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OK, I have two questions I'm hopeing SOMEONE can answer. Feel free to ask your own gameplay questions.

 

1. How do i know where missions/objectives are on the map? Sometimes when you activate a mission (from the start menu) it doesnt highlight it. I currently have to 'destroy Brainiac Communication Arrays', but i have no idea where they are.

 

2. How do you team up and group up with people?

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Ommadawned wrote:
I've been playing MMO's for years and even I'm struggling to take it all in!

 


Me too! It seems a few things are lacking that no doubt will be implemented with patches over the coming months.

 

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You can have some Kudos from me for that one too - great post JERorly.

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JERorly wrote:

It's important to remember that an MMO is one of the most non-linear types of games you will ever play.

 

DC Universe Online is a good MMO, but it seems to have neglected a lot of the learning curve aspects that new players so desperately need - which seems a bit silly as they were making it for PS3, an untapped market in terms of MMO games.

 

 

I am completely new to the concept of an MMO, would I like this game?

You might, it's hard to say. There are certain things that draw a player who is new to MMO's into DC and there are also things that may drive the player away. For example, the combat is very untraditional as far as MMO games go. It's hack and slashy, and it's very fast paced, some complex and some non-complex button combinations to perform devastating weapon moves, and powers and abilities to spice up your gameplay.

 

On the flip side, this game is lacking a thorough, and well directed tutorial. You will probably find yourself extremely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice, as most other games have a habit of telling you what to do next.

 

Which is best for a newbie to start with, PvE or PvP?

If you are completely new to MMO or competitive online games, I suggest PvE. PvP servers will put you in the exact same environment as a PvE server, except every player is 'flagged for PvP' meaning they are vulnerable to attack from enemy players at any time. Villains cannot kill other villains, and the same goes for heroes, so it is truly a battle of the villainous and the heroic in a PvP server.

 

A PvE server will allow you to enjoy the content of the game without the worry of being bashed in by two level 30s while you're just about to reach level 6. It also means you will be less confused, should you be killed so quickly you'd probably turn around and think "what just happened?" - this amassed with the rest of the confusion the game brings to new players is most definitely something that would act as a deterrant from the game.

 

I play on PC myself, but I can tell you H0P5 that the answer to all of your questions are pretty much "it's up to you".

 

Shouldn't I be doing this sort of quest with other people?

It's up to you. If you want to find some players and group up to go kick Brainiac's *****, then there is no rule stating you can not do that. In fact, some players find it more fun! Others prefer to play solo, and as a result quest on their own. If I find myself competing with other friendly players for quest objectives in a certain area, I'll usually ask them to group up to make it easier for both of us.

 

Do I need to reach a certain level?

The quests on DC:UO have level reccomendations, so when you open up your Journal, each quest as a level in smaller text under the first, larger font that says the title of the quest. This allows you to easily gauge which quests you should be attempting at your level, however from my experience it seems that the game never really tasks you with quests that are too difficult for you. If you find yourself struggling with a certain quest, check your Journal for lower level ones you can do for now until you level up, then go back and try again.

 

How do I meet up with others?

Easy! Other players are everywhere, but you can find a general bustle of folk around HQ entrances and the Hall of Doom (or Hero equivalent). Here is where you can send people private messages (/tell on PC) and trade, chat or even join groups to go do some quests together. You'll know by the way a certain character looks, the colour of their name (should be blue) and the icon on the minimap (should be a thick green diamond) as to whether or not that character is another player.

 

Should I be meeting people and stuff in the hub place?

Sure, if that's what you want to do. Despite what people make out, there is no rush to the top in an MMO, the journey to the top is half the experience. If you want to quest, go quest. If you want to socialise, go do that. I'm sure there are plenty of people you can hit up in game as well that will help you with anything you might need an answer to!


 

Thanks so much, what super usefull post!

You are the second super helpful person I have come across is these DC forums. I am going to send you an invite if ok.

 

And, anybody, I like the idea of playing some sort of a healer so I can sit back and take it all in, and perhaps play some sort of brawler in the future. I have chosen a nature magic person and did choose a healing ability, but do not see how to switch to it. Do I change stances in some manner? From fighting to healing or something?

 

Thanks again

 

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H0P5 wrote:

Thanks so much, what super usefull post!

