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 (6,317 reviews)
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 is has a million expansions that aren't free unfortunately."

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November 21, 2014

War of the Light Part II Is Now Available!

The war continues! Steam players can now make the jump into War of the Light Part II. Members automatically have access to the content as part of membership, and non-members can purchase the DLC Pack right here on Steam. What are you waiting for? Metropolis needs you!


Learn More About War of the Light Part II!

The fate of the entire Emotional Spectrum hangs in the balance of an uneasy alliance between Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Sinestro. Feeling love is endangered by this relentless war, Carol Ferris and the Star Sapphires have come to Earth to restore their own entity and to stop the strife…and all who get in their way.

Look for “Warriors of Light II” in your Mission Journal and head to Mogo’s Command Center (Heroes) or Ranx’s Command Center (Villains) from your HQ to begin your adventures in War of the Light Part II.

Combat Rating: 106

New Solo Content!
New solo content is available in the open world in the Downtown Metropolis Battlezone and in a new solo Challenge, Spark of Parallax!

• New Daily Solo Missions
o Heroes and Villains can both rejoin the war in Metropolis between the Lantern corps with daily solo missions. Complete 10 Daily Solo Missions to gain entry to a special solo instance!
o Combat Rating: 106
• Spark of Parallax Solo Challenge
o The Spark of Parallax must make it to the Central Power Battery on Qward! Heroes and Villains must work with Hal Jordan and Sinestro to ensure that the entity of fear is restored, and the Emotional Spectrum is on its way to recovery.
o Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Challenge under Tier 6 of the 1 Player Tab.
o Combat Rating: 106


New Two Player Content!
Players receive a new Duo – Spark of Ion!

• Spark of Ion Duo
o The Spark of Ion must make it to the Central Power Battery on Oa before it’s too late. Help Hal Jordan and Sinestro make sure the essence of the entity arrives safely!
o Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Duo under Tier 6 of the 2 Player Tab.
o Combat Rating: 106


New Four Player Content!
Players receive a new 4-player Operation and Alert!

• Zamaron Conversion Chamber (4-Player Alert)
o The Star Sapphires are abducting female members of the various Lantern Corps in order to force them to join their ranks. Track the missing Lanterns’ ring signatures and head to Zamaron for a rescue mission.
o Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Alert under Tier 6 of the 4 Player Tab.
o Combat Rating: 106
• Avarice Impurity (4-Player Operation, Hero Only)
o Hal Jordan traveled to Mogo in response to a distress signal, but there has been no word from him since he left! Get to Mogo and investigate.
o Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Operation under Tier 6 of the 4 Player Tab.
o Combat Rating: 106
• Rage Impurity (4-Player Operation, Villain Only)
o Sinestro traveled to Ranx in response to a distress signal, but there has been no word from him since he left! Get to Ranx and investigate.
o Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Operation under Tier 6 of the 4 Player Tab.
o Combat Rating: 106


New Eight Player Content!
Players receive a new 8-player Operation.

• Love and War (8-Player Operation)
o Sinestro and Hal Jordan must get Carol Ferris to join their alliance. However, the Star Sapphires have hidden the location of Zamaron and aren’t welcoming any visitors. Fortunately, Sinestro and Hal have a plan.
o Open your On Duty Menu and look for the new Operation under Tier 6 of the 8 Player Tab.
o Combat Rating: 107


New PvE Gear!
Players receive new suit sets and styles inspired by different Lantern Corps and the Manhunters, and new Mist-Enhanced weapons. All War of the Light Part II gear drops are un-attuned.

• Heroes receive the Shepherd of Adara style inspired by Saint Walker of the Blue Lantern Corps.
• Villains receive the Avatar of Ophidian style inspired by Larfleeze of the Orange Lantern.
• All male characters receive the Sector 3601 style inspired by the Manhunters.
• All female characters receive the Heart of the Predator style, inspired by Star Sapphires.


New Base Items!
Collect new base items by participating in War of the Light Part II content, some of which are inspired by Lantern Corps.


New Collections & Feats!
Earn new Collections and Feats awarding a total of six skill points by completing War of the Light Part II content. Collections award new styles and base items inspired by War of the Light Part II content.


