DC Universe Online

 By Maurice Lewis

Published by: Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)

Developed by: Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)

Number of Players: MMORPG (online) or 1 Player

Release Date: January 11, 2011

MSRP: $49.99 PC/ $59.99 for PS3

Rated: T for Teen

For: Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

Also Available On: PC/PS3

Rating: It’s ok.

 

DC Universe is a MMORPG, but don’t be fooled by the genre;  it has certain elements that may surprise you. As most MMO style games, you start off at the character creation screen.  You have the choices between being a superhero or a villain, which in a sense is choosing a faction. Character creation actually gives you templates of your favorite hero or villain, such as Superman, Batman, Joker, Catwoman etc…  I personally created my superhero to look like Magneto (I know taboo !).

When it comes to choosing factions I think DCUO lacks certain characteristics that made choosing factions a big part of your mmorpg experience.  There is a neat little option where you’re able to choose your characters personality. This determines your characters idle stance (animation your character does while you just stand there). The most part in character creation is choosing your mentor. He/she is esentially your quest giver. So choose wisely.

After choosing your character’s looks, you can choose its abilities and characteristics. You can select from a variety of things, such as having your character have frost abilities, fire abilities, mental, nature abilities etc… You also have secondary abilities, such as being strong physically with punches/brawler guns, kungfu, and even gadgets.  You can also duel wield certain weapons.  I really believe Sony did a good job implementing all of these abilities, giving you control of making your character balanced and well rounded.  Time to choose your super human ability.  Your choices are, flying/Superman Acrobatics/Batman, super speed/Flash, these are your modes of transportation.  Hey it beats riding the bus right?

 Gameplay

You start off in the newbie zone which turned out to be confusing.  If I wasn’t a veteran MMO player I would’ve been stuck in Brainiac’s ship for hours.  Another question, Why do both factions start off in the same basic training mode?  Basic training consist of you learning your hotkeys and practicing your abilities. 

Time to quest.  After making it through your basic training, you meet up with your quest giver/mentor. For example, if you’re evil and you chose The Joker, you will be placed in your home city, which is Gotham.  You grab a quest or a few, then you’re on your way. You have your basic start up quest, Locate Mr X, or kill X amount of enemies.  I didnt enjoy questing at all. Every quest felt so cramped.  Many  people tagged my mobs on pure accident, not only that but some quest were bunched up right next to each other causing multiple NPC interference.

Targeting enemies was also a major issue for me.  The AI tries to auto-target mobs but it fails miserably and is only 100% accurate with mobs that are directly in front of you. The fighting system makes up for the lackluster questing experience.  You have so many combinations you can use, I found myself actually interacting, and having more character control than im use to.  If the going gets tough, you have tons of escape routes.  I found flying to be the best ability, because you were basically unable to be touched by acrobatics, and super speed. I’ve noticed after every long quest chain, you go into a dungeon, and you’re fighting enemies from that quest chain, sometimes fighting a mini boss that you may remember from certain DC comics. DCUO has an alert system, this takes the place of having a instance group.  Alerts are for groups of 4.  I tried giving the PVE another chance because I love doing group dungeons.  Doing this also felt like I was just doing one big quest chain, and the experience was also lack luster.

PvP is very entertaining; its a breath of fresh air pulling off lethal combinations leaving your enemies wondering what hit them easily makes world PVP exciting.  You feel like you’re in a comic book.  With all that said, leveling seems to be a breeze, my only gripe is the skill tree seems to be pointless, as I rarely saw any real benefits.  The level cap is 30, and you will quickly realize the game play was created with nothing but pvp in mind.

My final thoughts

Character Creation was my favorite part of the game, as its every childs dream to be a superhero and while you may not  actually be that superhero, you get to control one and interact with all of your favorite comic book heros.  The rest of the gave leaves a lot to be desired.  There is lots of room for improvement but right now it’s just a break from the monotony of another MMO.

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SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES MAGIC: THE GATHERING – TACTICS ™ FOR PC

Magic: The Gathering – Tactics, a free-to-play online tactical strategy game from Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast LLC, is now available for download on the PC at www.MagicTheGatheringTactics.com. Magic: The Gathering – Tactics puts players worldwide in the role of a Planeswalker, a powerful mage commanding devastating spells and iconic creatures from all five colors of Magic™ in intense online tactical battles set across richly illustrated 3D environments.

“Working to expand the boundaries of the world’s best-known trading card game – a game I’ve played and loved for years – has been our goal from the very beginning to capture each enchanting aspect of the Magic franchise – the challenge, collectability and fierce competitiveness – into one fantastic online community,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “By bringing Magic’s Planeswalkers and iconic creatures such as Mahamoti Djinn, Nightmare, Bogardan Hellkite and Force of Nature to a 3D animated, tactical battlefield, we’re continuing the storied tradition that has mesmerized Magic fans for years while introducing the world of online gamers to the magic of the Multiverse.”

