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City of Heroes: Freedom (probably nsf56k)

DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
edited October 2011 in Social Entropy++
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0DKoutHf9M

LET'S TALK ABOUT CITY OF FUCKING HEROES AND HOW IT'S FREE TO PLAY

That's right, everybody, the only good superhero and supervillain MMO is now free-to-play, forever! So, of course, everyone should immediately download it and fuck around with the character creator.

You can make things like this!

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Or these!
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And then you can take them into THREE different varieties of sewers or office building! Ha ha! Actually, I kid, they've added a whole LOAD of crap since the last time you've played. Power customization! Doppelgangers! The ability to create your own missions and storylines! An alignment system! New zones! Crafting! An actual endgame! Travel powers at level 4! Inherent fitness! A mirror universe with evil good guys and:

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GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS.


Okay, but how does this all work? How do I play this game, for free, and what happens if I've already paid for this shit at some point in the past???

Well, you go to www.cityofheroes.com and follow the big link that says SIGN UP FOR THIS SHIT if you've never ever played this before, and sign up for this shit! Or, you look at the top of the screen, where it says "continue to cityofheroes.com" and click that, and then look for the ncsoft launcher thing, and that will let you download this stuff if you've already got an account.

There are three basic tiers of players in City of Heroes: Freedom. You've got your Free players, which are the people that have never spent any money on the game. These people get access to most of the game, but are barred from a lot of features (like crafting, access to the mission architect, etc.). They can't join supergroups or, I believe, access the global chat channel, mostly to keep people from spamming the fuck out of everything.

Then you have your Premium players, people that have either purchased the game in the past or have spent any money at all in the store. A whole hell of a lot opens up just by spending as little as five bucks in the store. There's also a system in place that permanently unlocks content normally reserved for subscribers and increases your inventory, that rewards you based on how long you've maintained a subscription or how much you've spent in the store. For every month you've subsribed you get a Veteran Rewards token, which you can spend on an in-game menu. They are arranged in tiers, each of which you must fill before you can move on to the next. Each token unlocks a badge and various rewards like costume pieces, temporary powers and in-game items. You also gain tokens by spending money in the in-game store on various mission packs and costumes (probably costumes). Both premium and free-to-play accounts are limited to only two character slots, though you can purchase more. Because they desire all of your money. Fuckin' capitalism. And if you've already got more, you get to choose which two you activate (and you may have access to more, depending on what you've purchased in the past.

The third tier is the VIP tier. It's the standard $15 a month subscription fee, and they get access to basically everything, and exclusive access to the Incarnate system (which is the endgame). Certain costume pieces and powersets are only available in the store, however, though VIP players also get 400 "Paragon Points" (what you use to buy shit in the store) every month. If you enjoy the game a bunch, this is still the best option.

There's a more in-depth breakdown of the tiers and vet reward stuff here. Hell, there's a whole faq in there.


So now I'm in the game? Where does everyone play?

Everyone that matters is on Virtue. That's where all the PA Forums folks are, anyways. Don't worry about supergroups, because there's a global chat channel that crosses all servers and both factions that everyone can use. To access it, all you have to do is right click any of your chat tabs on your chat window, hit "join channel" and type in "Penny Arcade." You might need to be unsilenced. You can also choose a global handle so you can use your forum name so people will still recognize you in the channel even if you run around as "Captain TightGuns" or something.

A word of warning, if you choose to play on Virtue STAY OUT OF POCKET D unless you really want to see a catgirl wedding. The downside to the character creator is that text animal chat can and will happen, and it mostly happens in the cross faction nightclub. Just stay the fuck away, and you'll be fine.

Anyways, here's a couple more pictures.
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  • MeldingMelding Registered User regular
    is city of villains free as well?

  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    yeah, city of villains and city of heroes are essentially the same thing now, they merged that a while back

  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    I played the fuck out of coh when it first started, but my maxxed out dude is on victory

  • MeldingMelding Registered User regular
    Oh, okay.

  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Langly wrote:
    I played the fuck out of coh when it first started, but my maxxed out dude is on victory

    I'm pretty sure server transfers are really cheap, although the main stuff for 50s requires a VIP sub anyways (and they get a free server transfer every month)

  • KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2011
    have they added fingers that arent glued together

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    nope

    apparently it's a huge undertaking because they've already, you know, designed like a hundred different costume pieces and a bunch of animations for the mitten hands and it would apparently would take forever to fix

    this game was designed like seven years ago and a lot of the people that designed it were stupid (they've basically got a new team in place) so like, a lot of the problems with the game are incredibly hard to fix because of the way everything's programmed

    that said, they've gone a long way towards fixing most of the major issues that plagued the game

  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Do I have to be subbed to have Going Rogue content? Cause I bought that during a steam sale last June.

