War against Paragon City

[City of Heroes] I returned to City of Heroes about a month before World of Warcraft and EverQuest II went live. A week into my return, I found a new supergroup, and which is still my main group (plus a couple of people from other groups). Having hit level 40 about two weeks before WoW went live, I knew I needed to put the pedal to the metal, especially since we were expecting a new Issue (CoH update) on the test server soon. This led to my “11 levels in 11 days” quest, which is not as easy as it sounds in the later levels. The first night of it, I went from the end of level 39 to the start of 41. By consuming hundreds of Kora fruit and detonating thousands of Shadowhunter’s wolves, I found myself at level 50.

Very soon after, EQ2 and WoW went live. We lost about half our supergroup instantly, probably more considering the newer or less hardcore players who disappeared soon after. We’re still sharing a TeamSpeak server, but we don’t cross channels much. We have occasional visitors, but it looks like people are in WoW for the long run. We have a couple dozen level 50 members who have not been seen in a long while.

Now, we have 6-8 members who appear regularly on TeamSpeak. Two of them just started playing Guild Wars. This could get ugly.

: Zubon

5 thoughts on “War against Paragon City”

  1. I honestly don’t see why people are in WoW for the long haul. It’s boring as batshit. The combat in CoH is five times better than WoW, so if the PvP if thats your thing.

    I stopped playing CoH at level 41, went and played WoW for 2 months and realised how boring it was. Now I am back to CoH and having way more fun than I did in WoW. Just hit 48 on my blaster and finally got my controller up from 15 to 32. Singularities rock!

  2. I have to disagree. Combat in WoW is not boring. It all depends on wht class you are playing (same in CoH).

    I played the hell out of CoH, and found the scrappers more fun. I played the hell out of WoW (my in-game timer is mentioned by Ethic previously) and it’s -as fun- there. Again, depending on build.

    I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to CoH sometime… But I seriously think they need something. WoW has a ‘feel’ to it that CoH is missing. I can’t quite put my finger on it… but rest assured I will be calling the Devs as soon as I figure it out. I’m thinking it’s related to backstory… but not sure yet.

    In any event, CoH does (can not deny this) have some good combat juice. But WoW does too (depending on your build).

    Me hates “push button, make sammich, you win” combat games.

  3. roflmao… I absolutely hate it when people say CoH has no backstory… I guess the people that say CoH has no backstory have not read any of the missions they have been on… or perhaps they haven’t done any of the missions.

    WoW’s only claim to backstory is that it is setting in the Warcraft universe, thats it. I got no feel for any backstory by doing the quests I was given (and I quested all the way to 60), I’m vaguely aware of whats going on because I played Warcraft and Warcraft 2. However all of CoH’s backstory is there for you to discover by doing the missions.

    I still remember the day I found out the truth behind the Rikti and it blew my socks off!

  4. I’m not sure Inhibit was saying CoH has no backstory, perhaps he was saying he couldn’t get into the backstory. Not sure. All I know is Asheron’s Call was the king of backstory and everything else pales in comparison.

    Anyway, for me, I’m just not a big superhero fan so it takes more to make me interested. I could see superhero fans really getting into CoH. In fact, many of my comicbook-obsessed friends from high school are VERY into CoH.

    I will likely play CoH again someday, just not sure when. I tend to go back and visit old games once and a while to see how they are doing.

  5. The difference between CoH and WoW i think is the latter’s sense of being “lived in”. The game world has a sense that people have lived here and done things. Most of Paragon city to me looked to shiny and sparkling (although obviously there are some areas with “dirt”). That’s what i think gets me about Guild Wars to an extent. The world feels to squeekly clean despite there backstory. It’s what I liked about Ultima Online when i played it waaaaaaaaay back when. That world to felt “lived in”.

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