City of Heroes Architect Edition
After several weeks of play... wow! I had to pull myself
away from the game to write this review...
This game features a simple formula (MMO * Super Heroes + Architect =
Fun + Creation) and with that said City of Heroes Architect Edition has
arrived in Australia, thanks to our friends at QVS which allows gamers
to not only visit this extraordinary world of super heroes and villains
but also create their own unique missions.
As MMORPG come and go, it’s
very refreshing to see the developers continue with their original idea
and expanding on this idea but allowing even greater access to the community
with new areas.
layman’s terms, this means that gamers can now create their own
inspirational stories to the saga which includes who the heroes or
villains will encounter, what they will find and a variety of other
interesting tweaks to keep the universe expanding.
Best of all, City of Heroes Architect Edition does not require a complex
3D design program or ridiculous programming skills but rather,
developers NCSoft have successfully melded the editor with the game
itself. So where is this located? Thankfully we had a head’s up and by
entering a building called Mission Architect within the game, players
can then access the editor of City of Heroes.
This is nifty twist to the saga and will allow almost endless missions available for players,
concreting the universe even more and apart from the glory of creating
your own missions, gamers are awarded experience for creating missions
so it’s a win win situation for everyone.
It’s time to create! Feeling something akin to the Matrix and the
Architect in the Matrix, once inside the Mission Architect, players have
access to a rather intuitive menu and creation system that allows you to
add in a variety of triggers from where the battles will take place and
even the rewards.
There is even a character creation tool which allows
you to create your own characters, so DC Comics and Marvel Comics beware
because your doppelgangers are about to invade the world of City of
The editor can be as easy or complex as the user wishes which is
probably determined by their computing ability, their creativity and how
much time they have available. You can even slam something together...
"decent-ish" in about 20 minutes.
When you’re finished your mission, you
then upload this for other players to attempt to beat and yes, they
are awarded experience points for completing the mission and leave a
rating about how they found the mission for some positive criticism. My
only question is will other gamers be able to exploit this system for
the benefits of their own experience points? <cue super villain music>
Even if you have never played City of Heroes before, this is the perfect
chance to join in the comicbook fun as it gives the gamer access to 30
days of pure unadulterated fun as you experience the highs and lows of
being a superhero.
This version also includes some great new booster
packs that include “cyborg” and “magic” which allows for some additional
customization of your characters, so you could in actual fact create
your Dr. Fates or Dr. Stranges, even a the Teen Titan’s cyborg.
normal online play, gamers need to create their own characters by mixing
and matching their appearance, choosing their special powers and finally
arriving in the world of City of Heroes. At first, most MMORPG games are
a little awe-inspiring at first, however once you find your feet, you’ll
be (pun intended), flying in no time.
Graphically, there have been a few tweaks here and there to the game and
for a game that was released several years ago, it still holds up quite
well today in comparison with other online games. The characters all
look like true superheroes and the environments have this “clean” feel
to them with crisp graphics and detailed environment. The sound effects
and music sets the game up perfectly and when you see the introduction
cinema, you immediately want to jump straight in.
At the end of the day, the developers have truly ensured the longevity
of this universe by giving access to the community and I wonder how long
it will be until other MMO’s follow suit. If you are a fan of the series
and wish to add some uniqueness to the world of City Heroes, than you
definitely should check this game out. Those interested in the
superheroes genre should also check this title which proves that online
games don’t have to be about dragons and wizards. City of Heroes
Architect Edition may not give current users, a new experience,
however it carefully transfers the creativity back to the community.