One constant player complaint is of lack of content. There were times
that you had to grind to hit that next level. Cryptic has added some
new content in the form of the Adventure Packs and the Comic Series.
While the Comic Series (Aftershock) is free, the three Adventure Packs
(Serpent Lantern, Demonflame, and Resistance) are not free unless
you’re a subscriber.
These new adventures are rather well done and better yet, scale with
your character’s level. Therefore, you can play these
missions from level 11 all the way to level 40. This new content is a
welcome addition and Cryptic plans on putting out additional Comic
Series with the next one arriving
Investigating a destroyed camp
in the Aftershock Comic Series.
New missions were introduced and others were changed/deleted when the
game went free-to-play. The new missions, especially the introductory
ones in Millennium City, are well-designed and help immerse you into a
storyline as opposed to the standard kill X of something. Still, more
content is always desirable, but having four content updates in a year's
period with the game switching over to free-to-play isn’t bad
Another change to CO
is the addition of sidekicks and henchmen. These
characters are essentially hirelings (as in Dungeons and Dragons
that act as trained pets. You can summon them, after purchasing
them from the C-Store, and they’ll travel with you for an
hour fighting your enemies and staying by your side. I like the use of
characters like these as that if you only have a short time to play or
are having problem getting a group together, you can just grab one of
these and just go do your mission. There are two limitations though.
The first is that you can only have one active at a time. I think it
would be better if you could have more than one if you wish to choose
to. The second is that you have to purchase them from the C-Store. I
would prefer that you could buy them from the C-Store and have a
limited number available for purchase from an in-game vendor for
in-game currency similar to DDO’s
The mighty Harajuku Twins make
Cryptic has recently added player hideouts to the game. Subscribers
were able to get one for free, but you can purchase all of the
available hideouts if you wish. Overall, there are four different types
of hideouts: the sanctum, the moon base, the basement, and the cave.
Each of the different hideout types has a number of different types.
For example, there’s the Hi-Tech Basement, Mom’s
Basement, and Vigilante Basement (upcoming). Each hideout has a number
of different options that you can choose to more personalize your
individual hideout. While it is not truly customizable, it is a welcome
addition to the game. Every superhero worth his salt needs a lair for
them to plot their crusade against evil. You can also invite friends
into your hideout so you can hang out and socialize.
I am personally stoked over the addition of hideouts to CO
I’ve always been a proponent of player housing in MMOGs so I
was glad to see it finally come to CO
While I wish that you could do
more to customize your hideout, I’ll gladly take
what’s available now. What I would like to see in the future
is the ability to customize them some more and the ability for guilds
to have hideouts of their own, but on a grander scale.
The Hi-Tech Cave Hideout.
has changed since I
originally left, but the core
gameplay is still there. The biggest change is the switch to
free-to-play and its impact upon choosing powers through the use of
archetypes. While you’re locked into a specific power
progression, at least you can truly look unique. CO’s
creator is still
creation in the MMOG market.
The zone progression is a great deal smoother and there is some nice
new content with the Adventure Packs and the Comic Series. There are
still areas that need some attention such as PvP, end-game content, and
guild housing, but, overall, CO
has made some improvements since I
left. The game is definitely worth a second look and, better yet, it
won’t cost you dime to try it out.
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