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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Mostly Positive (149 reviews) - 73% of the 149 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (9,794 reviews) - 82% of the 9,794 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

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October 21

Stabilizer Sale! Plus, Halloween Costume Contest and Sale!

Thanks to Booster Gold, Time Capsules have been sent through the Multiverse and have been arriving in DCUO’s here-and-now since late August. If you’ve kept these safely stowed away unopened, or if you’re anticipating more coming your way soon (and since they drop in regular gameplay, that’s going to happen!), you’ll want to pay attention to this sale!

From Friday, October 21, 2016 through Monday, October 24, 2016, Stabilizers – which are required in order to open up a Time Capsule – are on sale in the Marketplace for 20% Off! This means a Stabilizer will cost just 80 MC/DBC and a pack of 20 Stabilizers will cost just 1,520 MC/DBC.

So hurry to the Marketplace for Stabilizers before the sale ends!

New to Time Capsules? Want more details on how they work and what they include? Visit our Guides section.

Have you been encountering a number of haunts on the streets of Gotham City? What sort of horrors have you seen in the Midnight Masquerade Nightclub? The Witching Hour, DCUO’s Fall Seasonal Event, is only here through Monday, October 31, and to add on to the frighteningly fun festivities, we have two MORE things coming:


Still stressing over your perfect costume? Set your fears aside, because from Friday, October 21, 2016 through Monday, October 31, 2016, most style items in the Marketplace will be ON SALE for 25% off! There’s still plenty of time to get your hands on the perfect look for less for your hero or villain.


Once you’ve got your costume all figured out, enter our DCUO Costume Contest! Dress your in-game character in your best Witching Hour-themed costume, snap a screenshot, and see if you win! Entries will be accepted from 12:00PM (Noon) Pacific on Friday, October 21, 2016 through 12:00PM (Noon) Pacific on Friday, October 28, 2016. You can enter by uploading your image to our contest site or by following & tweeting to @DCUO using the hashtag #DCUOCostumeContest.

Once the entry submission period ends, it’s time to VOTE! Visit the contest site to vote for your favorite entries between 12:00PM (Noon) Pacific on Friday, October 28, 2016 through 12:00PM (Noon) Pacific on Monday, October 31, 2016. You may vote once per entry per day. The top vote getters will move on to the judging phase!

Can your spooky style impress our judging panel? Top vote getters from the Costume Contest will be evaluated by a panel of judges who will pick SIX (6) WINNERS based on Creativity, Originality, and Theme. The winners will each receive one Stabilizer and their choice of either Aura Pack II or 1500 Daybreak Cash/Loyalty Points.

For full rules and to enter or vote, visit the DCUO Costume Contest site here.

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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!

Want More?

The full patch notes for GU64 are available here.

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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
30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
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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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This game would be ok...if it would'nt be so much pay-to-win and paywalling content...
as a free to play user you are more like playing a demo of the game than getting the real content...Damn even your wallet is limited if you don't buy a membership

i cannot recommend this game and i regret my time i've put into this game...
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
84.2 hrs on record
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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11 of 17 people (65%) 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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
i mean i would reccomend it its just when i click play it just says im playing for 10 seconds or less then says play again, and worse if im on the screen to play for too long, it just closes after a minute
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
it won't even launch. keeps giving me an error then it uninstalls and reinstalls itself and gives the error again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
644.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
+Rich content
+Good gameplay
+Constantly updated and improved game

-free2Play is a lie
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
247.0 hrs on record
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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6 of 11 people (55%) 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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67.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
Great game for kids age 7 - 13 But long time download, But thats besides the point its a great game Smooth as hell quality I would 100% Recommend this if your into DC/Marvel
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30.4 hrs
Posted: October 25
While not one of the great MMOS of the century, DCUO did pretty well with me, it spent my time up like a game should, made me interact with other people, etc. It may have a ridiculous amount of unneccessary DLC, but heck! It's DC, the game in vanilla is great, and you should just give it a moment of your time and try it for a bit, the uninstall button works if you don't like it, either. Win win for everybody.
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15.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
first of all i wanna know why i cant buy dc universe currency with steam money
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57.2 hrs
Posted: October 25
Awesome game, but horrible connectivity. You get disconnected more often than you get to play.
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22.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
DC Universe is definatly a game worth trying out. All though it does have some downsides to it, mainly the purchasing of other powers and combat styles, it's still a fun game to play with a group of friends. They do a great job incorperating DC heroes and villians in a vast world. Try it out with a group and see for yourself.
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617.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
This game is amazing. It is by far the best MMORPG I've ever played. Beats Marvel Heroes 2016 by a thousand miles. I would gladly recommend this to anyone who loves comics and superheroes, whether they be fans of Marvel or DC just because the game is so well designed. It's been out for 5 years now and it's easy to see why it is still up and running. They just released their 27th major episode, offer cross-platform play, and are about to revamp their skill progression system. They know how to please their fans. DICE should learn a thing or two about listening to the community when creating a game.
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