City of Heroes is 3 years old!

This weekend gaming fans will be celebrating the third birthday of City of Heroes, the massively multiplayer game that continues to be one of the most successful comic book-based PC games on the market.

City of Heroes, developed by Cryptic Studios and published by NCsoft, was released on April 28, 2004, and since then, the game has expanded substantially by building a loyal and growing player base while adding huge chunks of free content to subscribers. In the coming weeks, NCsoft will release another major, free expansion to City of Heroes, marking the ninth such expansion along with the release of the companion game, City of Villains. City of Heroes has set new standards for MMOGs with a break from the traditional medieval fantasy setting and providing character customization that is unmatched in the gaming industry.

Additionally, NCsoft has determined that of the 24 million characters created:

- 27 percent of the hero characters created were blasters, making it the most popular hero archetype.

- 26 percent of the villain characters created were Masterminds, making it the most popular villain.

- 32 percent of the characters with travel powers chose flight, followed by super jump at 28 percent, super speed at 25 percent and teleport at 14 percent.

Fueling the game's economy is the more than 3 trillion influence (the game's currency) in circulation, which will play an important part of the new crafting system and auction houses being added with the upcoming release of "Issue 9: Breakthrough," the game's next content expansion.

NCsoft has recently released a new retail game pack, the "Good Versus Evil Edition" which includes both City of Heroes and City of Villains and is now available at retailers across North America.

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I played this game a lot over 2 years. It helped being in a supergroup and it was the first multiplayer game I finished.

I made it to level 50 and have other characters high in levels.

If it wasn't for the supergroup, I am not sure how long I would of played.

I am looking forward to the Marvel MMO.

I have tried the issue 9 expansion already. It is rather lackluster. This is mainly due to the set bonuses hardly being worth while. To me the game was truely fun prior to issue 3, it has been down hill ever since then. I am just waiting on the Marvel MMO to finally blow this game out of the water. If the developers had never listened to the whinners on the official forums this game would be in a better state now than it is.

Gotenks98 said,
I have tried the issue 9 expansion already. It is rather lackluster. This is mainly due to the set bonuses hardly being worth while. To me the game was truely fun prior to issue 3, it has been down hill ever since then. I am just waiting on the Marvel MMO to finally blow this game out of the water. If the developers had never listened to the whinners on the official forums this game would be in a better state now than it is.

If the devs had listened to those whiners, we'd still be on Issue 3 content and the game would have died a LONG time ago for being too easy.

As for the Marvel MMO blowing out of the water, you ARE aware that it's being written by Cryptic aren't you? The same people who make City of Heroes? Yeah, like they'll write something that takes revenue from them.

I didn't know it was still popular. I played it for a few months when it first came out and I found that it got old pretty quickly.