Should You Pre-Order DC Universe Online?

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In DC Universe Online you are first asked to create either a hero or a villain based off of a limited selection of the DC Universe or create your own. From here you pick your clothes, gear, powers, etc. Nothing that really stands out too much. I have attempted to create five characters and while its always fun to show your creative side it froze my PS3 once and glitched on me to the point that I had to quit two other times. When a customization menu fails to let you customize it pretty much loses its name. It becomes an “it is what it is menu”.

Once you get into the game you get an environment that is attractive however it’s not completely awe inspiring. Myself I have always been a Batman fan so selecting him as my mentor was a no brainer. I now fly around Gotham stopping crimes (so to speak) and generally seeing what’s out there. As far as stories go this is a simple MMO. You have assignments of “beat X enemies” or “collect Y objects” with nothing innovative that really blows your hair back.

What takes away from it are more bugs. I see mission critical NPCs on my map but nowhere to be found. It makes ending or starting a mission pretty difficult. Also you periodically see nefarious individuals up to no good, whether it’s breaking into a building or wanna be villains picking a fight with the cops. The problem I’ve been having is that 95% of the time I am totally unable to interact with them to stop them.  I can saunter up to them. Watch them. Bump into them. But never really stop them.

This is not to say it isn’t fun. DC Universe Online is a fun game. I have been enjoying my time with it. I have been really enjoying my time. It’s why I make multiple characters. I want to see what else is available to me. Like I said at the start or this post, this is a beta. These are all problems that could easily be corrected by the time the game goes live. These are not Final Fantasy XIV level flaws.

But what is deal breaking flaw is the price point. For me, I work a full time job, have a family, and take care of Polish the Console. The time I would play DC Universe Online is maybe a few hours a week at most. There are other games out there that I want to play, review, write about and can’t devote my time to an MMO. While I would love to have it in my list of games I can throw in and play when the urge strikes this is where we have the problem. The video game itself costs $60.00 on the PS3 ($50 on the PC). This is standard but then there is the matter of the DC Universe Online monthly subscription fee set at $15.00. Yes that is each month. For something rather “meh”.

So think of it this way. I will find myself obsessed with this game for (at most) two months. After that obsession has passed I will move on to some other video game thinking back fondly at my time with DC Universe Online. For my two month obsession it will cost me almost $100 for a video game that in order to play again when I get the whim, I will have to pay for. Thanks, but no thanks. I’m not saying you shouldn’t preorder it, but I am saying that for me. While the cost isn’t outside of the realm of doable, I expect more.

EDIT (because I apparently didn’t make my point clear, my bad):

This is not to say that (as stated in the comment section) I want something for free. What I said was I want a better offering for my money. However the  TheL1T1G4T0R is 100% correct. We are playing with copyrighted characters. We are playing with something that should be absolutely epic. What makes it “meh” is that everything I’ve seen falls so far short its laughable. What I expect is actual value. Something that delivers on a level commensurate with the history, mythos, and overall fan dedication that it deserves.

Instead we’re given “Bane’s henchmen are taking Venom. Go beat them up. Now go beat up Bane. Oh yeah, Batman is going to talk to you.” It becomes an underwhelming tacked on pile of banality that falls short even in beta. The integration into the DC Universe is tantamount to a cameo appearance by your favorite costumed hero patting you on the back and saying good job.

But I’ll be damned if it isn’t a tacked on pile of banality that’s pretty fun to play.

Now we would be remiss if we didn’t touch upon the pre-order bonus. If you order you recieve a copy of DC Comics Legends Issue #0 DC Universe Online comic and you can play as Batman in a 2-on-2 battle arena.

If you want to pre-order DC Universe Online for PC or PS3 or just check it out do so below.

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Comments

Posted On
Dec 18, 2010
Posted By
myownscars

dude do you not realize that your in a beta its going to have glitches and bugs that’s what were here to do so they can make the game better for release day. Now I didnt even read all of your post cause right away you started complaining about the bugs.

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Posted On
Dec 18, 2010
Posted By
wadoobie

Maybe next time you should read the entire post. I addressed that very point multiple times. But thanks for playing…and failing.

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Posted On
Dec 18, 2010
Posted By
ChuckLez

From the PC side, the bugs are just bad. So bad in fact, that they should this game back to alpha phase. Crashing, missing skins, missing images and sound glitches. I expect some of this from a beta, but when I have to redo a mission 4 times just because the game crashed 4 times in a row, ANNND and to restart my comp because it suddenly thought the game server was down multiple times. Its just very frustrating right now.

Another really fun glitch, punch a car, see it suddenly start to float away, and only to see another shadow car appear beneath it. lovely.

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Posted On
Dec 18, 2010
Posted By
Jason

I believe that you’ll get the first 30 days for free so it should only cost you an additional $15 to play for two months. I have gamer ADD too so I’m banking on that.

