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 (1,244 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 1, 2009

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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

    • 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
    • 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
32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21

borderlands 2 comic-style outlines
MASSIVE open world
WOW-style Dueling
Saints Row-esque street gangs
literally thousands of customization options
Guns, swords, axes, magic, flying, jaguar speed,
skyscraper jumps, dungeons, racing rigs, robots,
ninja, bunnies, destruction, firefights, bosses, and MUCH more

and it doesn't cost you a dime.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
565.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Champions Online is a broken game. Broken due to long neglect from it's developers, broken due to it's aquesition by Perfect World Entertainment. The game is plagued with bugs (some from beta even), and due to the business practices of PWE, what little content updates it gets are of poor quality. Vehicles, for instance, are simple transform devices that replace your character with a vehicle model and it's appropriate weaponry. However, there's no depth to it. You still play like a character with munitions powers and flight, except now you use a different set of mods. The lastest content, featuring Mechanon, is unforgivably lazy in every aspect. A trend you'll notice in most of the recent updates. In a nutshell, it's the same layout and gameplay with a different tileset texture. Most of the new rewards are in lockboxes, which are opened by keys sold in the cash shop. Gamble boxes with the best stuff that you might sink $50 into and get nothing.

However, the core of the game remains, as simple as it may be: Creation. CO has the most versitile character creator out there, and the freedom (for paid players) of power selection makes your character really feel unique. Sadly, there's not much incentive to DO anything with said hero, but it is how it is.
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9 of 9 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.

+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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,485.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Alright, I've played this game far too much to not have written my honest opinion on it.

BASIC SUMMARY: You are a superhero who's conveinently arrived to the world in times of crisis, and you (naturally) use your powers to help the general populace and occasionally assist the "Champions" themselves against greater threats.

-Supermassive customization system (Everything from tights and capes to with a lizard-face, tail and double-jointed legs)
-You can throw anyTHING at people, provided you have the strength to pick it up. Freight (Cargo) containers included.
-A wide and diverse variety of powers that you can choose from*, with many actually well-balanced "Archetypes", or pre-build powers to choose from as well. (See cons for "*")
-Tons of references to other sources when you pay attention.
-The ability to essentially create even the story behind your hero (Where'd they come from? Why do they fight for the common good? Etc...)
-You can create... your own rival! Your Nemesis will actually even be the cause of multiple missions.
-You can skip the tutorial and get right into the main world (after your first character that is)
-In-depth tutorial and tooltips for newbies, provided they choose to do them.
-A diverse amount of areas that you can choose to explore (You don't have to leave a zone if you don't want to, there's generally higher level foes available somewhere)
-Wide variety of unlockables. If you see an NPC using something, you can get it!

But, this game does, sadly, have it's problems

-Though you can skip right out of the tutorial, you always have to do the same starting set of missions every single time, and there's not much getting out of them. It can get a bit stale if you do it too often.
-Can get VERY grind-y! A lot of the good-quality items can take an extensive amount of materials to actually obtain, and potentially days or weeks to acquire. (This is true however for many MMO's, though, serously)
-MANY things are locked if you're not a Subscriber (Gold member). Free-form builds, where you pick your powerset, are only playable if you either subscribe or drop $50 into the game just for that. Many Archetypes are locked without Gold as well. (Total of 9 classes availible right at the get-go, which is few compared to the grand scheme of things.)
-Game has quite a bit of noticable bugs (But most of them are hilarious, like backflipping at hilarious speeds.)
-Nemesis system feels a bit tagged-on, just to say they have it.

I think I covered just about everything. There are times when I can't stop playing and will get hooked for a week, but then, you can actually set this game down for a time and come back to it again later.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4,058.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
To be honest.

I started playing this game, three years ago. And throughout it all, I always wondered, 'would this be beneficial if i chose this' and blah blah blah.

The main atmosphere in this game has changed drastically over the years, and I have invested most of my time in the roleplaying component of this game. This game, has changed drastically in that atmosphere over the years, and it used to be quite literally, an ERP (Erotic Roleplay) hub. And the large amount of dark characters for those purposes existed and some still do exist. You have to take into account that people get tired of the same repetetive chat and uncreative ways that can go. This game's RP atmosphere is definitely still darker than hell, and sure; there are still demon lesbians galore, but people have changed from these jerkbags who were obsessed with this stuff.

People may insult me or charge at me for saying that but it is, or was true. I do however have quite a few good things to say about it.

The character creation, to simply put it; is quite amazing. It is very very expansive and largely appealing to people who like creating characters, you can definitely give the impression of having strange ears by changing your character's head proportions as well as actually slotting an item in the side slot to cover it; and that's just an example. I have changed as well, but people here can be very helpful, though you should still be very careful of who you become friends with.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
151.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
One of the few Super Hero based MMOs out there that's honestly super enertaining and fun! Champions Online has huge open world maps, and a Character Creater on par with Skyrim's. Completely Free to Play, it offers hours upon hours of amazing gameplay without you ever having to give a cent. Everything that can be bought is completely optional, not required, but still will ehancing your gameplay experience.
Experience life as a super to the fullest, with vehicles, secret hideouts, team ups, and all sorts of amazing stuff.
This is definatly a game worth playing.
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8 of 12 people (67%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Just loved it totally!!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
700.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I just punched Space Hitler in the face, then rocket jumped onto the roof of a nearby building to gun down his army of summoned daemons.

