...Large-Scale Multiplayer Combat, New Light-Powered Legends Characters and an All-New Weapon.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,525 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."

About This Game

DC Universe™ Online is a Free-to-Play, massive multiplayer online action game set in the popular DC Comics universe. Create your own powerful Hero or Villain and experience true action combat as you fight alongside and against legendary characters such as Batman, Superman and The Joker. Play for free now!

Key Features

  • Experience the power of visceral combat where you control every blow your character strikes, delivering a level of action that is unparalleled in the MMO segment.
  • Choose your side, superhero or villain, as you battle to save or conquer the universe
  • Fight alongside or against your favorite DC heroes and villains including Batman, The Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman and others…The next legend is YOU!
  • Experience the intensity of a world created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee.
  • Take advantage of the state-of-the-art physics engine and use objects in the world around you as weapons, including even your enemies!
  • Players will create their own DC-style hero or villain, each with a unique look and combination of superpowers.
  • Embark on heroic or villainous story-driven adventures penned by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.
  • Gameplay is optimized for both the PS3 computer entertainment system and PC.
  • 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 including Arkham Asylum and the Justice League of America Watchtower.
DC Universe Online is free to play, your way® – including *Legendary Membership access which includes more features and options, including extra character slots, expanded inventory, free access to DLC Packs, and unlimited cash balances (visit the DCUO website for full details).

*Optional content available for purchase.

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
48 of 73 people (66%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
DC Universe is probably one of the best super hero themed games I've played. The graphics are great with a fast paced combat system that's insanly fun and the customazation of outfits is one of the best I've seen all while exploring and kicking ♥♥♥ in the in the DC Universe. However what put me off the most and the reason I just cannot recommend it is because of it's laughable free to play model your money is caped at a mer 2000 with any cash that is earned exceeding said cap becomes locked to you unless you pay to increase the cap trading with other players is none existent to you unless you pay and don't even think about useing the mail system with out shoveling out some dough. Want to work to max level and get the best gear? Sorry you have to pay for that also and finding a decent guild will be near to impossible because guilds only look for subcription players. When I first begain my first few hours of playing I had every intention of handing over some of my cash to suppose this game and it's company but after I seen how much of a low blow the free model is I I just can't bring myself to even continue playing.
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
47.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I love MMOs, and I love comics, but this game... it had such potential. With a stable like DC and the Justice League behind it, this should have been the end-all of comic MMOs. But, sadly, the super-ball was dropped.

Setup is easy, character creation is easy- about the only difficult thing is leaving the game to patch overnight and then trying to find a character name that isn't sitting unused on someone's account. That, however, is where the feeling of making your own hero ends.

The story starts up- Lex Luthor has come from the future, spinning a tale of a universe subjugated by Brainiac, and he's brought gifts for everyone- exobytes that end up infecting hundreds of thousands of people with superpowers (the PCs). The Justice League is asked to train the heroes, and the Legion of Evil is tapped to train new supervillains.

What that essentially means is you get tagged to handle everything that they feel is beneath them- you never really get to feel like a hero or villain- instead of Batman, you'll get to be one of the Robins, but in a different costume. You get told to go here and help someone- it just doesn't feel like you get to be the hero or the villain- instead, you're a piece on a board that both sides are playing off against each other. Think of it like three-sided chess- the heroes and villains battle each other, but both know that if Brainiac wins, everyone's out of luck.

Honestly, there's a solid game in here, but the presentation needs a lot of work- if I want to be a hero, I don't want to be treated like the sidekick- I want to get out there and save the day from villains, not clean up their mooks and wait for some other hero or villain to swoop in and finish the job.

If the DC thing is important, grab this. If not, grab Champions Online. Simple as that.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
234.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
DC Universe Online is a super-hero MMO that makes you feel you're the next Superman or Wonder Woman as you're a hero helping your comrades against the opposition and the main threat, Brainiac.

The story brings an underrated villain, Brainiac, into the Hero vs Villain fray and decides to start destroying Earth after he obtains all bits of intelligence (which also means humans). Lex Luthor, who saw Brainiac invading, left the rest behind to be destroyed and travelled to the past, warning the present heroes of the upcoming threat. Using Exobytes, technology stolen from Brainiac that was stolen from the heroes and villains of the future, he allowed the entire of Metropolis and Gotham to have superpowers to defeat Brainiac.

Aside from the story, the gameplay is very diverse and gives you plenty of opportunities to display yourself. In character creation, you choose from plenty of powers (some requiring DLCs), weapons (one currently requiring DLC), and three movement modes (Flying, Super Speed, and Acrobatics). You can also choose side, personality, and mentor. Choosing a side means you're either a hero or a villain. Your personality reflects how your presence affects other players (how they think of you), and mentor (which kind of hero/villain you are). Depending on mentor, you can be a magic, meta, or tech character, and you will do two mentor quests in the entirety of the story (which is not much, but it's better than listening to Oracle or the Calculator all the time) and fight the nemesis of your mentor (Lex Luthor, Circe, or Joker). The story in this game is pretty much known to the community as the tutorial. It shows you around, has you geared up, and ready for the main part of the game: Increasing combat rating or PvP combat rating.