New Character Select Background!
Players can now select Zamaron as their Character Select Background.

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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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88 of 107 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3,452.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
What can i say....going on 3500 hours played at the time of this review and still love it....great game that you can come back to again and again! It has MMORPG aspects but is more of an action game...end game content can get a bit repetitive but is always being updated. I think getting a subscription would be better than buying DLC but F2P is not bad either...Try It!
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51 of 65 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,279.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
I’ll start by saying that I started playing this game since it launch and it wasn't on Steam, so the amount of hours I've put into it is sadly more than you can see. Also I am an Legendary/All Access member, so I have no restrictions in this game that you as a F2P player might encounter. I leveled a F2P character to the maximum achievable point, and I can tell that the only restriction that you will feel is the character slot limit (if you want to try all mentors and powers) and 1500 cash limit (you are allowed to carry only this amount with yourself, if you go over 1500 it will just go to the escrow and you won't be able to access it, only by paying). You can invest 5$ and some of the restrictions will get lighter, but the maximum amount of cash will be 2000, and believe me, you won't really feel it.

I once wrote loving review for this game, it was in 2012. Time is moving forward and yet the game does not. There was once a great amount of charm around this game, the road from 1 to max level was fast and colorful, and it was all based on quests. Yes, quests, filled with brilliant voice work and actually building up to the idea that Justice League will accept you as their member. Although there was a part of me that didn't really like this idea of levelling like a sidekick (after City of Heroes and Champions Online), but I was intrigued by the idea of what will open when you actually become a member. And then, after reaching max level, the problems started.

Let’s talk about the endgame structure. After reaching level 30 you get introduced to a new vertical levelling system – Combat Rating(CR). All the endgame content is divided into Tiers, and each tier requires a certain amount of CR. Each tier consists of a few Challenges (Solo missions), Duos (2-man content), Alerts (4-man content) and Raids (8-man content). From each of this activities you get random loot drops (once a day) and a certain amount of currency that you can use to buy better gear. The better the gear -> the higher the CR -> the higher the tier that is available to you.

So, let us continue. With introduction of new Raids and Alerts, the story still treated you like a sidekick. But that isn't really a problem. The problem was, that there wasn't an actual story behind any new content. Yes there are few Investigations/Briefings(game's variant of Data Logs), a few cutscenes and an "epic premise" behind the scenes, which you don't have an ability to enjoy. In all the modes you get a little glimpse at something epic. And that's it. They did try to implement daily story missions in some DLC's but the last fun ones were in "Home Turf", since then it was only getting more boring.

Now remember that to get further in that little story, you need to have an appropriate CR. But until reaching the needed CR to open a new tier of content and some development on the story, you're just replaying the same few alerts over and over, grinding as if you're in an Asian MMO (which are changing to the best lately). Without any variation. Until you reach a new tier you are just replaying the same few activities. And the sad part is, that they reuse the same content in every new DLC, you will see instances that were there even from the launch of the game. And every new zone that they actually create in the latest DLCs are suffering from a copy paste syndrome, where the starting zone is something new, but when you walk a few meters all you get is catacombs with one repeating section. I've heard an argument that maybe they do this so that PS3 will run it without problems, but come on, Defiance on X360 has more variety.

And that is the main point, comics are all about the story and characters, so was this game (from 1-30 levels). But in the end the focus shifted and instead of creating and implementing new campaigns, they create a few grind arenas. And after you reach that maximum CR there is nothing to do, except maybe feats that grant you some Skill Points, but you will need to replay the same content that you will probably hate.

One thing that you can actually praise the development team for is balancing and patching. Although this praise can be nullified, because when you see their live stream where, after this many years, they are proud that some Bosses are no longer turning instantly, but they do take their time, it is just preposterous. But they do balance the powers towards each other, although instead of creating different instances of your power in PVE and PVP, they meshed it up and occasionally PVP players will cry about something, which will lead to PVE nerf for that power and brake someone’s style of playing.

All in all, I do hope, that they will get back to their roots of creating stories and original content. Now that SOE has become somewhat independent, it can lead to great things or turning the money into a complete cash-grabber.

