After months of beta testing, Champions Online is set to launch next month. Developed by Cryptic Studios, they have adapted the popular Champions RPG by Hero Games for the MMO market. Previous games the studio made are City of Heroes and City of Villains.
So where does it leave the pen and paper version? That depends on who you ask.
For some gamers, this game a welcome addition to the world of Champions. To newcomers, it looks like another bash ‘em up style game with superheroes and villains to fight instead of monsters. But that is not always the case.
True to the comic book inspirations, players can go mono a mono in cage fights (PvPs) or engage in scenarios where one side assumes the villainous role. Stronghold Prison is a place that players can engage in as either.
For gamers who enjoy both gaming mediums, there are pros and cons to both versions.
With a twenty-eight year old history and more rule revisions than AD&D, the RPG is in its fifth edition. The world one plays in is is up to the Game Master’s imagination or gamers can use the mythology established in the books. But when one can’t find a local gaming group to play, the MMORPG is the next best thing.
Here, players are roaming in a world where an evil villain known as Dr. Destroyer is bent on taking over the world and classic characters from the RPG make cameo appearances.
Yes, while the game seem cliche and stereotyped, the HERO system makes use of archetypes that are atypical for the comic book genre and a point based system to upgrade abilities, provide advantages or buy off disadvantages as the hero becomes well known.
Just like the paper version, players can design their own mighty alter-ego. They can edit how their abilities work. Fortunately, unlike Cryptic’s past City of Heroes, players are not locked to recreating the same hero everytime, but dressing the abilities up differently.
With this online version, players can do good under the sea or on the moon. Here, the setting is diverse enough to cover all possibilities for epic battles. They can also meet with other heroes to form their own justice league or go solo like a certain man in a cowl.
As the hero levels up, he will encounter new foes, get an arch-nemesis and have a conclusion. Cryptic Studios placed a level cap so that all good things can come to an end. There is special end game content and game play when one approaches “retirement.”
OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / Windows 7
CPU: 2.5 Ghz Single Core (min) / Intel E8400 Core2Duo (recommended) or better
Memory: 1GB (min) / 2GB RAM (recommended)
Video: Nvidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radion 700 (min)
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or Better / ATI Radeon HD 3850 or Better (recommended)
Sound: Direct X compatible
Network: Broadband required
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