, one of the key cities in DC Universe Online
, has a reputation for being the shiny, bright antithesis of Gotham City's
dark and dungy environment. However, don't let preconceptions fool you -- Metropolis has its seedier side, especially with the cheerfully-named "Suicide Slums."
In a video posted over at Shacknews
Game Director Chris Cao takes us on a brief tour through the Suicide Slums, pointing out how this isn't a place you'd want to casually visit. It's an "iffy-dodgy place" according to Cao, home to both criminal and superhero elements that revel in urban decay. Think downtown Detroit on a good day, perhaps, or the industrial quarters of SimCity
The slums are also home to the Steelworks, where John Henry Irons, aka Steel (famously played by Shaq
in the motion picture), wages a daily battle to clean up the neighborhood. Travelers to Suicide Slums can check out another Metropolis landmark, the famous Ace-O-Clubs bar run by Bibbo Bibbowski
. For the full travelogue, head over to Shacknews
and get a gritty eyeful.