A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can be either Super Heroes or Super Villains in this game, so kids playing Super Villains have to fight police officers to advance the storyline. However, the ultimate goal is still to work together to achieve success.
Positive Role Models
Kids can play both Super Heroes and Super Villains but in the end, both use violence to save the day.
Ease of Play
A thorough tutorial takes the player through the game controls, and excellent camera controls assist in the fast-paced nature of this action-adventure game.
Violence & Scariness
This Super Hero vs. Super Villain game is heavy on violence although there is little blood or gore. Players use weapons like axes, guns, and hand blasters etc. The ability to pick up vehicles and throw them at others is an integral part of game play, but players do not die; they get knocked out and are helped back up. One environment has dripping blood that puddles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Avatars are of "heroic" proportions just like the DC comic books with body-revealing clothes. There is some flirtatious banter and poses, but little else.
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Some mild language like "ass."
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on the comic books of the same name. There is some merchandising, but there's nothing overt about it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DC Universe Online is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game that closely parallels the world of DC Comics. Players can be heroes or villains in this game, and characters like the Joker and Superman are both available as in-game "mentors" for kids' avatars. As in the comic world, the same type of hyper-sexualized characters can be found online. The game is available both on PC ($49.99) and PS3 ($59.99) and requires a monthly subscription of $14.99 to continue playing after the initial 30 days.
Is It Any Good?
DC Universe Online has a strong character creator, which allows players to create characters in a DC Comic Books style, then they take to the streets to immediately fight villains and their henchmen; or if kids choose to be villains, they will fight the police force and other peace keepers. The game is mostly about fighting and the action is fast and furious. Active and reactive, this massively multiplayer online games is much more like console games than traditional MMOs. The fun is in the sheer variety of characters that can be created and the action-oriented game play. The movement system is a choice between speed, flight, and acrobatics, and each avatar brings a different style to its character.
DC Universe Online provides a great variety of missions, both solo as well as for small to large groups. There is an achievement system for players to further differentiate and advance their characters. There is also the added challenge of playing against other players in missions where Heroes are pitted against Villains. All in all, there is great replayability in this game.
Online interaction: Kids play with others online and interactions can vary widely. However, the game encourages positive interactions with missions that require players to work together to be successful. Text filters are on by default and there are a range of tools available for players to be safe and to report negative experiences like bad choice of names, repeated cursing, and harassment. But this interaction can be unpredictable.
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