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DC Universe Online

I was seriously prepared to hate this game.

There are so many things wrong-headed about the design that it’s hard to know where to begin. There are no character bios. Everybody has the same origin. While you can create your own character, the templates steer you towards replicating a handful of existing heroes and villains. And the ultimate elite gear that you can earn is a battlesuit bearing the logo of an iconic hero, so you can be part of an army of identical warriors all bearing the same logo.

But I don’t hate it. It’s fun. It’s playable. They’ve got a style system so you can keep your own costume instead of whatever random armor piece you peel off a downed robot.

This is not a great game, by any stretch. The content is thin, and the game systems just don’t measure up to City of Heroes or Champions Online. Most troubling, the executives at Sony Online come off as being apathetic if not actively hostile to the entire notion of community building, player relations, and incorporating player feedback.

But at the end of the day, it’s just plain fun to explore the Justice League Satellite headquarters and meet Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and all the other classic characters that DC is famous for (although, disconcertingly, some of them appear to be carrying on some retail business on the side — guess even heroes have to make ends meet).

It’s not bad. I’m hoping it gets better.

Now if you’ll excuse me… Luthor’s kidnapped the big blue boy scout, and it’s up to me to get his Kryptonian backside out of the frying pan.

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Champions Online

It’s been over 20 years since I first encounted the “Champions” RPG on a hobby store shelf and decided to make it my own. It wasn’t my first encounter with a superhero RPG — that was the unlamented “Villains and Vigilantes“. But Champions gained my undying affection. It was one of the first “classless” RPGs — unlike “Dungeons and Dragons”, your character could be created and grow in most any direction you could imagine. Want to be The Little Teapot, blasting your foes with jets of scalding water? Go for it!

Fast forward to last week, when Cryptic finally released Champions Online. I’ve been waiting for this one with bated breath ever since it was announced. I ran out, installed it, cursed at it while it patched (a tradition for me), and set out to explore the Champions universe.

And I was… underwhelmed.

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