City of Heroes was one of the first MMOGs to venture away from the standard fantasy path. Instead of swords and shields, City of Heroes focused on super heroes and heroines, their powers, and what a city full of super beings would be like. Players take on the roles of these super heroes, fighting crime and defending Paragon City from the wrath of aliens, madmen, kingpins, and more! Many free expansions (Issues) have been released for City of Heroes, and one full expansion-sequel, City of Villains, has already hit store shelves.
City of Heroes, players experience on of the most customizable and easy to use character generators in the MMOG marketplace. Not only can they create a unique costume, but they can also select from a variety of major and minor powers. Nearly everything is available to potential super heroes, so no expense has been spared. Wings and capes of various sizes and shapes have also been added CoH as the months have progressed, so a player can emulate almost any character from any comic book he or she has ever read.
Paragon Studios announced in June 2011 that CoH adopt a free-to-play subscription hybrid option with the launch of the Freedom update.