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  • Summary: In DC Universe Online, players will be thrust headlong into an action-packed online world based on the heroes, villains and landmarks of the DC Universe. In the game, players step into the role of the next legendary superhero or villain and are given the choice to save or conquer the universe online. Along the way, players will be fighting alongside or against iconic DC characters as well as other players for the fate of the DC Universe. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. If you mooch for free off only one MMO this year, make it this one. [February 2014, p78]
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    The best super-hero MMO out there and well worth the free download.
  3. Dec 6, 2013
    75
    Three years after its initial release, the fight against Brainiac still is entertaining and probably the best hack&slay of some sort until the arrival of Diablo 3. Since it is free-to-play the only thing you would waste is hard drive space, so give it a try.
  4. Dec 19, 2013
    75
    DC Universe Online is a title in its own way unique, not only because it is now one of the few MMORPGs available on consoles, but also because it is perhaps the only exponent of the superhero genre to have discrete character.
  5. Artistically it's a bit gaudy. [Feb 2014, p.87]
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    60
    DC Universe Online lacks the ‘pow’ of the properties that it’s inspired by, but it’s a decent enough MMO with some solid ideas and a strong following. As a free download, it’s hard not to recommend – even if you only intend to give it a try.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Jun 9, 2014
    10
    The most underrated game on the PS4 and best action mmo I've played. I've been playing for years and will continue to do so until this game is just a memory. Expand
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    9
    Hard to get into then harder to put down. This game wins you over the more time you spend with it. Throw in some great DLC and you have endless hours of superhero/villain mayhem. Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2013
    8
    I decided to try this out with a friend and it is actually a very impressive game it does everything right in terms of being both traditional mmo and keeping it all super-heroed, however I am not interested at all in spending £54 on half a years worth of playing. Not a fan of subscription based games at all. Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2014
    7
    This game isn't going to revolutionize anything, but it is a decent MMO. I haven't reached end-game content yet, but I have done some group content and it is good enough. This will hold you over nicely if you are looking for an MMO prior to FFXIV on PS4. The graphics are not great and seem stuck in the previous gen, but with this game being available on release and also being a port from PS3 I don't think we could expect much more. Besides, how many MMOs that are currently available have the most cutting edge graphics, even on PC? I haven't tried any regulated PVP, but I have definitely dealt with the darker side of PVP being on a PVP server. Opposing factions will grief the hell out of you simply out of boredom (can only assume these are children playing or adults living in their parents house with a grudge against the world due to their lack of motivation to further their lives... because I sure can't imagine a reasonable adult would get any sort of enjoyment out of camping a low level area while they are at level cap just to see that toon get repeatedly two shotted and sent back to respawn). If you can tolerate being in a PVE realm you should be fine, but I definitely prefer the PVP realms even though the children like to grief. I like the armory system and how you change appearance with each piece of gear while maintaining the option to change your style back to how you originally designed your avatar without sacrificing the stat upgrades from the new gear. The first few levels give you a bunch of biker gear and I really did not like it so I was able to revert my appearance back to the dark and futuristic appearance that I originally chose and kept the stat upgrades as I progressed. Questing is pretty basic if you have ever played an MMO. A lot of "go here and kill 20 of these" type quests. The game uses your basic tank, heal, dps system while also involving a control role which so far seems to be movement altering or debuffing powers. It is cool to have some run-ins with known heroes and villains from the DC stables. It adds a level of comfort and familiarity in this universe. Combat is nice in that it gets away from the click and wait mechanics and instead goes with a more hack and slash, button mashing experience (perhaps button mashing isn't accurate since there are specific button combos that perform different attacks and abilities).
    So if you are looking for a game that will bring a new experience this may not be the game for you. If you are looking for another WoW style MMO but with a little more of an action combat system then this could be a great option. I personally take it in in small doses and it works well. A half hour or hour every couple days and I am content. I won't be couching this one and spending 18 hour stretches as I have in my younger years with more original MMO experiences.
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  5. Oct 11, 2014
    6
    DC Universe Online

    Game-play:The game play is amazing i really loved it. The way all the power are different feels amazing.The combat
    system is very good and most of the skills are usefull.

    Story:The story as a hero is a little boring but the story as a villain is very good.

    Graphics:Graphics are ok i do not really care anyway.

    Notes:The game have lots of value and it is very good and the online missions where you team up with friends and other characters are great as a hero or as a villain but the game is free a RPG MMO and you expect to be you know free but is you do not pay you cant really play as you want.Some power have to be bought with real money and some items too you have to even pay for the ability to carry as many in game money as you want so that is the main reason for the 6 out of 10 score it could be better.
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  6. Dec 12, 2013
    5
    I want to love this game but it is simply not ready yet on the PS4. While the core game is still intact, mostly, the game came with a ton of crippling bugs that make it almost unplayable. The biggest one is the PvP issues they have been having. The queues won't que up and, when they do get you inside the fighting area, it kicks you out soon after. The leveling process, while fun, can be stonewalled if a bug comes around that won't you complete a quest, like what is currently in game. There's alot of things that need to be fixed for the PS4 version before it can be called a finished product and given a score. Till then, this is my placeholder and my warning to anyone who might be interested in the game on the new console: Give it time. Give them time to work out all the bugs and then you'll find a wonderful MMO that is fairly different from the rest of the stuff out there. Expand
  7. Sep 11, 2014
    0
    The leveling process is the most fun, which can be done in one day. All end game content is boring, repetitive, and way too easy. Every dlc is a testament to unrealized potential.

    The community (including the current SOE community manager for dcuo) is even worse than the actual game. The community manager revels in threatening posters on the forums. If they make a complaint about something, he threatens to make it worse. He used the words "be careful what you wish for" while twisting the words of a poster. Google "dcuo forum the current prestige cap isn't going to work" the green name on the third page of the thread to see the way he manages the community he was hired to manage. "Be careful what you wish for..." and he made good on that threat, the very next game update addressed the issue at hand in the most sadistic way imaginable.

    The devs used to know what they were doing, but recently they've been adding boring and monotonous game mechanics that cater to three-year-olds and then the devs (especially the current creative director) openly insult their customers in the game's forums. Every week they make a new decision that is a deal breaker for people who used to be fanboys of the game.

    If you start playing it and you enjoy it, it will be a completely different game within a year. If you decide to pick it up and you love the game, the question in the back of your head should be: How long until they introduce my deal breaker to the game? Because players that were at one point the biggest supporters and fanboys of this game are now leaving en masse (I used to love this game and said many times I'd be playing this game till the servers shutdown). Right now the universally decided most obnoxious fanboy for this game is fuming about the most recent changes, other forumites are trolling him reminding him of how he previously always said the devs are always right, and telling him he could never make good on his threat to quit the game because he has previously proclaimed that his league is like family and he loves them. Will they lose that prominent fanboy? Only time will tell, but this one is definitely gone.

    Check out the dcuo forums and I can almost guarantee you'll see long time players begging the devs not to introduce some bull crud mechanic that will destroy the fun of the game.

    The game is buggy and you disconnect a lot, but for a longtime I convinced myself that all games will be buggy and glitchy and kick me out from time to time, it's the willful decisions that the devs make to dumb down the game and their constant underestimation of their players' intelligence and skill that got me to quit playing what was my favorite game for two years.
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