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City of Heroes Resources
If you find this guide useful, please make sure you check out the rest of the great article about choosing characters in City of Heroes.
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For those who wish to experience the game without paying the full purchase price, NCsoft offers a free City of Heroes trial with 14 days of access to both City of Heroes and the City of Villains expansion. These instructions will guide you through the trial account registration and City of Heroes download.
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Register for the City of Heroes Free Trial
The first stop for anyone interested in checking out the game for themselves is the City of Heroes 14-day Free Trial page. Click the giant “Get Started” button in the center of the page to be taken to the PlayNC account creation page. Those who have previous experience with NCsoft games can log in with their existing PlayNC master account information. New players will need to click the “Create Account” button.
Choose your language preference on the next screen and proceed to the account information screen. Enter your desired username and password along with email address and click “Continue.” On the Personal Information screen, enter your date of birth, country of residence, and the captcha code at the bottom of the page. First and last name are optional fields, so anyone wishing to remain anonymous can simply leave them blank. Click the “Create My Account” button to continue.
The next page is a confirmation screen with a download link and a copy of your master account information. You will use your master account information to log into City of Heroes.
Continue reading on the second page to find out what's required to download City of Heroes and how to update the game before you begin playing.
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Download City of Heroes
You should receive three emails from [email protected]: a welcome email, an account activation notice, and a request to confirm your email address. Confirming your email address is a good idea, as you won’t be able to upgrade to the full game without doing so. The activation notice email will also contain a reminder of the date your trial period ends.
Click the City of Heroes download link to download the City of Heroes updater. Save the file in a convenient location, then extract and run the Cohupdater.exe.
The game will automatically install once the download has completed. After City of Heroes is successfully installed, the “Quit" button in the bottom left of the updater screen will become a “Next" button. Press it, log in with the username and password you created, choose a server, and begin creating your hero.
The City of Heroes character creation process is one of the most interesting components of the game. The sheer number of available options with which to create your perfect in-game avatar is astonishing. Players are limited only by their imaginations, whether they wish to fight crime as a super-powered statue composed of igneous rock or wreak villanious havok as a tiny electric mouse, the options exist to create either type of character.
Take your time in the character creation process. There are so many amazing options to explore, there's absolutely no way one can rush through and get the full experience.
NCsoft is generous enough to offer curious gamers the option to download City of Heroes and try out the game before they decide to purchase it. Anyone with an interest in superpowered shenanigans or villainous adventures should take advantage of the 14-day free trial offer.