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.
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Release Date: Sep 1, 2009

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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

    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
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Gothknight
7.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
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Sᴏᴛɴᴏᴏsᴇ
3,588.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Amazing RPG game. Basicly, if you're a Roleplayer and you're looking for RPing games to play. "This" is the one for you. Massive Customization and pretty good community.
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SweenyTodd
38.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Very annoyingly addictive game. Be the hero you wanna be? if you have the cash that is, other than that even if you don't the chars they do have available and stuff you can unlock sre good enough to play with until such time as you wish to add Zen or subscribe.

There are not many games I am willing to pay towards, this is one that i am willing to as it is great annoingly addictive fun :) plenty missions, massively open world, great character setup (looks as well as having a bios for the character that you can make up yourself. If I had the money, I would subscribe to the game though I just wish i could find a character that I can settle into. have about %50 of the characters unlocked, going for the apparrel next (these are rare finds so should keep me happy in the game for a while :) ).

stars out of 5? I'd give a 4 as there is more they can do for the game than they have done.
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OnlyWΛRME#Omilos<3
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
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Toho
21.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
What more can I ask from a comic book mmo? It's literally the best type of mmo I've played.

- First, I'll start with its customization. The best way I can describe it would be CO's Golden Key of Desire. There's literally no limit to how many costume pieces you can unlock, whether its from mobs, the Zen Store, The questionite Store, Bosses, Lockbox's and etc. You're your own hero within this game and no one can tell you different. You're given the option to save costumes as well since it's very hard to decide what costume you'd like to put on.

- The Combat is on par with the costomization. There's about 30 different Archetype powersets and can be easily unlocked through the zen store. This also brings in the one and only, Freeform. It allows you to combine whatever power you want from any powerset of you're choosing but of course, you'd have to unlock that too. Majority of the powersets are fast paced depending on how well of a pc player you are.

- The PVE is very well made, it's not something that should be considered Detailed since CO was made in 2009. 6 Different places with a large amount of content to go around. There's a great deal of mobs scattered across the game, a great deal of rare exotic animals, experiments, demonic beings, cosmics and more.

- PVP can be as fun as you can make it. Just like any other game, you do have the option to obtain the best type of gear to compete agains't just about anyone. Most players focus on costume pieces they desire but still willing to pvp once in a while.

- You're given the choice to make your own nemesis at a certain level, giving she/he their own power, costume and mob set.

- CO also Has Alerts, Raids, and missions you can do with teammates that you're paired with. each Alert and Raid changes from time to time so you'll get the chance to play just about any of them.

- Adventure packs is another fun part of CO. They each contain their own storyline for you to experience.

I would recommend this game to any who is a big fan of comics.

If anyones curious, I have this downloaded without steam and arc.
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[WB] Wacky-alien32
8.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
if you love comics and super heroe Related stuff this is defently your game

it give you a pretty nice and detailed character creation maker you can name it and give it a bio as you see fit

the combat system is good you need to get used a bit the controls but is okay

defently a great action adventure game
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ZewasHere
33.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
Ok so this game is so broken. Like im not saying that out of fustration at all. I didnt even make a cherecter to even know that its broken. The charecter customizations clip into each othere like hats and hairs will clip into each othere. Im sorry but its so bad. XD
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cdrive1
48.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
I will be blunt and say I don't recommend this game. The reasons are below, behind is just the TL;DR.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I started playing this game 3 years back, I'd played Guild Wars 2 and SWTOR at that time and found both to be lacking, for a time it filled the void left by City of Heroes when it shut down *Taken too soon.*

Now note I said: For a time, after a while the problems started to pop up, what didn't help the issue was that it was run by PWE *Perfect World Entertainment* at that time and THAT is a massive example of Corporate Greed, they would ignore obvious needs for rebalancing or a reduction of damage for the sake of things you bought with RL Money, never added anything to change the Vapid gameplay and overall they did things that turned me off of it for a while.