If you are interested in this game, don’t invest money. Just play the game from 1 to 30, after that there is absolutely nothing, that is worth your time. Although, if you really like DC Comics, grinding, praying to RNG and story isn’t that important for you then go for it ^_^. If for you story is a must and you want to feel involved in DC Universe, then just go from 1 to 30 and forget about this game. Your time and money can be spent better. To everyone else, who don't look for Superhero MMO and DC Comics, I cannot recommend this game.
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161 of 251 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2,684.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
The main problem I have with this game is that it is (dead), atleast compared to how it was before. It is really hard to group up with anyone, you would be better off playing with friends. However I think the only thing that could save this game from completely dieing would be making all accounts legendary and letting everyone have access to all content, besides the cosmetics ( which you would still have to buy). They would still make money but the game would be a lot more accessible to a larger audience. Other games have shown that this is still an affective way to make a profit, for example Path of Exile< There is a reason the game is dead you basically can't play it for free which is what puts off a lot of players, considering it is advertised to be a f2p game.
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106 of 167 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
75.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Sickest intro to a game...ever. 10/10
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4,225.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Do you suffer from hero worship? Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a super hero?
Have you ever wanted to work as a team, combine your mighty mightness and taste digital victory?
If you've anserwed "yes" to one or more of these questions, this game may be worth trying out.

I started off playing this game as a "free to play" player and continued as such for almost 2 years. Only buying a very inexpensive DLC from time to time. So this game certainly delivers on that aspect.
With constant updates, good customer service and FULL Xbox controller compatibility, eventually paying $10 a month for a membership (which comes with it's own set of percs) seems hardly too much to ask for.

Of course, nothing is perfect and this game does have it's flaws, but the devs certainly seem intent on bettering the player experience as the game evolves and matures.

Coupled with an outstanding story line (in the typical DC Comics fashion) and all the time honored characters, we Fanboys love ever so much, DC Universe Online is a keeper or at the very least, worth a try.

Sincerely,
The man of adventure,
Mr.Venture
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,520.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Played this game since day one, closed beta as a matter of fact.

Playstyle, speed and range are what is truly customizable. The Combat 'RPS' and its impact on group play and particulary PvP is what makes this game stand apart. Strategy through group make-up (types and amount of healers and DPS especially), positioning and even powerset/weapon choices is what makes this game fun.

DCUO is an ACTION MMORPG. RPG being the LAST of those acronyms there and ACTION being first! Play this game to do what/feel like a SUPERHERO or SUPERVILLAIN does. NOT to dress up or have 'justice league' meetings.

Like console fighting styles with a linear 'tap for tap' combo system? Like Social Gaming and 4 and 8 man large group content? Enjoy Solos or even quick queue times of 2-man 10+/- minute instances? Happen to like DCU and or SUPERPOWERED themed games? PLAY! hf!!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,305.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Pros:

* Best open world out of any MMO currently out, you'll see the same people every day and get to
know them. My best friends in the game are extreme open world PvPers.
* Most skillful PvP-Combat-Mechanics out of any game currently out.
* Gives you the stats of a person with full PvP gear if you don't have full PvP gear on in Arena PvP.
* 5s, 4s, and 3s is king.

Cons:

* PvE is extremely easy compared to other MMOs, easy bosses leads to easy farms, and complaints about lack of content. LOL
* Skillpoints are extremely boring to get, but you don't need very many to be on par with others in PvP.
* Dev team is extremely disconnected to their player base and only listens to people who spamcry on the forums and have no real knowledge of the game.
* Poor f2p model, there's work arounds though. I'm currently Premium.

Overall: This MMO has the best PvP mechanics of any other game on the market, disregard the superhero theme, it's not a kid's game, nor is there a bunch of kids playing. Most players are over 20.

The Pros greatly outweigh the cons. Try the game, get to 30, get to the end game, in a week and a half you'll be addicted.

