This isn't your average videogame based on whatever comic book hero is popular these days, folks. City of Heroes is bound to be one of those delightful games you tell your grandkids about while they're rummaging through your old boxes in your attic. While we grew up with our parents talking fondly about text-based games on their Amiga, we get to live in the age where our memories will be of simulations and new age fantasies.
With all that said, City of Heroes: Collector's Edition is a gem. A finely priced jewel of a game that has all the makings of a new addiction. It's got a beautifully stylized look to it that brings you back to watching the newer Batman cartoons as a kid. Dark corners, bright colors and retro curves behind every turn make this game something out of your childhood. It's great to give it a play too, because once you get the keystrokes down, it's like second nature to wander Galaxy City and fight the thugs and deviants that brought peril to your town.
Let's break it down a bit though, because no good game is absolutely flawless. With this said, I believe you can find a little bit of dirt under even the most pristine of packages and that even a bit of grime shouldn't deter anyone from grasping up their games and clutching them tight to their respective bosoms.
So You Want To Be A Superhero?
Hey, who hasn't wanted to wrap a cape around their neck and fight crime? I know I sure did! This game gives you that chance, but first, you've got to grapple the responsibilities of designing and controlling your hero -- which can be a task in itself. In the beginning stages of playing City of Heroes: Collector's Edition, you'll design your character with a multitude of choices to make.
You can change the structure of your hero's jawline, pull his shoulders out and suck his gut in if you feel he needs it. He can be almost any color you can possibly imagine, while giving a half-smirk to his pretty mouth. Naming your hero, giving them a background story and even a war-cry can be quite amusing to you people who get overjoyed at customization. You can then enter the tutorial mode which basically shows you the ropes of how to use your attacks, which enemies hit harder and the overall basics of what your menus and maps do. If you've played any computer game before this, you'll find that nothing is very difficult in it's layout.