Then I returned a year later to a game run by PROPER Devs and I enjoyed it for a short time, even making a whole new character and playing him to 40, then a glitch basically made him unusable...The reason I kept coming back was the RP and that was mainly because a good number of its original community were people from City of Heroes *it was actually a huge draw for me* but the community wasn't enough to excuse the gameplay and its nature...Sure City of Heroes had repettitive gameplay but you could excuse it for two reasons: 1: it was made at the time this was popular and 2: the levels were FUN to play through so people didn't mind this and this was on top of the amazing community.

This game on the other hand is repetitive and BORING...Not even the active bits of the combat could keep me riveted so I started just hamming it up in a sort of 'I REALLY don't care.' matter. And the age of Comics they went with was NOT well done as you have to balance it out proper with comedy in SMALL points, not all over the damn place, your enemy groups need to have MORE threat even under a silly exterior. Comparring the Hunter-Patriots with Malta is an unfair contest in Malta's Favor.

The customization *While far more than DCUO...URGH that's a subject that needs tackling another day* pales in comparrison to City of Heroes, which would be 12 years old now if it were still around, because before it had its many updates, it still had WAY WAY WAY more customization in every aspect. After the updates you could make entire story arcs yourself using Archetect Entertainment and Change how your powers looked not just in color but in some cases how they ANIMATED!

Grouping is almost BEYOND impossible even with a paragon of patience as it takes a while to get people to join you in something that actually REQUIRES people, the PvP could have been handled better *Stupid Queue system mixed with Bad Server Issues meant you could easily miss ALMOST THE ENTIREITY OF THE MATCH YOU QUEUED FOR* The big missions could have had specific people to talk to who wouldn't give you the mission if you didn't have a team of *Insert number of players here* the group limit is rather STUPIDLY low *Unsettlingly so* FINALLY None of the arcs *with the exception of the Victoria Bay Apocalypse arc* have any real investment or worthwhile payoff.

In the end...I would say 'Play City of Heroes instead' but its gone *Damn you NCSoft* so instead I say this: Keep looking, maybe look up City of Titans or other projects in the similar vein of Spiritual Successors, they're looking good and if they rock when they come out and keep rocking, I'm pretty sure this game would DIE a very slow death.
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Devoladraco GTX
36.7 hrs
Posted: August 17
trashy game is trash. don't waste your time on this game, it's away from being a decent one even for superheroes theme.
no matter how hard you try to stay up to date on your gears, the enemies always hit hard no matter their level.
the animations and AI also suck so much you rather go play some Atari 2600 games.
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Alrick the Alpaca
98.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
Not terrible, a lot of micro transactions, but that's hat's to be expected in any F2P games now a days. I just up graded to gold, while I;m not dazzled, it did get a little more interesting.

Massive character customization options, which my husband and I both adore, and I believe what will keep us playing.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Don't let the number of hours on my account fool you, I've been playing CO since open beta, and have used the non-steam client for a number of years.

TLDR

Great character customization, fast paced action for a tab target system, dwindling community, lack of sincere content updates. Last notable update was in 2013, and the devs show interest in new content beyond the occasional costume set and lock boxes.

The Good

Once upon a time, this game was my pride and joy. I have 4 lv 40's (max level), and 6 other alts that are at least lv 25. Saying the customization is fantastic wouldn't be doing this game any justice. While you can't quite sculpt your character like you can in a game like Black Desert Online, the amount of sliders, costume pieces, and costume slots the game gives is borderline overwhelming. If you have a gold account, or a freeform slot, you can build your character however you want, selecting what powers you want, which allows you to mix and match to your heart's content.
Despite being a tab target game, the combat is quite fluid and fairly fast paced. It's no Tera Online or Black Desert Online, but in my opinion it holds up against action oriented non-tab target systems. There are quite a few combat mechanics, such as charge skills, hold skills, block skills, and high mobility skills to keep combat interesting. Believe me when I say that this puts most other tab target MMOs to shame.

While this may not be a big selling point for some, the game does have player bases and housing of sorts. You can select from a variety of bases, such as a basement, a lofty apartment, a mystical library, a dark cave, and even a moon base. Once you selected your base, you can customize the interior using a variety of different themed objects. For instance, in the high end apartment (my personal favorite), you can choose what carpeting you want, what wallpaper you want, the style of your ceilings, secret rooms and armories, and even the decor such as statues, couches, aquariums, and the likes. When you have your crib all decked out, you can invite your friends inside and chill to your heart's content.