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Posted On
Dec 19, 2010
Posted By
wadoobie

I am hoping this is the case by could find nothing about it. Either that or they lower the cost of the game itself.

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Posted On
Dec 20, 2010
Posted By
TheL1T1G4T0R

There’s a reason why you don’t see too a lot of DC Universe beta articles folking around.

Anybody with common sense and/or previous experiences with MMOs would know to keep their mouths shut to the public especially concerning betas.

Why?

1) There’s a place for your to vent your frustations…the official DC Universe Online Beta forums. How do I know? Because I’m also in the beta and use them to report my glitches instead of spreading negative publicity about a game still in beta.

The mere fact that you start complaining about how much time it would take up and how much it costs, shows you have absolutely no credibility when it concerns MMOs. If you did, you would understand the pricing structure and why it’s there.

So you’ve already shown you’re only casually interested especially when taking your complete lack of detail on the pluses of the beta. Hmmm…funny how such an objective person forget those eh?

From your little smirky “meat” joke at the beginning to your whinny “I want something for free” begging at the end, this entire piece of work is in shambles.

Perhaps you’ll exercise common sense in the future and stop wasting time writing impressions because you my friend are clueless.

Here’s a tip for the future…go play more MMOs from the start. All of them start out very streamlined so they can support the initial populations. As time goes by, the money generated from subscriptions are used to make the game bigger, better, and special.

We have actual comic book artists working on this game. If that makes it “meh,” then you don’t use the same dictionary as I do. This is unprecedented. We’re playing with COPYRIGHTED CHARACTERS in an MMO! Some of the most iconic figures in this country period!

Seriously…I’m not even a fan of DC Universe because I tend to watch more Marvel stuff but show some respect. Do your homework before disparage a game to the public.

I’m really interested to hear what the lads over at the Official forums will have to say about your piece…

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Posted On
Dec 20, 2010
Posted By
wadoobie

I have made an addition to the article based on your comments, however “Here’s a tip for the future…”

If you’re going to attempt lambast someone with a numbered list make sure you go farther than 1.

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Posted On
Dec 20, 2010
Posted By
kattiki

I’m a HUGE fan of MMOs. MMOs are my crack. Honestly, I could spend hours and hours on them, and then realize I’ve hardly even done two missions.

And while I could see myself sinking plenty of time into this one, I’m a bit put off by all the bugs. There are huge issues, such as the game freezing and crashing. This happens well over half the time. In fact, I’m pretty sure the number is closer to 2 out of 10 times have I actually closed & logged out of the game by myself.

What also really bothers me about this game is that, until very recently, the media was saying that this game would be free to play. At least, that’s what I’d heard. Maybe I’m mistaken, but this last minute decision to make it play-to-play puts me off. Don’t tell me I’m going to be able to play this for free and then suddenly switch it out last minute!

-Kat

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Posted On
Dec 26, 2010
Posted By
Phil

The answer to your titular question of
“Should You Pre-Order DC Universe Online” is an emphatic
YES!

Here’s my favorite reasons for this answer:

1) Pre-order grants access to the DCUO BETA KEY.
Why would you want a DCUO BETA KEY?
If you’ve been following this game at all- then likely your blood got to pumping after the insanely epic opening cinematic for the game.
Guess what? The FINAL DAY of the BETA, the Devs will be re-enacting THAT ENTIRE Battle.
**IN GAME**
That by itself, is reason enough to wade into the beta- regardless of any other issues or preferences you may have…
There’s no gurantees the devs will make this EVENT something accessbile in ‘prod’ anytime soon—and even if they do, rest assured it’ll be a long time before it would go live..that’s why we get to test it on the last day of beta!

2) Opportunity to help IMPROVE THE GAME
As litigator pointed out, the ecology of beta(TESTING) precludes the understanding that there will be bugs. It’s a FACt of BETA. But, as stated in #1 above- to heck with bugs— I want to fight that last war! So guess what, if things aren’t perfect, it gives me an opportunity to enjoy the game and help the developers improve the experience for the retail (production) implementation of the game…
Play games AND help people enjoy a kick-butt video game? Sign me UP!

3) EDGE!
Let’s face it- if you’re ‘hard core’ enough to join a beta- it will only help you gain that ‘competitive edge’ for the actual prod version. You’ll have fought stuff, explored, discovered what works and what doesn’t…That translates to a more streamlined experience when the game goes live. While all the ‘casual gamers’ join up during the live, you’ll be ahead of them- leveling away, getting things done with efficiency, so you can get the bragging rights of saying ‘FIRST’ in leveling, adventures or what have you….BETA=TRAINING… and when you train well, you become the BEST…

See YOU In BETA!

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Posted On
Jan 01, 2011
Posted By
ChuckLez

I would have to say an emphatic NO. too many bugs to see how the main game will perform.

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