On the topic of PvP, there are five kinds of ways to PvP: Worldwide PK (PvP phase), Ring War/Diamond Heist, Arena PvP, Legends PvP, and duels. Dueling, at this point, only helps with a few feats, the most you'll get feat-wise would be Arena or Legends PvP. Legends PvP is different to the others as you use a character from the Legends roster. You can be Doctor Fate, Kyle Rayner...heck, even Classic Batman in Legends PvP (note that gear and traits won't make you better in this kind of PvP).

Now on to feats. Feats are like achievements, but they actually account for something. Feats come with feat points: the harder the feat, the more points you earn. Every 100 feat points will earn you a Skill Point (so you don't feel like you're stuck with 15 SP the entire game). The more feats you do, the more skill points you earn, and the easier for you to increase combat effectiveness.

The next point to note is alerts/raids/duos/solos. These are pretty much dungeons/instances where you go and do missions related to the instance to earn Marks of Triumph (later tiers will have something different). The higher the tier, the more Marks of Triumph you will earn, and an added bonus if you complete ones with a star beside them. Duos and solos can be fairly easy, as you can do them seperately from your peers, but alerts/raids require you to engage in strategic fights with your allies. If you're not able to engage in conversation and strategize, you won't make it far.

The only issue I have with this game, for personal reasons, are the DLCs. Understandably, they do need a way to earn a profit, however to make a game Pay 2 Win (P2W), is a fairly bad way of making a profit. To engage in anything from tier 4 and up will require legendary membership or the purchase of certain DLCs to be involved. Other than that, if you do get a DLC, you're treated to it's benefits.

Pros:
• Original story
• Nostalgic characters
• Legendary voice-acting (especially Mark Hamill's Joker voice)
• Immersive and enjoyable gameplay
• Engaging and strategic boss battles
• Near-infinite customization possibilities

Cons:
• Pay 2 Win
• Spawn killing can be abused in PvP
• Friendly mobs involved in a mission can be killed by enemy players (which leads to delays in progress)
• Spawn killing while in PvP phase
• PvP isn't exactly balanced
• A few bugs here and there (like Cape Carmine Lighthouse lvl 9 mission on solo, being very hard to complete)

Conclusion: I would recommend this game for the fans of the DC comics and for those who just love to enjoy a taste of being a superhero or supervillain. If any of you read this and require assistance in-game, do feel free to message me if you're on USPC. ~Permafrost Imp
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
484.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Had a great time in this game, I didn't care about anything DC related going into this, but I've come to dig it a lot :]
good times great oldies.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
A great mmo and fun combat/style. If looking for a super hero based mmo game to play solo or with friends then this game is it. Granted some bugs are there, but if overlooked this game is actually great and satisfying in the end. If intrested to reach the highest tier, then paying for legendary or the montly subscription is required. Other than that you will get very far in DCUO as a free member(basic) or premium member once purchased any DLC. Free members are limited in cash at 1000, while premium is 2000. This seems ok at first, but the pull of unlimited cash for legendary sub is enticing as the in game market for purchasing items from other players can be much much higher than what you have. Also, be wary of trading with other people in game without using the market as the chance of being scammed is high. Other than this, while there are negatives I've had fun memories with this game while gaming on my recent now traded in PS4 and currently owned/played on PC. I just wish you can use the same account on both platforms though. Overall, DCUO is worth the try and time and the PC community is the best out of the platforms. I've had my share of not so pleasent people on the console community. Ironic that the heroes on the PS4 console can be arrogant and trollsome compared to the villians. But anyways, that is from experience, even in that the times spent on PC have been much better as everyone who plays, they play for the fun and experience of the world DC had created and the community is quite helpful when needing help. DCUO based on fond memories gets a 8.5 out of 10. I will miss the game as I move forward to others games.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
this was a great game. there are lots of players and the co-op is great. however for some reason when I talk to NPCs I lose connection alot this started happening when I got to the boss fight with brouther blood. one of my favorite things is legends pvp. but for beginers legends pvp as a hero can be frustraiting and the villains starter is much beter than robin. The DLCs are awesome too. well the ones I can figure out how to use anyway. sadly this game once you get into it is not really free to play. yes you can keep playing when you reach level 30 but you can't level up with out paying more. also the character slots are disipoiting too. you can only make two chartacters with out paying $5.00 for one more or buying the legendary membership wich for a year is $120.00 a year. There are many good things about the game but for the sakeof time and length of the review am only saying the best and worst things and what a buyer should know before purchusing
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,008.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Usually I don' write many reviews but since this is my favorite mmo - also the best one I've ever played I figured to write a hopefully helpful review. I get the feeling that many people in the review section only leveled up their toon from 1-30 and missed out on all the good stuff this game has to offer. I played this game way before I migrated it on steam, so let me tell you I've played it a LOT.

