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Champions Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online game based on the pen & paper role-playing universe of Champions. As such, the world tries to loosely recreate the official HERO System ruleset. Compared to other MMOs, at the beginning of the character creation process you are asked to choose from a series of power frameworks, instead of classes. These will determine what powers you can use. It is even possible to combine them in the Custom Framework option. Your abilities are determined by eight characteristics: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Ego, Presence, Recovery and Endurance.

Similarly to Cryptic's previous games City of Heroes/City of Villains, the player takes the role of a superhero. The events are centered around Millennium City, an urban settlement created where once flourished Detroit, destroyed in 1992. The tutorial starts off with an invasion of Millennium City by Qularr, an alien race that tried to conquer Earth back in 1965. After completing it you gain access to five main locations: a full Millennium City, Desert, Canada, Lemuria and Monster Island. Additionally there are locations added through expansions - Champions Online: Revelation included a new city called Vibora Bay.

The game tasks you with completing different missions around the world and leveling up your character. Suffering death is not overly punitive, as it only decreases your Hero Points (or Stars), which you can gain back by defeating enemies. They only offer a bonus to combat efficacy and health regeneration speed. Besides giving you more experience points, killed enemies are also a source of boosts (orbs) that can replenish your health and energy stats or increase your battle proficiency. Fighting other players is possible in three Hero Games: UTC (an arena with two teams of five battling for supremacy), B.A.S.H. ( a free-for-all arena, where the winner is the one who earns the set number of kills first) and Apocalypse (an objective-based competition).


Champions Online Windows Cutscenes take place in-engine.
Champions Online Windows And of course it's your duty to save it.
Champions Online Windows Main Menu.
Champions Online Windows Defender is the leader of the Champions, your boss, and all around heroic guy.

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User Reviews

Very beautiful adaptation of the Heroes gaming world Hollyoake Addams (36) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Good Game Sep 14, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
YouGamers Sep 08, 2009 81 out of 100 81
ActionTrip Sep 14, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Sep 11, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Worth Playing Oct 13, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75 Sep 29, 2009 70 out of 100 70 Sep 11, 2009 70 out of 100 70
Game Captain Sep 15, 2009 68 out of 100 68
The MMO Gamer Sep 30, 2009 3 out of 5 60
GameSpy Sep 16, 2009 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Business model change

The game changed its business model from subscription based to free-to-play on January 25, 2011.

Cancelled Xbox 360 version

A Xbox 360 version was announced, but eventually cancelled.


  • Cheat Code Central
    • 2009 - Best M.M.O. Game
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - The Anthropomorphic Enthusiasm Award

CalaisianMindthief (8242) added Champions Online (Windows) on Jan 15, 2010