Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Feb 1, 2011
    100
    This isn't the sort of MMO that asks you to park for hours on end several nights in a row. It's more of a co-operative or competitive multiplayer action game, perfect for short intense visits. And because your character doesn't sport rows of tiny icons for a thousand different skills, DC Universe is also perfect for less frequent visits.
  2. Feb 26, 2011
    88
    An exciting new direction for MMOs that's plenty of fun already and should only get better with a few patches under its utility belt.
  3. Jan 26, 2011
    88
    they've pulled off two impressive feats. First off, they've successfully launched a top-shelf superhero MMOG which has been a subgenre that has historically been a weak contender in the overall market. And secondly, they've managed to successfully incorporate action game mechanics into this title in such a way that it will not alienate gamers that are used to a slower pace, but will still deliver pulse-pounding action on par with many single player games.
  4. Jan 17, 2011
    88
    If you're a fan of action, MMOs, or comic books, and if you're looking to commit a lot of time to a single game, DC Universe Online will not disappoint you.
  5. Feb 22, 2011
    86
    The best attempt yet at merging action gaming and MMOs, and a dream come true for comic fans of all ages. [Mar 2011, p.102]
  6. Jan 31, 2011
    85
    The feeling that DCUO is a brand-new game, that hasn't quite ironed out the wrinkles, is palpable.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    85
    They have achieved to turn into a hit a title which might have passed unnoticed. Being a superhero or villain has never been so fun, and we can share it with thousand of players.
  8. Jan 26, 2011
    85
    DC Universe Online is not only the best MMO build on a superhero theme, but one of the most innovative MMO appeared in the last few years. The combat system is a blast, and there is plenty of content to keep you busy for weeks. Is it worth it the monthly fee though? Only SOE and their regular updates to the game can answer that.
  9. Mar 21, 2011
    80
    DC Universe Online plays best if you've never tried a MMORPG before. The combat is innovative and addictive, the visuals are sleek and the setting is exciting. It may lack some interface polish and the level cap happens too soon, but nevertheless it's a must for any comics fan.[Apr 2011, p.89]
  10. Feb 4, 2011
    80
    DC Universe Online sales were good and well deserved. The work on the PvP side of the game is interesting, and gives it a hardcore flavor that is both nice and unexpected for a first PS3 MMO. More comfortable on the PC, DCUO has the content it needs for the casual gamer, the group of friends, or the large guild with the PGM attitude. Now, SOE only has to correct some shortcomings and give us more clues about future content! Sure it's only just come out, but, go go, back to work!
  11. Jan 23, 2011
    80
    As with any newly-minted MMO, the game now is probably not what it will become, and whether there is enough depth and content to sustain the monthly subscription price is an unanswered question. For certain though, fans of the beloved DC comics, action gamers, and MMO veterans will all find something to enjoy in DC Universe Online.
  12. Feb 21, 2011
    76
    There's still a lot to do for the developers, but if you like the DC universe and want to get away from World of Warcraft, give this game a chance. Even if you don't pay monthly fees it's still a full co-op action game.
  13. 75
    But is it worth the initial investment? Due to the impressive groundwork laid by the excellent character creation and combat, I'd say yes.
  14. 70
    If you are a fan of comics, then this is your dream come true. To fight against the Joker with Catwoman? Wow! But unfortunately, the game is not as fun as the comics, nor as colorful as the superhero's costumes. [Issue#201]
  15. Feb 9, 2011
    70
    DC Universe Online is a good game, one that can appeal to both MMO and comic fans. On Consoles there's nothing better, and if you plan on playing it on a Ps3 it's well worth the monthly fee. Not so much on PC's though, where there's a lot of strong competitors, and Sony's title is a bit too repetitive and bugged to come out on top. Still, it's the best superhero themed MMO on the market and it has a lot of potential. If you love comics give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
  16. Jan 29, 2011
    70
    DCUO is far from a bad game; there are indeed times when it shines fantastically with the potential for greatness, but its many faults, most minor but some quite large, ensure that it never reaches those heights.
  17. Jan 28, 2011
    70
    Great atmosphere and an addictive character creator, but the quests are a bit too repetitive.
  18. Jan 25, 2011
    70
    Yet DC Universe Online tips its hand early on; in all too short a time, it stops offering any real surprises, remaining approachable but never wading too far from the shallow end of the pool.
  19. Jan 25, 2011
    70
    An action-packed MMO, with some important flaws that must be corrected if Sony wants to appeal a vast audience. Controls can become an issue if you play it on PC and quests are a bit too much on the grinding side, but the combat system and the customization options are fun. With some improvements this game could find its own place in the MMO jungle.
  20. Mar 3, 2011
    60
    DCUO never really takes off. It suffers from numerous bugs and glitches, and the structure of the quests looks more suitable for a single-player RPG rather than an MMO.
  21. Feb 24, 2011
    60
    Hit the cap in the free month, then come back in six. [Mar 2011, p.62]
  22. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    DCUO is just a casual masterwork that any comic book fan should take for a spin, and we fear the $14.99 monthly subscription fee will be the kryptonite that brings this hopeful giant to its knees.
  23. Jan 25, 2011
    60
    The result is an enjoyable action-oriented MMO but it leads one to wonder if there is enough here to keep a player paying the monthly fee. With just 30 levels before end-game content and only two major questing zones it begs the question: Will people stay around after their 30 day free trial is over? For large swathes of the playerbase, we're guessing the answer is 'no.'
  24. Jan 21, 2011
    60
    PC gamers accustomed to feasts of content and polish will likely feel short-changed from their subscription fee once the initial 30 day rush is over.
  25. Feb 22, 2011
    50
    DC Universe Online isn't necessarily a bad game. It's a decent MMO with a lot of potential, but our major concern is that it just doesn't have enough content to justify a monthly subscription.
  26. Jan 27, 2011
    50
    Unless you fancy yourself a hardcore DC comics fan, you'll find little to hold your interest in DCUO in its current state after the first several hours of gameplay.
  27. Feb 4, 2011
    40
    SOE tried, and failed, to straddle the line between action game and MMO. Think Crackdown -- but with all of the concessions, limitations, and annoyances of a mediocre massively multiplayer game.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 211 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 96
  2. Negative: 28 out of 96
  1. Apr 17, 2012
    0
    Terrible game. Beta tested, put up with tons of bugs and glitches for over a year, paid a subscription, called someone a homo in /shout and was banned for seven days. Don't play this game if you want to be able to speak freely. Oh and waited on hold for 30 minutes just to be told that they charged me for three months and then wouldn't do anything for me. Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2011
    8
    Awesome game, lot of character customization, skills and powers. You feel like being the character. Combat system is awesome. It can take some while to mastering the control if you are a Wow or other MMO player. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2011
    4
    Very disappointed in this game. The game was obviously designed as a platform game and ported to the PC. The control scheme is very difficult to get accustomed to and half the time I can't see where I am going or who I am fighting because of the poor camera angles. I feel very similar towards this game as I did with Final Fantasy XIV. Maybe I should just stay away from these types of MMORPGs that are designed for console systems. Full Review »