Powers are the heart and soul of the superhero MMOG. What would a hero
be without his powers or abilities? If the Hulk didn’t have
his super strength, Batman didn’t have his numerous gadgets,
or how about Superman without flight or X-ray vision? The powers a hero
has define him just as much as his costume does.
This category has a tie. Both COH
have excellent power sets from
which players can choose from. Since CO
went free-to-play, players can
follow an archetype (preset powers) or choose the standard free-form
option (for subscribers and those willing to pay for this option) of
picking what powers you wish. In both games, players can choose powers
from various power sets, with some limitations. In COH
you have to be
certain levels to grab a power from another set and in CO
you have to
have a certain number of powers in your main power set to be able to
get new powers from a different set. Both games also allow you to see
what powers are available and when. In contrast, DCUO
has you locked
into a single power set from the beginning without any real information
given to you. While each power set has a lot of options to allow you to
really define your role as a hero, the systems in COH
City of Heroes and Champions Online
Hmmm...a choice of powers and
How fighting and world interaction is handled is paramount. Superheroes
need to throw down constantly to beat back the hordes of evildoers.
Throwing righteous punches of justice into the faces of black-hearted
villains is how us sensitive heroes express ourselves. Superheroes show
their mettle through mighty deeds, which usually involve whipping the
butts of many a bad guy.
have similar fighting styles, but CO
adds an extra
layer with the ability to block and generate energy through a special
takes blocking and layers it with the fighting style
commonly found in console games. The result: an easy to get into
fighting system that has multiple combos to be used for specific powers
and is fun as hell. DCUO
wants you to get into the fray right away and
start pounding evil into the ground and they succeed in doing this.
Battling villainous foes in DCUO
is tremendous fun, which is what any
game should strive for: fun. It’s quick, easy, and enjoyable.
DC Universe Online
Smashing bad guys has never
been this much fun.
This category is for those small extra things that really enhance your
gaming experience. The winner for this category is COH
things like in-game events such as the Ghost Ship or the Rikti
invasions help bring players together. CO
has added their Blood Moon
event and hopefully they’ll add more in the future. Also, COH
has bases for supergroups! A supergroup can fully customize their base
with useful areas such as work stations and teleporters and the design
options are almost limitless. You want a base that looks medieval and
magical? You can do that. Do you prefer a sleek sci-fi base with
technology dripping off the walls? You can do that too. Plus,
supergroups can raid other supergroups’ bases and they can
duke it out. How cool is that? CO
has just added player bases to their
game with some ability to customize it. While not on the scale of COH
it is a welcome addition to the game.
I also need to cite COH’s
Mission Architect system again.
Being able to design your own adventures and play the missions created
by others is tremendous. While you can create your own nemesis in CO
you can do that one better in COH
by creating whole story arcs around a
specific foe if you choose to do so.
City of Heroes
The base creation process in
City of Heroes. Where do I want my mini-bar?
So what game is best? Well, my answer is….none of them and
all of them. I’m not copping out on making a decision. I
enjoy playing all three games for different reasons. DCUO
has a more
dynamic fighting system that I enjoy, but I do enjoy fighting in CO
too. Missions are more varied in DCUO
but through player-created
content, there are tons of cool adventures in COH
Perks like housing
and bases in COH
appeal to me as well. Plus, each game has really
cool bad guys to fight, each with their own unique styles.
If certain specific categories are more important to you than others,
then you’ll gravitate towards one game over the others.
Personally, I like the whole ball of wax so I can’t really
choose. I enjoy my adventures in all three games and hop from one to
another on a regular basis. The choice is really up to you…