you think of a superhero, what’s the first thing that
comes to mind? Is it their origin? Their secret identity? Their powers?
The answer is usually no. The first thing that enters a
person’s brain when you mention a superhero is their costume.
The costume of a hero or villain serves as their identity, their
superpowered fingerprint if you will. Naturally, a superhero-themed
MMOG will allow for the greatest possible flexibility when creating
your hero’s costume. Both City of Heroes
and Champions Online
have robust costume creators, so DC Universe Online
being the latest and greatest, should up the ante. Sadly, that is not
the case. Like an evil plot by Darkseid or the utter futility of Ambush
Bug, the costume creator in DCUO
Before I start my rant, let me digress for a second so that you can
more easily understand my rage. I love superheroes and comic books. I
grew up reading Batman, Superman, Alpha Flight, the X-Men, the
Question, Magnus Robot Fighter, and many, many more. In fact, I learned
to read from comic books (my dad used to read me Donald Duck comics as
a kid and he would go over the words with me), so to say that I have
had a long love affair with comics is stating it mildly. While I no
longer collect comics (things like property taxes get in the way), I
still love the genre so it’s a no-brainer that I would play
comic-themed MMOGs. I’ve played for years with City of Heroes
, and now I entered the
world of DC
The graphics quality is
impressive, but the lack of true customization is appalling.
Out of all the comic book companies I patronized over the years, my
favorite was easily DC. The heroes in DC were heroes because it was the
right thing to do, the honorable thing. They saw evil afoot in the
world and they felt compelled to do something about it. These mighty
titans were not the sniveling, navel-gazing whiners of Marvel, no sir!
They didn’t put on the costume because of some angst or
emotional guilt; they donned the mantle because good must stand and
confront evil. The ultimate example of this philosophy is, of course,
Superman. He could be ruler of the world if he wanted or use his powers
for self-gain, but he does not. He only seeks to serve and by doing so,
serves as the pinnacle of the superhero creed.
I became hooked on DC when they published the original Crisis on
Infinite Earths when they shook up the cluttered universe that defied
rational continuity. From there I branched into the multiple Batman
titles, then Action Comics when it went weekly for a bit. I loved the
Justice League, Hitman, John Constantine, Preacher, Sandman, Arion:
Lord of Atlantis, Green Arrow, and tons of other titles. I read Marvel,
Dark Horse, Gold Key, and other comic companies, but DC was my true
The rush of joy when I finally got my chance to enter DCUO
was even more pronounced as that I was forced to wait after the
game’s launch to begin my DC-themed do-gooding. Nefarious
plots such as car repair bills and Sony being hacked delayed my entry
into the world of Metropolis and Gotham.
The Bane-inspired costume
looks damn cool, but remember to color within the lines!
Whenever I start a character, I usually have a concept in mind. I
don’t necessarily min/max my character and I’ll
make some odd choices, in the eyes of power gamers, because those
choices fit my concept. I sometimes have to make an exception to my
concept based on what the game provides, but I normally stay close to
my idea. Sadly, DCUO
takes a lot of those choices away from me.