Grab your cape and defend Millennium City in this comic book-style action MMORPG! Design your hero and costume from thousands of costume pieces, face super-villains like Dr. Destroyer, and create your own unique nemesis.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,185 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 1, 2009

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About This Game

Champions Online: Free for All brings epic heroism back to the MMORPG genre with depth that challenges the most experienced online gamers, while its fast-paced action engages new entrants to the online superhero universe. Join Defender and the legendary Champions to stop Dr. Destroyer and his minions in the ultimate showdown between good and evil.

Key features:

  • Free-to-Play: Play a triple-A MMO experience without cost. Play from level 1 to 40 free of charge! There is no box price and no mandatory subscription. Enjoy Champions Online: Free for All as you like, when you like.
  • Total Customization: Choose from thousands of different costume pieces, colors and body types to create your character's one-of-a-kind look. There are billions of possible combinations, and even in a universe brimming with the fantastic and the unforgettable, you can be completely unique!
  • Keep Your Enemies Close: Every hero must have an archenemy. Design your character's supreme adversary, choosing a name, powers and costume for a superpowered foe to bedevil your hero throughout his or her career.
  • Endless Exploration: The battle against evil rages across the world and into alternate dimensions. No other MMO offers players the chance to explore such diverse realms — from the shining skyscrapers of Millennium City and the frozen wastes of Canada to the hidden underwater city of Lemuria, the foul mystical dimension known as Qliphothic, and the tormented Vibora Bay.
  • Evil Most Foul: Battle supervillains, aliens, giant monsters and secret, sinister organizations. Doctor Destroyer is launching new plans to conquer the world. VIPER lurks in the shadows, seeking chances to strike at humanity. The ancient Lemurians are plotting a return to power. And Mechanon won't stop until it has wiped all organic life from the planet. Can you stop these heinous threats to humanity?
  • Hi-Octane Excitement: Combat is instantaneous and electrifying. No more boring auto attacks and lengthy recharge times.
  • Brains Required: Every enemy and super-powered threat in Champions Online: Free for All has its own unique abilities and combat specialties. Use your head or wind up dead!
  • Bring Friends, Make Friends: Our universe is jam-packed with thousands of heroes, facing thousands of threats. Join up with other heroes, create your own super group, and prepare to take on the ultimate threats!
  • Your Powers, Your Terms: There is a multitude of astonishing powers to choose from and the flexible character creation system gives you total control over your hero's abilities. You can even pick the appearance of your powers. Do you want purple force fields? Green fire blasts? Jet black claws? You decide!
  • Bigger and Better: Vanquish evil and your successes will be rewarded with costume pieces to enhance your powers and abilities. Then customize the appearance of those rewards to your vision of your hero's look and abilities!
  • Make Your Mark: All this within a constantly changing, continually evolving story: Villains are defeated. Heroes rise and fall. Cities transform. Your actions may decide the future!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.5GHz Single Core or 1.8GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / ATI Radeon X700 or HD / Intel Graphics with Dual Core
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5GB Free Disk Space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core or Better
    • Memory: 2GB RAM or Better
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or Better / ATI Radeon HD3850 or Better
    • DirectX®: ®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5GB Free Disk Space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
one of the first games i played, was worth the exp of playing :D
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1,189.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game is awesome, especially the customization! And the gameplay is great too!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Although it feels like other mmos the character creation is madness and you create your own nemesis
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This game has the best visual character creator. The game itself is not very good though.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
My first and favorite MMO that I have ever played. Between this and DC Online, it is definitely a must play! I definitely give it a 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
305.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
In my experiences playing MMORPGs, there are few I return to as much as Champions Online.
On the surface, the game is rather asthetically pleasing. It has a gentle cell-shading style that gives it a pleasant comic booky feel, environments and enemies that vary greatly between bright and popping, or dark and grim, and a very spectacular character creation system.
The extensive character creation allowed to players is one of the most detailed I have ever seen. Right away, you have hundreds of options for each part of the body: head, torso/arms, hands, legs/feet, even the size of each body part is highly customizable with many sliders working on length, size, and more of the same. And then the ability to change the colors of each individual part can result in some incredible or nauseatingly dizzy character designs. Currently, the most lacking thing for adjusting body type is the inability to make characters more chubby in appearance, the closest thing behing adjusting body-mass, which Hulkifies your character, but doesn't give any appearance of being heavy. Also concerning, as of late there have been players that make characters but don't play, favoring a quiter RP to killing baddies. Due to this, character creation options have slowly, but surely, started becoming limited in earlier levels. Still, the options allow for great creativity.
Still on the note of appearances, the range of powers is handled quite beautifly. Few abilities look choppy and strange in effect, often blending well together to create a fantastic super hero feel. Between two differently-themed characters with the same power set, the powers can suit both equally due to how they look and work in-game. The travel powers are no exception, and can be quite spectacular in functionality. There are different variations of the same power available to even unsubscribed players, which allows for better creativity in movement. Unfortunately, most of the more cool-looking power-sets and travel powers must be purchased from the store, but that doesn't hinder the ability to enjoy the game, unlike other MMOs I've seen.
Gameplay is also remarkably smooth, though it is far easier to play the game with a gamepad than a keyboard/mouse. On the keyboard, the use of abilities resides in the number keys or number pad, and requires holding the ALT or CTRL key sometimes to select other powers. To target, move, attack, repeat requires either speedy hand motions or a more compact way to control. Also, unless the skill of holding both mouse buttons and aiming where you want to go is mastered, using the keyboard and mouse to travel can be clunky and awkward. Upon plugging in a controller, it is quite clear the game was once to be on a console. Using powers, targeting, interaction with mission items and traveling are all far easier like this.
The functionality of the power sets is for the most part handled well. There are several power archetypes available in categories listed as ranged, tank, support, and hybrid, which lets players immediately know the recommended focus of each power set. While there are still some issues with power balance, each archetype is easily a piece of a whole, making teams truly a team where every individual has a purpose, making interacting with other people a fulfilling experience. That being said, the streamline of each power set can feel incredibly limited. While leveling, one or two ability slots have a choice, and more often than not, the choice has an obvious answer. While it makes sense that archetypes are set powers, it feels like there should be more options in selecting powers, and the options are in need of being equally beneficial to the player. Another issue can be the Free-Form power selection, which lets a player hand-pick each and every power earned as they level. The process can be incredibly tricky, with one wrong choice upsetting the whole character viability, not to mention that when all the right choices are made, characters can become extremely overpowered, which drags on the interaction experience.
More debatable are the effects of microtransactions in the game. Unlike many of the other MMOs I've played, the purchasing of content simply does not damage the ability to enjoy the game, since you don't have to make purchases to progress in the game. I have been playing for a little over four years and have not spent a single cent on it, and still I find it incredibly fun. The introduction of Questionite (or Q), lets players earn resources to purchase content with effort as opposed to a card number, which adds to the amount of time certain types of players put into the game. Not to mention the mission sets- once having to been paid for- that for the past year have been free for all to enjoy. The lockbox drops from enemies can get irritating, filling up one's inventory, and vehicles are still extremely over-powered in the game, but those downsides do not truly inhibit the average player's experience.
The last big issue seen as of late is the decline of large-scale content updates to the game. While numerous small things have been added- auras, new costume sets, new vehicles, etc.- there has been a notable lack of new missions and events for players to really participate in. It is unapparent when this update drought will end, but it does put a damper on the game for long-time players.
Champions Online is one of the most enjoyable games I've played in the last decade. It has a personality that has few competitors in the gaming world, lending in part to its roots in pen-and-paper RPG. It's beautiful, realitivly easy to play, and has a great slew of experiences for its players.
I can't give the game a proper number rating, since I tend to rate individual parts as opposed to the whole, but I will say this is possibly my favorite game in terms of MMOs.

