DC Universe Online

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
DC Universe Online Game Poster Image
Play as hero or villain in comic book beat 'em up.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGary T. July 13, 2017

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 - ar... Continue reading
Adult Written bymerilia May 9, 2016

Amazing game

This is a Amazing game but not for children. When you create a character you may choose to be either a hero or villian. The gameplay is very complicated to play... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love action in their games

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