Parents' Guide to

DC Universe Online

By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Play as hero or villain in comic book beat 'em up.

Game PlayStation 3 , Windows 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

warning to Parents

I would like to warn youths and especially parents of youths that look to this game/product to be aware that the community - especially on the villain side - are a toxic cesspool of verbal pornography, racial slurs and personal attacks that the community who play the game feel to be the norm. I ask parents and adults who wish to explore this product, to first make a free to play account, get into the Hall of Doom (especially) or the main Gotham or Metropolis global chat hubs and sit for an hour and just read the cesspool of remarks, comments and unrestrained commentry you read as it splashes across the chat channels for everyone (including your kids who do, or you may consider to play the game) and ask yourself; Do you really want your child to be influenced by this sort of content and participate in this sort of provocative dialect? I've had the game for a fair few years and only recently in the last 2 months actually started playing the game and cannot believe the flamboyancy the players and community have no fear of any retribution or discipline regarding what is said or how in your face much of the talk you read publically for all ages to see. What's more, the global chats and community will remain unrestrained as Daybreak human resources no not have any active moderators or staff to actually monitor these open channels and therefore any parents who either have children who play the game already, or are thinking about their children being exposed to this product, are being warned that this is what the community is like and, to be honest, log in yourself to explore and experience this yourself and manage your childrens social networking. I have recently been suspended for a few days, my reason being I retaliated to one of these toxic community trash bodies who had decided to harass me after he and his league had booted me from a raid that had taken me 8 hours to queue for just out of spite because he had his league buddies in the raid and i was the odd one out. I had done nothing at the time, got angry for being booted then did nothing further. Around 24 hours later, I had a message out of the blue from this toxic body who decided to then troll, harrass and taunt me to the point where I retaliated in a private message to then have my account suspended. I accept that I acted in rage and anger that this little cesspool had goaded me into losing my temper just because he felt the need to go out of his way to attack someone personally. However, what makes me very angry is that the community for a long time now - i've noticed this on my return - that anything goes from language, sexual implications and racism, slurs and personal attacks and the Daybreak team no not enforce the public channels, nor monitor them, nor player conduct and leave reporting - if any - to the player. Majority of the player base I believe know this and possibly don't report other players so that this direction of the downward spiral continues. If you are a parent and DO have your kids play this product, or are considering, I suggest looking for yourself in regard to the chat channels and decide if this is the sort of environment you want to expose your family too.
age 6+

Service is horrible, commonly rip off customers

The gameplay can be both fun and frustrating, but they have a policy of stealing customer money. Purchase don't work like advertised and customer service basically tells you that is how they want it. No attempt to help with problems, no explanations, no offer to fix broken things. This game should be avoided at all costs.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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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