Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe box art
System: X360, PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Midway 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Midway 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 16, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

When I heard that MK vs. DC was being built using the Unreal 3 engine I got excited. I was expecting the game to look fantastic. Instead, I was disappointed, especially with the backgrounds. They look plain and the colors look dull. Some levels are just copies of others, but they dress them up with different textures (Metropolis and Gotham City).

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Character models look great; there is a lot of detail, especially in their costumes. Although, another thing that bothers me is some characters look like they are made of plastic. But, many games built using the Unreal 3 engine suffer from this problem. Some characters' faces look weird; their facial expressions are poorly animated. However, MK characters don't really suffer from this problem because most of them are masked. The most impressive aspect of the visuals is the damage modeling; characters bruise, bleed, and their clothes rip. This is something that many other games do not do, so it is very nice to see.

The sound is just OK. There is absolutely nothing memorable about it. Actually, the only thing you may take away is the horrendous voice work; at times it is laughable. Every time I sat through a cutscene, I found myself making fun of the voice acting. The dialog is also cheesy as well as stupid.

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was an interesting experiment. The game is not a failure by any means, but you will find yourself asking for more or wanting to play other more fleshed out fighting games. The visuals were also a big letdown, especially the backgrounds, mainly because we've been spoiled by other visually appealing fighting games. If you are a fan of either Mortal Kombat or DC Comics, I would recommend you at least rent the game because this is the only game that offers this kind of roster.

By Youcef Baouchi
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The character models look really good, but they sometimes look like they're made of plastic. The environments are not very detailed; they look bland.
3.8
Control
Controls are solid. They work well, but there isn't much to them.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Terrible voice work. Otherwise, sound effects are all there.
3.5
Play Value
The game is fun and substantially improved by multiplayer functionality, but there are not many unlockables.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Kombat forces friends to fight, worlds to collide, and unlikely alliances to be forged. Mortal Kombat warriors and DC Universe heroes engage in battle for the first time. In the ultimate Elseworlds story, players can now explore what would happen when Sub-Zero faces off against Batman and much more.
  • Each character on the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe roster features character-specific moves to take down opponents in their own signature style. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will also feature distinct finishing moves, tapping into the true Mortal Kombat experience.
  • For the first time in Mortal Kombat history, players can face off with two all-new fighting mechanics: Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat. Freefall Kombat allows players to battle in mid-air while falling from one arena into the next. Klose Kombat, a brutal up-close fighting mechanic, gives players the ability to grasp the gritty, dark tone through progressive damage that is inflicted on fighters during battle though visible bruises, torn clothing, and more.
  • Players choose their storyline experience beginning with either the Mortal Kombat or DC Universe. The unique storyline intertwines both the Mortal Kombat and DC Universes and characters into an exclusive dynamic fighting adventure.
  • Players face off in various iconic arenas like Metropolis and Gotham City from the DC Universe side and Hell and Graveyard from the Mortal Kombat side, as well as several never-before-seen combo arenas that blend the two universes together.
  • The game's dark, realistic tone is created through the collaborative partnership of top comics writing team Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray along with veteran Mortal Kombat team members.
  • Players have the ability to choose sides, challenge friends, and take the fight online.


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