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
(continued from previous page) ...one of the highlights of MK vs. DC and the addition of DC Universe roster helps to freshen things up considerably. The Joker is a great character to play with, offering an arsenal of effective and funny moves, such as the ‘laughing fist’ where he holds a buzzer out to shake your hand and then electrocutes you when you grab hold of it, or when he launches a boxing glove on a spring from under his jacket. Equally, you've got the likes of Superman's ‘soaring knockout’ and ‘heat vision’ or Green Lantern's powerful ‘hammer smash’ to take advantage of. Mortal Kombat fans will also be glad to see a return of some familiar fatalities, such as Raiden’s electrocution and Lui Kang MK1 arcade machine drop.
However, despite a heavy emphasis before launch on fatalities, it's disappointing that throughout our whole single player story mode experience we didn’t once see our opponent use a fatality on us. Even more incredible is that fatality moves aren’t revealed in your moves list, so unless you can be bothered to search around, you’ll have to guess which buttons to press. We jumped on the Net and printed off a whole moves list, otherwise we would have had no idea how to pull them off. Considering that fatalities have always played a major part in the Mortal Kombat series it just seems strange that they've been omitted from the in-game moves list and that we didn’t see any of our enemies attempt to try one out. Still, if you can be bothered to grab the list and practice, the satisfaction of performing Kitana's 'Kiss of Death' or Deathstroke's gun-shot to the head is worth the effort.
After playing MK vs. DC intensely over the last few days though, completing the two story-modes in little over 5 hours respectively, we doubt we’ll be putting in any more effort into mastering the moves of the 22 fighters. That's not to say we haven't enjoyed it. The appealing character roster and the range of entertaining moves on offer, coupled with some decent new in-fight features, have made it an entertaining experience. Even its wishy-washy storyline, poor ending and the lame excuses given for why these two sets of characters are fighting against each other, have kept us strangely amused. However, there’s little replay value for us now that we've completed story mode, even with the rudimentary arcade mode. If you’re a dab hand at fighting games, however, and are willing to go that extra mile to learn all the moves then you’ll probably get something out of challenging like-minded folk online. We just get our ass kicked time and time again by experts. Is MK vs. DC Universe worth dipping into your pockets and buying for its single player experience though? Yes, most definitely. The DC Universe characters have certainly added something to the series and even if you start off thinking, like we did, how rubbish story mode actually is, you'll oddly end up enjoying it.
- 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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