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.
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Very Positive (9,776 reviews) - 82% of the 9,776 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

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September 28

Available Now: Game Update 64!

Game Update 64 is now available, and it brings with it two potentially terrifying events if you don’t have your wits about you.

The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour, DCUO’s Fall Seasonal Event, has returned once again! It’s up to you, heroes and villains, to head to the streets of Gotham City and inside the Midnight Masquerade Nightclub and see if you can get a handle on the horrors that are haunting it. Heroes, you’ll look for the Phantom Stranger inside the East End Safehouse; villains, find Tala inside The Tap Room in Burnley. They will have further instructions for you!

Each day of the event, look for The Witching Hour in your Mission Journal; complete the mission and earn Spooky Bites, which can be used in Skeets’ Boo-tique for the latest in scare-wear, tricks, treats, and creepy items for your Base or League Hall. To queue for The Midnight Masquerade, go to your On Duty UI and look under the Events tab. The mission and the event are available to players at or above Level 10.

If you want to stock up on the latest items but don’t have quite enough Spooky Bites, visit the Marketplace! Spooky Bites can now be purchased and then used in game at Skeets’ Boo-tique.

And don’t forget to visit The Vault during The Witching Hour. It’s a bit spookier in there than you’re used to!

In 2016, The Witching Hour brings with it new Base Items, Feats, and Styles! If you get any for your character, make sure you share screenshots with us on Twitter (@DCUO) or on the forums!

Survival Mode: Oan Sciencells

You have faced the worst of the universe before, but not like this! With the return of Survival Mode: Oan Sciencells, you’ll be faced with stronger foes and increased challenges. Queue up and see how long you can last against unending waves of the slew of universal criminals threatening to escape. Players can queue up for Survival: Oan Sciencells in the Event tab (if they meet the CR requirement).

With GU64, Survival Mode: Oan Sciencells will feature new Exo Pants and Custom Exo Back for rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10!

Requirements: 8 Players, Minimum CR 173 (175 Recommended).

Aura Pack II + Spooky Bites

New Vapor Aura variants and Spooky Bites (seasonal currency) are now available in the Marketplace! Visit this article for all the details!

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The full patch notes for GU64 are available here.

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September 15

Celebrate Batman Day with DCUO!

Saturday, September 17, 2016 is an auspicious day in this part of Gotham City (and the whole DC Universe). It’s Batman Day! Batman appears in many forms in DCUO; revisit our feature from last year to see him in his many in-game forms.

This year, in honor of the truly legendary Dark Knight, we have some special happenings inside DCUO! But rather than limit them to a single day, they’ll be occurring for nearly an entire week – from Thursday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Legends PvE Week

Batman is the quintessential Legend. So this week all Legends PvE events are open for all players! Ready to head to the South Gotham Courthouse? Think you have what it takes to tackle Area 51? Will the Hall of Doom or the Paradox Wave prove to be your undoing? There are twelve events in total that you can attempt during the Legends PvE Week, from September 15 through September 21, 2016!

Marketplace Sale

In addition to the Legends event, if you head to the Marketplace you’ll find that Exobyte Data for all Legends characters are on sale for 40% off! Ever wanted to experience Legends content as Future Batman? Maybe Bombshell Catwoman? Or Arkham Asylum Joker? These and more will be available during our weeklong sale.

And if that weren’t enough, we’re also marking Batman-related items in the Marketplace down 40% as well! This includes base items (like the Batcomputer & More Pack), style items (such as the Batman Cowl Pack), toys (the Batman bouncy ball!) and more. Get Caped Crusader style and decorate your personal Batcave to match, all at a great discount.

Trivia Sweepstakes

We’ll have news about this ON Batman Day, September 17. Check the DCUO forums and follow @DCUO on Twitter to see the details and to enter!

Now, it’s time to be the hero (or villain) that DCUO deserves. Head in game and start celebrating Batman Day in Gotham City and beyond!

The event and sale begin in the US with daily server restarts at 4AM PT on September 15, 2016, and end at 4AM PT on September 22, 2016. The event and sale begin in the EU with daily server restarts at 8PM PT on September 14, 2016, and end at 8PM PT on September 21, 2016.

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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
i don't actually have 14 hours in this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Great game! but when you further in to the game you start to see the ristriction and it basically forces you to get the subscription. Worth your time? Yes.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
119.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
i really would recommmend this game if it wasn't a greedy mess. I used to play this game years ago when it truly was "Free to Play" with only very little super cool items you'd have to pay for which was maybe understandable, but they truly broke this game down to a Pay to Win piece of severely restricted ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t i don't even get access to the InGame currency without having to pay for it... a monthly subscription!!!... i'll admit i put some money into this game to get new powers and a cool skin but there's no way i'm going to pay a monthly subscription to a once amazingly active and actual Free to Play game you guys ♥♥♥♥ing ruined a great game with your ♥♥♥♥♥♥ greed...