You are the second super helpful person I have come across is these DC forums. I am going to send you an invite if ok.

 

And, anybody, I like the idea of playing some sort of a healer so I can sit back and take it all in, and perhaps play some sort of brawler in the future. I have chosen a nature magic person and did choose a healing ability, but do not see how to switch to it. Do I change stances in some manner? From fighting to healing or something?

 

Thanks again

 


 

Once you reach lvl 10, you will gain access to the healer role. Then, whenever you are outside of combat, press up on your D-pad and select "cycle roles".

 

Further, to manage what skills and abilities appear on your action bar, go to the Skills menu and select "loadouts".

 

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Thanks for the kudos! :)

 

Don't forget when you switch to healer role, you still have access to all of your spells (damage and the like) but they provide different bonuses when used.

 

For example, when I swap my Martial Arts/Gadget character to controller, a few of my abilities that originally just did electricity damage over time now restore power to my group mates. Don't solo in healer role though, as you will find your damage is a lot lower than normal. You can still heal in damage mode too, so you don't have to worry about that.

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i'm having a bit of trouble with the vaults, i toook my first and second trip there today but the items that i found all say not collected in my inventory and when equiped it destroys them. Am i doing some thing wrong or is it a bug or have i got the wrong idea about the vaults?

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How do I receive Alerts? I've had Area 51 but would like to do the others if possible, in particular the new Oolong Island....

@qu1keh: I was wondering the same thing yesterday, when you equip the items that get destroyed they are 'style' items (next one along from your inventory), it unlocks that particular style for you to wear.
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don't have the game yet, but played the beta a lot, but 99% alone can we say that you use your damage (default) stance when alone and your other (controller, tank, healer) when in a group?

I found it very difficult to find others to do missions in the beta (not natural to use a keyboard when playing on console, and virtual keybaord is vvery slow to type), almost saw no messages appearing, like everyone was solo or already in a team an d only talking to those in their team

Is there messages popping like "I'm looking for team" in the chat window (it was really dead during the beta) now that the game is released, or are messages just between players or teams so that the dialogue window is almost dead

I'm used to City of heroes on PC where everyone has a keyboard, so I'm afraid to buy the game and play alone all the time because it's too boring to use the virtual keyboard

The "social" menu where you have names appearing doesn't make it easy as when I scroll through the names I still don't know if the person is in a team or not (different color would be nice) or just maybe only solo persons are on that list?

There should be default messages to send when you've chosen a person, like "are you on a team?" or "can I join your team" - even these short messages take forever with the virtual keyboard ...

Or are 99% people using USB keyboards? at least those who want to play in team?

Lots of questions but I still can't decide if I buy the game as buying a MMO to play alone most of the time seems stupid, but communication is so tough in this game ...

When you're in a league are messages of people in it always appearing in the chat window? it should be automatic or there's not much advantage being in one to find a team to do missions

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A few quick questions:

When I change stance what does this actually do? Also what stance is the diamond logo and what stance is the flame logo?

I was labelled a controller at level 10, what is this?

I tried to join a legend PvP and a normal one but both were queing for ages, is this right?

If you need to know I'm in the Crossfire server.
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the "flame" stance is "damage", the one / default you have from the start in the description of your powers you"ll see "tank", "controller" or "healer" and a bonus, it means when you're in this stance you get the bonus
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I've seen defence, controller and healer. Is defence and tank the same thing?
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it was "tank" in France, maybe it's defence for English
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I have just started playing as a hero and i cant seem to find the kiosk vendors.. Theres 5 around the sabotage chamber in the hall of doom that sells emblems and such and i cant find the same ones in the watchtower. Can someone point me in the right direction as im getting no help in game :(
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RE: Stances/Roles

 

There are 3 "roles" -

 

Tank - Frontman for a group, or a one man killing machine. A tank is someone that attacks mobs and bosses first, they take the brunt of the direct attacks whilst being healed by a healer. The tank could be classed as the most important group member, as it is him that sacrifices his health to protect the others. Classic attributes of a tank are high attack, defense vitalisation and health. Good AoE attacks and powerful direct attacks.

