If you’re one of the few who have the Playstation Plus subscription then you were one of the lucky ones who had access to the DC Universe Online beta. Aside the beta, we actually seen a glimpse of DCUO at the New York Comic Con. The art style and graphics were eye popping, let alone all the voice overs for all the different characters like Joker, Batman, Superman, and many other DC heroes and villains. Unfortunately the Beta has now come to an end but for those looking to get into the action can do so next week on the games actual release date. With that said here’s a bit of what we’ve experienced from the beta.
Off the bat there is definitely tons of content to be found. Just in character creation alone I spent a good 45 minutes going through different types of costumes for each part of the body. After character creation comes the part where you choose a mentor. Heroes get Batman for gadgets/tech, Superman for super abilities/meta, and Wonder Woman magic. Villains get Joker for gadgets/tech, Lex Luthor for super abilities/meta, and Circes for magic. As you can see there are multiple possibilities in this game, some heroes may have the same look but their skills will be different.
After character creation you’re placed into one of two large cities, Metropolis or Gotham and this is where the fun begins. You get to venture out into the world as a hero or villain, taking up quests from different key figures like Commissioner Gordon, or Black Adam to lead your character throughout each city to thwart other hero or villain from completing their devious plans.
Everything from bosses, PVP, city exploration, bounty’s and more can be had in this game. That’s not much of a surprise as this is an MMORPG and it’s trying showcase the longevity it has to offer. Some of our best moments came from fights like taking down Scarecrow at his layer, getting to know the older Justice League or the Brainiac PVE events with ton’s of other people. The game even issued a end of beta event for all those to take sides as heroes or villains and align themselves with some of the best know DC characters. It didn’t turn out as smooth as I would have imagined, then again I’m not sure what does when you tell 1000+ people to go to one area at the same time.
I had a lot of fun playing this game and I’ve I gotta say that the game looks very good. The custom characters with different powers and talent tree gives players so many choices for character development. There were tons of quests to take on so there wasn’t any type of down time unless you chose not to do anything or just chose to grind. Starting a new hero or villain with deep stories, great action, and huge areas to explore seems more appealing now than it did before and it’ll be just in time for next weeks launch. This is one game you may not want to pass up if you’re a DC comic fan so strap your cape on and head to the stores on January 11, 2011. Tune in as we’ll be giving you our review once it comes out.