So it has finally come to this. The final chapter of our DC Universe Online Journal, or “how I learned to stop worrying and love the MMO”. Let’s get down to business…
The game itself is not perfect. As I have mentioned in my previous journal entries, DCUO has enough bugs to be apart of the plagues; the servers were slammed during the first week and a half (which has been resolved); and the PS3, despite all of it’s state of the art technology, is a miserable online system. Firmware should solve a majority of these problems.
But after the lists of problems that need fixing, something remarkable happened; I had fun. There’s am addictive element about these games that I never felt until I logged on to DCUO. It’s a feeling that I never could grasp from all the other MMOs that came before it and I’m sure the reason for that is because I love these characters. I love this world.
Also, the game is capped at level 30, meaning it’s short as far as character growth. But if you include the fact that you can play hero or villain, the daily vault missions, raids, and the upcoming expansions than the replay value of this game will go beyond the next 2 or 3 years at best.
I don’t like fantasy games and RTS are too confusing to figure out, which is probably why I never got into World of Warcraft, but when it’s the Joker and Batman, I’m there with my $15 monthly fee.
Now about that fee, certainly it’s understood that an MMO will cost something each month, but when you already paid $65+ on top of a PlayStation Plus subscription, this becomes quite an expensive endeavor. If you’re really into it, than the fees are nothing, however, the purchase of the game is basically a one month free subscription. That’s a hefty price for a 30 day trial and it surely will turn players away.
I bring up the PSPlus subscription because this is a Sony game. I don’t pay for the service myself, but if I did, why would I pay Sony twice for this? If Sony wants the PSPlus service and DCUO to work then they should create a discount or single subscription for both. This way PS3 and PSPlus users wouldn’t feel so ripped off.
These past 2 weeks have taught me a lot of the MMO genre. It’s not just about spending hours beating down bunny rabbits until you level up. It’s more of a community than anything else. It’s like sitting in front of FACEBOOK, but with better visuals and a crapload of action. It’s exciting to live out an adventure that you can also share with a friend or two and get lost in the universe that spans different gameworlds.
I say to you MMO-naysayers, I was one of you, but I have seen the light. These games are fun and addictive and definitely worth your time.
If you’re an avid comic reader who has at least 20 bucks a month to spare, than this is hands down a must own. If the the cost of the game and monthly charges are an issue, than I would suggest thinking it over. But if you want a good comic book action game to tide you over until Arkham City, go pick up your copy now and I’ll see you online.
Replay Value: 9.5/10
OVERALL: 8.5/10 (not an average)