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DC Universe Online video: Full Access Playthrough

Our office can tend to take a flippant attitude towards MMOs that aren’t World of WarCraft, so after several years worth of delays and countless batches of tepid screenshots, we’d somewhat written off DC Universe Online. But then something strange happened… we started to hear a shitload of positive buzz about the beta.


Above: We spend a little time futzing around with the character creator, so scrub to 2:35 to jump right to the gameplay in action 

As is often the case with MMOs, those boring ass screenshots don’t do DC Universe justice. Quite simply, you gotta see this thing in motion just to see how well it performs on the PS3. Bear in mind the footage above is oddly compressed (our bad) but it’s taken directly from a retail disc and console running on launch day. Suprisingly, everything ran silky smooth, with minimal loads and zero crashes on the very first day... what?! Some of us have had more trouble loading up Call of Duty matches or keeping New Vegas stable on Day 1, so Sonly Online Entertainment deserves a helluva lot of credit for pulling off its most ambitious PS3 project to date.


Above: Meet GR’s custom created superhero, Schmagma: Sex Panther of Right! 

However, it’s DC fans who are in for the biggest treat, because even while performing online and populated by actual people, the game is an enormous cut above your average comic brawler, with a skill/ability system deep enough to convince you that your created character has existed on the page for several decades.


Above: 9 out of 10 fanboys agree: The opening cutscene is pretty badass

Instead of playing as iconic characters like Superman or Wonder Woman, you’ll choose one as a “mentor” and create your own custom hero in their image. (You’ll never guess who we chose to emulate, but it rhymes with “Goddamn Batman!”) The story involves tselect Justice League members training civilians to fight off Braniac and his plans for mass annihilation, and it’s quite surprising how well age-old comic book tropes adapt to an MMO. You’ll find no shortage of familiar faces right from the get go, plus you’ll hear GR’s resident “Comic Book Guy,” Henry Gilbert, point out some of the character voice work from DC’s remarkable animated output carries over into the sprawling, persistent game.


Above: A view from the top of Gotham

So Good News! DC Universe has damn decent shot at living up to your expectations, since it definitely surpassed the cynically low ones we came into it with.  Early PS3 adopters with dinky hard drives might want to start clearing out their unused game data, because this baby requires a chunk of memory. If you feel like you’ll only play it for a month, the 30-day trail is completely credit card free, although playing after that’ll run you $15 a month. Stay tuned - we should have our DC Universe Online Review ready for you soon.

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38 comments

  • jaico22 - January 25, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    @Darkhawk Quality servers cost a lot of money to run (this includes the game staff thats needed to operate the servers and maintain a vibrant community. (hence microsoft charges fees for their service) Thus, there needs to be either a) monthly fees or b) microtransations (i.e., item malls which a lot of players dislike) Realize that you get a lot of content with this genre and these games tend to keep you busy for 300+ hours of game play.
  • Sevej - January 25, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Me lovin' me some FAP! why is my captcha showing a stuck-out pinky?!
  • Randomwordcombination - January 16, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    Great FAP! I'm pretty interested in this game, I wish I got around to trying the beta when I had it. I'm guessing it didn't let you use "BoneRawr" because it still had the "Boner".
  • Fr00b - January 14, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    NAME IT SOMETHING ELSE BESIDES FAP!
  • Sasquatch009 - January 14, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    So I just bought this game because of you guys, I hope you're happy
  • ilikeduckvaginatista - January 14, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    bob dylan wrote a song about this... LOLOLOLOL omg chris u make my life
  • switch22 - January 13, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    I love FAP's! Oh, these vids are cool too.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - January 13, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    @SAUGAPRIME: Can we skip straight to the part where you pay our dentist bill? And then skip everything after? Our dentist's name is Cash and he is VERY expensive.
  • Darkhawk - January 13, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    Plus $60 for the retail disc? That equals $240 for a year of play-time. WTF? Who plays MMOs? http://www.gamestop.ca/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?Product%5FID=257196
  • philipshaw - January 13, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    This game looks great but I don't want to pay £10 a month to play it even though I had a fun time in the beat
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 13, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    I would have picked this up already, if not for the farking subscription fee.
  • batman5273 - January 13, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    Would you guys press Start already to spend you skill point?
  • SAUGAPRIME - January 13, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    These cheatplanet reviewers are so annoying they think there so smart and clever and they have sarcasm in every sentence. It makes me want to knock there teeth out and then pay for there dental bill so i can knock it again. You guys are nothing but a punk!
  • Crabhand - January 13, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    @Darkhawk Yea, it is quite a bit when it adds up, but MMO games tend to absorb a great deal of time and usually pay for themselves in entertainment. That is, of course, assuming you enjoy typical MMO gameplay.
  • MechaGecko - January 13, 2011 4:10 a.m.

    Hahaha Henry's closing comment was hysterical. I couldnt stop laughing after 20 min of watching straight up DC.
  • cyclone306 - January 13, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    This is awesome we're up to two or three FAPs a week...
  • sgloomy - January 13, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    @Darkhawk, unfortunately that is definitely not a typo, the subscription is free for 30 days, and then $15 a month, although on their website, there is apparently a deal for around $120-130 a year. The game does run smooth, but I am not a big MMO fan, as in this is the first and probably the only MMO i will ever play, but at its core it does still play like an MMO. I'm going to play it for the month, but it seems too expensive to pay $15 for this game on the PS3. what Sony should have done is to have made it free subscription for anyone who has their Plus membership, it seems at least to me like a good idea.
  • sweetzombiejesus - January 13, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Is it just me or does the video go fuzzy and then clear and fuzzy again. Other than that great video probably going to buy this because it looks awesome.
  • bloodyshadow - January 13, 2011 12:34 a.m.

    Seriously, I get a huge kick out of these. I've watched the Mario All Stars one about five times. They are just so relaxing and funny to watch. It's just a groupof guys that I enjoy talking about the games they are playing. No offense to TDar, cause I love that too, but this just brings a whole new level to it. TDar shows you love games. These FAPs show that you not only PLAY them, but the you can make little observations like people who play them. They're great.
  • bloodyshadow - January 13, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    I would like to show my support in these by saying I F-CKING LOVE THESE FAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT

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