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Superplanes, trains, and hovertanks: Champions Online adding customizable vehicles this week

T.J. Hafer at

What is Batman without the Batmobile? Wonder Woman without her invisible jet? The Fantastic Four without their...wait, it's called the Fantasticar? Oh no.

In any case, a great ride adds style points to any hero, and your Champions Online character will be able to take up the fight against crime in a custom vehicle when the game's next update goes live this week. Exclusive images inside.


Champions Online wants you to design a boss to fight

Tom Hatfield at

Massively have pointed us to an interesting competition over in Champions Online. Cryptic are asking players to design them a new Supervillain, which will then be used as a ten-man boss in one of Champions' upcoming Alert missions.

Cryptic announces that hackers stole account info in 2010

Josh Augustine at

Cryptic, the dev studio behind Champions Online, Star Trek Online and the upcoming MMO Neverwinter, has just released a notice that some of their servers that contain users' personal information were hacked in 2010 and that the encrypted data had been compromised. But the good news is that if you follow good internet practice and have changed your passwords sometime in the last two years, you probably don't have to be worried by the bleak letter that just appeared on Cryptic's website, or the cautionary email you may have just received.


New Champions Online archetype isn't a Sith lord, honest

Tom Senior at

He's not a Sith Lord, he's a Cosmic Knight. Champions Online's archetypes offer players who don't play a subscription fee pre-defined builds to level with. This one is called The Unleashed, and is described as a "Militant Monk," an "Eldritch Warrior" and a "Mysterious Visitor," albeit one you're not likely to let into your house. He specialises in close range chopping with his lightsa- swords.

Champions Online is free to play, you can download the client from Champions Online site and Steam. In other news, Star Wars: The Old Republic is nearly fully operational. Bioware are set to throw the giant "ON" switch today, launching the game worldwide. You can join us on the Nightmare Lands server in Europe, and on the Crucible Pits in the US.


Halloween descends upon your favorite MMOs: spooky stuff you can play this weekend

Nathan Grayson at

Halloween is a time for many things. Candy, costumes, vandalism, paganism - you know, wholesome stuff. But Halloween also has its darker side. That's right: MMORPGs - perhaps the most evil, life-devouring game genre in existence. So clearly, it only makes sense that all of them would... OK, I'm done trying to make sense of this.

For some reason, MMOs take to Halloween like machete-wielding psychopaths to teenagers on camping trips. Why? Who knows? But it's stupidly fun, and you get to punch zombies in a videogame. That, like, almost never happens. Find out what the likes of WoW, Rift, World of Tanks, DC Universe, and many more are up to this Halloween after the break.


Steam starts supporting free-to-play games

Graham Smith at

It is frustrating that Valve insist on telling the world very important news just as everyone in the office turns off their PCs to go home. That leaves it to me to tell you that Valve have added microtransaction support for free-to-play games to Steam, with five available immediately: Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, and Alliance of Valliant Arms.

Starting tomorrow, each of the five games will offer exclusive in-game content to those players who try out the "free-to-play game of the day." That likely means Champions Online will soon be inundated with new players wearing Pyro masks or wielding Gordon's crowbar, which can only be a good thing for all involved.

Read on for a few more thoughts.


Atari to sell Cryptic studios

Tom Senior at

Atari's yearly financial report shows that they are parting ways with Cryptic, the studio behind Star Trek Online, Champions Online and the upcoming Neverwinter MMO. The official reasons given for the split include Atari's intentions to release "fewer but more profitable" titles and expand into "casual online and mobile games," but it more likely has something to do with the reported $25 million Cryptic have lost Atari in the last couple of years.


Age of Empires Online dev says free-to-play games are the best defence against pirates

Tom Senior at

The producer of Age of Empires Online has been voicing his thoughts on piracy, saying that the free-to-play model is one of the best defences against piracy. He argues that Eastern games that primarily use microtransactions are more secure than other games, and that "it makes sense for us in the West to catch up on this."


January's best free PC games

Lewis Denby at

January is usually a slow month for the games industry. The festive rush has finished, and few publishers want to take a risk on unleashing their big game when there's no opportunity for someone to buy it as a present. Fortunately, those making games for no financial reimbursement - or, at least, games whose money-making prowess doesn't equate to the need to shift a full-priced boxed product - don't have this to worry about. Maybe that's why January has seen some of the best free games to grace the PC in ages. Read on for our picks...


PC Gamer US Podcast 257 - Squirrelgirl

Andy Bauman at

Josh, Logan, Evan, Chris, and Anthony chat about DC Universe: Online, Dead Space 2 and Monday Night Combat. We also hit on some news, surprising announcements and an interview with Monday Night Combat developer, Uber Entertainment.

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Champions Online now free-to-play

Owen Hill at

Cryptic's Superhero MMO, Champions Online is now free to play. The latest patch includes an overhaul of almost every aspect of the game.

Read on for the details.


20% lifetime subscription to Champions Online: Free For All

Matt Purslow at

Yes, you read that right: you can save a whooping 20% if you purchase a lifetime subscription for Champions Online: Free for All - a game that's subscription free. Read on for details.


Champions Online free-to-play launch dated

Tom Senior at

It's time to bring out the Lycra and brush up on your eye lasers. Superhero MMO, Champions Online, will be free-to-play on January 25th, meaning we get to rid the world of evil and injustice without having to pay a penny.


Champions Online selling Lifetime Subscriptions

Tom Senior at

Cryptic Studios recently announced that Champions Online will be going free-to-play come the new year. Even so, they've just reintroduced a Lifetime Subscription that offers players permanent Gold Membership when the game goes free to play, as well as some bonus outfits and an in-game action figure, all for the price of $300. Read on for the list of benefits.


Star Trek Online could go free-to-play, Champions to get mission creator

Tom Senior at

Cryptic announced recently that Champions Online will be going free-to-play early next year, and many immediately wondered if their other MMO title, Star Trek Online would follow suit. Cryptic's boss, Jack Emmert, has been speaking out in a recent interview about Star Trek Online's chances of ditching the subscription fee, and about plans to introduce a City of Heroes style mission editor to Champions Online.


Champions Online is going free to play

Tom Senior at

Cryptic's superhero MMO Champions Online will be free to play as of early next year. You'll be able to download the client, create a hero and jump into Millenium City without having to worry about buying the game or paying any subscription fees.


Free games for the long weekend [Giveaway]

Josh Augustine at

Those of us in the United States have a three-day weekend coming up, and this isn't one of those "family" holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. This is boring ol' Labor Day, which, for gamers, means that we're looking at a solid 72 hours of prime gaming time. But what about the gamer whose gaming collection has run low? How will they possibly fill the long weekend without new games to play? Don't worry, as always, PC Gamer's got your back. Here's our roundup of games with free-to-play weekends, open betas, or recently launched free-to-play games to keep you interested. And if that's not enough, we're giving away five retail games to keep you gaming all weekend long and beyond!