Developed and published by SOE, creators of the critically acclaimed EverQuest®  and recently launched DC Universe  Online, Magic: The Gathering – Tactics re-imagines the world-renowned trading card game as never before. From implementing the righteous powers of White mana and painting with the illusions of Blue, to embracing the amorality behind Black, the fury of Red or the natural force of Green – Tactics players will tap a universe of power to defeat both AI and online opponents.

Gamers can compete online against other players from around the globe in head-to-head battles or in competitive tournaments, or face the challenging chapters of the game’s story-driven single-player campaign. Players can level up their own unique Planeswalker avatar as they build powerful spellbooks with in-game booster packs available for purchase. In addition, Tactics players can progress through color-based talent trees, purchase additional campaign chapters or enter massive online tournaments with top-tier spells and unique prizes at stake.
 

Magic: The Gathering – Tactics offers a number of features, including:

  • A New Experience: Characters, creatures, spells and settings from the rich world of Magic, fully realized in 3D.
  • Unleashing the Power: As a powerful Planeswalker, players cast devastating spells such as Fireball, Doom Blade, Pacifism and Lightning Bolt, and control incredible creatures like Serra Angel, Lord of the Pit, Colossus of Sardia or Reya Dawnbringer.
  • Tournament Battles: Connect and combat online against legions of gamers worldwide for intense battles of complex strategy in both casual and tournament formats.
  • Free Access to the World of Magic: Begin your journey as a Planeswalker in Magic: The Gathering – Tactics and start battling right away for free.

Magic: The Gathering – Tactics is rated T for Teen, with content descriptors for Mild Blood and Fantasy Violence.

Sony Online Entertainment Releases Black Mana

Get ready…. the launch of Magic: The Gathering – Tactics is right around the corner! In preparation, Sony Online Entertainment is delivering the destructive Black Mana, bringing fans the corrupt creatures and deceiving spells appearing in the upcoming online animated grid-based tactics PC title due out this winter.

Malevolent, selfish and corrupt forces empower Black Mana magicians to return spirits from the dead, leach life from opponents and terrify weak-willed creatures. Planeswalkers will bring the occult forces of Black Mana to the battlefield, including the destructive Avatar of Woe, the legendary Lord of the Pit and the shadowy Royal Assassin 

Furthermore, Magic: The Gathering – Tactics is now in BETA. To access our Beta program, please send along your SOE Station ID and email address so we may flag your account for premium content. For more assets and information about the game, feel free to visit the official Magic: The Gathering Tactics website and Facebook Page.

SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT DECKS THE HALLS WITH VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CHEER

Sony Online Entertainment is gearing up for winter by spreading holiday cheer across its online gaming catalog with festive in-game events, activities and more in Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™, Free Realms™, EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, and Star Wars Galaxies™.

Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™:  The decorations are up on Orto Plutonia for Life Day in Clone Wars Adventures. Life Day brings a host of holiday decorations to the virtual world.  Players can collect Life Day Orbs from around the Jedi Temple for rewards or wear Life Day Robes and collect presents from the Gifting Tree. Clone Trooper nutcrackers, Clone Snowtrooper outfits, Droid garland and many more festive items will be available for purchase in the Marketplace. For detailed information please visit www.CloneWarsAdventures.com.

Free Realms™: Snow Days triumphantly takes over Snowhill for the second annual winter holiday celebration in Free Realms, complete with fruitcake, fun and decorations galore.  Candi Ivy returns to look after the Gifting Tree and share its gifts with players, but the Abominable Snowman and his snowmen minions are trying to steal the presents. Players can pelt these thieves with snowballs to earn rewards and keep Snowhill a joyous winter wonderland.  The Marketplace is stocked with holiday clothes, costumes and items, including the new snow-globe and snowball rides! Snow Days sticks around through Jan. 19, 2011. For detailed information, please visit www.FreeRealms.com.

EverQuest®: The annual Frostfell event will be celebrated throughout Norrath through Jan. 8, 2011. For years, Frostfell celebrations have been spoiled by thievery and crisis and this year, Santug Claugg is suffering a horrible melancholy and wants to cancel the holiday festivities. Players must help him feel like himself again by participating in Operation: Jolliness and Gathering Holiday Cheer. To get started on the holiday tasks, players can head to the Plane of Knowledge or visit www.eqplayers.com.

