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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Mixed (27 reviews) - 62% of the 27 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

    • 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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3,725.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Used to be good. Until devs(mostly Kaiserin) screwed it up real bad with this grindy crap in order to keep you in the game, instead of providing ACTUAL content. Nerfs hit stuff that don't need to be nerfed and buffs hit stuff that don't need to be buffed. They made alting (switching to other characters) irrelevant and even more grindier and all rewards went from Bind on Equip to Bind on Pickup, essentially making the grindtrain even longer.
Bug reporting/suggestions have no effect even if you do want to help the game, they just listen to a select few people they cater to and that's it. Not to mention the community is super toxic and full of bronies and furryf@gs, current or future convicts and rapists, who while you try to level up and gear up will message you with "wow, is your d1ck as big and black as your character?"
A real developer would go "omg, I won't even go to sleep before i fix the bugs, I'm paid for it, and there's a lot of players involved here" while Champs online developers go "ah well, imma fix it next week, i need to go outzes now going out with friends bye all" (Kaiserin)
But yeah, fu$k that, i'm never coming back to this game.

I'm sorry if I sound like a hater, as you can see I've spent 3000+ hours and I was the best DPS player and the best farmer in there, I'm just disappointed heavily by the direction this game is heading to. I sold all my belongings for real life money so it's not all bad. Suck that, Cryptic. When I logged in to trade the stuff that was bought, there were 5 zones with 2-7 players online. Last year we'd get at least 300 players online, now its well you do the math 5x2-7 = 10-35 players online. Dead game....
The one good thing I can say is that the character maker is still pretty neat. You can make pretty much any character you want, that's the only good thing left about the game.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
245.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is a Great Game to play with family members. It is a lot like City of Heros which game my wife and I loved.
It has a very cartoonish feel but is still detailed. I recommend this game for people who are on-the-go and dont have time to baby a game. You can play at your liesure and not feel something is dragging on your time and life.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This could've been a great game, but for a free to play game.. you really need to spend alot of money in order to unlock every power and additional character slots...
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Its publisher is Perfect World Entertainment enough said. They seems to be buddies with EA and Sony.
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
220.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Better hope your wallet is deeper than hillary clintons criminal record, or else you're kinda boned. This game would be nicer if your unboxed items didnt have to sit with one character.ya know, unless you feed the gaping mouth of the devs more money.vehicles are not account wide,nor are auras (two of the only worthwile things to get in the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ boxes anyway).and the chance of getting anything decent is drastically small.If the greed wasnt so high, i would reccomend this.or if the game had any good standing content for levels 10-30. Lets hope they try to be good people next time, shall we?

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6 of 17 people (35%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
374.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Gameplay is simple, the graphics are respectable. I'm just reviewing this for badge completion.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Ok, so I saw a lot of bad reviews, so I decided to check if its really that bad. And when i saw it, i said: «This is just like WOW, but with higher level cap.» So i created my character, I played, and I enjoyed it. Might get bored after a while, but until now, Good Game.
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451 of 508 people (89%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6,495.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
Okay, so, Champions Online. I'm just gonna ramble about this, because I can't be bothered being neat and succinct with it.

TL;DR: Game's dead.

EDIT: Yes, I have a lot of hours clocked on this game. I basically use this title as a more populated version of Paragon Chat. I log in, I screw around or roleplay for a bit, then log off. I rarely, if ever, actually use this software as an actual video game. It's a chat client at this point. I've been at this game since 2011, and I'd wager 2/3rds of that playtime was just me being AFK or RP'ing.

(Now Onto the Point...)

Most people will say that the character creator is the highlight of this game -- and they'd be right. The character creator is one of the highest points this game achieves, and it achieves it in style.

...However, don't expect to make anything particularly awesome without first dropping real cash on this thing. Costume sets are quite overpriced, too, sometimes requiring the user to spend up to $10 for a single set (mind you, each set doesn't contain that many costume pieces to begin with). Being under the F2P model, you can expect the game to nickel and dime you, but ever since the takeover from Perfect World Entertainment, they've really gone overboard with the microtransactions, all while the devs have simply stopped caring about the game as a whole.

