Funny story: DC Universe Online
was the first superhero MMO I played to any meaningful extent. I briefly dabbled with Champions Online
when it went free-to-play, but it didn't grab me enough to make me continue past the introductory area. A couple of months later I gave the still-fresh-from-launch DCUO
a try. The game gripped me for the next four months, and though I would eventually find City of Heroes
to be the crown jewel of capes-and-tights massively multiplayer games, DCUO
is still one of my favorite MMOs.
Why is that? There are several factors: the feel of combat, abundant collections that satiate my compulsions to find all the things
, a costume system that lets me change any part on the fly, the inclusion of an achievement system that actually means something, and a vigorous update schedule including quite a lot of new power sets over time. Even little things contribute a lot, like how much of a badass I feel running at super speed up the side of a building and flinging myself from the apex for several blocks to land running up the side of another huge skyscraper. The biggest reason for me, though, has to be how well-realized the setting is in the game -- how Sony Online Entertainment
has capitalized on the license to present a snapshot of the DC Universe at its best.