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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: There is a lot to like about Champions Online; the character creator is deeply satisfying, the missions are well written and entertaining for the most part and the combat is an absolute blast. But outside of that there is not a whole lot of substance to Champions Online.
Pros: Great looking game; deep costume creator; fun combat system; highly customizable powersets.
Cons: Unfinished and unpolished; bugs; lack of substantial content.
Conclusion: Overall Champions Online truly is the next generation hero MMOG. Cyrptic studios took everything they learned from City of Heroes and their obvious love of comic books and superheroes and have delivered a game that allows players to realize their own unique superhero dream.
Pros: Great character builder, power customization removes restrictions on building YOUR hero, ways of acquiring quests keeps things interesting, pretty colors;
Cons: Lack luster PvP, power customization actually discourages grouping, some portions of the game are confusing for new players.
Excerpt: When designing Champions Online , Cryptic Studios seems to have looked back at City Of Heroes and expanded on nearly every aspect of their past work. Champions has a nearly bewildering number of options and customizability: It’s easy to lose hours just tinkering with the character-creation system.