The Bad

When it comes to character design, there are really only a few flaws that stop it from being as close to perfect as a 7 year old MMO can be. Most of those flaws revolve around some difficulty getting unique skin textures to match properly, if at all. For instance, some costume pieces don't have matching counterparts, and some face textures don't have matching skin textures.

In the game's current state, I'm afraid you'll find PvP quite lacking. That's not to say there isn't PvP content, because there is, but nobody queues for PvP anymore. Nowadays, the most PvP you'll see are duels in Milennium City's Ren Center. It's quite the shame, because Zombie Apocalypse PvP and Heroes PvP was quite enjoyable back in CO's prime years.
If you plan on playing this game at max settings at anything above 1920x1080, and have the hardware to do so, I hate to tell you but that may prove difficult. Even though the game's graphics engine can detect more than 2GB of VRAM on your video card, the game's engine limits the amount of detail down to 1GB of VRAM. If you exceed 1GB, the game's textures will automatically lower itself until you are below the 1GB limit, and there is no command or .ini tweak that removes the 1GB limit. I've brought the issue to the PW forums just to find that not only does it affect CO, but it also affect Star Trek Online (since it uses the same engine), and despite quite a few users reporting the same issue, the developers have not bothered to acknowledge the problem. (For reference, I have a 4GB GTX 980 in my system.)

The Ugly

Unfortunately, this game has fallen off Cryptic's / Perfect World's to do list in favor of other games under their belt. There have been 3 notable updates to the game, an only one of which was somewhat major. The first update was Adventure Packs, which introduces story driven "dungeons" of sorts that are broken up into a series of chapters. The second update, and most notable, was the Vibora Bay update. Vibora Bay was introduced in 2010, and introduced a new area for high level characters to grind quests and dungeons for gear. The last notable update was the 2013 On Alert update, which introduced the alert system that allows people to queue in mini dungeons, and (for better or for worse) revamped the game's crafting system. Occasionally, there will be a new costume or new vehicle to hit the update news, but they are often sealed away behind lock boxes. If they're not in a lock box, then expect to pay for them as if they were DLC. Occasionally the game will sport events such as Destroid Invasion (robots rampaging around the city), Zombie Apocalypse, Blood Moon (werewolves vs vampires), but these really aren't frequent enough to keep the game interesting.

Conclusion

I really really want this game to have new life breathed into it. Needless to say, it is well overdue for new content, especially since City of Heroes has died off and the only other competition Champions Online has is (the much more active) DC Universe Online. Champions Online holds a lot of nostalgic value to me, and nostalgia aside, is still one of the mechanically better MMOs out there that just happened to miss the public radar. As much as I want a new influx of players to hit, I honestly cannot recommend this game to someone who's looking for a long term commitment. However, the game is free and it doesn't take long to download, so there's no reason not to try it. Perhaps one day, Cryptic and Perfect World will get the hint that Champions is in serious need of some TLC.
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2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
The costume customization during character creation is the only fun thing about this game. The actual gameplay is abysmal. I can't believe City of Heroes was discontinued in order to replace it with this exteremely inferior game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
535.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Honestly?
This game was fantastic years ago.
It went downhill rapidly after the time of F2P, this game could of been so much more, the lockboxing and content amount dropped, the owners turned into a pit of money making machinery, I wouldn't recommend this game anymore.

There is no PVP apart from out of PVP lobbies which ends up in more humour at your inferior build. which then the PVE is repetative and rubbish, the RP was amazing, it was a thriving community. a huge community but then it died due to the fact that the same old got really quickly.

