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: Mostly Positive (1,844 reviews) - 77% of the 1,844 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 1, 2009

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September 18

Champions Online: Supervillain Onslaught is Live!

Greetings Champions! It's time to ditch those tights for something more nefarious. Teleios has perfected a method of duplicating super-villain powers bringing waves of villains into Millenium City. In Champions Online: Supervillain Onslaught, players will take part in a brand-new in-game event where heroes become villains and battle against champions around Millennium City in open-world PvP!

Play as classic Champions Online villains like Gravitar, Grond and Medusa. Which villain do you want to play as?

Learn more about Supervillain Onslaught here.

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Just Updated

Supervillain Onslaught is now LIVE! This new content update for Champions Online puts you in the role of a hero transformed into a powerful supervillain via an Onslaught Device, or a brave Guardian trying to defend against the rampage!

To get started, go to Millennium City with a level 10+ hero. You will be granted a mission to investigate the mysterious Onslaught Agents showing up around the city. The Onslaught Agents will tell you everything you need to know to get started!

About This Game

Champions Online 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 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 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
75 of 86 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
266.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Some years ago I would have (and did) recommend this game to people. It was fun, allows for some ridiculous levels of customization on one's character, and had a relatively decent leveling experience. Unfortunately nowadays I can't really give it much positive merit. Instead of working hard to release actual new content and deliver on a promise to raise the level cap and give us new content with an expansion, the developers instead pulled the rug out from us by revamping some systems to tie into their in-game store, completely ruined the leveling experience from what it used to be, removed crafting in favor of something that tries to get you to spend real money, and added a few other things that cost real money. All they do now is just half-heartedly produce a new vehicle or costume piece once in a while with pointless fanfare. There's no real incentive to level one's character through dedication and hard work anymore. Just idle in the city center and queue for the new "Alerts" (dungeons) until you can't stand it anymore. There's little effort that's been put into making these alerts consistent in terms of balance, structure, and bugtesting, and it really shows.

Customer service is abysmal and it feels like it's been outsourced to people who are only there to earn a paycheck and nothing more. If you have a problem, tough cookies. You'll most likely get a canned-ham response attempting to tell you in a roundabout way that policy states you just have to deal with it. The developers rarely communicate with the players except to try to put together some sort of meaningless community event once in a blue moon. Their lack of interaction with players and the direction the game went really shows that there is zero passion for making and keeping this as a quality game anymore. There's no real reason to pay for a subscription, the ONLY incentive being that you get some coins for the in-game store every month, it unlocks a bit of costumes and content that's otherwise behind a paywall, and you get unlimited access to freeform builds.

If you are coming into this expecting an awesome superhero MMORPG that you go out and fight bad guys on and save the world, prepare for disappointment. You're better off playing DC Universe Online or paying a subscription to play something that's actually worth it and with a diverse and active community such as WoW or FFXIV.

If you like playing a free superhero paper doll simulator and like coming up with ridiculous or cool costume and power concepts, then this might be right up your alley. Just don't expect much in the realm of actual gameplay.
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42 of 53 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Pre-Release Review

I started playing this game in Beta way before it was on Steam and it was awesome! On launch day, they completely revamped the gameplay and turned it into a mess. There were some terrible bugs (abusing teleport in PVP, including tp'ing out of roots). The game at this point also rebalanced which didn't make you feel like a super hero anymore. Before that, I seem to remember that the group boss in the trash mobs was a threat but the underlings were just cannon fodder, however after launch, they were all threatening, making trash mobs more annoying than anything. The worst part however was that you must have ranged power sets. Melee characters were gimped in PVE and especially PVP compared to ranged characters.

Post F2P

I tried the game out. Had to get rid of some of my old characters so I could play again to give it a try because I was over my slot allotment. Game hadn't changed since Pre-F2P, except now you couldn't customize powers for your heroes unless you paid. Instead you had to select pre-made archetypes. PVP by this point was better, though range still ruled, even F2P archetypes were competative. Also teleport had be rebalanced so it wasn't the other required travel power to always get anymore.

Without customizing to some cool ways for your own unique hero it felt kind of bland.

By CoH standards with admittedly some rose tinted glasses stands out in my mind as a better game.

Current State

I feel a bit bad because I won't give this game another chance. It has always been a waste of my time whenever I've tried to get back into it. I can only imagine that PWE added more microtransactions and not a lot of content because that was what was happening after PWE first took over CO. I wouldn't be surprised if very little of the game world story arc changed.

The only redeeming thing about CO has really been its ad-hoc public missions, where something crazy is going on in the instances and players must band together, though some of these were under-whelming. Random events like giant robots invading the city was spectacular though I'd imagine after a few months even these may become stale unless new angles change up the events.

To get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of CO, you should get a dedicated friend where you play together.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
268.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Maybe if you'd asked me a few years ago I could have reccommended you try out this game as while it had a rocky start and was somewhat buggy its really started to see an improvement around the time they introduced Vibora Bay and the story arc missions...

However that all changed when PWE took over and content took a steep nosedive off a skyscraper while tied to an anvil.

These days its hard to not make an overpowered hero that can blow through all content and this is coming from someone most may veiw as a 'filthy casual' player. What challanging content that was in the game has been nerfed into a joke and thanks to the alert system most can't even realy connect with what lore and interesting villians the game has beyond the ones that pop up to be beaten down in the alerts. I'd be surprised if most newer players that reach cap even know about any of the actual dungeons you had to unlock like Telios Tower.

Pretty much PWE has rendered most previous and interesting content obsolete and the only thing Champions has going for it anymore is its extensive character customisation, which would be great if it wasn't all held behind paywalls.

And as a lifetimer from launch it saddens me to see the state of what could have been such a great superhero MMO and makes me miss City of Heroes all the more /em torch
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46 of 70 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
was a great game untill they made it pay to win
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
I was a lifetime subscriber since launch, paid the $299. Took a few years off and decided to try it out again. It was nice back then and I'd like to see what's new. Recently when I tried to log in, it's demanding that I submit a one-time authentication code to log in. I waited and waited but no authentication code sent to my email. None in the spam folder.Today I have yet to receive the code and there's no response from customer service. What's the point of playing this game if they put up so many roadblocks along the way?

TL;DR Even with my correct User ID and Password the game still thinks it's not me and won't let me play the game I spent $299 on in 2009.
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