EverQuest® II: Frostfell, the annual Norrathian festival of kinship, feasting and giving, returns to EverQuest II. Festive decorations can be found all around, including New Halas, where Gigglebigger goblins abound. Players who want to jump right into the holiday spirit should enter the Frostfell Wonderland Village through one of the various Magic Closets. Santa Glug is back with 13 tradable gifts and Gixen, one of Santa Glug’s helpers in Enchanted Lands, is exchanging odd gift-boxes and toys for Frozen Tokens of E’ci. For detailed information, please visit www.eq2players.com.

Star Wars Galaxies: Through Jan. 11, Dearic, Wayfar and Doaba Guerfel will be beautifully decorated for the annual Wookiee Life Day festivities. Trandoshan Traders and Wookiee Freedom Fighters have plenty of winter-themed quests to offer. Members of the Rebellion can decorate trees to receive special Life Day rewards while Members of the Empire will be rewarded for destroying presents that the Rebels leave behind. Players can also visit the Wroshyr Tree to receive special gifts and listen to holiday tunes from Figran D’an and the Model Nodes. For detailed information, please visit http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com.

SOE is also continuing its support of Child’s Play, a charity that is dedicated to providing children with toys and age-appropriate games at more than 70 hospitals worldwide, by participating in the annual Child’s Play Winter Charity Drive. For each select in-game item purchased from Dec. 21 through Dec. 31, SOE will donate $10 to the charity, up to $50,000 total. Participating items include: P3-NUT, a nutcracker-themed Droid pet in Clone Wars Adventures; a penguin pet in Free Realms; the Child’s Play cardboard tube ornamentation, an effect that makes any weapon look like a cardboard tube in EverQuest and the cloak of falling snow in EverQuest II.

Sony Online Entertainment Launches PoxNora Expansion,Maljaran War

The Epic Online Battle Continues With PoxNora® Maljaran War
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today launched Maljaran War, the 15th
PoxNora® expansion. With the highly anticipated 2 vs. 2 team play feature,
players can now pair up and compete in ranked matches, or continue alone
and explore three new single-player campaigns.  Over 70 new runes,
increased avatar leveling and a new map of the Grove of Ash make Maljaran
War a robust offering for the free-to-play gamer and a must download for
the PoxNora Player.

Maljaran War is now available at www.PoxNora.com.

MALIJARAN WAR FEATURES:
New Runes: Play with over 70 new runes including new champions, spells,
equipment and relics for all factions.Player Dashboard: Players can now
complete daily missions for prizes and view walkthroughs, wins, losses and
Drums of War updates from the dashboardSingle-Player Campaigns: Adventure
through three new single-player campaigns in Bandit Prince: Ash’s Story,
The Last: Zeventrech’s Story and Hunt for Sarinda

Sony Online Entertainment’s Free Realms™ Now Available for MACINTOSH®

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), in collaboration with TransGaming, Inc. (TSX-V: TNG), today released Free Realms for the Macintosh® Platform. Mac® users can now enjoy the family-friendly online world, integrated into synchronous gameplay on the same game servers as PC players. Free Realms players on the Mac platform will experience consistent controls and functionality and will have full access to the existing Marketplace and community forums. Free Realms is a free-to-play, online game that has more than fourteen million registered players engaged in its expansive virtual world. In Free Realms, players can customize their characters and play a wide variety of mini games in a safe, online environment, packed with stunning visuals, distinctive environments, and social networking capabilities.  Free Realms is now available for the Macintosh platform.  To play, visit: www.FreeRealms.com.  Free Realms is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up with content descriptors of Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence.

DC Universe Online, which reveal for the first time the game’s Scarecrow design

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New images are now available from the upcoming DC Universe Online, which reveal for the first time the game’s Scarecrow design. The official description of the character is as follows:

In the right hands, Fear can be a weapon….

Jonathan Crane was a skinny, awkward kid who got bullied often because he reminded people of Ichabod Crane, from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  As he grew older, Crane became obsessed with the essence of fear, hopefully in an effort to conquer his own phobias. This obsession put him on the academic fast track at Gotham University. 

But Crane sabotaged his career by using his students as unwilling subjects in his dangerous fear-based experiments.  He was dismissed from the university by the board of regents for his unorthodox methods.  In an act of revenge, Crane put his knowledge of fear to work, creating a fear gas, dressing himself in straw and sackcloth and adopting the guise of The Scarecrow. 

His quest to heighten and instill fear in Gotham has often run afoul of Batman, attempting to root out any anxiety or phobia that would bring him down.  But Batman has faced him down countless times and in the process, Crane has become victim to an ironic type of fear, chiropteraphobia…

…Fear of bats.

