By Cloneslayer 6 Comments
I'm not going to take about the downloading of the client or the hell I went through trying to patch this game with the worst patcher in history.
The actual game it self surpassed all my expectations. It is everything that you want from a superhero MMO, mainly, you can make whatever you want. For those of you who have used the deep character creator is City of Heroes, just times that by about a hundred and thats what you get. As soon as I saw the thousands upon thousands of options, hundreds of ideas popped into my head. Practically anything you want to make, you can make it. From humans in tights, to robots, to werewolves, the tools are there for you to get it done. Then we have to powers.
The powers are in simple archtypes, ranging from elemental powers, like fire and ice, to physical powers, like swords and fists, to mind powers, like telekinisis. The best part is you don't have to stick to one arch type and can pick moves from each section to make a charecter that you want. A ninja with two swords and fire powers, OK. A robot with gadgets and martial arts power, Anything you want, you got.
The actual game play it self is great. Its not like WoW where you run up and stand there. As far as I have seen there is no turns, and no cooldown times on move. Basically you do moves that use energy, then you use moves that regain that energy, usually your basic attacks. Then your juggling the two to constantly use up and deplete your energy. The missions are what you expect from an MMO, collect, kill, explore. Nothing to see here. There is also some Warhammer-esque community quest, though I don't think they work the same way.
(Note, this paragrah proabably contains false info as I really don't know how this works all that well).
Intead of exipment, you get expibable abilitys. They fit into offence, defence and suport (?). Three slots in each one, primary and secondary. They give you basic stat bonuses such at more strength or more damage resist.
On thing that they did vastly better that City of Heroes is give you a movement power right away. Right after the first tutorial area you get it, and boy are there options. There is something like twelve of them from flight to super jump to tunneling and everything in between. Some of the options in there seem to be present just so you can fit it to the theme of you charecter (flight, jet boots, fire flight, ect. all make you fly with slight tweeks).
Champions Onlines does it right. Giving you the opitons to make what you want and gives you fast paced action (for a MMO) to fight against diversed enemies. And makes you feel like a badass powerful super hero from the start. If Cryptic can fix some of the server and networking issues I can see a great game that if it can draw in a good player base, can survive more than just a couple of years even in the wake of WoW.