City of Heroes review

We live in an age of superheroes. Over the last decade, a number of superhero-themed movies have become blockbusters, old comic book heroes have regained popularity, and a fair number of superhero games have graced our computers.

Originally released in 2004 on the PC, City of Heroes is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that takes the hero mythos and expands it into an expansive metropolitan world where you can fight crime, join a superhero team, and become the superhero you’ve always dreamed of being.

The City of Heroes Mac edition not only comes with the original City of Heroes, but the devious sequel, City of Villains. Whether you choose to play as a good or bad guy, the two exciting games tap into the hero (or villain) in everyone.

Comic book fans and those new to the genre will appreciate the customizability of the game. City of Heroes has one of the best character creation systems this side of Spore.

You not only pick the character’s appearance, but their primary and secondary abilities, origin, and name. I easily set up my debonair magician with a sleek zoot suit and ice powers, and then hopped over to the villain side and set up an elven ninja assassin.

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