In fact, nearly all of my DCUO experience has been with a keyboard and mouse, so I reached for the controller with hesitation. I managed to pull slightly more confidence from a long history of PlayStation gaming and Sony's staunch refusal to change the basic layout of its controller for 19 years and counting.
The biggest improvements of the PS4 version of DCUO over the PS3 version are graphics and stability. The SOE employee overseeing my demo mentioned running this particular build at a couple other conventions and having yet to crash. I asked about the PS4's new buttons, and he mentioned the largest one will be used for navigation of some kind, but the devs "haven't fleshed out what Share is going to do yet."
Beyond shinier graphics not crashing your system, the most noticeable improvement by far is the UI. SOE has redesigned it to be sleeker and more user-friendly, and I personally really like the change. The redesign isn't 100% complete yet, but when it is, it'll be available on all platforms, not just the PS4.
I fought two bosses, a sub-boss named the Keeper of the Dead and then one of the sons of Trigon, Jared. Both battles were enjoyable "hit the dude and don't stand in the thing" fights. I struggled a bit with crowd control but learned how to break stuns and had fun trading blocks and attacks with the bosses. After I was suspiciously successful, I asked whether the content had been tuned specifically for the demo.
I was told this particular content is supposed to be for two players and that SOE had indeed tweaked the demo to make it harder for players to die. Boss health was also adjusted, and my character was put into pretty fantastic gear. Accordingly, I welcomed my godlike status and smashed my way through every destructible object I could find.
I've been eagerly awaiting the PS4 launch. Knowing that the PS4 version of DCUO will have no PlayStation Plus fees, share the same server as the PS3 version, and be available at launch might just bring me back into the game. There's something about being in a lazy position on my couch playing an MMO that I find pretty appealing.
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- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic, Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Weight 6.17 lb
- Released 2013-11-15
Sony PlayStation 3 (late 2012)