DC Universe Online Game Review

  • Gameplay
  • Combat
  • Graphics
  • PvP/PvE
  • Story

DC Universe Online Information

DC Universe Online is a 3D superhero themed free to play MMORPG published by Daybreak Games. It is the only superhero themed MMORPG to fully utilize an action combat system – and simultaneously offers players some of the best graphics in action MMOs.

Set in the same world as DC Comics, you get to join Batman, Wonder Woman and other DC favorites as they do battle against The Joker, Lex Luthor and more.

DC Universe Online Synopsis

DC Universe Online is a superhero themed free to play MMORPG set in the DC Comics universe.

It is the most populated superhero MMORPG online, has some of the best graphics for a superhero themed MMORPG, and has some of the highest quality voice acting in an MMORPG period.

Video Review - Is DC Universe Online Worth Playing?

Is DC Universe Online Worth Playing in 2018?

I was a fan of comic books and their adaptations back before they were considered cool.
Back when you’d get picked on for reading them – back when people used to flush your head down the toilet.


Now, I know a lot of our audience is fairly young so a fair amount of you probably have no recollection of what it was like being uncool for simply liking Batman or Iron Man.

So nowdays, when liking grown men in skin tight spandex is considered all but a requirement to co-exist with your peers, I felt maybe I should do a review on one of the best superhero MMORPGs out there: DC Universe Online!

I would like to preface this by saying that I nerded out when I had the opportunity to see so many DC characters in an MMORPG, and wish, honestly, Marvel did something similar. I know they had Marvel Heroes, but.. it’s nothing like DC Universe.

Character Customization

The character creation in DC Universe Online is amazing. Although not as expansive as Champions Online, DC Universe Online offers players an absolutely astonishing amount of things to choose from to craft your character.
Jumping in, you’re given the ability to edit your build, then you have the option to customize your character from scratch or select a superhero or villain to take inspiration from.
After which, you’re able to choose your morality – Hero or Villain. I would’ve went hero merely to be able to get to play alongside Batman but seriously.. when you have the option to play opposite The Joker.. how can you not take that opportunity?
Then you’re given the option to choose your personality, mentor – such as Batman or The Joker.
Your super power – such as elemental magic, psychic powers, gadgets – like Batman and Iron Man, etc.
Then you can choose your movement type – Flight, Acrobatics such as jumping tall buildings with a single leap.. and Super Speed, like Barry Allen.
Finally, you’re then able to choose your weapon type – ranging from things like Bow and Arrow, Dual Pistols, Brawling, and a ton more.
There is a lot of actual character customization beyond what was listed as well, such as varying skin colors and textures, a ton of hairstyles, facial hair, masks, visors, helmets, hoods, jackets, wings, boots..
I mean, the sheer amount of ways you can customize your character is just ridiculous.


Gameplay in DC Universe Online is very fast, very fluid and very entertaining.
The combat is action oriented as opposed to tab-target, which Champions Online actually utilizes.
Your character moves very fluidly – there is no stiffness at all. Your character moves, especially when flying and running at superhuman speeds.. very, very accurately.
Your skills – the special effects – everything looks and plays so perfectly that it still one of the better looking free to play action MMORPGs out currently.


Combat is definitely not disappointing. You’re given access to various different super powers – so, for example, if you chose to take on the Fire element, you’re given the ability to shoot fire, light yourself on fire, etc.
Whereas if you choose psychic powers – you’d be given powers specific to your mind. Same with Ice, Gadgets, and the rest.
Your combat style is also dependant on your weapon choice – so fighting with dual swords will be very different to fighting with a bow or dual guns.
This makes the combat – along with skills you have at your disposal quite detrimental to your personal playstyle.
If you enjoy fighting with dual swords while running around at super speed on fire.. hell, go for it. You are capable of doing that shit! Seriously, it’s insane.
The special effects and skill animations aren’t bad either. They’re nothing like Blade and Soul or Final Fantasy XIV – but they’re pretty damn good considering.

Class Diversity

While there are no specific “classes” in DC Universe Online, you are given the ability to essentially craft the class you want.
You want to be a fire mage that runs at super speeds shooting people with fireballs and running up close to cut them up with dual swords?
What about being able to move things with your mind.. and then take them out with your bow and arrow?
Would you prefer to fight up close and personal? What about flying right up to them with gargantuan wings and socking them right in the face?
Yeah, the ridiculous class combinations you are capable of coming up with in DC Universe Online is pretty incredible.
I recommend experimenting with it all if you have plans to try the game out. It’s fascinating.


DC Universe Online actually has a plot – and you’re in the middle of it.
Lex Luthor travels back in time with the help of Batman after the future is almost destroyed by Brainiac.
To stop the impending threat to our current timeline, Lex Luthor employs the help of present-day Lex, along with the Justice League of America, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in an attempt to fend off our inevitable demise.
Interestingly, DC Universe Online is very story-centric, having “episodes” and “arcs” that the player plays through to progress through not only the story, but the actual game.
These stories have you meet iconic characters like Batman, The Joker, Bane, The Riddler, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and.. so, so many more characters that it’s a nerds wet dream.
I was astonished to see such a large focus on the story – and was absolutely floored when I heard how damn good the voice acting was, featuring people like Kevin Conroy playing Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker.