- Over 3 year vet & willing to answer quick questions.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
155.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This is one of the best games of all the time.
Character creation is amazing.
Fighting style is the best in any MMO game. Also its action MMO.
Its Heroes vs Villains.
Its HUGE open world with entire Gotham and Metropolis !
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
458.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
i reccomend this game for anyone who likes to be a leader in mmos, im not much of a follower but if you want to get anywhere in this game you have to abbide by others and the way they play this game. Some points it is hecktick to do things only one way, if you play well with others cool but in this game there are too many guild people who think they know everything, If you find me in game i will provide a fair opportunity for everyone, i dont reject people because of there lack of experience on levels, which is a problem for a lot of people who just want to enjoy the game. So again this game is great if others can be less selfish about the guild rules, joining rules and raid rules. P.S. ENJOY LIFE ITS TOO SHORT TO PUT UP WITH SELFISH PEOPLE IN A GAME.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
256.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
This game can be fun, even playing free. But there are many more cons than pros with this game. Now as a comic book fan, and DC comics over Marvel I loved the idea of this game. But below I'll list the reasons for/against. To be honest and fair, this is one of those games I play when I am bored with everything else, putting money in to it or not though is pretty much the same basic gameplay.

Pros

1. You get to play a super hero/villain. At some times you fight alongside/against known DC characters.

2. The DC universe is a fun universe to play in, at the beginning of the game it was for me however.

3. Beautiful environments, Gotham, Metropolis, Etc.

4. Easy to follow quests.

5. Multiple powersets to enjoy from Red or Green lanterns to shields and swords.

Cons

1. Controls are horrible, they pretty much made it feel like it is, a craptastic console game on the PC.

2. The amount of money you can hold on to as a free player is like getting only $100 every payday when you know you earned 10Xs that. You have to continously buy escrow items in order to access your store funds that your character has already earned, if you don't subscribe. Other F2P models don't restrict this at all, or at the very least make the amount you can hold outside escrow large enough to survive.

I currently have a character with over 150K, but I can only access 2K in my pocket that isn't even replenished when I hit 0.

3. Your energy is ridiculous, you can't maintian any power in combats to use abilities without button mashing combos like it is a damn Tekken game, this is not how a super hero MMO should be. I don't expect to one shot everything with super strength, but it shouldn't feel like the above mentioned game through every mob fight ever in the game.

Purchasing or subscribing to unlock new powersets is a waste of time. Examples being Green/Yellow (one unlock) powers vs Red (another set) powers for the lanterns. They're all the same in the end with the same damn combos. Again, like it's freaking Tekken. Especially the lantern powers, they're identical, it was a huge failure for SOE's part. I shouldn't be surprised.

4. Whereas I said the quests are easy to follow there is a huge con in them. Like many other MMOs, it is the constant 'kill 20 of this', that's expected. However in this you are doing quests and side quests that are the polar opposite of your counterpart hero/villain. So while you're fighting the 20 mobs that attack you near just 1 quest objective, that take about 10 minutes to kill off at some points in the game, your counterpart just gets to come on in and take the objective.

Maybe if they had made the mobs in a way that it didn't feel like a mini-boss fight in some quests it wouldn't feel so completely draining to complete one story arc. And in some you have iconic characters patroling around the area that are insanely tough for any one hero to take on. And they spot you from a distance too. Prepare to be their ♥♥♥♥♥.

5. You only feel like a superhero for so long, you shouldn't feel like you're Wonder Woman or Batman, but you also shouldn't feel like a sidekick they let loose to run their errands either. It get's old real quick when you start out feeling like a hero, but only end up feeling like the bench warmer they threw in the game because the star is out injured.

6. Replay value.......yeah NONE. Once you play through once as a hero, or if you go villain, you're done with new content for the game. It is the same set of quests over and over and over and over and over and......yeah, that annoying. Only difference is if you pick a different mentor.

Having Batman as a mentor starts you in Gotham, so you do the low level stuff there as opposed to Metropolis. But once you complete that low end stuff you're right along side heroes in either area doing the same quests. In Metropolis you have a couple mentors, but their only difference in content is between one of the two areas you start in depending on your choice.

