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CONvergence is Here

One day of CONvergence is now in the past and the second is just beginning. This is what life should always be like.

(I’ll have more at another time. Now to get back to the con.)

DC Universe Online Review

My last post was pretty much entirely about DC Universe Online (DCUO). I hadn’t given my thoughts on that game here before. Actually, I hadn’t done any sort of video game review here before. I figures since I justĀ  talked a game up, now is the time to start. Keep in mind that this will be my thoughts on just the core game of DCUO and that I have not experience most of what it has to offer. I am simply giving my thoughts on an overview of the game after a reasonable amount of play time.

One thing that sets DCUO apart from other massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) is that it’s an action game, not a roleplaying game (RPG). I’m not really sure why almost all MMOGs have been RPGs but that’s how it has always been. The one other MMOG I can think of off the top of my head that wasn’t an RPG is Planetside, which was a first person shooter (FPS) made by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). That’s the same company that makes DCUO so it seems that they are willing to try new things. Of course, they are also behind Everquest, which I think still ranks as the second most popular MMOG ever and was an RPG. So they do kick it old school, as well.

In this game, everything is in real time and you execute attacks through button combos. You could probably get by on button mashing but where’s the fun in that? When you create your character you choose a power set. It loosely defines what your character will be able to do. There are several options and they are varied well enough that the basic gameplay could probably keep you around for a while. As you level, you get to select powers from with these power sets to customize your character and what they can do.

At character creation you also get to choose hero or villain. This choice determines the mentors you get to pick from. Mentors guide you along your missions in this game, at least early on. For heroes you have Superman for metahumans, Batman for tech heroes, and Wonder Woman for magic. Villains get to pick from Lex Luthor for metahumans, Joker for tech, and Circe (enemy of Wonder Woman) for magic. So right there you have six stories you could play through. Everything is voiced over by the great voices you’re used to from the old DC cartoons. Fuck yeah, good voices!

You get to customize how your character looks right away. It isn’t like most MMOGs where you don’t have crap for options, either (here’s looking at you, WoW). There are a lot of options and you can change the colors in some decent detail on everything. Very cool. There are also many more pieces of gear you can find while playing to change your appearance even further. Something that this game does here that I really like and differs from a lot of games is that you can keep your appearance exactly as it is, regardless of what gear you’re wearing for stats. You can also allow you appearance to change every time you equip something new. Also, once you’ve “collected” a bit of equipment, you can always make your character look like they’re wearing that, even if you sold it long ago.

The missions are pretty varied and interesting, for an MMOG. That’s not saying a lot but it kept me entertained. There are different missions for heroes than there are for villains and I think there are even some missions unique to your character’s mentor. There are also missions that both sides can do.

Like I said, the gameplay kept me entertained. What it didn’t do was get inside my head and make me want to do nothing but play this game. That’s something that MMOGs are often quite good at. This may be a good thing or a bad thing, it really depends on the person.

The graphics are nice (very nice for an MMOG) and the cut scenes, which come in a few different styles, look great.

4 / 5