 

Controller - Although this is the first time I've heard the term used, I can guess that the controller role is similar to a buffer. A controller will have attacks that do status effects (stunned, grounded, trapped, rooted etc...) as well as buffs that  can be used to boost attack power or health regeneration etc.. A controller will not directly attack in a group battle, but put debuffs on the mobs or bosses, so that the tank can finish them off.

 

Healer - A healer is a pretty bulk standard role. Doesn't really fight much, stays close to the group to buff and heal other party members. Healers can be the decider on who wins the battle though, and as a healer it is important to concentrate less on how much health the enemy is losing, and more on how much your are giving your team. A good healer will use a ranged weapon eg. bow, so you can stay in the battle without getting too much damage yourself.

 

There are 4 "stances" -

 

Damage - Or "Damage Dealer" as it is commonly known. DD's are characters made for taking out your enemy fast without care for the little amount of defense you have. DD's have high attack rate and powerful attacks. The inherant risk of using a damage stance however, is that when you start taking hits you won't last long.

 

Defense - Used for tanking. Equip powers that have stun or rooting debuffs, and AoE attacks. A good defensive strategy can beat even the strongest enemy.

 

Controller - Equip buffs for added power, buffs to support your team-mates, or debuffs to cripple your enemy. If you're walking around with a controller stance, picture yourself tugging the strings saying "dance puppets!"

 

Healer - Not much to say about this one, except keep your buddies alive!

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Awesome game and awesome thread... I've found out something brilliant regarding PVP and PVE... If you go to the Watchtower, there's an area with something called a phase shifter. (Can't remember the name of the overall location - Arboretum ? Aquaberitum ? - but it's on a list in the map section). Use the phase shifter to swap between the PVP and the PVE servers!!!! Works a treat. Also, in the same location, there's a device that will reset your traits/skills for 500 dollars - meaning you can redo your stats if you decide that some power or other is no good to you. There is also a nice NPC who will restyle your hair (essentially, you can buy new styles) if you decide that your initial look doesn't seem 'Level 30' enough. All this, combined with the various options to gather new styles and tweak colours means that you don't need to get everything right first time... even the server that you're on. I have no clue what similar facilities there are for villains but, hey, as a hero I ain't gonna help you anyway... lol Look for a phase shifter or something in your grotty lairs of evilness. I have a question... Some items have two lists of stats changes, both suggesting that my stats will change if I wear the item - but with two conflicting details (the second list is usually way better than the first). Why two lists and which should I be considering ?
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I have a question... Some items have two lists of stats changes, both suggesting that my stats will change if I wear the item - but with two conflicting details (the second list is usually way better than the first). Why two lists and which should I be considering ?


Rings. The confusion arises because you have two ring slots so the stats are comparing with each currently equipped ring.

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General_Unknown wrote:

 


tricky201 wrote:

Once you've created a character in the PvE server, can you use the same character in the PvP server?

 

I can't find a way without creating a new one


No, you have to make a different character.

 

 

 

 


Ew_Tux wrote:

How do you read your "mail"? I keep getting told to have a look at my mail, i gladly would if i could figure out where it is :( 


 

In the Mail Room  :P

 

The small tutorial at the start of the game after you escape Brainiac's ship tells you that  :Lol:


I was in the mail room ... then what? 

 

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Ew_Tux there are control panels you can look at your mail from, you just need to look for them when you're in there.
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Steve_psdoo wrote:
Ew_Tux there are control panels you can look at your mail from, you just need to look for them when you're in there.

Ah ok, i thought i did that and got no indiction or anything :( ... will try again, thanks very much.

 

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I NEED HELP DESTROYINNG COMMUNICATION ARRAYS THEY KEEP REAPARING EVEN WHEN U GO OUT FIGHT ING ERA I DESTROYED 2 OF THEM AND THE GAME GLICTHED AND DID NOT COUNT THE ONE I DESTROYED ANYONE HAVE THIS SAME PROBLEM?   OH BY THE WAT IMIN METROPOLIS  STILL TRYING TO DESTROY THEM IF ANY ONE WHO NEEDS TO RANK UP CAN JOIN  LOOK FOR HCM 2099 THATS MY SCREEN  NAME

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I need help destroying communication arrays they keep reappearing.



All content in the open world keeps reappearing so anyone else doing the same mission will still have targets or objectives to achieve.

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