There's no ambition to be had; anything cool you see upon booting up the game was very likely put there years ago, when the game was in its prime, under the guidance of developers with the drive to make a legitimately good game. The ambition once had by the development team has since dwindled to nothing. As a result, content is largely stagnant. Most of the new content is half-♥♥♥♥♥ shlock they expect you to pay top dollar for, and anything that's halfway decent is shuttered away behind a lockbox which is essentially a big gamble that you have to pay $1 a pop to open -- and believe me, it may not sound like much, but that will add up quick.

Beyond the diseased, sickly cash cow Perfect World reduced this game to, it's also not that amazing as a game in itself. Sure, the gameplay can be deceptively nice at first, and may even feel like it has great variety -- and in some aspects, it does. But like everything in this game, it seems to only get worse as time goes on, and you'll find yourself fighting the same classes of reskinned, repurposed bad guys over and over again, doing the same types of objectives passing off as something more interesting, all while running around in relatively uninteresting, mundane locales that only have the passing resemblance to something with inspiration put into them.

You can also largely forget about questing, because an expansion introduced a while back basically made it redundant to do so. Instead of adventuring through the game and leveling your character up through time, dedication, and some approximation of hard work, you can instead just queue yourself up for one of the many "alerts" in the game that takes you and four other players to a self-contained instance to fight a boss and get an easy XP or monetary reward. Rinse, repeat, ad nauseam.

The graphics themselves can be summed up in one word: "Meh". They're not bad, but they're not exactly that great, either. On high settings, the visuals can look crisp and well-defined, with pleasing particle effects scattered about to whet your appetite. But the keen eye will notice that the art design is all over the place. This game has a BIG problem with artistic cohesion: you'll often find high-poly models with highly detailed textures in one place, and as little as five feet away will run into a very low-poly, blurry-textured mess of a model right next to it. It can't decide if it wants to look like a PS3 game or a PS2 game, and can be very distracting.

Furthermore, the actual work put into the environments is lazy at best. There's misaligned and missing textures all over the place, spots where you can see straight through the level, and even simply disgusting corner-cutting measures that one can only assume the developers thought nobody would notice, such as entire buildings being misplaced and left out in the middle of the street, or pieces of level geometry hanging a full meter away from where they're supposed to be placed.

The community is also quite lackluster. The overall population of the game is low at best, so I don't know where they're getting this "thousands of heroes" figure from on the bullet points. Maybe Cryptic means in terms of individual characters created and stored in the database, not even taking into account whether they're still active or not. Anywho, the PvP community is - as you'd expect - largely full of pompous blowhards that gloat over their ability to break this game's move sets or exploit some failure of the lackadaisical developers. On the other hand, the roleplay community is largely full of ERP'ers looking to get a quick fix off similarly horny players, all while roaming the one populated RP zone in scantily clad, large-chested women.

In terms of the general "I'm just here to level" player, I can't really complain there. They usually don't say much unless they want to sell an item in zone, or party up to do an alert.

All in all, I'd say avoid this one, unless you REALLY want to make some characters, like being begged by desperate devs to spend cash, or don't have much else better to do, such is the case for me.

...Oh yeah, and the game's kind of broken, too:

UPDATE 8/4/16: This game also became a huge grindfest ever since PWE took over.
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150 of 169 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
267.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
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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3,276.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
Nice game!
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1,788.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Yes. 1,780 hours. Original lifetime supporter. The game had a golden era and lots of activity. Players perceived there being a lack of support from developer Cryptic Studios as they siphoned creative and development power to launch Star Trek Online. The game suffered from prolonged bug resolution and balancing issues, but benefitted from a very large and dedicated player base. There's still quite a lot to do, and from what I understand there are still supergroups in the game that organize events and contests.

I want to emphasize that the community behind this game nurtured one of the most tolerant and helpful cultures I've seen.

Going free-to-play and being sold to Perfect World was a really good move since the game is clearly still being supported on some level. Champions Online Servers could have easily been retired long ago. I'm super grateful that I still have the opportunity to launch the game every once in a while to check out the latest.

If you didn't have an opportunity to play Champs Online or if it never happened to be on your radar, please give it a try. It's a wonderful game full of its own lore spanning back from days when the IP was only pen-and-paper with the most robust character creation available (from old and new games alike). Cheers.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Fun game. Character creation is among the best i've used.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 13
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Off Brand Zero
4.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
Gameplay is simple, the graphics are respectable. I'm just reviewing this for badge completion. I also copied and pasted this.
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138.2 hrs
Posted: October 7
The Games........ok
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