Up until now, World of Warcraft was the world's biggest MMO, an online world in which there were literally millions upon millions of members. But despite it's huge following, there were an even bigger number who shunned and dismissed it as just another fantasy title that only die-hards could embrace. After all, medieval gloss can only appeal to so many, so the cynics claimed it wasn't the actual characters and story that hooked those millions of people, but the idea that they were interacting with people all over the world, in a way a game never had executed so well.
But how popular could such a game be in such a world like that seen in Warcraft which was inhabited by characters most have grown up with. The likes of Superman and Batman are staple characters that all age groups have had exposure to and it's this pull that could make DC Universe Online a massive title, if not the biggest there's ever been.
That's not to say the game, in it's current form, is worthy of such an accolade, but what it does successfully achieve is to present a place for those millions of people attracted to Warcraft's idea and provide somewhere that's instantly familiar, and where exploration and interaction is never-ending.
There is a story in which Superman's arch nemesis Braniac and Lex Luthor plot devious schemes for world domination, but the real pull is in creating your own hero or villain and throwing him out into the MMO and simply seeing where they go. As it has just got off the ground, there are glitches and bugs evident, but these will most likely be patched on a regular basis so any complaints are only temporary.
It's hard to tell where DC Universe Online could go - like any MMO, it could be around for five weeks or five years – but first impressions are good.
Watch this space.
Rent or Buy: Buy
Replay Value: 5/5
Reviewed By: Simon Rubbathan