DC Universe Online opens with a cinematic preview. Superman has left us (again). Then, predictably the villains all band together to beat the world into submission. Only this time, they actually win and all of the world’s mightiest heroes are destroyed. But wait! It’s all just a terrible vision of the future brought to us by Lex Luthor, villain/sometimes savior extraordinaire, in an attempt to warn the world about Brainiac’s coming storm. Why Lex would care if the world’s heroes survived Braniac’s upcoming annihilation is beyond me, but at least he has a conscience he can use from time to time. The story is basically a mash-up the last season of the Justice League Unlimited animated series (only in that one Lex stopped to get his power suit) and the amazing Kingdom Come comic series (if you haven’t read that, you need to get on it as it’s undoubtedly the greatest Justice League story of all time).
After the opening cinematic, players are tasked with creating their superhero. You can choose your power from a variety of super powers and attire, and before long, you are able to jump straight into DC Universe Online. The MMO is a re-release of the popular MMO that released on PC a few years ago - only now it has an improve look and best of all? It's free! Even though it's free, is it still worthy of your attention, or should you pass this one up altogether? Let's take a look.
The control scheme in DC Universe Online couldn't be simpler. Each button on the controller performs a basic action such as a quick attack, special move, and so on. Honestly, the game feels a lot more like a fighter rather than an MMO, which is perfectly fine considering DC Universe Online will have players fighting baddies throughout most of their play-through.
Even the most advanced moves you will pull off in DC Universe Online is easy to perform. Special moves are performed by following a set of button combinations unique to your character, and there's nothing overly complicated about it. If you have played a fighting game ala Street Fighter or
It Feels Like DC
The developers have done a solid job in making certain that no matter what kind of hero or villain you create, it actually feels as if it belongs in the DC Universe. They deserve an applause ladies and gentlemen, because achieving this couldn't have been easy. Your created avatar genuinely feels as if it could grace the cover of the next great DC book tomorrow, no matter how ridiculous you want to make your character look. As for super powers? The developers have given it the same treatment. Super powers feel as if they belong in the universe as well - they don't feel goofy or cheap.
Yet if you want to 'break out' and become the next Superman or Batman? Forget about it. You are constantly going to be given pointers from franchise characters such as Superman, Bats, and Wonder Woman. It's cool you get to hang out with them, and it's equally fun that you get to meet up with popular villains such as Harley Quinn, Joker, Catwoman, Lex, and more, and it's this inclusion of the popular characters that makes DC Universe Online work so well. You feel as if you are a part of this enthralling universe, and as a result, the game feels legitimate.
You're probably wondering how the graphics look, am I right? Fret not, as you will be pleased to know that the graphics look just as good as they do on the PC version. Truthfully, if you wanted the version with the best graphics, the PS4 is arguably as good as you could get, yet that isn't saying much. DC Universe Online doesn't boast great graphics to begin with. This isn't a new game - it has been around a while, and it shows. The graphics are looking dated as is the animation and physics system. While the PS4 version does have a bit of a noticeable overhaul, as the old saying goes, "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." While DC Universe Online isn't 'pig ugly,' it isn't easy on the eyes either.
What the game makes up for in visuals, it certainly makes up for in voice acting. Some of the best voice actors/actresses in showbusiness are here to showcase their talents, and the voices that have become synonymous with the DC characters of yesterday are back on display. Come on, when you think of how The Joker sounds, who do you think of? Mark Hamill's portrayal of The Joker in Batman The Animated Series and most recently, the Arkham Batman games, right? Never fret, as Mark Hamill is here to give The Joker that classic touch he deserves, as are so many others. Will Wheaton even voices a character, so if you are a sucker for great voice acting talent, DC Universe Online has your fill right here.
But is it fun?
Sure, you get to beat up a ton of bad guys in the DC Universe. That's cool, and if you're a DC fanatic like me to begin with, the mere thought of an MMO that takes place in one of comic's greatest universes is enough to make you giddy with exciting. Yet even though the source material is enough to make even the most jaded fan at least a little excited, know this: DC Universe Online is not a life-changing game. You can complete the game's story arc within 2 hours, so it's not lengthy by any stretch of the imagination.
Is it fun? It depends. Some days you are going to be playing with some of the nicest people you will meet in all of gaming, while other days you will be playing with a bunch of rude people. PvP can be irritating as well, as anyone can start a fight with you no matter where you are. DC Universe Online can't help how people behave in their game, but expect to be irritated. Alas, this is the nature of an MMO, so go into it knowing that this isn't going to be a cakewalk.
In the end, DC Universe Online is a fun experience, and the fact that it is free means you have absolutely no excuse to at least try it out for an hour. Sure, you are not going to find yourself locked up in your bedroom living primarily on pizza and Mountain Dew Code Red for weeks, but for what it is, it's a great experience for DC fans and casual fans alike.
What do you think players? Did you grab this title recently? Different opinion? The same? ‘Sound off' in the comments.
Final Score: 7/10
Game Category: Role Playing
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 12/5/2013