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This review is for the PC version of DC Universe Online.
I was really looking forward to this game - January is the best month for playing an mmorpg (twenty below and four feet of snow), and this new superhero game looked pretty awesome in the game trailers. Well, the graphics are pretty nice. The cities, like Gotham and Metropolis, are beautifully rendered, and the game maps look good too. Haven't had any weird 'toon behavior (like getting stuck in a wall or falling through a map), and no game crashes - although I've been kicked from the server a couple times for unannounced server shutdowns. The "Acrobatics" travel power is pretty cool too, your 'toon climbs walls just like Spiderman, and glides off tall buildings like Rocky The Flying Squirrel (from Rocky and Bullwinkle).
My primary beef is the user interface. With no mouse cursor on the game screen, clicking on objects, contacts, doors, and enemies, is unintuitive. Can't even move chat or inventory windows. The chat interface doesn't appear to be accessible while on the game screen either (there may be a way, but the only way I've accessed it is by opening the chat screen, which takes you away from the task at hand). The key mapping isn't so great either. There is no "run" button (nor is there an available command to allocate a "run" button), so you have to hold down the forward button to go - even for long monotonous flights all the way across the city. The PC version of this game plays almost like it was designed exclusively as a console game, and ported for PC at the last minute.
If you want to play a Superhero/Villain mmorpg, and you've never played City Of Heroes/Villains, buy that game instead. Statesman and Lord Recluse may not be household names like Batman or Superman, and Paragon City isn't quite as graphically stunning as Metropolis, but the game-play and chat interfaces are a heck of a lot more user friendly. Plus, you won't find a more customizable character creation interface in any current game!
Sorry, Sony/Warner/DC - but there's no way I can recommend the current PC version of DC Universe Online.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2011 2:09:37 PM PST
Justin Fung says:
Do you think I can have your buddy code?
Posted on Jan 24, 2011 11:24:50 AM PST
Aaron Sherman says:
What I don't understand is, in the face of World of Warcraft's immense popularity, why is it that anyone would design a game where the UI is fixed? I can see making a more structured API for building UI mods, but why even bother to release a game that has no ability to mod the UI? That's like releasing a modern MMO that doesn't have instanced group missions ("dungeons") or that doesn't have PvP.
I would have thought that at this point, someone would actually have improved on the World of Warcraft modding interface, but I've yet to see one serious attempt.
Posted on Jan 24, 2011 7:08:32 PM PST
you don't get to "run" until you are able to upgrade your method of travel in the skills menu. then you can re-map that key, which by default is left ctrl. it really does suck though, because in order to move faster you have to use auto run. to use the chat window while playing, you just have to hit enter. sometimes it takes a few presses before it lets you type though. i definitely agree that the UI is horrible. it's one of the worst i've ever seen and the exclusion of being able to click anything is absurd.
Posted on Jan 25, 2011 7:49:06 PM PST
I would try it, but I just can't trust SOE... what if I actually liked it? I got burned by them twice now. Never again.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 9:25:23 PM PST
Dan's Media says:
former SWG player? I feel your pain man..
Posted on Jan 29, 2011 2:43:15 AM PST
Jeremiah Marg says:
Umm Correction There is a auto run button mine was the end key but u should check your key bindings in game.
Posted on Jan 29, 2011 2:56:37 PM PST
Cody J. Hoover says:
As other users said:
you CAN type from the game screen by tapping enter (usually a couple times)
you CAN auto run. For me it was with the numlock button and I seem to recall being able to do that from level 1. and for flying you auto-fly by pressing num-lock when you unlock movement skills and purchase it.
Posted on Feb 8, 2011 10:29:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 8, 2011 10:20:10 AM PST
If you actually think City of Heroes can even touch this game then you're just plain nuts. I'm guessing that isn't the case and you actually work on City of Heroes. The graphics, combat system and quality of missions on City of Heroes are light years behind DC online as well they should be since City of Heroes is flat out ancient and has been seriously neglected by the developer since its launch.
As for the issues with this game, it is much better when played using a control pad than using mouse/keyboard. I use the xbox 360 control. I found the game almost unplayable before making that switch, love it now.
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