Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

6.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 7/10
Controls: 6/10

DC characters finally get to fight

Feels like an older game

Game Info

Game Name: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Developer(s): Midway Amusement

Publisher(s): Midway Games

Platform(s): PS3/XBox 360

Genre(s): Fighting

Release Date(s): November 16, 2008

ESRB Rating: T


Ouch, ouch, ouch

Worlds are colliding!!!  Darkseid is attacked by Superman while entering a Boom Tube in the DC Universe while Raiden attacks Shao Khan as he teleports in the world of Mortal Kombat, and the simultaneous events cause the worlds to cross.  Now the heroes and villains of both worlds try to stop the universes from merging as all fighters find themselves filled with an unnatural rage.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a fighting game released for the PS3 and Xbox 360.  Developed by Midway Amusement and published by Midway Games, the game garnered average reviews.

Mortal Kombat was never my favorite fighting game, but I love the idea of battling it out with DC superheroes.  The Marvel equivalent versions of this game seem to have more substance and style, while Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe feels like rehash.

The story mode of the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has some interesting twists as heroes and villains jump between universes.  Each character as expected have their own moves and finishing moves.  It can be played on the Mortal Kombat or the DC Universe side which have different storylines leading to the same final battle.  The story is written in a way that what seems like a random occurrence in one story is explained in the other story.


“Trust me Sonya…you don’t want to do this”

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is almost a case of too little too late.  It was far time for DC to get into the fighting game with Marvel vs. Capcom already well established, but for the most part fight games have already passed their prime.  This should have come out in 1998 and not 2008.  The DC characters (Batman, Captain Marvel, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Joker, Lex Luthor, Superman, and Wonder Woman) are fun to play with, but it would be nice to see a game with more characters for all the waiting.  The Mortal Kombat characters could have used some expansion with Baraka, Jax, Kano, Kitana, Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, Sonya Blade, and Sub-Zero.  It could have been a great time for someone like Goro or Doomsday as big fighters.


“My lightning is bigger than yours Captain Marvel”

An arcade mode and an online fight mode do provide more ways to play the game, but bottom line is that it is a typical fighting game with a standard fighting style.  The graphics are good and the cut-scenes are well made.  Like most of the fighting games available on the next-gen systems, part of the problem is that the standard controllers are almost impossible to do all the fatalities and special moves so a fighting joystick is recommended if you really want to get into the game.

Overall, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is entertaining, but with the release of Injustice:  Gods Among Us which features tons of DC characters battling it out (plus Scorpion from Mortal Kombat in some versions), it feels less spectacular.  If you are a fan of Mortal Kombat, DC, or you can find it on the cheap, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is worth checking out, but similar games have been done better.

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