Play at your own risk.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Tried to subscribe. Kept rejecting card. Called the CC company - they said everything was fine and the transactions was approved. Cryptic denied any ownership of a problem and "suggested" I contact the CC company to resolve the issue (Hint it was resolved: there were no issues from their end). And yet somehow it was incumbent upon me, not their IT staff to find out why the transaction failed on Cryptic's side. So endeth my experience with any of their games
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I will be blunt and say I don't recommend this game. The reasons are below, behind is just the TL;DR.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I started playing this game 3 years back, I'd played Guild Wars 2 and SWTOR at that time and found both to be lacking, for a time it filled the void left by City of Heroes when it shut down *Taken too soon.*

Now note I said: For a time, after a while the problems started to pop up, what didn't help the issue was that it was run by PWE *Perfect World Entertainment* at that time and THAT is a massive example of Corporate Greed, they would ignore obvious needs for rebalancing or a reduction of damage for the sake of things you bought with RL Money, never added anything to change the Vapid gameplay and overall they did things that turned me off of it for a while.

Then I returned a year later to a game run by PROPER Devs and I enjoyed it for a short time, even making a whole new character and playing him to 40, then a glitch basically made him unusable...The reason I kept coming back was the RP and that was mainly because a good number of its original community were people from City of Heroes *it was actually a huge draw for me* but the community wasn't enough to excuse the gameplay and its nature...Sure City of Heroes had repettitive gameplay but you could excuse it for two reasons: 1: it was made at the time this was popular and 2: the levels were FUN to play through so people didn't mind this and this was on top of the amazing community.

This game on the other hand is repetitive and BORING...Not even the active bits of the combat could keep me riveted so I started just hamming it up in a sort of 'I REALLY don't care.' matter. And the age of Comics they went with was NOT well done as you have to balance it out proper with comedy in SMALL points, not all over the damn place, your enemy groups need to have MORE threat even under a silly exterior. Comparring the Hunter-Patriots with Malta is an unfair contest in Malta's Favor.

The customization *While far more than DCUO...URGH that's a subject that needs tackling another day* pales in comparrison to City of Heroes, which would be 12 years old now if it were still around, because before it had its many updates, it still had WAY WAY WAY more customization in every aspect. After the updates you could make entire story arcs yourself using Archetect Entertainment and Change how your powers looked not just in color but in some cases how they ANIMATED!

Grouping is almost BEYOND impossible even with a paragon of patience as it takes a while to get people to join you in something that actually REQUIRES people, the PvP could have been handled better *Stupid Queue system mixed with Bad Server Issues meant you could easily miss ALMOST THE ENTIREITY OF THE MATCH YOU QUEUED FOR* The big missions could have had specific people to talk to who wouldn't give you the mission if you didn't have a team of *Insert number of players here* the group limit is rather STUPIDLY low *Unsettlingly so* FINALLY None of the arcs *with the exception of the Victoria Bay Apocalypse arc* have any real investment or worthwhile payoff.

In the end...I would say 'Play City of Heroes instead' but its gone *Damn you NCSoft* so instead I say this: Keep looking, maybe look up City of Titans or other projects in the similar vein of Spiritual Successors, they're looking good and if they rock when they come out and keep rocking, I'm pretty sure this game would DIE a very slow death.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3,588.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Amazing RPG game. Basicly, if you're a Roleplayer and you're looking for RPing games to play. "This" is the one for you. Massive Customization and pretty good community.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Very annoyingly addictive game. Be the hero you wanna be? if you have the cash that is, other than that even if you don't the chars they do have available and stuff you can unlock sre good enough to play with until such time as you wish to add Zen or subscribe.

There are not many games I am willing to pay towards, this is one that i am willing to as it is great annoingly addictive fun :) plenty missions, massively open world, great character setup (looks as well as having a bios for the character that you can make up yourself. If I had the money, I would subscribe to the game though I just wish i could find a character that I can settle into. have about %50 of the characters unlocked, going for the apparrel next (these are rare finds so should keep me happy in the game for a while :) ).

stars out of 5? I'd give a 4 as there is more they can do for the game than they have done.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
210.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
So many ♥♥♥♥ing server connection errors that the game is almost unplayable the devs dont care about how well the game runs
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
if you love comics and super heroe Related stuff this is defently your game

it give you a pretty nice and detailed character creation maker you can name it and give it a bio as you see fit

the combat system is good you need to get used a bit the controls but is okay

defently a great action adventure game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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