Need something fun to do this weekend? Want to step into the shoes of a superhero and duke it out against evil supervillains (or vice-versa)? Don't want to spend any money for the privilege?
DC Universe Online is a massively multiplayer online game (or, as the kids like to say, MMOG) built around comic-book characters. Until a couple days ago, access would cost you $14.99 per month, but now you can play DC Universe Online absolutely free.
I'll admit I'm not a big fan of the MMOs, having never dipped my toe into World of Warcraft or anything like that. They require more free time than I have, and most RPG-style gaming bores me.
But DC Universe Online is free, and appears to be mostly combat-oriented, which is definitely more my thing. Plus, I've always loved comics. (But comic-book movie adaptations? Not so much. I thought last summer's "Captain America" was highly overrated and seriously sucky.)
Anyway, although DCUO does still offer premium options and subscriptions, freebie players get more or less the complete gaming experience. You get unlimited access to the world, slots for two characters and 28 inventory items, 12 bank slots, and so on.
Any number of upgrades are available for purchase (at varying prices), though you can score a lot of the good stuff as part of a $14.99/month Legendary subscription.
I'm still teleporting my way through Portal 2 (no spoilers, please), but when I'm done, I may just have to check this out. (I'll be CheapskateMan, natch.) If you already have, hit the comments and let me know if DC Universe Online is worth playing now that it's free.
Thanks to reader Brad for sharing this deal!
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