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I've been playing this game rather constantly for the last 3 days and I have to say that I am having a blast. The only complaint I have to make is that this game seems to freeze far too often, but I know this is a beta so I expect this to be cleared up by release. But even then, this game seems to freeze on me every 20-40 minutes, which seems like a lot at this stage in the beta and it appeared to get worse with the latest update they released yesterday. I was never a big MMO guy in the past. I really liked Ultima Online for about a year then fell out of it. I tried Ragnarok when it was still in beta and only did one week of a 2 week WoW trial. But this game drew me in right away. I chose flying as my mode of transportation (as opposed to super speed or acrobats) and I don't regret it one bit. You really get a sense of scale of the HUGE cities of Metropolis and Gotham when you are flying about from one objective to the next. If you are a hero (which I chose to be) you start out your game by escaping Brainiacs ship as the game teaches you about its mechanics. The level itself isn't too impressive but it gets the job done. Once you clear that, you go to one of several police stations in either Metropolis or Gotham, which serve as safe zones for heroes. This is the first time you see other people online I decided to not look around here right at the beginning, but chose to go right into a quest. From what I can tell, each major quest revolves around a major DC Villain. My first quest involved So far I have completed 3 major quests and there are still plenty more. One of the minor quests I had to accomplish was to PvP 5 super villain guys who weren't more than 5 levels below me. It was kind of a rush flying around the city looking for villains checking out their levels and d taking them on. A couple of them were cheap kills I got at the top of buildings where I think they were AFK and didn't fight back. There are also races for each mode of transportation though out the cities (and I think they added more with the recent update). They are nice distractions that also help you gain experience. The fundamental gameplay is nice, it reminds me of X-Men legends in a way. Your special powers are marked by R2 and L2 plus a face button, similar to the Legends games. Basic attacks are square and long range attacks are triangle. At the character creation section you get to choose from hand to hand, guns, swords, magic or elemental powers to help you through the game. It isn't as mind numbingly repetitive as the Legends games as it requires a bit more thought as on how to use power ups and special powers. I can't wait for this game to come out. I heard it will actually be released next month, but I don't think that is enough time for them to iron out all the bugs. I think I will wait until April or May to get it. I heard that the PC version has the offer of a lifetime subscription for $200 which I would be tempted to take if offered for PS3 users. Is this what that non-licensed superhero game was like on the PC? Man, if it was then I was missing out. Its GREAT to see that DC is finally getting some great games this generation. In fact, it seems to be a switch from the previous generations where DC was horrible and Marvel was good. Now its seems that Marvel games have dipped in quality (hopefully MvC3 is great). The only good thing out of Marvel games recently was the Konami X-Men game released online on PSN. I hope Marvel can realize that the best games are those that aren't directly based on movies, but those that are allowed to prosper on their own (except for the Punisher PS2/Xbox game which was [i]kinda[/i] based on the movie, but was great none-the-less).
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