DC Universe Online

[PC, PS3] - Review: The DC Universe goes online, but can it live out there?
The Details
  • Title: DC Universe Online
  • Web: Official Site
  • Developer: Sony Online Entertainment
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Released: 11 January, 2011
  • Platforms: PC PS4 PS3
  • Reviewed On: PC

Being a DC comic fan, I was highly anticipating the release of this game. When I first found out it was £10.00 a month to play, my anticipation went down a notch – but I still decided to shove the thing in my shopping trolley regardless. This is a SONY Online exclusive and is available for PS3 and PC only, this review being based on the latter.

The Fortress of Solitude

So first things first, you create yourself a superhero. You can be a hero or a villain and choose the costume you wear. Erm…that’s about it really. I thought there would be a bit more customization than there is, but they have allowed you to find/buy bits of extra clothing in the game which makes it interesting. I suppose. One really cool thing in this game that stands out for me, is that when you find a piece of armour that has better stats than the piece you have on, you don’t have to change the way your hero/villain looks when you equip it. You click on the styles tab and you can dress your charcter the way you want them to look – whilst still keeping the same stats of the eqipment you just picked up. Seeing as being a Superhero is all about how you look, I think this a wonderful idea to keep that image all through the game.

Fighting is a button mashing affair

Events (missions) happen automatically as you start a new area, unlike WoW where you have to go looking for the missions yourself. This does make the game fast paced and keeps the storyline flowing. The action is also very fast, where you constantly have to button bash the mouse buttons to kill your enemies. As you level up, you unlock new skills of your choice, which allows you to pull off these moves with the mouse buttons (hold down left mouse button and tap right) little things like that…the only problem I have with that is that I often forget what the sequences are and end up just using my normal attack. Speaking of levelling up, the level cap on this game is 30. If you have no life and you decide to play this game ever hour of every day without going to bed, you will reach the level cap in just under two days. Just like Guild Wars, the developers have allowed players to have a level cap at such an early stage so that the PVP events aren’t so unfair. Fair play, and the level cap doesn’t annoy me anyway, actually, it excites me getting there as once you hit 30, you get to join in on raids and play some ‘hard’ missions whilst also being able to equip all of the level 30 equipment! Hozzah!

Some areas are stunning, like Metropolis shown here

This game does have its flaws however, sometimes the servers can be laggy and down at peak times, but we understand that this is not the games fault so we won’t criticise it for that. This game has also been online for only about 4 weeks now so of course, nothing will be running ultra smooth yet. One thing I would like to see added as a new feature, is a trade store where you can trade equipment with other players. Apparently you can do this through the chat system, but I find the chat system quite awkward to use and it is a feature that they really need to address as sometimes it can be very unresponsive.


Because I am a massive DC fan I am going to give this game a 7, for it doesn’t deserve a 10 just yet as it is only just getting going and lacking some important features. However, if SONY don’t go back on their promise and update this game every month with new missions/events, then this game could be getting a 10 in the near future.


  • Superman! Playing along-side the DC Heroes (and Villains) is fun.
  • The freedom of the map is great. Wanna climb that building? Do it!
  • Not enough variety.
  • Guidance is limited often leaving you feeling stranded.
  • End game focuses on PVP too much.
  • not enough solo content for the anti-social gamer.
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