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Staggering Stories Commentary #211: Doctor Who – World Enough and Time
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, pained, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘World Enough and Time’, and spout our usual nonsense! Bill’s innards are feeling a bit of a draft, Razor is channeling Zathras and the Doctor is taking years to do anything. But enough of […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #282: Lighting Up Leicester
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2013 Big Finish Doctor Who 50th anniversary story ‘The Light at the End’, discuss their visit to the Doctor Who convention ‘Science of the Time Lords’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #210: Babylon 5 – The Wheel of Fire
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, bargaining, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘The Wheel of Fire’, and spout our usual nonsense! G’Kar has become a cult, Delenn has a parasite and Lochley finally does something. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #281: Ruler of Swindon (or maybe Sweden?)
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss our Top Ten 2017 Films, review the 2017 Big Finish Doctor Who boxset ‘The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, Vol. 4 – Ruler of the Universe’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #209: Doctor Who – The Eaters of Light
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:55

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, consuming, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘The Eaters of Light’, and spout our usual nonsense! Bill has fallen down a hole (again), Nardole is getting inked up and Kar is fending off a demon. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #280: Welcome to the Annual Predictability
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller discuss Capaldi’s best Doctor Who bits, review the film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, come up with our Predictions, Hopes and Dreams, and Fears for 2018, see how wrong we were about our Predictions for 2017, find some general news, […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... City of Villains


You know, the world of the massively multi player online roleplaying game is a fraught one. There are beauties and wonders, but for all the majesty there are shambling monsters, little green blobs of.....oh, hang on.....no.....thats from something coming up in the Buccaneer Chronicles...Nutbunnies.

 

So, after trying World Of Warcraft, which quite frankly left me cold, I went back to Star Wars galaxies which had had a combat upgrade. I was just getting my groove thang back, making money, reorganising the Freelance peacekeeping Agency (Swiflty - and with style!) and had just taken over the town of Jealhimet, icluding it's citizens, when they released a new patch for th egame and again it stopped working on my machine.

 

Ooh, but I was miffed, I can tell you. So I took a couple of weeks off with the intention of not doing much and saving some money. Then the people behind City Of Heroes decided that for someone to keep all their charecter names they had to log them in every three months.

Bollocks.

So, this meant I had to go backj to the game. After all the hassles of when I last played, inter player dynamics etc, I didn;t think I'd enjoy it. But I was wrong. Without all the hassles of running an SG, I was able to have a bit of fun. There's still not much high end content, but with the addition of new power sets etc, the game was a giggle again.

So much so that i went for the beta of City of Villains.

Beofre I describe the game, I will say that the Villains beta was nothing like the heroes one. Whereas in the heros' beta everything ran smoothly, the villain's one was an absolute nightmare.

But the game went live anyway. And yes, there's a lag problem. It doesn;t help that the game needs a higher spec pc then heroes - nmeans my machine struggles badly with it.

But what it like, I don;t hear you ask. Well, very similar to heroes - and very differnet.,

The control interface is exactly the same, with a few tweaks that got passed onto heroes also. The tutorial is shorter and more fun and a good way into the game. And the new areas are quite nice - it seems Villains has taken a leaf out of Hollywood's book and decided that all villains must be British as suddenly red phone boxes are sprouting up all over the place, cor blimey, luv a duck etc etc.

The new Villainous powersets are fun. Theres been a bit of a mix n match, a reshuffle of some of the old powersets from heroes as well as completly fresh ones. Theres now an assasin which is like a scapper in the old game, but is more stealthy, and of course, theres the Master Mind. This is the one thatsa lot of fun - you get minions!!!! You can choose from mercenaries, ninjas, zombies or robots. Every 6 levels you automatically get a new minion. They soon build up, I can tell you. being in a team with several mid range Master Minds means the screen is filled with minions of various shapes n sizes. It also means that the game starts to get presented in slide show formate - one frame every minute or so, lol.

There are a couple of new map styles - new types of caves for example, but on the whole the mission maps are identical to heroes.

Theres a couple of other invovations - you can now read the newspaper to get missions - and every 4 or 5 of them and you get a heist job where you rob a casino or bar or some such.

So all in all good fun - if a bit samey. But with the new pvp zones (which Ive only explored slightly due to extreme slowdown on my machine and also the fact that some folk are being complete gits) and having heroes as well the whole thing is quite a package now.

 

Recomended - if only for a laugh with your mates after a night down the pub.

 

Tony Gallichan has Space Mumps, toothache and is basically falling apart. As a result the Christmas Mr Dalek story will be brought to you some time before Christmas - just not in this update. So, you get a nice surprise...ain't it great?