|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).
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.
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.
CCC Freelance Writer