I'm level eight.
Level nine is gonna be awesome.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I made a walking dildo,
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
♥♥♥♥in awesome. Now stop reading the reviews and install it right now!
10/10 i came
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Best chat program I've ever used.
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9 of 15 people (60%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3,483.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Champions Online is a superhero MMO RPG game, that became Free2Play few years ago and is a spiritual successor of City of Heroes.
You will have to make Perfect World account to play this game. The game isn't exactly at the peak of activity, but is still being updated with small events and new shop stuff. Community is also there, even if some zones are almost completely empty.

Now, as far as gameplay itself goes it's a standart MMO RPG. Well, Superhero theme sure helps to set it aside from usual fantasy trash though. Colorful world and characters, as well as occasional nice action music. And that they got some more sense of gameplay, by having world that doesn't take few hours to travel though, while still giving it nice details. All characters having travel power helps. Gameplay also feels faster and arcadeys, but it's still same old target-based thing you seen before. The main gimmick is that in order to get "mana" (called "energy") you just have to keep using your most basic power on target. There is also Players vs Players duel mechanic, but it's just "abuse the week's most broken powers combinations".

Now, the game is Free 2 Play. And yep, those who pay get gameplay stuff as well. Like, costumes, classes, small boosts. You can farm special "questionite" recources to trade those for in-game shop money, but it takes ages. You also can be a monthly sub, getting all the stuff by default. None the less, what you really should be looking forward are costume pieces and Freeform class. Because the strong point of this MMO is a customization!

Freeform can be said is "the way that game is supposed to be played", as it allows you to pick absolutely any powers available in the game! Water, Thunder, Kung-fu, Dual Pistols, whatever. Sure thing having such broad selection bring problem where are some combinations are clearly more superior than others, as balancing so many powers would be near impossible. Sadly, F2Players only have access from beggining only to Archetypes (read: classes with pre-set powers.) and only to few of them.

And biggest feature this MMO has: One of the best characters costume customizations around. It really is what keeps half of those players, who still play Champions, around, along with RolePlaying. It allows players to do wide arrange of things. Don't thing of thousands slides of "how thick is that eyebrow" or "wanna make that single muscle wide". Well, it does have some of such slider. But main focus will be on changing costume pieces of various body parts around, whetever it's belt, cape, head or wings. And there is many of costume pieces to choose from. You can make superhero of your dreams. Actually, what you can do and what many do, is to make a character who doesn't even look like your generic superhero, whetever it's some robot-zombie-pirate, anthro of your choice or, well, troll character that brings acid to your eyes. Though, I wouldn't say that it looks smooth, all non-human heads aren't animated, for example. Clipping is also the thing, but what you would expect from something what has this many choices.

So yes, customization and costume creation is really something what outdoes any MMO and most of other video games, and you are most likely to learn what is "RolePlaying" from this MMO, which is quite common there thanks to features I just told you about. Thus game has great social-part value to it, while having slightly above-average for MMO gameplay part (and below-average compared to non-MMO games).

Unless you don't care of such stuff.

Or want sandbox.

Or just sane videogamer.

Still spent more time with it than I really should have.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
441.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Champions online is currently the formost superhero exp.

On the upside:
+great character creation.
+Epic power listing and RPG system.
+casual progression and gameplay.
+cross character friend/ignore system, easy menus, ingame itunes control.
+lots of mission and world to explore.
+they treat free players well.

Things that can leave a bad taste:
-limited classes for free players.(these classes are a good start and u can earn Zen($=cred) ingame to get around this without spending a dime)
-although i view casual gameplay as a plus since so many games have been going overboard with diffaculty, cahmpions lack of challenge cuts down on the time it takes to hit max lvl and complete all content. Note: the game does have replay value.
-if ur big into pvp then this game offers an unbalenced Tank build wich kills dueling.
-crafting or fusion system is next to usless. Not 100% but...

Once u get a 'freeform' character the game realy opens up and becomes truly enjoyable. Aside from tab targetting the game is responcive and offers a great free2play exp.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Not as great as it was and not even in the same league as city of heroes. Still sort of fun but a bit crampt and restrictive compared to it's origins. The power systems aren't great but the stories are pretty cool. Worth giving a go.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Good game and all but...
Prepare to be disconnected 50 times in one playthrough
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This is my first MMO.I really like character creation and customization,gameplay is really fun..if u like MMO then give this game a try u wont regret it believe me :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
I have been playing Champions Online since it went free to play in 2011. I have added Champions to Steam just to write the review.
Champions Online is a free-to-play superhero-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game by former City of Heroes/Villains developer Cryptic Studios based on the Champions license. The game's rules and setting are loosely based on the HERO System ruleset. The graphics are like how American comic books look. Your controls are limited to fewer skill buttons. The level cap is 40.
If you are not willing to pay real money, you still can have some fun on Champions Online, you just have to be limited in your choice of avatars. The game has ore you can collect as reward for certain missions and can be sold in game for store points. Has a good cosmetic customization system even for F2P players. The quest content is free and enough to reach level cap. It is an Ok free to play superhero MMORPG.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
More Achievements Than TF2. Best Character Creation I've Ever Seen. Awesome Events. You Get To Design Your Own Nemesis. Do You Need Another Reason To Play?
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