First of all as a response to all those ridiculous P2win comments. No, this game is not pay to win. I understand how it can come across that way to new players (mainly because of the 2000 cash cap in game) but it is clearly not. You can't buy anything in the marketplace which gives you an advantage over other players. You can't buy gear in the marketplace. In fact you will have to grind a lot in this game. Whether you use replay badges or not, the drops are random, the grinding will be about the same. Yes, this game is a pay to play model in my opinion since DLC's do cost real money and it is not possible for F2P players to compete at all in any high gear content (or even see the content) if they are not legendary. But in addition almost all the games out there are the same in high gear content. Also I think that the all access model is absolutely a fair deal, since 15€ are not really a big deal at all for what you get. Which is: Premium benefits in the following SOE games: DCUO, Everquest, Everquest 2 and Planetside. Also they will be adding 3 more games to the list soon.

You will have the choice to play as a villain or hero. This influences your whole gameplay, your missions, raids storylines and also the players you will encounter since heroes and villains can not interact other than in PVP or via the Versus chat. You will have the choice to play as the known roles Tank, DPS, healer and the support role of the controller who gives mana to the group, debuffs enemies and much more. There are plenty of powers you can choose from, every power can DPS and play one the other 3 roles. The gameplay of this game is smooth but I really have to say that the real game starts once you are past level 30. I really would not judge the game according to solo missions and Area 51 for example, the solo content in DCUO really isn't that strong. The whole game is more focused on PVE content for 4-8 players. There are also some Duos you can rock with a partner. What is also important is that the game gets significantly better once you are over combat rating 70 (cr=combat rating is basically the leveling system of this game) which is Tier 4. Starting at Tier 5 content the game gets more challenging, you get more variaton and can start to play the game more seriously. I do not recommend queueing up on some servers since most people use LFG (looking for group) to find groups. Of course you will also be able to join or even create a league which makes it easier to level up and understand the game...also adds a lot of fun.

PVP plays a pretty small role in this game since it's PVE based but you will find players who mainly enjoy the pvp side of things too without doing a lot of PVE. You get to play in Arenas from 1vs1 to 8vs8 as your own toon or in Legends PVP as iconic heroes or villains You will get your first legend character via Mail, which is Harley Quinn for Villains and Robin for Heroes. Both good characters to get started in PVP and learn a bit about important mechanics like blocking, blockbreaking and lunging. PVP is actually fair since the latest update, since your toon gets buffed if you play against stronger players - and their toon gets nerfed. So even as a level 10 player you can go into PVP safely and practice all you want. There is also a seperated open world PVP you will have access to. You can actually change from PVP to PVE and vice versa via the phase shifter. So PVP and PVE worlds are not seperate.

The storylines are attached and make sense, there will be some trilogies later in which the stories are actually better. I have to say the story really goes a bit short on DC universe online but they are improving. Comic book fans will really nerd over some of the things and bosses DCUO has to offer. The graphics are totally okay for a mmo..there are better graphics, they could improve some things but they are okay. The UI of this game is very clear, new players will not have any problems to get into it fast.

Last but not least this game has one of the nicest communties I have ever seen. New players will not have a problem to recieve help from more experienced players.

All in all 9/10..there are some things that require some improvement but if you are looking for a smooth, fun and sometimes challenging superhero and villain based game you will like DCUO.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
They should call it DLC: Universe

10000/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Overall this game is great but if you dont pay money the game isnt as good as its supposed to be. i recommend playing it tho :P.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I was playing this game for long time befor it apear on Steam, I manage to gather epic gear and become strong enough to be major force on rides. We played with friends and even was able to ignore fact that you need to pay sooner or later to interact with other players or get anything to do after reaching 30 lvl. But the reason is why I dont recomend this game is that after being couple months out of the game my character was deleted and I needed to start over...
Now I also see that updates are not for free to play users, every new thing needs a cash.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
(boring voice read)sooo awsomm whooo tots not sarcasm
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
i would recommend this game but i can't play it atm cos of some reason, but anyway its a great game would play.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
61.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
great game u i cant stop playing on it sometimes
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Great MMO and one of the better free ones, really enjoying it so far
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Great Game!!!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
dam good game paly dam good prijs base game if free
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
226.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
pay to win pvp. get lvl 30. Check out those massive grind hours to get decent gear of which there is very little to choose from... then pay. Done.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
65.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
pretty fun
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
127.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I once ran face first into a coat hook.

It was funner than playing this game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
its fun until you want to get anything good you "dont need money" for the cool suits but if you want to get it within the decade you need money also hlaf of the things require a dlc you can only do well if you pay up this game is free to play, pay to win
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