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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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. Freeform and specific powersets can be considered face paced as well, just as long as you're good with a keyboard that is.

- 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 don't really care for the best type of gear but would still like 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
7.5 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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CrimsonDeath
26.1 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
90.4 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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Gir
209.3 hrs
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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rangerdanger81
6.2 hrs
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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sjj668
0.8 hrs
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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Dark Storm
51.5 hrs
Posted: August 11
I have NOT played this game all the way through and i am still learning new things about it i will update this post if anything changes.

Pros:
1. huge customasation for your hero
2. ability to create and save any amount of heros(but you can only play two of them if you do not have a membershi)
3. Decent combat system
4. multiple heroic travel abilities(flight, superspeed, superjump, teleportation,ect.)

Cons:
1. Membership needed to play more than two heros
2. There is vertually no story to this game they try to give you something but it isn't very good and it has no depth
3. The game doesn't give you any information about which classes to pick when creating your character(read tip one)
4. This game has low re-playability

Tips:
First I was to stress that you need to have a good line up if you are playing with friends. In this game classes matter because if you pick the wrong classes you will always die and have no fun playing this game. When i first started playing this game with some of my friends our line up was a melee hero, a support and a hybrid. Because of this poor line up we died every time a group of enemies attacked us because mobs in this game will generally attack the support first. Because of this our team would constantly die because the only healer we had would get killed very quickly. It got to the point that the enemy mobs would totally ignore our damage and risk killing themselves just to attack our support. Now this may not be ture if you are in a large group of 5 or more but for 4-2 people this can be your downfall.
Next I want you all to know that if you are in a group of 4-2 heros you DO NOT need a healer. I know some people like to play as healers but in this game healers are increadably weak especially the radiant. After dying several times my friends and i eventually remade our characters and we found that a tank a ranged and a melee/dps hero is a very good build.
Finally i just want you all to know that once you have created you character and are playing with him/her you cannot change his/her costume. You have to delete your character entirely and remake it. The only other way to change a costume or have more than one costume is to go to the talor in the power house at the beging of the game and make a second costume but this costs real money not in-game currency.

I recomend this game because of it costume customasation system and because of how fun it is to play with friends. I hope this review helped.
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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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Not Recommended
27.3 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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Not Recommended
209.3 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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Not Recommended
532.9 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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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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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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Not Recommended
6,432.3 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeGVHlTnonQ

UPDATE 8/4/16: This game also became a huge grindfest ever since PWE took over.
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Not Recommended
267.2 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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119 of 137 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4,960.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Do you like massive customization? are you always coming up with characters, and stories in your head? or maybe you like superheroes, and think it could be cool to create your own, then take on the bad guys?

if so, give this game a shot. I've been playing around 3 years so far, always had a blast. although the game's seen some neglect lately by the developers, theres a new dev team on the job now, and they seem to be on the ball.

also, subscribers can not only completely customize how their hero looks, they dont need to choose a class either. instead it's build your own hero using any powers and skills you please. sound good? then try it. because I at least think its awesome.
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151 of 183 people (83%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
Unable to use a character i made 2 years ago because its archtype is Inventor and costume consists of parts i PAID for.

SO basically they wont let me use my character untill i pay them for stuff ive already paid for.......

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