tl;dr:
+Great asthetics
+In-depth character creation.
+Smooth power designs.
+Microtransactions not a big deal.
-Awkward controls.
-Archetypes get repeatitive.
-Overpowered players are common.
-Recent lack of big-scale content updates.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is a playable game, but it ain't City of Heroes. Shame.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
THIS GAME IS FUN!!!! I know I am late to the game but I wish I had played this sooner from the start just making your hero is fun if nothing else but you do feel like this is your world. You feel like you can play for hours I cant wait to see what else they have in store for this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Really good, play the ♥♥♥♥ out of it.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Good solid games but too repetitive gameplay & a bit boring missions...
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
8
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Well i did not like this game at all, i rather play dc universe than this. i found the game lacking and it should have been better, when you do your chracter it turns out different in the game, controls are bad and even on high graphic settings things lack. dc universe seems more polished than this one.
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
176.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
best game
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
They wont let me online, lamest game ever, the login is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and so I the creators...they stupid and they suck they balls all day with they stupid douchbag ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ugly butthead forehead ball lovin idiot creators!
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
They sould make this for mac
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1 of 18 people (6%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
The second I hit enter the city after spending 30 minutes on creating a character it crashed.
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1 of 18 people (6%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
THIS GAMES WHOLE LOGIN THIS IS STUPID AND I HATE IT I CANT EVEN GET ONLINE
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Very intresting game and addictive
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57.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
The only you can buy is keys and costumes if you want to be loaded up. But its the best MMO I've seen in my entire life, Nothing pay 2 win, updates are pretty nice, and giving it the original comic book style too. But you may need a good CPU for this but still its fun. Its best if you have team, you'll get the job done.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
WoW with superheroes, for free. It's ok.
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