But i'll admit aside from all that there is still some fun left in this game! The Character Creation is great although i wish they could add more weapons or even more powers but as sure as ♥♥♥♥ you're probably going to have to pay for it... anywhom yes there is some fun in here... like constantly grinding some of the same missions over and over after you've hit 30! honestly to get anymore missions or storylines you have to pay for them... ♥♥♥♥ it i'll make my own Free to Play superhero MMORPG i mean it's probably not going to happen for awhile... but i love the concept of this game so much but they just have to ruin it with Memberships and Constant begging for your money, this is one of the most money begging F2P games i've ever played

i absolutely hated writing this review... :(
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
132.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
More like a Demo !
If you don't pay you can't progress and do ♥♥♥♥.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
800.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Perfect for anyone into comics and video games
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
195.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
it is best
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
An MMO, to me, is about the massively multiplayer aspect. If it's just a single player game in a multiplayer universe then I really don't see the point. This game is neither and both, it's a single player game and it's a multiplayer game, but for me the multiplayer side just didn't work.

The first group instance is pretty good, but I noticed a problem straight away as a Level 60-something joined in with the Level 10-ish's and steamrolled the content, meaning the rest of us might as well have not been there. Later I noticed nobody changed their roles, everyone stuck to Damage instead of setting up as Tank/Healer/Controller, so people died over and over like some weird zerg against the enemy.

Finally, the later group instances are just ridiculous for lower levels. The one I went into was blue level 12 for me at level 15 and as soon as anything so much as looked at me, I was dead in a couple of seconds. This was made worse by the fact that everyone was staying Damage, so there was no Tank to draw the fire. The only option was to follow the inevitable level 50-something around and pick up the loot and xp as you went.

Totally pointless multiplayer game. The solo game is kinda boring and repetitive. For me, not recommended.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
86.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
FOR NOW this is what im giving it.

I have been playing the game for 5 years on playstation and now im on PC.

What I LIKE: The game is fun and addicting, the powers are cool and seeing DC heroes both in open world and in missions are aslo awesome. There are a ton of good things about this game! tons of content the community is mostly nice and helpful (if new: Always go on Youtube and look up boss fights and raids before entering) and with the new Director he is making big changes for the better to make the game more.... current.

What I DONT LIKE: is the pay wall. F2P until level 30, P2P for everything else after. You cant even finish the main story without buying the DLC's. Every additional Power must be bought with money and even some core items for gameplay. There is so much DLC that paying for all of it use to enjoy the game is annoying. also you have to "subcribe" to use all your in-game money and inventory slots otherwise you have to put real money into getting access to use your ingame money once. (Tons of videos to see what i mean). You almost have to be rich to play the game at ever turn there's a pay wall.

MINI ISSUES: Graphics, Unreal engine and animations are all outdates (like most mmorpg looks the same as it did 5 years ago) animations and phyics can be annoying. UI is 5 years old and is super buggy. everyone uses the same powers for maximum damage (might be changing soon see DCUO Forums)

I will change my review when the game changes. I love the game because its awesome I get to be a superpowered freak of nature around almost all my fav super heroes and villains. I've learned a lot about DC from playing this and am very passionate about it but these are my thoughts. there are good changes coming to the game soon but it is worth playing just not really worth all the money atm.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Its such a good game according to my bro but im hopefully about to try it BUT!!! I know i'll have fun so definitlytry it out no matter what plus its....FREE!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 19
this game is NOT AT ALL what i expected. This game takes fooorreeeeevvvvveeeerrrr to load for me, and i have not even 1 SECOND in the actual game besides... Loading screens. Need a refund of my space on my PC.
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48.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
It's a reasonably good game, but the limited power & character customisation compared to Champions Online (or even CoH, R.I.P), combined with the fact that the Villians and Heros have basically the same quests with different voice-overs means that any attempt at a second playthrough will get real stale real fast.

My advice: Make one character, play it to max level, then make 5 more characters for each Origin/Side combo you didn't pick and do their starter mission arcs, as the Origin-specific arcs are the only ones that are really all that unique.
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542.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
pretty fun game. it's the most restrictive game on the internet if you're free to play or preffered status. they make SWTOR look generous with the stranglehold they put on you if you're free to play or even preffered. don't bother playing unless you're going to be a member non stop.

Other than that it is quite fun when you are a member even though it becomes a grindfest from hell at end game.
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447.9 hrs
Posted: October 19
Batman > Superman
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247.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
I would love to recommend this game. It is honestly a great game, and if you have 15$ a month to spend on a subscription this game is AMAZING. Problem is if you don't... well lets just say the restrictions will be far to much to bear after only a few days of playing.

