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Wanna be a hero? Or maybe you'd rather be a shadier shade of evil? Or maybe you just like wearing tights -- we're not here to judge. City of Heroes: Going Rogue launches today, a new expansion to the City of Heroes MMO that brings in an entirely new alternate universe, a wholly different "moral alignment system," and lots more.
Up until now, players had to choose between the Villain and Hero factions, the proverbial black and white. Going Rogue lets you explore the shades of gray, introducing two new alignments, Rogue and Vigilante. For the first time, your character's morality and the decisions you make will affect your experience in the game.
Heroes will be able to access the Rogue Isles, and Villains will finally get to Paragon City, opening up tons of new possibilities. In fact, you don't even start off as a clear-cut Hero or Villain; instead, you begin as a neutral Praetorian, decide to join up with the Loyalists or Resistance, and evolve into a Hero or Villain based on your choices.
"Praetorian, huh?" Oh, right, that's a denizen of Going Rogue's new alternate universe, dubbed Praetoria, and it's massive: a bunch of new zones, new missions, hidden secrets, and new foes to take on. Developer NC Soft boasts that the new universe was built from the ground up to support "Ultra Mode graphics," so expect to see more detailed shadows, lighting, reflections, and other eye candy, if your Mac is up to snuff. (Ultra Mode requires at least 3GB of RAM and either an Nvidia GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon 3870 or better -- see full system requirements here.)
Going Rogue also features new power sets such as Dual Pistols and Demon Summoning, new costumes of course (City of Heroes players love to look good), new badges, slots for additional characters, and so on -- it's a lot of content for an expansion.
And it can all be yours. Going Rogue retails for $29.99 (a full version of City of Heroes or City of Villains is required for the expansion), with a $14.99 monthly fee (a 7-day free trial is available). If you're not already playing City of Heroes, the Complete Collection ($39.99) includes all the content released so far: City of Heroes, City of Villains, and Going Rogue, as well as a Going Rogue item pack.
PLUS, we're giving away 10 license codes for the Going Rogue expansion pack, as well as one grand prize, a license code for the Complete Collection. To win, just leave a comment below -- the deadline is 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time tonight, August 17, 2010. We'll choose 10 runners-up and one grand-prize winner at random. Good luck!