So recently Champions Online went "Free to Play". Typically this is the "kiss of death" for most MMOs; so I didn't hold out much hope for what I would see if I re-installed and started playing again for comparison with DCUO.
So I did. With the "free to play" you have only two character slots, limited character build options, limited content, and limited support. Fairly standard when a game goes from subscription to free. And to be honest, I feel that while Champions Online character is really really nice, and the DCUO character builder should have a lot more options in regard to character creation, Champions Online still falls short as far as fun and playability. Being a "superhero" game should be about action. Sadly, Champions Online felt sluggish and boring compared to DCUO. In the starter area with Champions, I was able to defeat enemies in two to three attacks; in the DCUO starting area, it was very much possible for me to get "knocked out" aka "killed" by my targets. Which oddly is a nice feeling; saying to the player "yes, you're a superhero, but you're fighting super villains and they only get tougher from here".
In short, Champions Online still looks like you're playing a game that is created straight from the pages of a comic book; the character creation is still top notch, and the story line is very open ended. However I feel that the product that DC/Warner/Sony put out is superior in regard to gameplay, and replayability (especially since you can play as a hero or villain on either a PvE or PvP server) and overall fun factor. I still have some issues with both games, but if I can only choose one superhero styled MMO, it'll be DC Universe Online.
But Champions Online is still better than City of Heroes/Villains/Going Rogue.