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DC Universe Online is a free download that is out for the PS3 and will launch later in 2013 for the PS4. While it is the full game, this arcade-action based MMORPG has tiered pay options for gamers as it relates to extra slots, inventory space, and DLC content.


- Free will see new players have access to all areas, raids and alerts, as well as create two characters and join a league.


- Premium accounts will be given to those who have spent $5 or have previously subscribed to the game, providing additional account and inventory slots.


- Finally, Legendary accounts will be available for a $14.99 monthly fee, and provides all downloadable content for free, offers 15 character slots, more than 80 inventory slots and more.





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Check out this great summary write-up I found at NeoGAF about DCUO's progression arc and squad arrangements. It should help new players wrap their head around what's in store:

 
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Lv 1 - 30 stuff in Gotham/Metropolis is meant to be solo stuff. You can group for it to get it done faster and it does make it a lot more easier/fun, but it wasn't designed with group play in mind. Bounties are the only thing in the open world that you need to group up for in the open world or at the very least have a couple of randoms backing you up and even then you don't really have to worry about your role.


All the group content in the game is instance based accessed via the On Duty menu. The Lv 1 - 29 Easy alerts were meant to be a training ground for group play, but you can faceroll you're way through most of them at this point. The real meat of the group content is the lv 30 Hard T1/T2 alerts, the raids, and the instance PvP (Arena mostly). Once you reach 30 the PvE content will slowly start to open for you as you begin to get better gear. T1 alerts require 1 healer, 1 troll, & either 2 DPS or 1 DPS and 1 tank. T2 alerts have the same group makeup except tanks play a more vital role so it's better to get one instead of 2 DPS for the most part. Raids usually consist of 2 healers, 2 trolls, 3 DPS, and 1 tank. You can faceroll through the Outer Batcaves and Khandaq, but all the other raids require you to know your role and the mechanics of the game.


Instance PvP opens up on your way to lv 30 with Legends being the training ground. Everyone plays as an Iconic (DC Characters with their own stats, powers, and weapons) in Legends so your gear/lv don't matter. The RPS system also doesn't matter in Legends. Arena is instance PvP using your own character and gear. To keep it fair the Arena queue places you with similar lv people, once you reach 30 you only play against other 30's. If you do not have a balance group for Arena and the other team does you will most likely get stomped. You need a healer to heal everyone and to debuff the tank, you need a troll to juice everyone and debuff the opposing healer, you need a tank to remove debuffs and to pound the troll so your healer is able to do his job, and you need a dps to help kill the other team faster. If you're a hero you also have to deal with longer queue times and playing against better geared villains due to the faction imbalance in the game.

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Here's a take from Eurogamer, grabbing info from The Edge magazine:

 
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In this month's Edge magazine, executive creative director Jim Lee describes DC Universe as a "kick-ass hybrid between a traditional MMO and a first-person action console game".


You'll get to create your own superhero or villain, choosing their particular powers, according to the Edge article. So you'll decide whether to attack using fire or ice, for example, and move around using acrobatics or the power of flight. Other potential abilities mentioned in the article include speed-running and teleportation.


As with a traditional MMO your character will level up as you progress, and you'll develop your powers. When the game starts you might be able to fly, but only later will you learn how to pull off specific moves and attacks in mid-air.


Although you don't get to "be" any of the famous DC characters, you do get to interact with them. That might mean you end up saving Superman from being stabbed with a shard of kryptonite by Lex Luthor. Or, if you're a villain, you could cause carnage by chucking cars around downtown Metropolis, thereby encouraging the boy in blue to turn up and fight you.


Metropolis is one of two large shared environments revealed so far, the other being Gotham City. Unlike World of Warcraft, DC Universe will be comprised of a mix of these environments and separate instances. And while there will still be instances and raids, the emphasis will be on fast-paced action rather than grinding.


There will be PvP arenas, and you'll be able to make use of your superpowers and those of others in interesting ways. For example, someone might freeze your character in a block of ice, then pick up the block and chuck it at another player. In some instances, PvP fights will end up turning into giant PvE boss battles.


In the future, it's possible we could see models, environments and costumes from the game turning up in other DC Comics properties, and there are plans for plot crossovers. "We can tie-in future DC tentpole events and translate the stories for the gaming world, and have them occur simultaneously," said Lee. "The possibilities are numerous and very exciting."

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Here's the MySpace link to DC Universe Online. Besides the pics there is some concept art as well as a few extra models of characters.


ppshooky found the cool new E3 trailer at ign.com.


*** February '09 ***

A great new trailer showing the Doomsday vs. Superman campaign.
 

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So you can be a supervillain in the DC universe, nay, start an entire guild of supervillains? Sounds good to me.
 

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Yeah, but none of the established DC characters. You have to make up your own super hero/villain and level him/her up. The real DC characters are CPU controlled during the action I guess.
 

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Yeah, I caught that. Creating a group of supervillains with your friends to fight Batman sounds pretty cool. I really don't like any of the other DC characters so we'd pretty much just go after Batman.
 

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As long as it's the George Clooney version!
 

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I want to make a Guild of Calamitous Intent.


Any word if this will be subscription based or cash shop based?


I'm betting the former.
 

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I want to make a Guild of Calamitous Intent

I love you.
 

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I love you.

I realize I'm in the PS3 forum, but agreed....


Venture Brothers...best TV to hit the air in...a loooooong time.


Probably the best written gem the world hasn't yet caught on to (which is why it hasn't been over-hyped and ruined).


I'm still laughing over the OSI/GI Joe spoof...
 

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Like Dwight?
 

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I want to have my character look exactly like me except he can fly.

Hancock....is that you?
 

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somehow sony always get me excited. the only problem is it always takes eons before it comes out.


i like to believe. but first i want to see it and play it
 

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First low-rez pics discovered... for a MMORPG it doesn't look bad at all!





 

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Definetly exciting. If it's free to play online i'm in. Make it subscription based and I'm out.
 

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Uh, is this supposed to be Vertigo-type DC Universe or "New Teen Titans" DC Universe, exactly....??


Like is your character going to have Anime doe-eyes and the like.....
 

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Awesome, I can't wait to be the Man of Steel... sadly there are no pics of him as of yet!
 

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You can't be ANY of the characters... you have to make your own and level him/her up. The DC heroes and villains are CPU controlled.
 

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You can't be ANY of the characters... you have to make your own and level him/her up. The DC heroes and villains are CPU controlled.

Hence I said Man of Steel, never said "Superman"... lol


that's a cool way to do it, create your own superheroes... awesome stuff.
 

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Originally Posted by HeadRusch /forum/post/14209520


Uh, is this supposed to be Vertigo-type DC Universe or "New Teen Titans" DC Universe, exactly....??


Like is your character going to have Anime doe-eyes and the like.....

Screenshots posted above look like the Vertigo-type DC and not the faux-anime version.

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Definetly exciting. If it's free to play online i'm in. Make it subscription based and I'm out.

I wouldn't doubt it if it was subscription based. I don't see how they can maintain the servers with CS items alone.
 
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