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  • AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    I will play this

  • Man of the WavesMan of the Waves Registered User regular
    Alright. I'll jump back in and take a look.

  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Rorus Raz wrote:
    Do I have to be subbed to have Going Rogue content? Cause I bought that during a steam sale last June.

    if you bought it, you'll have access to all of the going rogue features outside of the Incarnate System. So, Praetoria, the power sets and the alignment system are things you will always have.

  • DJP3710DJP3710 Registered User regular
    This is a thing I may look into. Stuff was awesome back in the day.

  • WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta Registered User regular
    I am recovering from surgery this is a perfect opportunity for somebody to buy me a pc so I can play this

  • LednehLedneh shinesquawk Registered User regular
    I should play this some more
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  • AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited October 2011
    edit: i missed the download in the first place

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  • Bluedude152Bluedude152 Registered User regular
    I was already reinstalling as you made this.

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  • MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    I played the new tutorial level at PAX. It's come a long way from killing druggies hopped up on Rikti juice.

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Darn it, Geebs! I was going to make a CoX-SE thread tonight with an OP full of pretty pictures and a title joking about characters that are walking copyright violations. Now I guess I'm going to make due by using that time to play this fun game instead. Gosh!

  • MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    Also can you fucking walk in this game yet or what. That always bugged me.

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Veretas wrote:
    Also can you fucking walk in this game yet or what. That always bugged me.

    yep! there's a walk power, I think you get it at level 2

    (there's also a self-destruct power I got with a cyborg costume back that I use to disrupt furry weddings in interdimensional nightclubs)

  • MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    Well fuck now I have no reason not to play. And it can run on my macbook pro too so.

    I had Heroes and Villains, do I still need to like...get Rogue or whatever?

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    I've been planning on getting back into CoX when I get my new PC together and Freedom being a thing is the perfect timing.

    Unfortunately goddamn fucking Masterminds aren't available to free accounts. Hopefully me having paid a subscription in the past lets me use them still.

  • YukiraYukira Registered User regular
    Oh hey, I have an account for this.

  • BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Man I just can't stand CoH's combat at all

    Know what had fun combat? DC Universe Online

    boring quest system

    but fun combat

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote:
    Man I just can't stand CoH's combat at all

    Know what had fun combat? DC Universe Online

    boring quest system

    but fun combat

    yeah well you know what i can't stand?

    your smell

  • BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    I HAVE A CONDITION

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I'm glad they're finally charging what this game is worth. :P

    Honestly though I might dl the client and fuck around in this some more now that it's free.

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  • MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    Hi my name is Blank and I smell and am also wrong bluh bluh bluh bluh

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote:
    I HAVE A CONDITION

    and CoH is like seven years old and was designed before WoW even existed

    every problem has excuses

  • AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    downloadin'

    I will make a superhero called the GREEN ROCKET (based on my dude in DE?AD's cancelled superhero game)

    and then some form of villainess

  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Henroid wrote:
    I've been planning on getting back into CoX when I get my new PC together and Freedom being a thing is the perfect timing.

    Unfortunately goddamn fucking Masterminds aren't available to free accounts. Hopefully me having paid a subscription in the past lets me use them still.

    It will if the time you spent subscribed in the past is high enough. You can get Reward Tokens from both your subscribed time as well as buying points to spend in the Paragon Market I believe. Here's what you can unlock with the Paragon Rewards System if you get enough Reward Tokens according to Paragon Wiki.
    Tier 1 (1 Token total) - A total of two Character Slots across all servers, Access to Local, Team, Help, Friends, League, Arena, Leveling Pact, Looking for Group, Emote, and Architect Communication Channels, Reward Drops including small Inspirations, Training [TO], Dual-Origin [DO], Single-Origin [SO] and Special Enhancements, an Inf Cap of 25 million inf per character and Limited Inventory (?).

    Tier 2 (2 Tokens) - Ablity to join Supergroups, Access to Tell, Supergroup, and Coalition Communication Channels, Mail System Access, Player-to-Player Trading, Increased Inf cap of 500 million per character, Play stories within the Mission Architect (no rewards), +2 Salvage Inventory, +1 Recipe Inventory.

