DC Universe Online is a Free-to-Play, massive multiplayer online action game set in the popular DC Comics universe. Become one of a new breed of Heroes or Villains and wield incredible powers as you go to war with legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and The Joker.
User reviews: Very Positive (7,723 reviews) - 85% of the 7,723 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

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"A pretty good MMO in which you create a superhero, the graphics aren't incredible and it has a million expansions that aren't free unfortunately."

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November 4

Now Available: New Atomic Powerset, Episode 18, and Game Update 54!

Members Can Play Episode 18 Now!

Members' early access to Episode 18 starts now! It's a race against time to save the heroes or villains trapped by the League of Assassins in "The Demon's Pit," and it's a showdown for the ages with Black Hand, herald of Nekron, as the War of the Light nears its conclusion in "Blackest Day."

Subscribe and play today! Episode 18 will launch in the Marketplace on November 11, 2015.

New 2-Player Duo - The Demon's Pit!

The League of Assassin’s sudden interest in Central City has drawn the concern of both the Justice League and the Society. Investigate a final S.O.S. message sent from a scouting mission-gone-wrong deep inside The Demon’s Pit!

To play this 2-player Duo, your character must be level 30 and have a minimum Combat Rating of 131.

• Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Duo under Tier 7 of the 2-Player Tab.
o Minimum CR: 131
o Suggested CR: 138

New 8-Player Operation and Elite Operation – Blackest Day!

The stars grow dim as the Black Lanterns spread across the universe. Black Hand, herald of Nekron, has finally revealed himself by attacking the Sinestro Corps’ sentient city, Ranx, aiming to turn it into a Corruption-spreading machine capable of wiping out the entire Universe! Sinestro conscribes every last one of you to help prevent Ranx from falling into the enemy’s black hand.

To play this 8-player Operation, your character must be level 30 and have a minimum Combat Rating of 131.

• Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Operation under Tier 7 of the 8-Player Tab.
o Minimum CR: 131
o Suggested CR: 138


New Powerset Atomic Now Available!

Blast your enemies in Tank or Damage roles as the new powerset: Atomic! Members automatically have access to Atomic, and non-Members can find the powerset in the Marketplace today.

Utilize the power of nuclear energy, rearranging the atomic structure of yourself, your allies, and your enemies at will with the Atomic power set! Split Atoms, cause Thermochemical Explosions, and burn under the intense Nuclear Pressure causing unreal destruction. Transmute into fortified metal and reorganize your atomic structure to protect you and your allies in your Tank role, or harness the power of the building blocks of all matter to lay waste to your enemies in the Damage role.

There are two Atomic Power trees:

• Radioactive – Explode with harmful radiation, reducing your enemies to ash and speeding up your recovery with the Radioactive tree.
• Nuclear – Manipulate the subatomic structure of enemies to shield you and your allies with the Nuclear tree.


Game Update 54!

Featuring midrange power updates to Fire, Gadgets, and Quantum, the new R&D Gear System, and Cross Faction PvE, Game Update 54 is also available today for all players. 

Continue reading the full update notes.

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About This Game

DC Universe Online is a Free-to-Play, massive multiplayer online action game set in the popular DC Comics universe. Become one of a new breed of Heroes or Villains and wield incredible powers as you go to war with legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and The Joker.

Key Features
  • Fast-paced action combat where you control every blow your character strikes.
  • Choose your side – Hero or Villain – and customize your character on its path to becoming a legend in the DC Universe.
  • Fight alongside and against your favorite DC characters including Batman, The Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and many more.
  • Embark on story-driven adventures penned by famous DC Comics writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.
  • Explore the DC Universe; walk the darkened streets of Gotham City, investigate the mysteries of the futuristic cityscape of Metropolis, and travel to legendary locations such as Arkham Asylum and the Watchtower.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
    • Processor: P4 3.0GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 30 GB of Free Hard Drive Space
    • Video: NVIDIA 7800GTX+ or ATI 1950+ Video Card
    • Audio: on Board
Helpful customer reviews
167 of 206 people (81%) found this review helpful
182 people found this review funny
2,477.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
this game took my life.......
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
601.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
"Free to play" is bordering on false advertising here. Most of the content is locked away behind a paywall. And I don't mean cosmetic items on doo-dads to make you level faster. Most of the actual CONTENT you have to pay for. It's free to play in the same way WoW is free to play... you get to play some beginner content, and then you have to start paying to continue. If you don't pay them at least $5 to upgrade your account to "premium", you are basically on your own to play a trial. Even if I wanted to give items to new players that are free to play (which I do), I can't, due to the very restrictive limitations on free players, and even premium players.

