Summary: Parents need to know that combat is an integral part of this massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), and players will attack and kill computer and human-controlled opponents with their superpowers. While the game uses a profanity filter, players are good at getting around it by typing creative spellings of curse words, so online interactions can vary widely. Villain costumes can be mildly racy, although no more so than a typical comic book.
Excerpt: After City of Heroes received the high praise it did from gamers everywhere, Ncsoft has gone another step further and created City of Villains. If you are tired of the self-righteous, “good”, and yet bothersome citizens of Paragon City, get ready! In City of Villains, you can strap on your evil attire and cause destruction throughout the city, destroying any measly citizen that dares cross your path.
Excerpt: You awaken in your cell to the sounds of wailing sirens. Then you realize that the jail has been overrun by your fellow prisoners and you are fleeing for your life from the guards, being helped away by other prisoners and soldiers of a guy named Arachnos. You crawl through the sewers and are whisked away to freedom…to a place called “The Rogue Isles.” This is the world of City of Villains.
Excerpt: You've tired of the pitiful battle cries of those self-righteous, meddling heroes of Paragon City. You'd like nothing better than to strap on your darkest cowl, tattoo your face with arcane symbols, and begin wreaking havoc on any mewling citizen that dares step in your path. Welcome, fellow fiend, to City of Villains, the sequel of sorts to NCSoft's City of Heroes, which was released in 2004.
Pros: It's about time someone let us play the bad guy, Missions can be fun to solo, but the game shines when you're a member of a team, Customizing your headquarters keeps your supergroup motivated, Character creation tool is just as fun to tinker with as before, PvP can be fun
Cons: Missions are very straightforward, No real sense of malice to anything you do, PvP can be too straightforward, When things bunch up, the system bogs down
Excerpt: Four years on from its release, and even in the shadow of World of Warcraft, City of Heroes has found its fan base. It looks like finally it’s grasping them by the wrist, and like an overprotective mother is screaming in their innocent little face “DON’T YOU DARE GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!” To cut a long and boring story short, compared to other update development teams that work on MMO’s monthly additions, City of Heroes had a relatively small group.
Conclusion: When it comes down to enjoyment level, if you enjoyed City of Heroes then I don’t see any reason for you to dislike the dark side of the force. While the missions are repetitive and linear, all you need to do to spice them up is play with a few friends, whether you met them in or out of the game. The graphics and sound aren’t anything to praise the Lord for, but they do their job.
Conclusion: Su City of Villains è stato fatto un ottimo lavoro, non c’è alcun dubbio. Il titolo soffre di alcune pecche, ma sappiamo quanto sia difficile gestire un gioco di questo genere. Non abbiamo ancora tutti i dati necessari per fare un’analisi approfondita dell’ultimo argomento trattato, ma confidiamo nella NcSoft e nella sua inventiva, sperando che possa, col tempo, creare un PvP soddisfacente ed equilibrato. Il materiale su cui lavorare c’è, eccome !
Pros: Personalizzazione del proprio cattivo totale;, Grafica fluida e fisica dei corpi gestita benissimo;, Possiamo essere cattivi;
Cons: Richiede un abbonamento mensile;, Scenari a volte ripetitivi;, Assalti ai covi programmati;
Conclusion: City of Villains è certamente uno dei migliori MMORPG tra quelli attualmente presenti sul mercato. E' ovvio che il meglio di sé lo dà se associato al suo fratello gemello City of Heroes, ma è ampiamente godibile anche se giocato a parte. L'atmosfera da fumetto di super-eroi è stata egregiamente ricostruita grazie ad un ottimo aspetto visivo e a sapienti effetti sonori.