A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gamers play as superheroes who are having heroic adventures, which involve defeating crime and evil and saving the world.
Positive Role Models
The superhero Defender is the poster boy for all that is good. He is the game's equivalent to Superman. Other secondary characters also portray good role models. However, their methods of eradicating evil involve a lot of violence.
Ease of Play
Controls are simple and intuitive with good camera angles.
Violence & Scariness
The game is a superheroes MMORPG and gameplay is heavy on fighting and defeating villains. Characters fight using hand-to-hand combat or by employing superpowers that can include casting spells or using fire or ice. Some characters can bite others and when they do, a small amount of blood is shown. Others exhibit extreme strength which allows them to throw massive objects. Defeated enemies fall and then disappear.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hyper-sexualized characters can be made in this game, with skin-tight spandex costumes and cleavage on plenty on females. They can also wear bikinis, garter belts, and thigh-high stockings.
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Open chat system and anything goes although a language filter is in place.
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Products & Purchases
Some fluff items are available for purchase, and a link to the store is front and center on the website.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's a super-heros game. There are references to nefarious crime / drug lords to be defeated.
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Parents Need to Know
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.
Is It Any Good?
Designed by the same game studio – Cryptic Studios - that created City of Heroes (CoH), Champions Online is their “not quite City of Heroes 2,” where the studio has been able to do the things they wished they had been able to do with CoH. Character and costume customization is top notch. The comic-book graphic style can be turned off in options if you don’t like the heavy black outlines around characters.
The game is fast-paced and controls are simple and intuitive. Planned for Xbox360 as well as PC, players can play the game with their Xbox360 controller if they wish. Helping players to succeed are built-in “boosts” that players run or “roll over” to pick up, such as an energy / health / defense boost or perhaps a fiery shield for a short period of time. Players also gain skills quickly, such as the ability to fly at level 5. Basically, something new is achieved every few levels or so to keep the player interested. There is no re-specialization of powers in the game if players decide further on that they dislike their choices, but Cryptic has said a few times that there are no “gimp” builds, that all specializations and powers are equally viable in the game.
Online interaction: With a T rating, this game is really designed for older teens and adults. Open Chat and open forums -- albeit with moderation -- allow full online interaction although there are friends as well as ignore lists that players can use.
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