So, assuming you pay... is it a fun game? It varies mission to mission. Some mission mechanics are downright idiotic, with no fix in sight (Stompa in HH... players will know what I'm talking about... or even Paradox Wave for that matter), while others are reasonably satisfying to run (Desecrated Cathedral is a good 4-man mission). But the learning curve is STEEP. There are many ways you can fit your character, but only a handful of correct ways. Many players have been carried all the way up to the latest tier (currently tier 7), only to have to come to terms with their utter lack of understanding of the game, and are now expected to perform. Be prepared to suffer through many unsuccessful raids as you try to progress. And don’t even bother trying to progress a villain character at this point… the villain side is all but dead. They were going to have cross-faction mission support on the last update, but it was cancelled at the last second… that leads me to the final point…

The biggest issue with the game at the moment is support. Since Daybreak took over from SOE, support is now cut way back, and certain employees maintain clear grudges against players who raise issues that they would rather not deal with. Both myself and the youtuber “MUD2MMO” encountered this issue with Ted Stone, aka “Mepps”, the Community Manager. When raising awareness for issues with Game Update 47 earlier this year on the DCUO forums, we were both banned. After a few weeks passed, Mepps admitted to the problems we rose, but never apologized or repealed the bans.

Verdict? Pass, until it's verified support has improved.
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50 of 69 people (72%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
530.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Hate to like this game....

the MOST boring thing you can do in any game
...is farm the same missions over and over again...
And this entire MMO is built on farming...

you get to the max level in a week...
you spend the rest of your time trying to get these marks..
so you can get gear to open up other missions so you can get more marks...
so you can get better gear to open up other missions to get more marks...
so you can get the best gear to open up more missions to get more marks...
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
436.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
This game has to be one of the best MMORPG I have ever played. The game was at its prime when I started (Which was a few years ago); I remember seeing a lot of Heros and Villians doing their own thing whether its missions, at the main hub or doing raids and instances. You could totally get in any of these instances in around 1-7 mins.


The game is a dead wasteland. The only way you're going to get into an instance is by either your friends or some high tier player trying to help another person. Me and my friends have had a lot of time in this game but everyone quit, even the well known players. The only people who remain is the high teirs and unfortunate beginners who have no idea but wasting time.

I would have recommended this game a year ago. I just hope they can pull of something good to bring a large part of the population back so I can once again enjoy this game. But the way things are going, I don't think there even will be a DCUO left.
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32 of 51 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
317.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
First of all I'd like to say I used DCUO with steam around 2011/2012 until they bugged the marketplace and I wasn't able to buy stuff through Steam version of DCUO, so since I have been playing directly through the DCUO client than steam and my hours here are shown to be lesser than what it actaully is. It won't be less than 8000+ hours for sure.

Anyway, DCUO used to be good before back in 2011 and 2012 when all gear and powers used to be somewhat balanced. There was grinding to be done and weekly raids that reset every Thursday. Late 2012 they introduced replay badges which allowed players to reset instances anytime they wanted, due to this a lot of players spent replays and got gear fast then left the game because there was not enough content left. They had this checkmate gear which for first few months was only available for DLC users and was grindable through replay badges.

DCUO has a very small development team and used to be a part of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) which got sold this year to Daybreak Games. The company who bought SOE is an investment company and does not really care about the game crowd I think. Even during the SOE era the game started going downhill because 1) The Devs are too short sighted 2) They don't have enough budget. They constantly release updates and break things that aren't broken and in the process break even more things.

Constant nerfing and buffing of powers so people will pay 10$ and switch to the Flavour of the Month power and do high Damage. Weapon mastery and Advanced mechanics ruined the fun gameplay aspect of everything in PvP and PvE. Instead of creating your own rotations its just do a certain rotation (some just created macros for this and spam in raids) and you will blow the scoreboards, reusing old maps for new DLCs. Now the biggest ♥♥♥♥♥♥ update of them all "You won't get marks for an instance that's lower Tier than your current Tier." So if you are Tier 7 you won't get marks for helping out or doing Tier 5 or 6 raids. This game tries every cheap tactic in the book to get that penny from your pocket and not give the crowd what they want. They cater to noobs or casual players or maybe thats just an excuse to pull out those shiny things from your pocket. After 4 years of gameplay not only did this game manage to get its playerbase into Half but released 47 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ updates that broke things rather than fix anything.

I will be a DCUO fan which was released in 2011 not the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ money grabbing waste of space with no quality it is now. Its not a game where players create a decent Comic based character with own concept now, its about whats the hot stuff in town and make a character with that power. I'm not sure why DC would allow such ♥♥♥♥ bags to run a DC licensed game for them.
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