DCUO going Heroic! Free 2 Play in October!
After realizing that WOW is the only successful MMO that will utilize monthly subscriptions, DC Universe Online has finally scratched their monthly payments and are going F2P starting at the end of October. Or at least, October is when they say they will. If anyone has been playing the game, they know that SOE can not be trusted with deadlines. So there is a chance this may not take effect until February 2012 sometime...
So they are breaking their model into three areas:
Free: Expect the basic. Only two characters available, limited powers, limited character slots...well...limited everything. If they want more of them, they will have to pay for them. Must still pay for DLC.
Premium: This is where I fall in. For those who have paid for the game or have paid $5 in the game will fall under this category. This is where the normal range of stuff falls. There are still some limitations in terms of what can be in the bank, how much money you carry, inventory slots and the like; but for the most part it will be what players currently have. Must still pay for DLC.
Legendary: For those that still want to pay, this is what you want. More characters! Bigger money limit! More inventory slots! More bank slots! And DLC is FREEEEEEEEEE!!!!
As someone who has owned the game since day 1 (well, I traded it in to Amazon before they realized it couldn't be played again, but I bought it a second time...I'm a glutton for punishment) I can honestly say it's about damn time. I had fun with the game, don't get me wrong, but I think the devotion to it was due to my lifelong love for the DC Comics.
The game itself had many problems. Missions were repetitive and you were guaranteed to collect 20 things, defeat 25 enemies, do those things two more times, destroy some objects, then go in a building and fight a main villain/hero. Rinse and repeat all the way to level 30 and again some if you want to create a new character. The sad part is, it didn't matter if you were hero or villain. Didn't matter if you were mentored by Superman or Batman. Didn't matter what power you had. The majority of the missions in that game applied to everyone across the board. So expect to play the same thing multiple times if you are making multiple characters.
Also, the chat was broken. I could rarely hear people talk and it was a common occurrence at least on the PS3. There were times I would try to fly somewhere only to come to a complete stop while the chat menu popped up despite never having clicked the button for the menu in the first place. And one of the most annoying problems of all, the delay it took for the world to pop in. I will lend this advice now. If you are going to a mission, stop well ahead of entering the orange mission area. Too many times I have died because I entered the mission and was getting demolished by invisible enemies that hadn't loaded up onto the screen yet. Very annoying.
But the game was still fun. The combat worked well, people were always willing to help out, and customizing the character is one of the highlights of the game. Could the game have improvements? Sure, what game can't. But despite the faults this game has, it was still fun. But it isn't fun enough to charge a monthly fee based on how broken the game still is. They have recently added a new power, that of light. So if you want to be a Green Lantern or a Yellow Lantern, that option is there now as well.
But for this game to really excel, it needs to make improvements. The following list is my opinion of what SOE needs to do to make this game superior to the other Superhero/Supervillain game out there:
1. Fix the bugs: Too many times have I been stuck in a position where I can't attack. I can't explain it. I can't move a muscle. I sit there and can spin in a circle while stuck in a combat position, but my character just receives the punishment and doesn't give it. There have been some mission glitches where I finish a mission but doesn't give me credit for it. I have even flown through the floor of the Watchtower and flew through space and being unable to get back in. And when I do get in, sometimes I can't leave. I'll go over to the teleporter to head to Gotham but it doesn't take me anywhere. I'm pressing the damn O button DCUO, take me where I want. But no, I just sit there. Stuck in the watchtower as if Final Crisis has occurred.
2. Expand the level: The level cap is 30. While it feels like it takes forever to get there due to playing missions for the 6th time, it would be nice if the cap would rise. While there are ways to still increase the stats through new weapons and armor, part of the thrill is leveling up and gaining new abilities. If they would do this, it would increase the longevity of characters and gameplay.
3. New powers and costumes!: It's one thing to have powers similar to Superman. It's another to have a costume almost similar to Superman. But being able to purchase the S symbol or a cape with the S symbol would be awesome. There are too many Big Bad Beetleborg costumes running amok in that game the creativity of characters feel at an all time low. And while everyone running around with a Deathstroke costume wouldn't make it any better, I think there would be more people trying out different costumes to look like a cool Green Lantern with the Green Lantern symbol than someone who just received the mentor armor that they want to run around and show off. The same with powers. I want someone to shoot electricity from their hands or stretch twenty feet to pull enemies closer. I want to grow to be 15 feet and kick around enemies with my boots. There are so many powers available in the DCU, it would be nice to see some more added. You add stuff like this, and you will bleed my wallet dry!
4. World Events: I don't know how easy this would be. I'm not a programmer and I don't know anything about MMO's. In fact, this is my first MMO. But how awesome would it be to have Imperiex attack the planet? Not just a small area, but Imperiex drones dropping out of the sky with only a few safe areas for people to gather? Or how about the Anti-Montior stomping around Metropolis with heroes and villains all trying to take him out together? So many awesome opportunities and so far nothing like that.
Those are just my few gripes about the game and it would be nice for it to be improved on. So if you haven't tried the game, what have you got to lose now? Well, besides the space. It's a huge game (18 gbs I think it maxed out at?). Everyone harps MMO's to be free to play. This one is now, so give it a shot and let's see all those new heroes and villains roam the city.
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