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DC Universe Online Is Now Free!

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I had already let you know this was coming, but as of yesterday, Sony Online Entertainment made DC Universe Online free to play. And not only that, but free to download. The only cost to you will be not being able to play anything on your PS3 while the epic 18GB download crawls its way to completion. (You can also play it free on the PC, don't forget!)


"We are confident that going free-to-play will expand the action combat experience of DC Universe Online by making the game more accessible to every type of player so they can choose to play the game their way," said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. "With a portfolio that includes three successful free-to-play games - EverQuest II: Extended, Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures - we have extensive knowledge and experience to apply to DCUOand are thrilled to be taking the game free-to-play today."

Don't forget, there are three levels to play, because free is always going to be the bare minimum. But here are the details:

Free Access: New players now have access to the base game content in DC Universe Online, including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts outside of DLC packs. Free Access provides players with the ability to create two characters, join a League and many other benefits. Free level players can also purchase DLC packs, additional character slots, and more in-game.

Premium Access: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) qualifies for the Premium Access level. Premium level players have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. DLC packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game. All previous subscribers are granted Premium Access automatically.

Legendary Access: Legendary Access provides the most content, features and benefits of the three access levels. Loaded with enhanced features, Legendary Access is available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee (multi-month discounts are available) and includes access to all DLC packs at no cost, more than 16 character slots, over 60 inventory slots, the ability to form Leagues, and many other benefits.

I haven't had a chance to try it yet because I ended up downloading it last night. And when I went to bed around 11:30, it was still only 1/3 done. But this morning when I got up at 6, it was finished, and asking if I wanted to play PVP or PVE. I shut it off, but when I go back, I'm obviously picking PVE, because PVP just doesn't sound like any fun to me. Especially since I'm an MMO newbie. So if you've got any tips or suggestions on how to get started with DCUO (or any MMO game in general), please share!

10 Comments

Kenneth said:

I downloaded it through Steam last night and played just past the intro level.

The character creation is terribly limited.

The combat is pretty nice though.

Ladon said:

It does seem really limited at first, but you'll discover as you play it that there are a huge amount it's pieces that you pick up while playing. That was actually my favorite part about it, actually.

Dooms said:

The character creation is limited, but the amount of weapons/costume pieces you get throughout the game is pretty good.


And the Epic armor is sweeeet!

AJ said:

and yet the gameplay is terrible and repetitive... more so than other grind based mmos even.

Kdawg said:

Already downloaded lastnight while I slept since I was waiting for ev's for this! Finally an excuse to dress up in a catsuit!

Noa said:

I liked the graphics in general.. but my gods their models look awful! Like melted action figures. It's as if they took a look at the other MMO's out there and didn't take a single page from any of their books. I mean sure it looks semi decent but for the guys, if you were to divide the hairstyles from the beard/Mustache combos there'd only be like 6-9 hairstyles.

Then when your talking about getting these pieces of different costumes it's good, but the problem is, is that when you equip it, the system has no idea how you want your color scheme to go and it'll fudge it up.

Patrick said:

City of Heroes/Villians already did this, and so much better.

Ladon said:

The fact that it didn't always intuitively color new costume pieces wasn't a deal breaker for me. It's pretty easy to change the colors to get them where you want.

Infinity83 said:

Just a heads-up, in case anyone besides myself didn't know & wants to save on learning the hard way. The DLC for this game doesn't work like for other games.

With other games, like Black Ops or MK9, if one account buys DLC it unlocks it for the entire console but in the case of DCUO each profile on a PS3 console must buy the DLC in order to use it.

I know I might get a "Duh!" reaction from some but I honestly didn't know it worked that way until I bought it & my brother couldn't find anything on his profile.

Luke said:

I played during beta, I found it fun but not quite fun enough to purchase, it was just too much like City of Heroes / Villains and Champions Online. Both games I enjoyed, (however I didn't purchase Champions either for a lot of reasons) but there just wasn't enough to keep me invested.

The controls for DC at that time of Beta reminded me a lot of Aliens vs Predator. I may revisit it now that it's free.

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