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OPTIMOUS DOUCHE TAKES
THE BLUE PILL TO REPORT
ON THE WORLD INSIDE
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE!
A WORLD IN PERIL
Well, as I said it’s orgasmic. Simply the most epic brawl I have ever seen displayed by DC…EVER!!!!! I’ve heard rumor that every time Lex Luthor lances the heart of Superman in this cinematic, God loses a year off of his/her life. It’s one of the many moments I wondered why haven’t we seen this universe in comics format?
The second time I pondered that question was when we learn that that the Lex Luthor recounting the story is from the future and the second after he lances the heart of Superman Brainiac double-crosses him and it’s sayonara sol system, hello earth in a bottle. Lex being the ingenious guy he is goes back in time to warn the holy trinity of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman of this terrible impending future. Most of you would ask why wouldn’t he just go back and tell himself not to get into bed with Brainiac, when BAM…plot development three…the bestest plot development of all arises. Apparently Brainiac comes back as well and Lex decides to give the brainmeister a bit of his own medicine and a significant leg-up to humanity. You basically get to be a hero thanks to Lex Luthor. The bald one releases these Brainiac-based techno-organic goodies down to earth and the world’s super power population just got a whole lot larger.
I know there is a comic based on the game coming out soon, but it would be so awesome to see just for a short time a mass explosion of regular humans turned super in-continuity. Enough said on that for now…
OK, exposition done…time to swallow the blue pill.
I, OPTIMOUS DOOSH
The first step is to pick your server, which are all named after famous DC events and mini-series. For me the NEW FRONTIER server was a no-Brainiac.
With server selected get ready to lose the first half-hour of the many this game will consume from your life. The choices for character creation will astound the pure comic fan; there’s enough color, costume and skin choices that you will be hard pressed to see two characters that look alike for some time to come. Wanna be a robot, a leopard or a hybrid therein, the level of customization is only limited to your level of patience in waiting to actually play the game.
MMO enthusiasts might have a bit of a learning curve during the next step, which is power selection. This being comics and all, the traditional role types that encompass most MMORPG groups (e.g. Tank, Healer, DPS, AoE etc…) are not presented in the same cookie-cutter fashion we are used to. Class balancing and group dynamics didn’t change; you still need a healer, but where healers in most games come in the form of clerics, medics, etc…with DC Online you see more hybriding of these traditional roles. Sorcery is the top answer here, but don’t think for a second they are the same waifish DPS pussies they are in other games. Everyone in DC Online gets to kick ass. Usually the class selection is the hardest choice for me to make in these games. After all, that could be your online “job” for the next three to five years, so, one should choose wisely. Being somewhat in the dark though as to how the character choice of Ice Defense differs from Mentalist Control, I just decided to select what I thought was cool. So my Brawler who likes to pack his punches in ice was born.
Travel mode is another big choice you have to make, and don’t think for a second this shit is created equally. The three hyper-travel modes of flight, acrobatics and super-speed may appear the same on the surface, allowing you to rise above or scale the cityscapes, but after having leveled a super-speedster and a flyer, flying has a hands-down tactical advantage. All I’m saying on that…I don’t want to get into any debates on this. Being able to survey a pull from the air gives you a pattern perspective for future success the other two modes simply don’t offer.
The final essential choice you have to make is whether you will fight on the side of heroes or villains and what iconic DC character will guide you through this journey. My Mother, also a fellow MMO vet since the late 90s, begged me to make my first character a good one and since I’ve been aching my entire life to visit Metropolis, Superman became my guide.
My only “complaint” is that when Superman (and Lex Luthor for my eeevvviiillll character in Gotham) transports in at the end to help you escape and move forward to your starting city, the guys could have used a little bit more animation. After being blown away up until this point, “Captains Wooden Lips and poles up their asses” did break my willing suspension of disbelief for a micro-second. A small nit, but I only point this out because I know it could be easily fixed.
METROPOLIS & GOTHAM...
OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
The cities of Gotham and Metropolis are respectfully worlds apart in tonality and structure. Metropolis is as every bit the city of tomorrow comic fans would expect. Likewise Gotham lives under the same dark pall that Bob Kane put to page oh so many years ago.
The richness of detail and differentiation in building architecture makes up for any and all delays this game experienced. Every street, building and rooftop has its secrets to share with players. Seriously, these worlds are immense and rife with every comic Easter egg that could be culled from canon.
The days of the rat killing noob are done. Right from your first mission you feel as though you are affecting this world. In Metropolis my first task was to fight back the forces of Gorilla Grodd, which culminated in a side-by-side boss battle with the Flash against the simian lord. In Gotham I was put on a track by my mentor, the masterfully voiced Joker, to pour a little ultra-violence onto Gotham’s finest. Seriously, Mark Hammill, God bless you sir. You steal the voice acting show. As of this writing the razzies for voice acting are going to Booster Gold and Martian Manhunter. Despite the dialogue for Gold being spot-on in its arrogance and self-promotion, the wimpy cadence was never what I heard when reading JLI. Martian Manhunter was British…no, simply…no.
SONY & DC BREATHE EASY
If you ever wanted to live the comics, or if you are simply an MMO enthusiast that wants to do more than hit 1-10 on your keyboard, DC ONLINE is waiting. And so am I. Shoot me a tell on the NEW FRONTIER server at Optimous Doosh in Metropolis or Optimous Dooshborg in Gotham. See you in game.
Finally, we found this video of 25 DC ONLINE cut scenes on the AICN Comics doorstep. Check it out below and follow this link for more info. Thanks to Lance for this.
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