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DC Universe Online

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

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Some mild language like "ass."

Consumerism

The game is based on the comic books of the same name. There is some merchandising, but there's nothing overt about it.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's it about?

DC UNIVERSE ONLINE is a world where the DC comic books characters and settings come virtually alive. The future is a grim one where Braniac takes over the world after an apocalyptic battle between Super Heroes and Super Villains. To prevent that, Lex Luthor has traveled back through time and released thousands of robotic Exobots, which Braniac has used to steal the powers of Super Heroes and Villains alike. These Exobots injected ordinary humans with these stolen powers so that you now possess powers beyond the ordinary. Will you join the side of the Heroes or the Villains? The conflict between Super Heroes and Super Villains is the basic concept of DC Universe Online, and kids get to design their own powers and costumes, and fight for one side or the other.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in games and comic books. There's no blood, but does that mean it is not violent?

  • Families can also talk about body Image vis-a-vis the body types seen in the game as well as in comic books. Do a reality check. Do men and women really have proportions like that? Why are comic characters so exaggerated?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$49.99 / 59.99 + 14.99 monthly
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sony Online Entertainment
Release date:January 11, 2011
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:T for Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

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Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2013

BEST GAME ON EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DC universe online is my favourite game on earth. It is worldwide and millions play it. Braniac (An enemy of Superman) is invading the earth, both heroes and villains fight the invasion of Braniac and his robot hordes. In the first level you have broken out of your captivity prison in one of Braniac's space ships. At the end of the first level you fight the space ship guardian, a tall muscular green and grey robot that you must fight in order to escape the ship. You can build and customize your characters and you level them up, as you level them up your character becomes more powerful. If your a hero you can fight real villains that are hanging around downtown, once I spotted Killer Croc hanging around in Gotham! And a villain, you fight heroes. You can fight other heroes or villains mostly online. There is no gore at all. Some cartoony images of Gotham villains and criminals smoking or at a bar/nightclub drinking. No swearing aswell. Kids 10&under might not understand the complex synopsis and tasks though, overall its perfectly safe!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byOverLordGoldDragon March 26, 2013

Pure Epicness

My favorite all time game. Best in-game combat/mechanics physics. NOT what trailer/pics suggest. Only better. The only inappropriate stuff that might be are in versus or shout chat. Nothing else. Just pure epicness.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byGriffin3150 May 18, 2015

Most content is excellent, while some of it is so-so

DC Universe Online is a great game, and my 9-year-old brother and I had a very good time playing it. Most content was okay for him, but there a few words that I heard (a**, d*mn, and b*stard) which were a little bit iffy for him. D*mn is repeated several times throughout the course of the game, and I only heard a** once when I accidentally landed on someone. B*stard is even more rare, and I was only told it was there by a friend. The people who play the game and people who message each other can be extremely inappropriate with their language, however. If young kids put information about themselves into their character when they create it, it can be a privacy concern, but as long as you talk to your kids about not putting personal information in their character, they should be fine. Violence is mostly okay, but kids should be aware that the game has it anyways. The heroes (Wonder Woman, Superman, etc) are very good role models for kids, while the Joker and Lex Luthor and Harley Quinn are not good role models. Most of them encourage killing.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns

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