Excerpt: It has been a long time since I enjoyed an online game. Most of them drain away funds just to grind monotonously. Getting to play a super hero in the DC Universe caught my eye. So I purchased DC Universe Online on the PS3 recently. The storyline is fascinating. Lex Luthor comes from the future to warn us that Brainiac will conquer the earth. Lex sends little machines that contain the powers of various super heroes.
Conclusion: DC Universe Online is an ambitious product, especially for the PlayStation 3. Careful measures have been taken to ensure it isn't too overcomplicated for the Dual Shock, and Sony Online Entertainment certainly succeed in this area. It's an accessible, forever-guiding venture into the MMO world, and a brilliant way to introduce new players to the genre. Despite its flaws, there is an entertaining title to unravel here, especially if you're backed up by the right crowd.
Excerpt: Admit it – you’ve daydreamed of donning black latex-covered Kevlar, crashing through a bank skylight and single-handedly stopping a horde of would-be bank robbers with a handful of well-timed elbow strikes and sweep kicks. We’ve all daydreamed of being a superhero at some time or another, so it’s nice when a game like Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online comes down the pipe and gives us an outlet for our thug-pummeling, spandex-wearing fantasies.
Summary: Not all that great considering the hype, the power (platform, property and producer) and the development time. I had expected something with a bit more panache and style. Instead it’s a literal grindfest interlaced with DC-themed stuff.
Excerpt: It’s not super, man… I know your secret. Even as an adult, you want to be a super hero. It’s ok – you can admit it, we’re all friends here. You want to be able to run amok in Gotham City beating up bad guys and rescuing law abiding citizens from attacking aliens from some distant planet. Or perhaps, you would prefer to be that masked menace and exact revenge on the world of super heroes for your own nefarious needs.
Pros: Super heroes! Villains! Powers!
Cons: Repetitive game play, poor area design, too many bugs to count, forced story line.
Conclusion: Once there, again expect to wait a very long time to join a raid or "duo" mission. While the available endgame content is fun, especially with friends, it’s currently quite sparse and it’s surprising that SOE didn’t create more -- especially since it seems obvious that they developed the levelling system with a quick path to raiding in mind. DCUO has a lot of potential, but the sloppy design and lack of polish are holding it back.
Pros: Fast and frantic combat, Great character customisation, Fantastic voice acting and general dedication to the license
Cons: Terrible UI, Rubbish social and communication features, Limited end-game content, Yet more "Australia Tax"