DC Universe Online is scheduled to ship early 2011 for both the PC and thePlayStation 3 at an anticipated retail price of $49.99 (PC) and $59.99 (console).   DCUO is rated “T” (for Teen) by the ESRB, with Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence









More Voices for DC Universe Online

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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that four new actors have been added to the cast of voice talent for DC Universe Online (DCUO).  The new cast additions include Arleen Sorkin (“Batman: The Animated Series”), Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Corey Burton (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”) and Dwight Schultz (“The A-Team,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). 

“The addition of these actors to our existing cast reaffirms our commitment to gamers to deliver the most fun and authentic DC Universe experience possible,” said Sony Online Entertainment executive producer John Blakely.  “They’re all experienced and talented performers and we’re excited for players to hear their work when they encounter them in the game.”

In addition to her career achievements as an actress, television host, writer and producer, Arleen Sorkin will again reprise her role as the Joker’s off-kilter girlfriend/henchman Harley Quinn, considered by many to be the most popular villainess on “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Wil Wheaton lends his skills to DCUO voicing Robin, the Boy Wonder.  As author, blogger and champion of geek culture, his successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers.  Recently he’s appeared on “Criminal Minds,” “Numb3rs” and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” as the voice of Ted Kord, the Silver Age Blue Beetle. 

Joining the cast as the voice of Brainiac, Corey Burton began his voice-acting career over 35 years ago, studying the craft of radio drama with the legendary Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear.  As one of the last authentically old school “voice men” in America, the San Fernando Valley native has voiced sound alikes and original characters for hundreds of entertainment and educational productions. 

With forty years of acting experience to his credit, Dwight Schultz voices The Flash in DCUO.  Schultz is best known for his portrayals of ‘Howlin’ Mad Murdock’ from Stephen J. Canell’s “The A-Team” and ‘Reg Barclay’ from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”  His voice credits include many popular videogames, TV and film animation projects such as Vampire Hunter D, Princess Mononoke, “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy,” and most recently, chef ‘Mung Daal’ from the hit cartoon series “Chowder.” 

In DC Universe Online, players will be thrust headlong into an action-packed multiplayer online world based on the heroes, villains and landmarks of the DC Universe. In the game, players step into the role of the next legendary superhero or villain and are given the choice to save or conquer the universe online. Along the way, players will be fighting alongside or against iconic DC characters as well as other players for the fate of the DC Universe. 

DC Universe Online is scheduled to ship early 2011 for both the PC and thePlayStation 3 at an anticipated retail price of $49.99 (PC) and $59.99 (console).   DCUO is rated “T” (for Teen) by the ESRB, with Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence.

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES GALACTIC PASSPORT NOW AVAILABLE AT NORTH AMERICAN RETAILERS

 

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., have announced that the Star Wars(r): Clone Wars Adventures(tm) Galactic Passport is now available for purchase at major North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99. The all-new retail package includes a 90-day premium Jedi Membership, 500 Station Cash(tm), the exclusive Togruta playable character species, a Yoda bobblehead monitor topper, additional digital content and more.

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“With the launch of Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport at retail we are able to offer fans a mix of real-world and virtual world content to enjoy and enhance their gameplay,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment.  “With the holiday season right around the corner, the Galactic Passport and Yoda bobblehead will make great stocking stuffers for Star Wars fans of all ages.”

Developed and published by SOE, creators of the critically acclaimed kids’ game, Free Realms(tm), and licensed by LucasArts, in conjunction with Lucasfilm Ltd., Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed browser-played virtual world based on the characters and plot of the hit Star Wars(r): The Clone Wars(tm) animated TV series on Cartoon Network(tm). Players can now experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competition alongside their favorite Star Wars characters, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Ahsoka Tano.

“Following new episodes, each week since launch Clone Wars Adventures has added a variety of wearables, items and fresh minigame content taken directly from the animated show,” said Mary Bihr, Global VP of Publishing, LucasArts. “With more than two million registered players to date, Clone Wars Adventures resonates with the series fans and adds a whole new dimension of fan immersion.”

Later this month, Clone Wars Adventures $10 Station Cash cards will also be available at major North American retailers. Each major retailer will have an exclusive virtual item set for players to collect, Anakin Skywalker, Commander Cody or Captain Argyus (four total items in each set) with the purchase of their respective Station Cash cards.  One item in the collection will be granted each time a new card is redeemed in-game. These cards will be the only way to gain access to these armor and wearable sets.

In Clone Wars Adventures, players become the next great hero of the Republic by creating their own personal avatar with thousands of customization options.  As members of the Republic, they will speed through space in a Starfighter, take out waves of battle droids in Tower Defense, and test their brains with challenging Droid(tm) programming puzzles.  Players can also purchase legendary Star Wars outfits, items and accessories through micro-transactions using Station Cash, SOE’s virtual currency.