January 14, 2011

Initial Thought: DC Universe Online


Well DC Uni­verse Online came out ear­li­er this week and my inner com­ic geek could­n’t pass up a chance to wash away the bad taste of City of Heroes. So I bought a copy for my PS3 and I am actu­al­ly pleased thus far. Now keep in mind I have not gone through all the con­tent, I am not lev­el capped and I only have one toon so far. Like the title says these are my ini­tial thoughts.
Ok lets take it from the start, char­ac­ter cre­ation. The cre­ation process is real­ly sim­ple and straight for­ward. You can start from scratch and com­plete­ly cus­tomize a hero or vil­lian, or you can start with a tem­plate of an already known hero or vil­lian. From there you select a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent pow­ers and items. You pick a move­ment abil­i­ty, a fight­ing abil­i­ty and weapon. It works like this: I chose super speed for move­ment, fire as a pow­er and my hands as the weapon. Basi­cal­ly I am a speed­ster with the abil­i­ty to shoot fire from my hands. Now they are many oth­er com­bi­na­tions to go with such as flight and acro­bat­ics for move­ment. Ice, nature, sor­cery, and mar­tial arts for abil­i­ties and guns, swords, staffs, and bows for weapons. Each with their own role for use (exam­ple: Nature pow­ers are most­ly heal­ing and sup­port pow­ers.) Now after you get them look­ing cool with sweet pow­ers and that badass ham­mer for a weapon, you get to choose a men­tor. Since I played the hero side I got to choose from Super­man (genet­ic pow­ers), Won­der Woman (Nature and World pow­ers), or Bat­man (gad­gets and tech­nol­o­gy). Since I picked super speed, I went with Super­man. As your men­tor they act sort of like a quest guide/giver. They con­tact you about mis­sions and help you from time to time. After your char­ac­ter is fin­ished your on to start your super­hero sto­ry.

Now I am only lev­el 6 out of a lev­el 30 cap. I am only about 3 hours into the game and it’s a fun game. It plays more like a 3rd per­son hack and slash then a typ­i­cal MMO. There is no auto attack. If you stop hit­ting but­tons, you stop fight­ing. There are no cooldowns on abil­i­ties but you do have a mana-esk bar which your abilites use. So you can spam your favorite attack but will run out of pow­er quick. I can’t imag­ine try­ing to play this game with a key­board and mouse. It real­ly seems to cater to the con­troller wield­ing play­er. The action is pret­ty fast paced and the envi­ron­ment is not short on ene­mies. Every street cor­ner has anoth­er mis­sion and bad­dies wait­ing for you.

Will DCU be the next WoW killer? No. Will DCU stand the test of time? Prob­a­bly not. Is DCU a fun and not so seri­ous out­let for MMO play­ers? Very much so. This game is not for every­one. The hard­core MMO play­ers who’s job in life is to get all the shiney pur­ples and have the high­est gearscore will laugh at this game and say it’s kids stuff. Well why are you read­ing this? Don’t you have a raid in like 5 mins? Let me know when you find a girl who is impressed you got lev­el 85 in less than a day you chi­nese gold farm­ing whore.….…Sorry.……struck a nerve.……DC Uni­verse.….… right. It is sim­ply a fun alter­na­tive to the usu­al MMO that we all have become accus­tomed to. The fact that it is DC just adds to the lore because you now get to fight along side your favorite heros. I have already had mis­sions with Super­man and The Flash. This game is for the laid back, causal gamer. So far so good.

4 comments

  1. thsoundman - January 14, 2011 11:10 pm

    I’ve always been skep­ti­cal of any­thing loose­ly based on car­toons and com­ic books. Case in point is Bat­man: Arkham Asy­lum. I’ve nev­er played the game and I have this pre­mo­ni­tion not to because it’s based off a car­toon. That being said it’s received high praise for being a fan­tas­tic game. I may have to give this and the Bat­man Game a try. Per­haps i need to put my sterotypes behind me.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - January 15, 2011 2:23 pm

    Arkham is well worth a try I’m kin­da curous how it plays on the pc (I think I saw it on steam) if it’s on the PC at all very action-rpg like and not car­toonie at all very dark more the the graph­ic nov­els that Nolan was bas­ing the movies from but with the bur­ton flair!
    If DCU plays like Arkham I may have to give it a shot.… at some point

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  3. T8 - January 19, 2011 10:58 am

    this title kin­da reminds me of All Points Bul­letin. Was a great game for a while but the fol­low­ing died fast. Ace you sound a bit bit­ter about MMO play­ers? LOLu­sad­breh?

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  4. AceOfNades69 - January 19, 2011 7:41 pm

    Haha…I used to play WoW and I like to try out new MMO’s. I just have seen the evil side to MMO’s.

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