The gameplay in Champions does not differ that much from Cryptic’s previous games. It can still be classified as a more casual environment, almost an “MMO Lite” with regards to battle and items. With the ability to attack and block in real time makes the battles much more action-oriented than those of many MMORPGs . Successful attacks and blocks increase a power meter, which can be used to unleash more powerful actions.
Death is handled casually as well. A player may choose to be revived by a teammate or respawn at a neutral site, except respawning does not accrue experience debt. Instead, upon death players lose a one of their five possibly accrued Hero Stars. These stars are earned for staying alive while defeating NPCs. Characters gain bonuses to stat-based actions for every star currently earned, making death a relatively minor inconvenience with respawns generally close to where one died.
The game also includes a few non-combat skills, such as a variety of crafting schools in science, arms, and Champions Online Gold. These each have three additional specializations that players can choose. There are also a variety of travel powers, including swinging using webs or grappling hooks, flying, fire flying, jet-boot flying, rocket boot jumping, hover disks, super
jump, super speed, teleportation, acrobatics (fast running, leaps and flips), ice sliding, earth flying and tunneling. Each of which have various speeds, maneuverability and other stats to consider, characters may choose their first travel skill at level 5. One downside, or plus side depending on one’s school of thought, is that do to the many flying travel skills that are gained at a relatively low level it makes it very possible to avoid nearly all risk and head directly to whatever destination you choose. Most characters being unable to match the range or height at which another can fly. Champions Gold is not without any risk however, as there are some land based anti-air turret NPC enemies that will shoot upon site; these, however, are fairly sporadic and fairly easily avoided.