Still the best looking superhero themed MMORPG, DC Universe Online may lack the visual appeal that Black Desert Online, Final Fantasy XIV or Guild Wars 2, but that doesn’t mean it’s inferior.
It has a very distinct – yet unique graphical style that is different to every other MMORPG out there.
Since the game isn’t fantasy-themed, nor is it scifi-themed, instead, being grounded in a comical variant of reality – the game manages to capture a slightly cartoony version of real life.
And it does it well. The game reminds me of Saints Row or Grand Theft Auto.. with comic book characters, goons and villains running around causing amok.


Since it is one of the few superhero MMORPGs left, you can be assured that there is still somewhat of a population – as fans of the genre don’t have much to choose between.
The game isn’t packed by any means, but everywhere Wiggy and I went in the city we saw players participating in events, running or flying around, or just chatting.
This is always a good thing – people finding things to do outside of leveling or grinding means that there is more to the game than the aforementioned activities.

The World

The game world is instanced. Not like most games that give you access to a small zone, no. More like zones the size of a Grand Theft Auto game.
You get to move between large cities like Metropolis and Gotham City and explore each region appropriately, but each zone is blocked off by invisible barriers that cannot by passed by any means.
There are regions and areas beyond the cities we’re given access to that may very well be included in future updates, but as of right now.. nope.
That isn’t a problem though – having an instanced world. Not in the least.
The game world, along with the regions are all so large that at times you can easily forget that you’re in an instanced city.


DC Universe Online offers both PvE and PvP content that are separated into different “Phases”. PvE worlds do not possess the ability to engage players in PvP combat, but there are still areas where PvP can occur.
You are able to switch between individual “Phases” at the Watchtower and Hall of Doom.
Now, as for the actual PvE activities you’re able to experience in-game, you have: Iconic Battles – which are solo encounters that have you enter the lair of an established DC hero or villain.
Alert Zones – instances that are balanced around a small group of four people functioning more or less like dungeons. Additionally, there are Hard Alerts which are end-game 4 player instances of the same kind.
Duos – instances that are based around 2 person content, and finally: Raids – End-game content that is focused around large groups. More or less what you see in every MMORPG that has raids.


PvP in DC Universe Online takes the form of Legends PvP – where you fight other players using the avatar of an iconic DC Superhero or Villain.
Arena PvP – instances that serve as battlefields featuring 2v2, 4v4, 5v5, 8v8 group content, and Open World PvP between factions (such as Heroes vs. Villains)
There are quite a few PvP options in DC Universe Online and the lack of classes really makes it interesting to see what your opponents come up with.

Overall - Is DC Universe Online Worth Playing?

If you’re into the superhero genre and you love fast paced action MMORPGs, then yes, definitely. It is very, very worth playing.
Being given the ability to play something that is so different to what is generally accepted as an MMORPG is a fantastic feeling.
Getting to experience DC Universe Online and play alongside all your favorite superheroes and villains is something you won’t soon regret, nor forget.

DC Universe Online Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / 2000 / Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800+
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GT 320 / ATI Radeon HD 6530D
Hard Disk Space: 30 GB

DC Universe Online Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6840 3.0 GHz / AMD Phenom II X2 550 or better
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GT 320 / ATI Radeon HD 6530D or better
RAM: 2 GB or better
Hard Disk Space: 30 GB

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    Mar 27, 2018 @ 10:14 am

    I cannot agree whit your classification in graphics and pvp/pve. Primarily, I don’t think u can compare BDO to DCUO. They are 2 diferent games and I can tell you from my experience that the graphics on bdo my look “pretty” but they are also hollow whit no object detection or whit a bad object detection. If you want to compare each game you should play all the content from each. Your review is wrong also because the current game has way more then 2 citys: Central City, Oan, Amazon War on Gotham(A version of Gotham), New Genisis… That may not be as big as Metropolis or Gotham, but hey Metropolis is 2 time Gotham anyway. The only things i could point out, would be the random civils that are kind of graphicaly basic and the eyes perma open, which they attemp to change when they reworked Mister Mxyzptlk.

    About Pve your review is again wrong. The diference between pve phrase and pvp phrase is: in one side you attack open world iconic legends, lets say open world Bizzaro and the other you attack players. Saddly this was updated and now all legends spawn in pvp world to. However there are some that still only appear on pve side like Avatar of Sin. You forgot also to mention about Elite Raids, Raids and Survival Modes(SM).

    You did not mention that the maps of Metropolis are based in the real maps of the comics, which in my opinion is a great feat. Also you didnt metion feats nor Briefings, Investigations & Collections that tell a story or explore a arc.

    If you go to gotham you will see a complete destroyed area where sub avatars(that teoricaly were the beast of the beast in the time) respawn which is freaking amazing. You can even see them being built in front of your eyes.

    Just to end I dont think you should rate the pve/pvp in one classification if you can you should split them.

    ImTheVeryBest, dcuo US

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