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Champions Online - PC

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Platform: PC
  • Endless opportunities for exploration as you break free of the walls of Millenium City and bring justice to a vast array of areas across, beneath and beyond the globe.
  • The Champions Online universe is jam-packed with thousands of heroes, facing thousands of threats. Join up with other heroes, create your own superteam, and prepare to take on the ultimate threats.
  • Unparalleled customization options allow you to choose from thousands of costume pieces, colors, and powers to create the hero that you envision. The ability to create the ultimate challenge for your hero by customizing and outfitting his/her nemesis
  • A creative combat experience allows for fast and furious fights where you see in four color comics with a battle system that's a mixture of exciting action and reactive tactics.
  • Includes $5 Cryptic Bucks and a 30 day free online trial

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0024FA6EY
  • Item Weight: 1.1 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,549 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PC

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Powered by the groundbreaking Cryptic Engine, Champions Online is positioned to become the premier superheroic massively multiplayer online role playing game for the PC*. With literally billions of character options allowing total customization, real-time action combat, the richly detailed Champions universe and an experienced Cryptic Studios team are devoted to working directly with gamers to deliver a great gaming experience.

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Group combat in 'Champions Online'
Battle villains with friends.
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One-on-one copmbat in 'Champions Online'
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Flying Robot Hero from 'Champions Online'
Patrol all types of environments.
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Character-specific vehicle the Lemurian Drill in 'Champions Online'
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Story
Earth's first and best line of defense is its heroes. For generations, brave men and women have answered the call to protect the world from the villains who threaten its safety and security, and that threat is real. Today, organizations such as VIPER, ARGENT and PSI use both superpowers and super technology in their dastardly plots to control the world. In addition, creatures from outer space and other dimensions seek to enslave humanity and super scientist Teleios is creating an army of clones and super powered constructs to do his bidding. But the greatest threat of all is Doctor Destroyer. A superhuman genius driven to conquer, Destroyer will not stop until all of humanity bends knee to his greatness. In 1992, Destroyer obliterated the city of Detroit and killed thousands. With years to prepare, his next attack is sure to put the entire planet in peril. But humanity does not stand alone.

Led by The Champions, protectors of Millennium City, the world's heroes have launched a crusade for peace, security and justice. But they need allies. Defender is calling for a new generation of superheroes to fight in a war against evil that spans the globe - and beyond. Will you be one of those heroes? Save the world and be a champion.

Key Features

  • The First True Action MMORPG
    • Hi-Octane Excitement - Champions Online delivers furious, fast-paced encounters previously reserved for action and fighting games. No more boring auto attacks and lengthy recharge times. Champions Online combat is instantaneous — and electrifying.
    • 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 - The Champions Online universe will be jam-packed with thousands of heroes, facing thousands of threats. Join up with other heroes, create your own superteam, and prepare to take on the ultimate threats.
  • Be the Hero You Want To Be
    • Total Customization, at Your Fingertips - Choose from hundreds of different costume pieces, colors and body types to create your character's one-of-a-kind costume and look. There are billions of possible combinations, and in a universe brimming with the fantastic and the unforgettable, you can still be completely unique
    • Your Powers, On Your Terms - There are a multitude of astonishing powers to choose from in Champions Online, and its 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? In Champions Online, you decide.
    • Keep Your Enemies Close - Every hero must have an archenemy. In Champions Online, you 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.
    • 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.
  • A Vast Universe
    • Endless Exploration - The battle against evil in Champions Online rages across the world into outer space and alternate dimensions. No other MMOG offers players the chance to explore such diverse realms — from the shining skyscrapers of Millennium City and the frozen wastes of Canada to the interstellar gladiatorial arena on the moon, the hidden underwater city of Lemuria and the foul mystical dimension known as Qliphotic.
    • 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?
    • Make Your Mark - The story of Champions Online is constantly changing, continually evolving. Villains are defeated. Heroes rise and fall. Cities transform. Your actions may decide the future.
* Internet connection and monthly fee required for online play.

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For generations, brave men and women have answered the call to protect the world from villains who threaten its safet and security. Today, crimimnal organizations use superpowers and super technology in their dastardly plots to control the world. Creatures from outer space and other dimensions seek to enslave humanity. Led by the Champions, protectors of Millenium City. The world's Heroes have launched a crusade for peace, security and justice. But they need allies. A new breed of Heroes is needed to fight in a war against evil that spans the globe - and beyond. A world of heroes awaits. Who will you be?

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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a month, still digging it September 2, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
*Updated 11/29/2010*

I just wanted to add a quick note that this game will be free to play soon if they haven't already made the switch. It won't be 100% free as none of these "free to play" MMORPGs truly are, but you will be able to access the bulk of the game for no monthly fee soon. I would highly recommend checking this out for the low low price of free and perhaps then opt in to some of the priced content.

Overall, I am still pleased with the game and maintain my rating of it. As an avid WoW player I don't feel that Champions Online is going to be a game for me which will replace WoW by any means but I am pleasantly surprised by how fun it is to play. It has so far served me quite well as a respectably good distraction.

