Weekly Freebies are fun to play, stay crunchy in milk, help prevent obscure diseases like Scrofula and Black Scurvy,
but the best part is they’re free. Super Hero videogames have a spotty history,for every Batman Arkham City there are a dozen Superman 64′s. The best ones make the player feel like a Super Hero, and DC Universe Online does just that. When It was originally released it had a subscription fee but, like
all MMO’s that aren’t World of Warcraft, it was just a matter of time until they hopped on the micro transaction gravy train. Whenever any MMO goes free-to-play I’m there to snap it up and see what all the fuss is about. In DCU online you play as a new superhero whose powers come from a nanite plague created by a time traveling Lex Luthor who’s trying to change history or something. Yes, like all things set in the world of super hero comic books, the story is convoluted with a plot that comes apart at the seams at the very utterance of the word ‘why’. It does however, set the stage for some great gameplay. For one you can fly at level one. No grinding or ‘spec’ing is necessary to fly through the air like a bird or a plane or oh, you get the idea. Flying is esential to the super hero experience and it’s handled really well in this game.
If flying’s not your style you can choose to climb walls and glide to get around or just run at super human speeds right up walls. Aside from movement choices you’ll be able to choose from powers and fighting styles to fit your fancy. These choices amount to skill trees that
give you access to some fun powers as you level up. By level 2 you’ll already have some pretty cool powers, by level 4 you could turn into a pteradactl, no i’m not kidding. If that doesn’t make you want to play this game then nothing will. Just one word of advice before I leave you with the download link, don’t fuss over your starting costume too much. This game has a loot system based on collecting costume pieces and in a short amount of time your carefully chosen ensemble will be replaced with a hodge-podge stat improving fashion faux pas’. Pick a hair style and your three favorite colors and move on with your life.
DC Universe Online, is well worth your time.