World of Warcraft vs. City of Heroes

Second round battle in the MMORPG Showdown series

The Match-Up

The first match of the second round features two of the most well-known MMOs targeted towards casual gamers. City of Heroes is one of simplest MMOs to play and allows gamers to play out their super hero fantasies. On the hand, World of Warcraft allows gamers to easily jump into a fantasy MMORPG that offers a significant amount of depth. Both games defeated more complex games in the first round with World of Warcraft beating EverQuest 2 and City of Heroes getting past Final Fantasy XI. However, the simplicity of City of Heroes turned out to be not enough for the combination of low learning curve and depth of World of Warcraft. 

Tale of the Tape

World of Warcraft

  • The world's most popular MMORPG.
  • Awaiting its first expansion, The Burning Crusade. 
  • Each major update reworks a class based on a class review by Blizzard.
  • PvP is currently a long grind, but offers an extended life for characters that have reached 60.
  • Raid content continues to grow.
  • Auction houses simplify character trading.
  • Upcoming major content update with a substantial change to the PvP reward system.


City of Heroes

  • The best character creation system of any MMO.

  • City of Villains expansion/sequel added playable bad guys and PvP.

  • Targeted towards casual MMO gamers.

  • Constantly adds new content via free updates.

  • Offers a companion comic book.

  • Can play City of Heroes or City of Villains without the other.

Select Comments For World of Warcraft (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 10
Author: turtlefuzz
Comment: Wow is just so much better than City Of Heroes. It is so fun and enjoyable. City of Heroes is also really fun, but it just can't compare!

Rating: 10
Author: Gamefreak103
Comment: I might be mad over the loss of Runescape, but I am happy to give this rating to WoW.

Rating: 0
Author: Adeori
Comment: WoW needs a lot of work. The only reason they have a player-base is because they add in a little bit of "cocaine" content at the beginning to get you addicted and then decide not to add anything else at the end game. The combat is not very stimulating IMO and the game is completely geared towards one side. What happened to all the games that were "giving tons of content to soloers and groupers"? This one has neither.

Rating: 10
Author: shaderun
Comment: Its just so deep with lots of races, classes, spells, and skills. Also has great gameplay.

Select Comments for City of Heroes (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 9
Author: Adeori
Comment: This game is very well planned. Its flight system is amazing. The game play is great with minimal lag. Combat is very fun to participate in, solo or grouped. The game has way more content and better quality content than WoW. WoW is CoH/V without the superpowers, combat system, group and solo activities, great CSRs, etc. Take away all the great things about this game and you have WoW.

Rating: 0
Author: mmomeister
Comment: Should be called MMO lite. Not even in the same league as WoW.

Rating: 10
Comment: Good, not great, but way better than WoW

Rating: 0
Author: shaderun
Comment: Dislike it. Although it has awesome char customization and easiness, this game has nothing really to offer than some poor PvE. 

The Voting

World of Warcraft received a total score of 5.56

City of Heroes received a total score of 3.67

The Result

World of Warcraft Wins!

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