First is the issue with the game caping off usable cash for free players at 1500, 2000 if you have spents 5 or more rl dollars in their cash shop. Without "legendary access" it will cost you 100 DB points (1$ U.S.D.) to access 1000 ingame cash from your escrow and that is a 1 and only use item, so they basically make you pay to access the money your character has earned in game. You can pay them 500 DB points to gain access to your own earned cash ingame for 7 days. That is right, THEY MAKE YOU PAY TO USE YOUR OWN IN GAME CURRENCY.

Secondly as a free player you will mearly be able to preview what housing does. The lairs system is locked again behind a pay wall. You can see it's features, but you cannot utilise them without either a 5$ rl cash investment per character to unlock the "Lairs systems" blocking you access to some of the best gear modifiactions in the game, as well as stopping you from obtaining some specific items that make the game that much more fun such as side kicks, resupply drops (HP POTS ETC), an higher tier modifications. Also this home includes a generator that has the ability to buff your stats a fair amount but is not usable unless you pay.

Endgame is basically nonexsistant for free players, there are things to do, but a "legendary" member will be able to play any and all "Alerts" (raids), "Flashpoints" (Dungeons/Instances), where a free player will be restricted to Tier 3 and lower do to the fact that they will not be granted access to the expanded content or "DLC" content unless they pay 5 dollars per DLC from Daybreak. Meaning a "Legendary" member has a possible CR (gear score) of 154 (T8) where a free player wil never reach a CR higher than 84, and that will take 5-6x longer to reach than a person that spends 15$ a month.

It isn't a bad game, it is just a greedy one. If you wanna play free, bring a friend and kill a weekend because in a week you will reach a wall that can only be climb with your wallet. It is fun, unique an well executed. JUST GREEDY AS HELL, so if you are planning on f2ping your way to the top like others game such as Neverwinter. Don't bother even trying this one out.

Final Verddict,
FULL SCALE PAY TO PLAY - F2P is more like a big demo

There are three levels of Pay to Play in DC Universe™ Online.

All Access - The Greed is showing
Legendary Access to DCUO now is possible through the new Daybreak Games All Access Membership which was introduced in April 2014. All Access means pay monthly to have full featured access to all Daybreak games. Without this most of DC Universe will be hard locked behind a pay wall. You will receive basic content and is hardly noticeable until end game, where it becomes glaringly obvious that this game should have come with a demo tag on download.

Legendary - Pay to Play or you get basically nothing
Legendary Access requires the purchase of a monthly All Access Membership, without this just about 2/3rds of content is "PAY LOCKED". Legendary Access will automatically convert to Premium Access in the game at the end of the subscription period if it is not renewed. This change will hard cap the amount of ingame funds you can access, additional items and features (e.g., in-game marketplace items, all gear above CR 84 becomes in accessible, expanded content and additional inventory slots) are not included and must be purchased separately. So in other words NEVER LET your subscription lapse or your hard work will vanish in a matter of seconds.

Premium - The half ♥♥♥♥♥ way of thanking you for spending money
Premium Access will be granted to any player who spends at least U.S. $5.00 (or the foreign equivalent) or 500 Daybreak Cash on items in the DCUO in-game marketplace. Premium Access does not expire, but is almost as restrictive as Free access. If you previously had Legendary Access and allowed your subscription to end you also may be forced to disable or delete up to 10 of your characters.

Free Access - Basically a Demo
Provides basic access to the game with limited content and features. This is basically a demo of what the game has to offer, it you never subscribed to Legendary Access you wont really notice this fact until you reach level cap. Episodes Packs and Power Packs plus other items and features are not included and must be purchased separately so unless you are willing to pay into this game, don't even bother.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: October 18
Thought it was great. Enjoyed playing and still do every now and then!
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21.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
Its a ok game using the DC Universe concept. Still, Im not happy with the way it ends. Pay for all the adds later in game and also to used powers. No, I decide to try it, but, in the end its the same thing without any changes just a few adds and more dlc to buy. Sorry.. Im going to pass again..
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504.5 hrs
Posted: October 17
The game is alot of fun
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 16
Could not register on Daybreak, this game was a waste of bandwith! Daybreak support said that maybe we had to many account trying to register in one house hold, that was complete bull. Support was awfull, i can not believe this game has so many positive reviews.
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Hetman Hannibal III RP
83.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
The game it self is wonderfull and has great potential but daybreak pay to play content makes this game kind of demo version of what it could have been you cant even sell items on auction without being premium member your cash limit is 1.5k and you wont be any good at this game if you wont pay them for content that should be free for every one it is very simple if you wont pay them cash you get like 30% of actual game the rest 70% is pay cash or get the fuuuuck out daybreak is just disease for games hard to say loved the game while it came out but now its just scam for money nothing more
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