So yes, I have finally gone against my better judgment and picked up a copy of DC Universe Online on my way home today. I say “against my better judgment” because I had originally decided that I was going to pass this game up after I had done some research into it. Every super hero MMO seems exactly the same, so I figured I could survive without playing this one. Each super hero MMO seems to drone on and on about how customizable their character creator is or how many different possible combinations of super powers you can wield. Of course the problem here is that while these games (namely City of Heroes and Champions Online) do in fact have awesome character creators, the game content it self is extremely lacking.
I really don't give a rat's ass about how cool my character looks if there isn't anything fun for me to do with him. Also, while we are on the subject of super hero MMO's in general, am I the only who seems to have noticed that the interface is always the same bright shiny blue color and the graphics are always cartoony? I understand the graphics part, the developers are trying to make the game look like a comic book. I get it. But the interface? This is a minor point, and I honestly don't know why I even bother to bring it up, but hey, there it is.
So why did I buy DC Universe Online when I have these criticisms? I'd say mainly two things contributed to my final decision which drove me toward making the purchase: my obsession with trying out new MMO's and my comic book love affair with Batman. I always find myself rooting for the underdogs of the MMO universe. I really want games such as EVE Online, Aion and Lord of the Rings Online to succeed and rise to the top. MMO's make such a wonderful addition to the gaming community/industry as a whole and I would really love to see people raving about something other than World of Warcraft. Also, just think of how much work goes into designing them. As a gamer, I feel it is almost disrespectful to the game designers to not at least give their creation a go. Though I am sure few others share this outlook and would much rather save their money.
However, as a result I have tried almost every single MMO that has come out since I first started playing Star Wars Galaxies back in High School. This includes: Age of Conan, Everquest 1&2, LOTRO, Aion, Champions Online, Star Trek Online, EVE Online, Guild Wars, Lineage II, City of Heroes and who can forget World of Warcraft (somehow I feel like I am leaving one or two out...). While I have dabbled in each of these titles, I have of course spent more time playing some than others, I have enjoyed each one of them for what it was worth. I feel I am able to see the good things in each MMO that I try. Even with the games that don't stand out amongst the rest (*cough* Star Trek Online) I have never completely regretted the time and effort I put into playing them.
The standard console game I buy these days seems to keep me entertained for anywhere from one to three weeks before it stars to lose its luster. That is not to say that I don't still play them off and on after this time period, but certainly not with the same degree of enthusiasm. Now even the wost MMO I have played (*cough* Star Trek Online) kept me entertained for the same amount of time if not longer. So in my eyes it is worth it.
A lot of gamers hate the idea of starting an new MMO, especially when coming from a different title such as WoW in which they already have an established character or set of characters. They don't want to start out as a “level 1 newb” because it would be like they were just starting everything over again. I, on the other hand, don't look at in this way whatsoever. I like starting new characters and trying out what other games have to offer, even if they aren't as renowned as some of its competitors.
I have DC Universe installing and patching right now as I am typing this up, and for now I am reserving judgment until I have tried it out myself. There are several reviews for the game that are circling around the web right now, but I never really trust sites like IGN when it comes to MMO's. So I will be playing this game over the next couple weeks and you can be rest assured that I will let you know precisely what I think of it, no bullshit. So keep an eye out!