Champions Online is the best Hero MMO out... for the moment. With City of Titans coming out soon it may have some compition. But for now its top of the heep.
Champions Online is a great game for burning time. The character creators I a very good place to make a character to play or just to mess around in creating costumes. The story is a bit lacking. Once you complete the opening missions... the game is pretty much left up to the player to follow whatever story they have availible in the mission lines and comics series. Through the game though... there are reminders that Dr. Destroyer, the "Main Villain" i possibly lurking somewhere in the shadows waiting to return. Sadly the litle teaser seems to be just that... a tease. Beyond some daily event and a dungeon the suggest Dr. D MIGHT POSSIBLY be out there, that is basically all you get.
The game has been out for a good long while, with updates and add ons. The devs do a great job up keeping in contact with the players and there is a decent amount of content for free players. You get 2-3 free character slots ( i believe you have to play for a bit to get ther third) Every so often players are given the option to try out one of the many pay to play classes for a short time.
Among the many things you can do in the game Champions has the unique option of paying to make a Freeform character. This allows you to make the character with the powers and stats you want from the ground up. I you want a kid that uses fire spell has duel pistols and a giant hammer... you got it. Sadly though the character you create will most likly be off balance unless you pick specific powers to corispond with one another so there is still a limit to your creation. On the other end though you can basically make a character that is so powerful you can all but solo the entire game. A good free form build basiacally kills the need for player interaction as you can survive battles with super villains on your own. ANd there is NO END GAME. None. Once you reach a certain level, all thee content of the game will be availible. At that point you are only leveling up to get your last level power... whcih you really don't need. I was so happy to get my sniper rifle once i got max level... and only a few short mnutes later I realized I was simply playing the game as I had about 5 levels before.
Finally this game seriously lacks in team work. There is almost no need for it and in areas where there is a need for it, the game has done such a bad job of preparing the players for this you don't see player using the skills they have as is needed. Healing and tanking are very poor as tanks almost always lose aggro to healers and damage dealers. Also healers tend to get killed rather quickly as the rest of the team will usually have their hand full trying to stay alive as the healer can no longer heal them.
The game is definitly fun to play, but it lacks a level of heart and soul that previous games had.