You start off by making your character. The promises Cryptic made in regards to the depth of customization were delivered in spades. In terms of looks you are limited to various costume pieces, of which there are many, but the majority of them can be altered in several ways including material, color, and patterns. I was a little disappointed to find that certain costume pieces can't be used with others (chest armor + cape = no?) but with the shear level of options it was a fading disappointment as I moved on to other cool ideas. I'm immensely satisfied with the creation features. Other costume items can be unlocked through gameplay via random drops, PvP, and such. These unlocked costume items are currently only available to the character which unlocks them but you can change your costume around after creation.

For your powers you can choose from pretty generic comic book archetypes like a fire user, or super strength, or telekinesis etc.
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47 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Major change on launch day September 3, 2009
By JT
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Champions Online was completely changed on the day of launch. Some like the change some don't, but either way it is a completely different experience than it was during the head start period.

According to an interview of the creators, "We decided to swing hard in the other direction so it's like now there isn't enough content for levels, so we really made a big adjustment but we could tell we were close. From there we know we can go back in the other direction and ease off of those changes." Yet according to developer comments they now have the game right where they want it to be. This makes writing a review fairly hard.

In my view, the game before the change was fantastic. The game after the change is average. Theoretically they will move the pointer back to the fantastic side, but who knows?

My advice is to hold off a few months before purchasing and see what the game turns into. Since there is so much flux right now you might not be buying what you think you were buying.

Overall, the character creation is very nice although you are not told that certain combinations are impossible. For example you can't both have a chest piece and have a cap. They are mutually exclusive. There is no notice given so if you don't already know these types of things exist you end up in trouble. The fact that when you change one type of item, it erases your choices of other items without telling you is inexcusable. Now, if you already have a planned look and go from the front to the end, you can pretty much get that look with only a few compromises, but testing out variations often leads to frustration as components disappear and reappear in what, to you, appear to be randomly.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid game, room for improvement September 8, 2009
By J. Nash
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been playing since the last day of beta and all the way through the 'head start' so hopefully folks will have an idea of how much experience I have in the game.

Pros:

- The game is very fast-paced, and full of action. If you're tired of standing in one place waiting for every power you have to come off a cooldown so you can hit it again... then this game may be for you.

- The character creator is terrifically versatile. I can't possibly count how many various combinations of costuming are available but I assure you there is likely something for everyone. You will also unlock additional costume pieces as you go through the game, find 'power replacement' items, etc. As you advance in levels you will gain additional costume slots that you can also customize, allowing you to switch between these costumes on the fly in the field. Another interesting note - various part locations will allow you to set one piece for the right and another for the left (example - huge shoulder pad on the left and a smaller pad on the right) to create even more diversity.

- Customizable frameworks - While admittedly not every power combination is great the fact that you can pretty much pick and choose the powers you want as you level is something that really makes me feel in control of my character's progression. I'm not 'locked' into a preset track "Oh, I'm level xx, I get the ability that this class always gets at level xx".

- I love the comic book feel of the game. The comic book line style graphic option will possibly turn some people off (in which case they can turn IT off) but for me it makes me feel like I'm playing in a 3d comic book. Love it.

- Only one main server. This is too awesome.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought I could use the 30 day codes but...
After using one of these codes, the cryptic website would not let me enter a second one. Apparently, only 1 "activation" code per account is allowed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gilbert Salcedo
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Free to play, its good for a few giggles
This is a pretty decent game. The character creation is good. the gameplay is good and it is all around a good game. That being said. It isn't much better than good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chris Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than COH - and WOW
I can't believe how many people say that City of Heroes is better than this game...what a joke! Champions F2P is hands-down the better game. Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by E. Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat City of Heroes
i got into Champions Online through Free to Play. even with limitations with F2P the character customization is better than City of Heroes. the graphics are even better. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by James Stinedurf
5.0 out of 5 stars Free for All-Fun to Play-But keep an eye on your wallet
I played this game for a few weeks for free under silver membership status before I bought this and boy was this worth the $4 and change. Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid and droll...
I really can't tell you how outdated, pathetic, and boring this game was...I'm not sure the words exist in the English language. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by damoncjones
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better for free
The game just went free to play (F2P) with various "Archetype" classes available to silver accounts (free accounts) with a microtransaction store for various items, devices, and a... Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Bacon Overlord
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as fun as City of Heroes
This game looks AWFUL, and the play is not that fun. The best part of it is making the character because it has cool costume pieces. City of Heroes has AWESOME play and looks good. Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by Pimpstress Bambi
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best Superhero - MMO to date.
I felt obligated to give this game it's fair shake by offsetting the less than stellar reviews, keeping it from a better than 3 star score. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by matthew beers
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid enough, with some dark spots
I bought this game when it was released. Never played before, but having seen what Cryptic did with City of Heroes, I was very excited a new super hero type of MMO game. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by Adrian M - Costa Rica
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