Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe Review
- Posted November 24th, 2008 at 14:21 EDT by Steven Williamson
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We've had a blast playing MK vs. DC Universe, despite its uninspired storyline.
- Comic-book humor may appeal to DC Universe fans
- Fast-paced entertaining fights
- Great new in-fight features
- Some pitiful excuses for starting fights
- Didn't see any fatalities from A.I.
- Lack of game modes
With the possibility of upsetting its legion of fans it was a brave move by Midway to change a winning formula, but after 15 years, and considering over a dozen games have been born from the Mortal Kombat franchise, it was arguably an action that was long overdue. Merging its heavyweight roster of characters, including the electrifying Raiden and the knife-throwing Kano with that of the infamous DC Universe and its catalog of crowd-pleasing heroes and villains, it appears to be, certainly on paper anyway, an ideal way to freshen up and re-invigorate the popular fighting game.
When we first heard about the coming together of these two universes we were excited at the prospect of some explosive battles, but also intrigued to hear the story of how the collision of these two very different worlds had come about. Why on Earth would Superman ever cross paths with the shape-shifting Shang Tsung and why would The Joker possibly come to blows with Sub-Zero on the streets of Gotham City? Penning a tale that involves such an iconic set of characters has certainly afforded respected comic book writers, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, with the freedom to be creative with their talents. Ample source material should also, in theory, allow them to conjure up some intriguing scenarios and fascinating twists to make Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe a really attractive prospect, especially for those hoping for a unique and exciting take on the fighting genre, not to mention fans of the subsequent worlds. In reality though, when we take into account our expectations of how impressive the storyline could have been, it hasn't quite worked out.
Aside from a bog-standard arcade mode and a straightforward online multiplayer component, Midway’s attempt to be different from the crowd is through its story mode, which tells the tale from two different perspectives. Although each story path culminates in the same universe-saving ending (as if you didn’t know), the game begins when you choose to either side with Mortal Kombat or DC Universe, with each chapter being told solely through the eyes of your chosen team-mates. Broken up by cinematic sequences the story begins well enough; building up nicely and revealing itself gradually through seven chapters, but it's abrupt and unsatisfying conclusion brings you straight back down to Earth with a thud. Still, thanks in the most part to the appeal of its two sets of characters and indeed some addictive and frenzied action in the arena, MK vs. DC does deserve some credit for managing to dangle that proverbial carrot in front of you for long enough to keep you interested to actually want to find out the story’s outcome.
Following two cataclysmic battles, one involving Raiden against Kahn on the MK side and the other entailing Superman and Darkseid on the DC Universe side, you learn that portals have opened allowing both sets of characters to step into each other’s lands. This allows the likes of Scorpion and Raiden from the Mortal Kombat posse to mosey on down to the streets of Gotham City where they do battle with the DC Universe characters and against themselves before joining together as one force to save the universe. The premise is without question appealing, but following a deluge of lame excuses for why the two sides are fighting with and against each other, the story soon takes a downward spiral. More often than not, the excuse that the worlds have been contaminated by a viral “kombat rage” that makes them want to kill anyone who happens to be standing around at the time is enough reason to see them do battle, whereas bitter rivalries, including The Joker vs. Batman and Lex Luther vs. Superman come to a head without any real substance. Fighting against your own team-mates, such as The Flash vs. Captain Marvel or Catwoman vs. The Green Lantern, inevitably takes place because the rage washes over them and makes them attack. When ‘the rage’ wears off after a fight, they’re friends again. Hmmm...
Steeped in the kind of humor that is more likely appeal to the DC Universe and comic-book crowd, the storyline and the script in MK vs. DC Universe is full of cliché and groan-inducing lines. “You look like hell,” says Captain Marvel. “Flattery will get ... (continued on next page)
- 9:27am EST - November 24th, 2008
- 9:28am EST - November 24th, 2008
I can't tell if thats the amount of characters u start out with...
but does ne one else notice... DARKSEID isn't on the character select screen in that pic...
NEVER MIND! he's on the very top...lol
But i do agree with #1... MORTAL...not MORAL
- 9:53am EST - November 24th, 2008
CONCLUSION: DC Universe messed up Mortal Kombat.
and now fans are really disapointed bcz Midway is a
why they just simply dont have better ideas???
- 10:03am EST - November 24th, 2008
What the crap were they thinking anyways? What a waste of programming and DVD manufacturing. Predictable.
- 10:06am EST - November 24th, 2008
They should have created Marvel versus DC Universe, that would have made a better mix.
- 10:50am EST - November 24th, 2008
- 11:33am EST - November 24th, 2008
The game is good but the story is down right pathetic.
- 11:47am EST - November 24th, 2008
not grabbed my attention, look forward to sf4 instead.
- 12:26pm EST - November 24th, 2008
Darkseid's not in the normal row of selectable character because he - along with Shao Kahn - are unlockables. You have to move the selection box off the row to pick them.
Personally, I loved the game. Not as gory as I prefer my Mortal Kombat (I played it back when it first came out in ARCADES), but decently gory given the brand it was meshed with.
- 12:28pm EST - November 24th, 2008
marvel sucks they did a good job with dc characters stop hatin
- 12:43pm EST - November 24th, 2008
okay game. Played through it and all. It's only really fun when you have a party of ppl playing with you.
Otherwise playing by urself after you beat story mode isnt really fun.
- 2:25pm EST - November 24th, 2008
i don't care at all i got like Tekken lol
- 3:54pm EST - November 24th, 2008
- 6:08pm EST - November 24th, 2008
There's no way in heck that game is a 7.5...
- 2:46am EST - November 25th, 2008
I have the Game, And let me tell you its a very good game. My buddies came over and we were having fun with all night. The special moves that they give the DC Characters are great. Graphics are good also. I do need to find out the finishing move though. But overall great game with friends over & online.
- 1:06am EST - November 29th, 2008
The game is amazing stupid retards that havent played the game yet
- 6:40pm EST - February 2nd, 2009
im not going to knock MK vs DC. However im not gonna pay full price for a watered down MK game. The whole franchise was built around excessive, insane blood and gore, outrageous fatalities. But to get this gsme going they had to water it down to a "pg-13" rating....Remember Alien vs Predator folks, rated pg13 when you took two franchises that were rated R. Same concept here. like i said im not going to knock it because i haven't played it yet. but just the thought of the changes is almost like blasphemy. This is why people are upset. im 29, almost 30 so ive been around since the very first mortal kombat game. i have all of them that were available on SNES,n64 and gamecube. i think the ps3 (and even the CrapBox) would of benefited from the rated R Mortal Kombat to show off what each system can do.
- 1:58am EST - February 15th, 2009
- 5:28am EST - February 27th, 2009
I played the game and I would not say that its one of the best mortal kombat games made.
- 2:11pm EST - February 28th, 2009
Is it worth paying 60$ for, just think about that for one sec. DC fans will say OMFGBBQ and have to get it just to be let down, just like I was. I got it, and play Soul Calibur 4. The idea of the mixed universes was a nifty idea, they just failed at doing it. Lets face it, every genre needs that one epic game to make that genre the one being played. They hiped it up to be the fighting game of fighting games, and then we go back to playing what we were before because we were let down. Now we have a few mixed fighting games, that just aren't what they are supposed to be. Do yourself the favor, if you are a DC fan, or MK fan, you will enjoy renting this, otherwise go get Soul Calibur 4, and save 12-20$.
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