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  • Avault in Alcatraz.
    The Adrenaline Vault have posted their impressions of City of Villains based on their experience at the Alcatraz event held recently. Sean Connery did not feel obliged to comment on this story, or on the movie "The Rock". He did point right at us, yell, "You're the man now dog!" and then uttered this:

    " Outside of the icy grip of death itself, there isn’t much else in this world that can unnerve a man more than being faced with a life sentence inside of the confines of a prison cell. Especially having to spend the rest of your time on Earth locked up and situated on the most infamous island in the United States, Alcatraz. No one ever said that being one of the world’s most wanted criminals was easy, but life on The Rock proved to be more disparate than most of its occupants ever imagined. It was so bad in fact these vile men coined Alcatraz with a new name, “Hellcatraz”. " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at AVault.
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    Mon, Oct 17, 2005
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  • The Bad-man of Alcatraz
    No Clint Eastwood, but some big names in MMO gaming (and a few schmoes dressed up as comic book supervillains) were in San Francisco bay to showcase "City of Villains" - next-to-release MMO (late October) and stand-alone sequel to the immensely popular City of Heroes.

    "NCsoft recently held an event in San Francisco, or rather, in the San Francisco Bay, to showcase some of the new features being implemented in their upcoming title, City of Villains – particularly base building and base raids. Held within the confines of Alcatraz Island, Lord Recluse and his right-hand woman, Ghost Widow, were on hand to interest the attendees into joining their league of evil, Arachnos.
    Not to be outdone by these villains, our hero Robert Garriott, CEO NCsoft North America, presented his plan for subscriber domination: Two games, one fee - $14.95."

    Read up on many of CoV's cool features in GameHelper's wrap-up of the City of Villains Alcatraz release party.
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    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
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  • Evil-doer tells all.
    MMORPG has posted a City of Villains interview, featuring David "Zeb" Cook of Cryptic Studios. How long before some nitwit complains that their son or daughter robbed a bank because they played City of Villains?

    " Here in the second of our three part Q&A with David "Zeb" Cook of Cryptic Studios, our writer Neil Thompson asks him five more questions. " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at MMORPG.
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    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
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  • The title says "Preview - City of Heroes". The masthead says "City of Heroes". The tab on the page says "Reviews" What you get is a preview of City of Villains. Go Go Gadget!
    MMOGInfo has posted a preview of City of Villains. Jack Nicholson sneered at us before yelling:

    "This is the feeling that many heroes of  Paragon City will have experimented and finally, with the next launching of City of Villains will be able to give loose rein and experience the other side of justice, the side of the evildoers and villains who every day threaten the existence of the innocents to obtain their desires: the complete domination of the free world. Although it's clear that all the players will not think equal, and many will follow faithfuls their defense of the Good, for that reason the true war between the Chaos and the Order is going to start in Paragon City very soon. " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at MMOGInfo.
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    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
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  • More features than that bat-belt, at a boy wonder price.
    It seems like anyone that has played "City of Heroes" - the superhero MMO from NCSoft - has good things to say about it, and the hype is growing in intensity over the CoH sequel: City of Villains. NCSoft recently promised that you'd be able to play CoH and CoV for the same monthly subscription price of $14.99, giving existing CoH players a good reason to get in touch with their dark side.
    One of the sweetest features of the late-October supervillain stand-alone adjunct is the ability to build your own evil lair. That much I knew. What I didn't know is how raids on these lairs would be conducted, and it makes for some compelling gameplay.

    " Your group picks a time when the base will be on the defensive, and during that time another group will sign up to raid it. During that timeslot, your item(s) of power will either stay under your control or pass to another group. It seems like a great gameplay idea, and the required raids are a great way to give any chance the opportunity to acquire an item. Plus, since you can choose when to be raided, you'll always be able to ensure that you've got enough players available to defend. "

    Read more about City of Villains at ShackNews.
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    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
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  • I just want to know if we'll see the insidious death devices with long timers that the hero invariably escapes from!
    PvP zones in City of Villains, the stand-alone sequel to the comic bookish City of Heroes, will be handled in much the same way as in Dark Age of Camelot; you must be of a certain level to enter one of the 3 PvP zones. This and more goodies from "Zeb" Cook, producer of this very much anticipated year-ender.

