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DC Universe has gone Free to Play: It’s about damn time

DC Universe Online goes Free To Play

Around this time last year we were very excited to hear about a release of an MMORPG on the PS3. We had never had one before and it was about time we got to put the system through it’s paces. Once the beta was released we were beyond underwhelmed. This isn’t to say that it was a bad game, it was just incredibly underwhelming. It strikes me as a bad idea to pay $15 a month to do the job of a DC Universe superhero while they stand back and watch. Sure sometimes they jump in to help but most of the time they just told you to run along and stop crime. While you paid them to do it. Bastards. Most of us wanted to play with the superheros not around them.

However now it seems that enough people had gotten bored with DC Universe Online to open it up to everyone. It’s not completely free to play mind you, there is just a free to play option. While some MMORPGs will hinder your abilities or advancements DC Universe Online doesn’t seem to be doing this. They just somewhat limit your options in a way that means you can’t do/carry/say as much.

According to the DC Universe Online Website:

 Legendary DCUO

 Premium DCUO

 Free to Play DCUO

Access the game,
plus DLC Expansion Packs.
Maximum game features unlocked!
Access the game and
earn bonus features.
Access the game
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So as you can tell you can still suit up and superhero the hell out of whatever city you care to join, however you just won’t be able to carry as much. It’s really not that big of a hinderance to the cause. Granted the button mashing style of gameplay will still be there as will the “see how fast I can hit level 30” routine.

If you’re curious about how to go about playing all you have to do is fire up the PS3, log into the PSN, download it, let it install and then fire that puppy up and let your cape billow in the breeze.

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Should You Pre-Order DC Universe Online?

Heros in DC Universe Online

The nerd in me gets all warm and fuzzy. The penny pinching ass...not so much

Plenty of kids out there grow up in life wanting to be a superhero. Maybe its the tights, maybe its the cape, or maybe its the desire to save those in need but people are drawn to the superhero lifestyle. There are video games out there that let you take over the life of some other superhero, or even MMOs that let you create your own in a living breathing world and they range from great to simply god awful. Based on the beta DC Universe Online is looking to hit that meaty part of the curve also known as ‘meh’. Keep in mind all opinions below are based off a beta version.

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.

GameStop:   DC Universe Online – PC |     DC Universe Online – PS3

Amazon:   DC Universe Online – PC |     DC Universe Online – PS3

Best Buy:   DC Universe Online – PC |     DC Universe Online – PS3

Target:   DC Universe Online – PC |     DC Universe Online – PS3

Walmart:   DC Universe Online – PC |     DC Universe Online – PS3

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