Conclusion: With the customary spit and polish the engine will receive over the next year, Champions Online certainly has the potential to turn into the best superhero MMO out there. For now, that mantle still belongs to City of Heroes, but having played both games throughout beta and release, this is certainly a more daring title in the initial stages. Let’s hope the path to Millenium City prosperity is proven to be smooth.
Summary: The free-to-play conversion is actually well done. It might not be as well done as Turbine’s, but Cryptic has different goals in mind. It’s a surprise hit for a game that cut one of it’s most famous features from the free-to-play zone.
Superhero MMO with fantasy violence and open chat.
Common Sense Media
1 February 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this superheros game is a massively multiplayer online role playing game set in a wide open world that allows for full chat interaction. The game itself must be bought, and then there is also a monthly subscription fee, as well as some items such as vanity pets that can be purchased for real money. No parental controls are available, and as a superhero, the player will be expected to eradicate evil by violent means.
Excerpt: Another year, another debate over which is better: Pro Evolution Soccer or Fifa. If you’re looking for guidance as to which is better, you’re in the wrong place. However, you might be pleased to learn that PES 2009 is, in some ways, a much different game of football than its predecessors. It’s bigger, better and more accessible to newbies, while ramping up the difficulty curve for veterans—everyone wins! (Except Scotland, of course.) So what’s new?
Excerpt: In preparation for this review, I pushed my new character in Champions Online to level 20 as quick as I could. It's something I never do, but I had to get to the level that would unlock my Nemesis. Little did I know that unlocking your Nemesis happened at level 25! Still, I found myself excited about the next level, more so in this game in others.
Excerpt: In preparation for this review, I pushed my new character in Champions Online to level 20 as quick as I could. It's something I never do, but I had to get to the level that would unlock my Nemesis.
Conclusion: Champions Online gives the appearance of a vast open-world full of rampaging villains and heroic adventure, and it lives up to this promise on many levels. You'll find much of the fun and mayhem one might expect to encounter in such a place. Yet there are moments when it's hard to shake the linear feeling that gradually creeps into the experience from time to time. From our time immersed in this comic book realm, we can heartily recommend giving it a shot.
Summary: Champions Online is based on the popular pen-and-paper Champions RPG, giving players the power of total customization of their hero experience while they explore a vast universe of richly detailed 3D environments.