that you can't find in the creator. Those pieces were either unlocked while playing, became available based on number of months playing or were available via an add on.

Once you've created your first character and entered the game (please do the tutorial, there is some good basic info there), you can access the graphics and keyboard options via the menu in the upper right. ATI users should be aware that the generic graphics quality slider will turn on options that don't do well on ATI cards and it's best even with nVidia cards to enable the advance options screen to tweak the graphics for optimal performance.

General information about the game can be found at ParagonWiki (Google for it). The “Player's Guide to the Cities” is a good place to start (love to give you the links but I can't).

I hope some of you find this helpful.

Father Xmas - Level 50 Ice/Ice Tanker, Victory Server, US.
City of Heroes was at one point, quite unique as MMORPG's go, the costume designer gives you a LOT of options and choices (about 4 billion combinations!), so it's rare to come across a character that looks like you. It also runs almost entirely on instanced missions, so once you and your team are inside, you won't be harresed by other players (apart from one rare bug I ran into once where I ended up being a hero inside a villain's mission!)

Another nice feature is that if you've got friends who play already, you can easily join them because they can either bring you up to just below their level in terms of HP/Damage, or if they don't mind not earning XP for a while (you earn ingame cash instead), they can be reduced to your level.

If anyone wants a helping hand, when in game type /gfriend @Almighty Bob if you're on Defiant or Union, though I tend to play entirely on Defiant atm!
Bought City of Villains a few days ago direct from NCSoft. Tried downloading it via the client but it just won't go for me so pulling the 2.5 Gb file down from FilePlanet at the min.

Anyone else going to be playing as a villain, be pretty cool to get together on it and wreak some havoc!