We Got Game – DC Universe Online is coming!!!
DC Universe Online (DCUO) is a MMO video game. It will play on multi-platforms which include XBox 360, PS3, and a PC and is scheduled for release on January 11, 2011 aka 1-11-11 (very cute, DC). The game will cost @$60.00 and will include a monthly fee of @$15.00. That’s the particulars. Now the first thing I know gamers who have never played a MMO type game have asked is this one question?
“A fifteen dollar monthly fee? Yeah, right…”
Until they realize what exactly a MMO is. Let’s go to the Wikipedia definition to find out:
“A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting hundreds or thousands of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet, and feature at least one persistent world. They are, however, not necessarily games played on personal computers. Most of the newer game consoles, including the PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DSi and Wii can access the Internet and may therefore run MMO games. Additionally, mobile devices and smartphones based on such operating systems as Windows Mobile, Google’s Android, and Apple iPhone are seeing an increase in the number of MMO games available.
MMOGs can enable players to cooperate and compete with each other on a large scale, and sometimes to interact meaningfully with people around the world. They include a variety of gameplay types, representing many video game genres.”
Ta da. Basically, stop bitchin’. From everything I’ve heard, fifteen bones is relatively cheap. So, I got a hold of a beta code and went to see for myself. Numero uno question: Is it worth it? The answer is….
Hell yeah, it’s worth it especially if you’re a DC Comic fanboy/girl. But in this economy you better budget for it if you’re going to get it.
I’m a comic fan. So, I was especially curious as to how it would play out. First off you have the set up storyline to dictate the action and the world. Short version, main villain Brainiac is trying to take over Earth. Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch enemy, arrives from the future to tell the DC Trinity (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) that Brainiac has succeeded but he escaped with Brainiac’s nanites which have every hero and villain’s powers make-up infused in them. He drops them on Earth, they infuse the populace and away we go.
Now we begin the set up for your character. This is where you pick the sex, size, powers, either hero or villain and affiliation. You can be totally solo or you can have an established icon as an influence. This means they are the reason you have chosen your path. So, you can choose Batman, Superman, Joker, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Circe, etc. After all is said and done, you pick a name, save it and the fun begins.
You gain more powers by experience and money you earn in battle. You are sent on missions by either Oracle or your mentor. To say the game is addictive is an understatement. And now, a few words about the meaning of “beta” in terms of video games, etc..
A beta version is essentially a test version. The design and developer teams both have players engage and then learn where the game is weak, strong and especially where there are bugs in the system. They take all the raw data to improve upon the game itself. How many people actually used the beta codes and for how long. How long did each person play? What glitches were found? What do we need to do to correct these issues? They also take into account constructive criticism of the game. Who should be added as a character? What powers, weapons, and other aspects should be added, tweaked, and/or removed? I read so many complaints about how the game froze, it kicked me out, characters weren’t fleshed out – just grey outlines, etc. Well, ummmm… yeah. That’s the purpose of you playing a beta version NOT the final version of the game. Guess you somehow missed that part, huh?
The game has it’s flaws but nothing that can’t be fixed and addressed immediately and in time for launch. For the most part, if you have the monthly fee, get it and have a blast. It is by far, one of the best superhero video games so far and very good MMO game.