    "Q: What will prohibit an upper-level hero from going into one of these zones and just beating up on the lower-level villains? 
    Zeb: 'We were very worried about that. One of the things we do is in all of the zones, they each have a bottom level, first off, so you can’t enter the zone until you are a certain level. So you will have at least a certain base-level in powers. And then what we do, once people are in the level, and it’s partially to deal with the high level versus the low level but it is also to deal with the broad range of characters versus the mobs that are in there, is that we sidekick and exemplar people all to the same level.

    So if you go into Siren’s Call, you are going to be level 30, you are going to be functioning as a level 30 character. If you are below level 30, you will be brought up to that level; you are obviously not going to have all the powers. There are still going to be obvious advantages for the higher-level guy, but it’s going to be a much more even thing. And the other thing people really have to understand about PvP, and in a game like City of Heroes and City of Villains, is you want to find yourself a good team to go with.'"

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    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
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  • Questioning the bad guys.
    MMORPG has posted a City of Villains interview with Zeb Cook of Cryptic Studios. We couldn't find any super-villains to talk to, so we just made this up:

    " How will people who own both games be able to get missions in the new areas? For example, are there contacts in Paragon City that are only available to people with both games? " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at MMORPG.
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    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
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  • Unhand me you brute!
    NCSoft has posted a walkthrough of the "Brute" that will appear in their upcoming title, City of Villains. Andre The Giant, known for his brute force tactics did not have this to say:

    "Despite the potentially dangerous side effects, Karl spent weeks
    developing a specific formula to fulfill his totemic destiny.  Finally perfecting the formula, Karl retreated to his uncle’s mansion and injected the specially prepared wolf serum into his own arm.  Expecting an epiphany of joy at being reunited with the animal he believed he shared a blood pact with, Karl was horrified by the rage and anger that swept through him.  Every ounce of inner anger, insecurity, and self-hatred was funneled through the inhuman cravings that swept his trembling body.  Feeling himself filling with strength yet overwhelmed by intense pain and unnatural, violent urges, he collapsed onto the floor. " 

    You can read the entire Brute Walkthrough for City of Villains at the Official Site.
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    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
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  • Volkswagen vehicle turned super villain.
    IGN has posted a preview of the villain Scirocco from the upcoming title, City of Villains. Martha Stewart, another villain, claimed that Scirocco was merely her apprentice and went on to say:

    " I began following Scirocco's trail in Paragon City. There was another man called Scirocco who operated as a hero starting sometime in the 1980's. Before that, information on this hero quickly became sketchy. I was able to piece together a few things. He was originally granted powers by a mysterious order of monks from the Temple of the Four Winds. Very little is known about these monks, but a few things are certain. First, they train gifted individuals in the mystic arts. After accessing early Freedom Phalanx records I was able to determine that the Dark Watcher was one of their trainees. I was not able to locate him for questioning. He has not been heard from since he vanished on one of his dimensional patrols in 1957. The second aspect of the Order of the Four Winds is more difficult to analyze and is the one that affects my current investigation directly. It seems they are responsible for granting "mantles of mystic power" to certain individuals who embody the winds of the world. The Scirocco, as an example, originates in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becomes humid as it passes over the Mediterranean. I could not determine what criteria are used to choose these individuals, or why the last Scirocco was a hero and the current one appears to be a villain. Perhaps the dual nature of the wind itself has something to do with it. "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at IGN.
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    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
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  • Superhero Interrogation.
    Boomtown has posted a City of Villains Interview featuring Jack Emmert. It's a good read, covering a lot of ground in a dozen or so questions. We were informed by Atomic Betty's agent that she would not be available to quell the villains in CoV. She is busy chasing a talking cat across the galaxy. They did proclaim the following:

    " We smuggled some kryptonite into the food for lead villain at Cryptic Studios, Jack Emmert, and in his weakened state he revealed lots of information... "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at Boomtown.
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    Wed, Sep 21, 2005
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