Holy costume sets, Non-Copyright Infringing Baatmaan!
First of all, don't let anyone tell you that what was added to the C-Store was this unexpected surprise. Unless you've been intentionally overlooking the launch coverage of Champions (or were just skipping over the sentences where we talked about what was going to be in the C-Store) Cryptic has kept to their word. The things added to the C-Store are costume pieces/emblems, service items, and the infamous buyable retcon (which we will talk about later in this article.) These three things are in the same categories Cryptic told us they would add at launch. No surprises.
At first, I was a little taken aback by Cryptic's pricing on the costumes. "Three bucks for a costume piece?" I thought. "You have to be kidding me!" I wasn't cool with pieces being offered for three dollars a piece. One dollar... that's more my style. Three dollars, that was just too much.
"Then I actually awoke from my daze and realized it's three dollars per costume set."
Then I actually awoke from my daze and realized it's three dollars per costume set
. As in, "You get all the pieces of this set for three dollars." Now, certainly, it may not be as extensive as one of the ten dollar booster packs
from City of Heroes
that comes with emotes and extra powers, but it's still not bad.
For the price of one City of Heroes
booster pack, you can buy yourself 3 costume sets and pocket the last dollar. Or, heck, you can spend that last dollar on an entire series of new emblem options. You may not be getting any new powers for your purchase but... oh... wait... what's that? The Celestial power set
is being added for free? As in, you don't have to buy anything from the shop? I guess you are getting new powers for the low, low cost of you not paying anything.
Are these costumes particularly great? No, not really, and I think I'm going to save my points and skip over this set. I don't have to buy them if I don't want them, and I don't want them. Verdict:
Costumes are reasonably priced when compared to City of Heroes
. In fact, you save a dollar and get more variety. Plus, there are Halloween options available through the events contained in Blood Moon
. Service items taste like service
At the very bottom of the store, tucked away in the shadow of the purchasable retcon, are the service items. By nature, they're pretty mundane -- name change for $3.50, four character slots for $15, and two additional costume slots (on all characters) for five bucks.
Once again, the services, compared to other games, are very competitive. World of Warcraft
offers name changes for 10 dollars
, Guild Wars
offers one character slot for 10 dollars
(compared to 4 for 15 dollars), and while I can't compare the costume slots it's still only 5 dollars for 2 slots on all 8 (or more) characters. Verdict:
Still pretty reasonable. Not much to say here though. Would I personally buy these? Nope. Don't have a need for them.