    Tier 3 (5 Tokens) - Access to all Communication Channels including Broadcast, Request and Global Chat Channels, Increased Inf cap of 1 billion per character, +3 Salvage Inventory, +3 Vault Inventory, +1 Recipe Inventory.

    Tier 4 (8 Tokens) - Earn Reward Merits, Earn Vanguard Merits (subject to Prerequisites), Increased Inf cap of 2 Billion per character, Play Mission Architect with Rewards Drops, Medium Inspirations Drop, Lifetime Auction House License, +3 Salvage Inventory, +3 Vault Inventory, +1 Recipe Inventory, +1 Auction House Slot.

    Tier 5 (13 Tokens) - Access to Controller and Mastermind Archetypes, +3 Salvage Inventory, +3 Vault Inventory, +2 Recipe Inventory, +1 Auction House Slot.

    Tier 6 (20 Tokens)- Lifetime access to all aspects of Mission Architect (create, test, publish [includes three story slots] and play), +3 Salvage Inventory, +3 Vault Inventory, +1 Recipe Inventory, +1 Auction House Slot.

    Tier 7 (27 Tokens) - Lifetime access to the Invention System, +3 Salvage Inventory, +3 Vault Inventory, +2 Recipe Inventory, +1 Auction House Slot.

    Tier 8 (34 Tokens) - Large Inspiration Drops, +3 Salvage Inventory, +3 Vault Inventory, +2 Recipe Inventory, +1 Auction House Slot.

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    Antimatter wrote:
    downloadin'

    I will make a superhero called the GREEN ROCKET (based on my dude in DE?AD's cancelled superhero game)

    and then some form of villainess

    fun fact Geebs doesn't mention in his OP:

    you can choose whether you are a hero or villain right from level 1, regardless of class. So you can start a Heroic Brute or a Villainous Blaster, right from level 1 if you so choose

    the exception to this are the Epic Archetypes (Kheldian and Arachnos) which as a freemo you don't get to use anyway

  • BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Oh yeah CoH is ancient

    but man I didn't even like it when it came out

    it just felt slow and had no weight behind it

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  • grouch993grouch993 Both a man and a numberRegistered User regular
    Veretas wrote:
    Also can you fucking walk in this game yet or what. That always bugged me.

    yep! there's a walk power, I think you get it at level 2

    (there's also a self-destruct power I got with a cyborg costume back that I use to disrupt furry weddings in interdimensional nightclubs)

    Thank you Geebs. That made me laugh really hard.

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  • T4CTT4CT BAFTA-NOMINATED NAFTA-APPROVEDRegistered User regular
    i think I should play this

  • Charles KinboteCharles Kinbote Registered User regular
    wait

    travel powers at 4 alone justifies the download

    and it's for mac too

    oh goodness

  • Charles KinboteCharles Kinbote Registered User regular
    I can't wait to spend another six months making a new champ every day

  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    nearly all of the features that you might be "locked out" of as a freemo you might still have access to depending on how many veteran rewards you racked up before you stopped playing

    like there are people who have been paying customers for years but then left the game in the last year or two and they have access to almost all the same things subscribers do

    almost

    there's still some stuff that is VIP exclusive, like the Incarnates system (end-game raiding that makes your dude break the level cap)

  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    wait

    travel powers at 4 alone justifies the download

    and it's for mac too

    oh goodness

    oh and i don't know how much you played but you know how pretty much every character had to take the Fitness power pool to have Stamina and shit?

    yeah every character gets that for free now at level 2

    the whole pool

  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Pony wrote:
    Antimatter wrote:
    downloadin'

    I will make a superhero called the GREEN ROCKET (based on my dude in DE?AD's cancelled superhero game)

    and then some form of villainess

    fun fact Geebs doesn't mention in his OP:

    you can choose whether you are a hero or villain right from level 1, regardless of class. So you can start a Heroic Brute or a Villainous Blaster, right from level 1 if you so choose

    the exception to this are the Epic Archetypes (Kheldian and Arachnos) which as a freemo you don't get to use anyway

    Yeah, the new tutorial is pretty cool for people who don't have access to the Going Rogue stuff or at least it's Alignment System. Nice that they lowered the level benchmark for the four Epics from 50 to 20 too though if you're not a subscriber, you have to buy access to them off of the Paragon Market.

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