I bought this game when it first came out. When I did, I enjoyed it and took the deal Sony was offering where I could get three months for $30. By the time month two rolled around, I'd uninstalled the game. What went wrong? Not a lot, surprisingly. It's a fairly lovely game and reasonably fun to play, but the problems that it has, while few in nature, are large in scope. So I went away, but with the announcement of the Green Lantern powers being added in, and for free at that, I decided to give it a go again. Sadly, the problems haven't been fixed, and may never be.
First, the good: the graphics are as lovely as ever. I'm able to max them out on my machine without any real problems, and they really do look good. Also, the new Green Lantern powers are really an awful lot of fun! I've got a new toon who has a green power ring, and when he goes into combat with large Gatling guns over his shoulders, well, it's just cool. I also made one with a yellow power ring, and I was slightly disappointed to find that, at least so far, both green and yellow make the same stuff with their rings. But that might change as I level them.
I was also very pleased to see that the game had a lot more players than I was used to, though this is likely due to two things: first, the DLC. It's no coincidence that many of the players I see these days have a power ring. Second, while I was away, all the PvE servers (and the PvP ones, but I don't play on those), were combined into one large server. The good thing there is that it gave me a chance to change a couple character names I wasn't satisfied with, but the bad thing is that it means the game likely is not selling well at all. If two or three years go past and the servers are still up at all, I'll be somewhat surprised.
Now for the bad, and it is, as before, not many bad things, but very big ones.
While the social system seems to have improved, it's still pretty broken. I do see a lot more basic chatting going on, but not nearly to the level of what I see in WoW (though given what trade chat is usually like, that's kind of a blessing). I note that they have several tabs for communications, but I can't figure out how to get to them.
That brings me to the other, biggest problem: the control scheme. Look, Sony. I appreciated that you guys wanted to break out and do your own thing. However, part of the reason why people play WoW is because the controls are such a dream to use. You move your toon with the arrow keys or the mouse, and then have your pointer to access menus, target bad guys, etc.
With DCUO, you don't get that. Sony made the choice to have the mouse act as your primary combat controller, kind of like with an FPS, but not nearly as well executed. This means that you don't get access to the mouse pointer, and that makes a huge difference. You have to control and access your powers with hotkeys, you can't select tabs for chatting (though I'm sure there's a way to that I haven't found, and don't care about), and basically it just breaks the game. It is the single biggest reason why I left the game, and why I'll probably leave again relatively soon. It's also the biggest reason why one of my friends won't play it.
The game is still beautiful to look at, and still fun to play, at least for a while. But the control issue remains a huge one. I'm going to try using a gamepad with it and see if that helps, but I suspect that it won't. It's too bad, because this game could be great. Instead it's just... what it is.