In closing, this is a fun game to kick around in, but it won't be for long. I knew going in that SOE was going to take something I love and either twist into ♥♥♥♥, or make it really bland. Thankfully it is just really freaking bland.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
304.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
An amazing MMO for DC fans. Endless things to do and really fun fighting mechanics. Endless customizable weapons and armor.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
this game is awsome it should get more credit
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
2,643.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Not that bad.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
one of thee best mmo's i've played after every villian you kill they give you there back story to watch , you can mix powers together for eg i got arrow and flash mixed with soucery i highly recommend this game!!!!!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
So, DLC ehhr I mean DC Universe Online is a good game.The game revolves around brainiac invading earth, in the minst of battle with Lex Luthor Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman get killed and without any heroes to defend earth, it gets overrun.Lex Luthor goes back in time and warns the heroes previously mentioned about the danger the future holds, and releases an exobit which allows normal people to get powers. This is where you step in, creating your character hero/villain.
Depending which mentor you choose will depend on your city of operations (Batman/Joker=Gotham, Superman/Lex Luthor=Metropolis and so on), the combat varies on melee and ranged attacks with a few unlockable combos and powers.

Pros: Interesting idea
Detailed worlds
tons of character customization options
Lots of comic book lore
fun combat
ok storyline
tons of collectibles

cons: Occasional server crashes and force closing
They didn't cut back on the dlc, but it is f2p after all

Final score: 8/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
315.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
The game starts to get really good once you hit the max level (finish the tutorial), and have the oppurtunity to participate in group duos, raids (4 player), and raids (8 players). You have the chance to get some nice loot and go up against some of DC's greatest villians. There is also collectables galore, pvp, pvp with dc characters, homes, bounties, and much more.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
i knew this game would be huge considering its a superhero mmo and thats incredibly great and i think what is also amazing is the ability to create your OWN superhero and to enjoy the view with the ability to fly like superman,run like the flash, and do many toher things YOU CAN ALSO BE BEASTBOY!!!!!!. wel... you man transform into animals like what beastboy does if you choose nature as your power. you can also change the color of your skin to green too so you know beastboy right der.the like how you can use real super hero's or real villans constumes as a template for your own super hero's or villains costume i believe thats a major +.this game is a world of warcraft clone just the DC version. i love this game i love the superhero movies but i didnt think i would find a super hero game that i would enjoy so much but this is it. this game is free to play but however you can pay to get everything that the game has to offer or you can choose to buy the items or... dlc seperetly WITCH I THINK ITS VERY VERY GOOD THAT IT IS ALLOWED because most people cant afford 15 dollars a month. ill give this game a 10/10 considering you can do world pvp and world pve and i think it's great thatr you guys added the system where you can keep a certain style of clothing that you liked for your cotsume. for people that want a mmo like wow and dont want to play star wars the old republic this game is for you because your character and you arent going to be a clone unless someone copies you meaning they went to your house and looked at your stuff.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6,374.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This is one of the best MMOs I have played.

Unlike a lot of them there is some twich involved in the combat. Weapons and some powers have key combos to add or modify effects of the attack. Not just the standard power 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 1,1,1 etc....

This game also modifies the "iron triad" to include controlers. They supply power to the team, crowd control, and debuffs.

A good player community, and devs that listen to player feedback.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
"I am batman, now seriously i am.

with some custom armors and all" - The game

oh, and its free
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37 of 70 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Extensive review of DCUO:
I was only nine years old

I loved Sony so much, I owned all the games and merchandise

I pray to Sony every night, thanking them for the life I have been given

"Sony is love", I say, "Sony is life"

My dad hears me and calls me a f****t

He is obviously jealous of my devotion to Kazuo Hirai

I called him a ****

He slaps me and sends me to my room

I am crying now, because my face hurts

I go into my bed and it is very cold

I feel a warmth moving towards me

I feel something touch me

It's Superman

I am so happy

he whispers into my ear, "This is my fortress"

He grabs me with his powerful hands and puts me on my hands and knees

I'm ready

I spread my ♥♥♥ cheeks for Superman

He penetrates my bu****le

It hurts so much, but I do it for Superman

I can feel my a**s tearing as my eyes start to water

I push against his force

I want to please Superman and Kazuo Hirai

He shrieks a mighty shriek as he fills my butt with his love

My dad walks in

Superman looks him deep in the eyes and says, "It's all Sony now"

Superman leaves through my window

Sony is love, Sony is life

This is what happens when you play DCUO.
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