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The best things about CoH

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:38 am
by olepi
Here are a few of the things that made me really enjoy CoH;

1) ease of grouping and the sidekick system -- CoH was probably the easiest and best grouping game I've ever played. It was so easy to gather up people for a PUG, and the excellent sidekick system made it easy to match people up.

2) different playstyles, including buffer/debuffer -- there are few games that came close to the buffing/debuffing setup that CoH had. If you could debuff the enemy's attack speed, recharge, resistance, and damage, you ended up not really needing a healer very much. A utility character that can't heal that well, and can't do DPS that well, could still be a huge part of a team's success. I'll never forget: "Hi, I'm a Dark/Dark/Defender. I'll be tanking tonight."

3) crowd control -- CoH had the best crowd control of any game. Knock-back, knock-down, immobilize, freeze, sleep, disorient, fear, slow, it was a blast to use all these powers. Used in conjunction with debuffing, you could turn an irate boss into a wet paper bag moving at a snail's pace.

4) travel powers -- no other game has anything like this., You could fly, run like the flash, surf, super-jump, teleport, etc, all around.

I'm sure there are a lot of other things people loved in CoH, and even some things we didn't like as much. If SoH can get these basics down, it will be a great game!

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:54 am
by Golden Ace
I really think we had the best community also.

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:23 am
by olepi
I really think we had the best community also.
I played 3 games in 2004: DAOC, CoH, and Ryzom. They all had great communities. That was when MMO's were new, before the Mortal Kombat kiddies came on the scene.

Ryzom has perhaps the best crafting of any game ever. In Ryzom, each ability has its own level, so you could be lvl 50 at melee, 100 at magic, and 150 at healing for example. You could play at the 50, 100, or 150 level. Almost as good as CoH's sidekick system.

CoH's fantastic grouping abilities fostered a lot of grouping and community.

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:37 pm
by Theodrax
I agree with all the reasons listed by the OP.

I had small children when CoH was out, so I loved the ability to solo and jump in and out with minimal consequence. It was really easy to fit in a half hour 20 or 30 minute session while my kids napped. If some of my friends got ahead of me level-wise, no big deal. Just sidekick up and be good to go.

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:42 pm
by Blue Yankee
I agree with all the reasons listed by the OP.

I had small children when CoH was out, so I loved the ability to solo and jump in and out with minimal consequence. It was really easy to fit in a half hour 20 or 30 minute session while my kids napped. If some of my friends got ahead of me level-wise, no big deal. Just sidekick up and be good to go.
I hear you.
COH was the only game that was forgiving to a parent's schedule.

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:42 am
by Avatar PDM
CoH was also the only game (as far as I remember) in which creating was so much fun - the characters looked believable realistic enough to see them in a real world but artistic enough to picture them as comic characters - it had this great 3D look with shadings, like I found in no other Hero MMORPG that way again - and in a variety which was so immens that you could create millions of characters (or at least thousands if you take good taste in colouring and clothing combinations into account ;) ).
That combined with the many variations in powers (which weren´t perfect - perfect would have been if you could have choosen them individualy - but still impressive) you could really create your one of a kind character
Unlike games like the games of DC and Marvel (I checked out both) you really had that great experience of creating your own individual character which was not in the shadow of huge legends but had the chance of creating its own legacy - so you could feel truly heroic :)

And of course I never found a game again in which you could create your own base and customize it as it was at CoH - and not just as a nice place to hang around but even with practical use too - you could build there, store there, have your teleporters there and all that combined with individual optics made variations possible which where worthy of the Creation System which was CoH :)

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:23 am
by brawlizard
Character creation was definitely one of the best aspects of coh/cov

Character concepts were why I made a billion alts which fed into my normal mmo behavior

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:21 pm
by Sentinel King
Lots of good mentions here. The Costume Creator was indeed how I jedi mind-tricked the wife into playing. As soon as she sat down, saw the endless options, she was HOOKED. We spent a good number of years running around the City together being super. I wish I'd have shown it to her earlier!

I think the *BEST* thing about CoX for me was that there was no one SINGLE way to play. Depending on my mood and available time, CoX was always the perfect game.

If I was feeling particularly antisocial one day, I could street-sweep or run missions solo. If another day I was craving social interaction, I could run non-stop PuG ITFs or work on some Incarnate stuff. If I was feeling creative, I'd spend hours inside of AE making my own kinda fun. If i was feeling particularly happy, I'd run around low-level street-sweeping zones buffing/healing lowbies. Nothing says "I love you" to a level 3 scrapper or blaster like a fully slotted Fortitude (+ACC, +DAM, +DEF), Adrenaline Boost (+REC, +REG, +RECH) and Regeneration Aura (+REG). For 90 seconds, a low level toon could feel completely and utterly SUPER and pretty much could NOT die (with all that DEF and Regen) no matter how hard they tried.

The game was always just the game I needed at any particular time and that is always what I'll remember best.

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:54 pm
by Blue Yankee
Lots of good mentions here. The Costume Creator was indeed how I jedi mind-tricked the wife into playing. As soon as she sat down, saw the endless options, she was HOOKED. We spent a good number of years running around the City together being super. I wish I'd have shown it to her earlier!

I think the *BEST* thing about CoX for me was that there was no one SINGLE way to play. Depending on my mood and available time, CoX was always the perfect game.

If I was feeling particularly antisocial one day, I could street-sweep or run missions solo. If another day I was craving social interaction, I could run non-stop PuG ITFs or work on some Incarnate stuff. If I was feeling creative, I'd spend hours inside of AE making my own kinda fun. If i was feeling particularly happy, I'd run around low-level street-sweeping zones buffing/healing lowbies. Nothing says "I love you" to a level 3 scrapper or blaster like a fully slotted Fortitude (+ACC, +DAM, +DEF), Adrenaline Boost (+REC, +REG, +RECH) and Regeneration Aura (+REG). For 90 seconds, a low level toon could feel completely and utterly SUPER and pretty much could NOT die (with all that DEF and Regen) no matter how hard they tried.

The game was always just the game I needed at any particular time and that is always what I'll remember best.
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Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:14 pm
by Gisrie
My favorite thing was by far the ability to fly, sure the other travel powers were cool too, but flying was amazing. I also loved the community, besides the, unfortunately, dying Champions Online, how many other MMOs have costume contests all the time? Being able to see other peoples creations was so much fun.

Now I need a time machine to go back and play my illusion controller, nostalgia is killing me.

Re: The best things about CoH

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:59 pm
by brandoncomputer
My favorite thing was by far the ability to fly, sure the other travel powers were cool too, but flying was amazing. I also loved the community, besides the, unfortunately, dying Champions Online, how many other MMOs have costume contests all the time? Being able to see other peoples creations was so much fun.

Now I need a time machine to go back and play my illusion controller, nostalgia is killing me.
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