Comic geeks, put on your bibs, here’s a DC Universe Online trailer, screens

So I must say that I’m digging what I’ve seen of Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online. This is coming from someone who does not really play massively multiplayer online games, having only dipped my toes in the waters of Azeroth. 

We had a chance to see the game in action at CES a few weeks back, and on the surface, it looks to be shaping up pretty nicely. Well, at least it looks better than this trailer, which doesn’t really do the game’s visuals any justice. But then there’s all of that comic book fanboy service in the trailer, flashing pages of the amazing Batman story arc “Hush” and name dropping Jim Lee, the game’s Executive Creative Director.

DC Universe Online is coming to the PC and the PlayStation 3 sometime this year, with plans for cross-platform play. This makes the game even more appealing to me — play seems designed and adapted for the PS3 controller, with actions mapped to the pad’s buttons in a workable fashion. It’ll be possible to use a mouse and keyboard or the Dual Shock 3/SIXAXIS, whether you’re playing on the PC or the PS3. In the demo we were shown, the player switched between the controller and the keyboard/mouse setup on the fly, and the in-game icons changed accordingly with no manual settings changes. Very cool. 

We’ll have more of DC Universe Online from New York City Comic Con, which runs from February 13-15.

Nick Chester