TV REVIEW: ARROW Season 2, Episode 1 City of Heroes

TV REVIEW: ARROW Season 2, Episode 1 City of Heroes

21 Oct, 2013

Arrow Season 2 aired tonight on Sky 1 much to my great joy. After the explosive finale last year, I’m both excited and intrigued to see how this year plays out. There’s the promise of new characters from the comic continuity this year, but before that – how does this opening episode stand up? Click on to find out. Synopsis (from TV.com:): Diggle and Felicity go to Lian Yu and convince Oliver to return to Sterling City. Upon his return, he finds out that Isabel Rochev wants to take over Queen Consolidated. Thea is refusing to visit her mother in jail, Roy has stepped into Arrow’s shoes and Laurel is trying to take down the vigilante. Flashbacks from the island show Shado, Slade, and Oliver in a difficult situation. Last season, Arrow ended in what I thought was a fantastic and unexpected manner. The hero lost. Okay, his nemesis was apparently defeated and killed but Merlin’s plan succeeded anyway. Contingency plans. More villains should have them! With Oliver Queen’s best friend dead and an area of the city literally falling off the map we were left wondering what could happen next. It’s a year later when the series re-starts and Oliver Queen has (in I think an out of character move) shirked responsibility and run off to sulk on the island that made him. His mission given to him by his father’s list is over – and it failed. So he ran away. What this does allow is for the story to have moved along to a point where the dust has settled somewhat. In many ways a more interesting place to start a story than the immediate aftermath of the cataclysm. I found it hard to credit that the residents of Starling City don’t put two and two together as both the Hood and Oliver Queen have been unseen since the Glades were dropped in a hole … I still find some of Stephen Amell’s acting to be a bit bland as “current” Oliver – all the more noticeable because the rest of the cast are superb. “Island” Oliver is another matter entirely. He wears his emotions on his sleeve while interacting with...

‘City of Heroes’ to Close Its Doors by 2013

‘City of Heroes’ to Close Its Doors by 2013

3 Sep, 2012

NCsoft’s Super Hero massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) “City of Heroes“, along with its developer Paragon Studios, is to be shut down, it was announced on Friday. In a statement on the City of Heroes website, Paragon Studios delivered the saddening news: “This morning we announced that Paragon Studios will be taking to the skies of City of Heroes for the last time,” said Community Manager Andy Belford. “In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year.” As part of this move, regular subscribers have had their billing cancelled. The studio is currently drawing plans for a timeline to allow the transition to go smoothly and allow players to bid the city and their characters farewell. The post praised its team of creators and thanked its loyal fans in the City of Heroes gaming community. “The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years,” said Belford. “These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry.” To the fans, Belford said: “Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be… join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.” City of Heroes was developed by Cryptic Studios and released in 2004. It was bought up by Guild Wars publisher NCsoft in 2007 and staff were transitioned into Paragon Studios. It received a number of expansions and one sequel, ‘City of Villains‘, in 2005. It had shifted to a free-to-play subscription model last year, ‘City of Heroes: Freedom’. With the recent release of NCsoft’s big MMORPG sequel Guild Wars 2, it is likely that it plans to focus its resources into supporting what they are hoping to be a ‘World of Warcraft’-beater. Around 80 employees have been...

NCsoft becomes Paragon Studios

NCsoft becomes Paragon Studios

15 Apr, 2009

For all you City of Heroes/Villains fans it seems there’s been a big change to the games makers NCsoft. I don’t know what this will mean for the games, probably nothing at the moment. Check out the press release. PRESS RELEASE NCSOFT’S CITY OF HEROES INNOVATORS REBORN AS PARAGON STUDIOS Pioneer in Comic Book MMO Genre Renamed BRIGHTON, United Kingdom – NCsoft®, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) today is proud to announce the official unveiling of Paragon Studios™. Based in Mountain View, CA, Paragon Studios, formerly known as NCsoft NorCal, will continue its ongoing commitment to further develop and innovate the critically acclaimed City of Heroes® franchise and other MMO games. Paragon Studios and NCsoft most recently released Issue 14: Architect, a content update for City of Heroes that allow users, for the first time ever in MMO history, to fully customise and share missions, characters, and story arcs, giving players an unparalleled level of flexibility to craft and share unique experiences. GS Reporter: Nuge Source: Paragon...