Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a crossover fighting video game between Mortal Kombat and the DC Comics fictional universe, developed and published by Midway Games (their last entry in the franchise before they went bankrupt in 2009 and sold the franchise to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment). The game is also the eighth installment in the main Mortal Kombat series, despite the story not being connected to the first seven games or any other game that was released after this one. The game was released on November 16, 2008 and contains characters from both franchises.

Plot

The game takes place after Raiden, Earthrealm’s god of thunder, and Superman, Metropolis’ defender, repel invasions from both their worlds. An attack by both Raiden and Superman simultaneously in their separate universes causes the merging of the Mortal Kombat and DC villains, Shao Kahn and Darkseid, resulting in the creation of Dark Kahn, whose mere existence causes the two universes to begin merging; if allowed to continue, it would result in the destruction of both. Characters from both universes begin to fluctuate in power, becoming stronger or weaker.

Gameplay

The game features two small campaigns, one from the DC Universe’s side perspective and one from Mortal Kombat’s. The main difference in these two stories is that depending on the faction of the character you choose, the invaders will be from the opposite universe. There are no hero-specific arcs or cutscenes and the campaign is nearly the same for every character of the same faction.

In Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe you will find the Kombo Challenge Mode, a mini-game to perform some given combos, and the Free Fall Kombat, a new mode for the franchise, where you will fight your enemy mid-air. Other interesting modes in this title are the Klose Kombat Mode and the tug-of-war game, Test Your Might. Last but not least is the new Rage Mode, where a rage meter is placed below a players HP bar and, when the meter is full, you can unleash your rage increasing your damage significantly and allowing you to penetrate your opponent’s guard easier for a few seconds.

In the creation of Midway Games you will encounter many Mortal Kombat characters from the past like Raiden, Scorpion, Sub Zero and Baraka. In the playable characters pool you will also find Batman, Superman, Flash and …. Joker. Every new superhero addition is balanced, with very detailed movement / skills and, believe me, their fatalities will not let you down.

Graphics / Sound

Arenas are well-designed and reactive to the player actions, like breaking the floor or pushing the opponent through a wall. Character models and animations are decent and relaxing for the player’s eyes even when played in a small monitor. In addition, all sound effects in combat are 100% realistic, including the creepy gore fatalities. The best part though, in my opinion, is the traditional Mortal Kombat announcer and soundtrack that goes way back to the MK franchise.

Unique Features

C’mon… DC superheroes in a Mortal Kombat title. Plenty of them and with some very satisfying fatalities that you will enjoy, no matter how much of a Marvel fan-boy you are.

Replayability

The main story takes around 4 hours to complete, the main+extra 7 hours and the completionist 13 hours. There is no real option of replayability, except the fact that you can call your friends home and fight for the glory of Shao Khan for hours.

Pros

  • The DC superheroes addition

  • Amazing soundtrack like every MK game

  • Fatalities, fatalities, fatalities

Cons

  • Very small campaign, same for every character

  • Zero replayability

  • Some small combat bugs

Rating (7.2/10)

  • Plot: 5.5/10

  • Gameplay: 8.5/10

  • Graphics: 7/10

  • Sound: 8.5/10

  • Uniqueness: 8.8/10

  • Replayability: 5/10

Primary Version Tested: Xbox 360

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