DC Universe Online: Suspending Disbelief
Hellrags is now a level 17 hooded villain with a brand new staff. I guess it’s a staff. It looks like he’s carrying around a huge lamppost that never goes out. Sure looks like it would hurt if he walloped you on the noggin with it, though.
He’s also just fought Robin in a The Joker’s Funhouse and then scampered over to a hotel ballroom on The Joker’s orders to cause all sorts of mayhem with the aide of crazed Joker clowns. This assault concluded with a battle against…Batman!
Whoa? At level 17? More after the jump. with some minor spoilers.
The fight against The Bat was a canned fight – I hate those. There’s no way to “beat” Batman and it’s even one of those fights where you whittle away at the enemy, which then triggers another phase of the fight and –poof—Batman is back to full health and you have to fight along side Joker and whittle him down again. In the end Batman bails to chase after Joker and you’re left there with Harley as the “headline” concludes.
Still, Hellrags was kicking Batman’s ass!
The previous headline, back at The Joker Funhouse concludes with you saving Harley and kicking the snot out of Robin. Robin doesn’t flee so you get to pummel him mercilessly. And really – who doesn’t want to pummel Robin?
Each Headline concludes like this – thus far I have kicked Bane’s ass with Killer Croc helping out and stomped Supergirl with the help of Luthor’s kryptonite. It’s cool to see these heroes in action, even though I really hate Supergirl. Bimbo.
But here’s the problem with DC Online and with every MMO that I have ever played – it lets you know you’re playing a game at every turn, moreso than any other type of RPG, because you are doing basically the exact same stuff everyone else is doing.
My fellow villains have all bested Robin and kicked the snot out of Supergirl and went toe to toe with Batman. The great Joker plan? We’re all helping him – and the heroes are all stopping him. And, in the end, it doesn’t really matter.
I enjoy DC Online for the fluid combat, slick graphics and the PvP. But the questing sucks. It sucks in every MMO. You know that MMO you like? It sucks in that one too.
I don’t have much of answer on how best to fix this – or even if people who play a lot of MMOs want this fixed/enhanced, but I’d like to play an MMO where there was some sort of randomness – where the quest I just did hasn’t been completed by 10,000 other people.
I want to feel special.
I want to feel like what I am doing is at least a little unique like in a solo RPG. It’s the incessant grinding of MMOs and other RPGs like it that eventually causes me to abandon the game …even something as cool as Warhammer Online, a game I really loved for about six months. To DC’s credit, the quests are quick. There are no dumb ass loot drops where you have to knockout 50 guys to find the one dude with a key or whatever.
In the meantime, I think it’s time to start raiding and taking on the more advanced quests. I may not be the first to do them, but at least I’ll be the only one with a cool lamppost staff…oh. Well damn…
FYouPayMe where did YOU get one of those!? Jesus if you have one I don’t even want this thing anymore.