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  • Summary: For the first time ever Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the Mortal Kombat warriors battle with Batman, Superman and other popular DC Universe Super Heroes. Choose your side and challenge your opponents with a new fighting system including Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat along with dynamic multi-tiered environments. Plus, pick your favorite character from MK or DCU and pursue a fighting adventure in the new single player mode with an intertwined storyline and two unique perspectives. [Midway] Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Feels like the refreshing start of a new era for Midway's fighting series. It probably won't change your mind if you're not into the genre, or even if you're into the genre but have already made up your mind about the MK series. But if you're open to the idea of more Mortal Kombat, you'll find a terrific game here.
  2. The good news is that it's very playable on a level that the Mortal Kombat series rarely manages to reach, and has solid enough net code that you can play online with virtually no lag.
  3. I'm happy to say that this round of Mortal Kombat, while unconventional in concept, may be the best one we've had in over a decade. Don't let the DC Universe mash-up fool you, because at the core of this game is the very essence that made Mortal Kombat 3 so great over a decade ago.
  4. The MK and DC crowds are a surprisingly good combo, but questionable roster balancing keeps this enjoyable fighter from achieving greatness.
  5. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a decent arcade fighting game, but has its flaws. The limited content and fighter line-up adds up to the absence of gore and violence, which is really a shame. The game still retains the Mortal Kombat-feel though, and the cast of DC-heroes is a nice bonus. The one-on-one multiplayer-rounds are fun enough for fans to consider purchasing Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
  6. It's not going to be winning any Game of the Year awards, but it is good fun and a good sign that the Mortal Kombat series might finally be on its way back to figuring out what made it so great to start with… just with less blood this time, but hey, there's always the next game right?
  7. This Kombat would have been more appealing in arcades 15 years ago than on consoles today.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. WebsterB
    Nov 24, 2008
    This game deserves a 10 for the care, attention, and respect with which it handles the DC license. Each DC character is not only excellently balanced and crafted in terms of its move-set and animation but their back stories and personalities are well integrated into an enjoyable and surprisingly good story mode. For a DC fan the 'T' rating is preferable to seeing Superman eviscerate someone or be decapitated himself. For the comic fan the story is reminiscent of some of the more fun elseworld storylines and shows a good understanding of the characters. The voice acting is very good on the DC side. The fights are incredibly fun and to be able to play a fighter with fan service such as epic fights between Batman and The Joker, Superman and Lex Luthor as well as cool cross license fighting is more than worth the price of admission. One of the most purely fun games I've played in a while... and I play many games. Not a tournament fighter, but a fantastically fun game that does the DC universe proud( it even makes Captain Marvel cool!). Here's hoping for a sequel with an expanded roster. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2011
    The gameplay is just awesome,its really fun to play,a respectful roster with a enjoyable story mode it offers,the story mode explains everything unlike MVC which is kinda goofy if you ask me,but still good game,you have to give Ed Boon a credit for having big balls,the game handles the DC license good,this game will please any casual gamer,but the lack of gore the game will not be so much a favorite among MK fans! if this was just a DC beat em up,the game would be a HUGE succes! Expand
  3. KameleonV
    Mar 20, 2009
    As far as Fight games go this one is fun and easy to learn. There is also enough sophisticated moves to appeal to those that would want some difficulty. I found the single player story line a little odd but it did a good job at allowing you to play the different styles. Over all though I am a fan of the MK line and in my opinion this is a great game that you can just pick up whenever you want some Comic book MK carnage. Captain marvel is by far one of the easiest players to learn and win repeatedly with IMO. Expand
  4. Apr 17, 2014
    The DC universe versus one of fighting games' most popular characters was an excellent concept, which eventually lead NetherRealms to developing 2013's Injustice: Gods Among Us. But my concerns aren't for the lack of M rated content -- before 2011's reboot of the franchise came out, Mortal Kombat wasn't even taken serious beyond blood and guts -- as much as it is for the imbalanced handling of the ESRB content, as well as the overall dullness you feel after running through it for a week. (I previously reviewed it as KendylKlownfish in 2011, I'm reviewing it again just because, well, I always want to restate my thoughts on a game, old or now -- and I have no social life, ahem).

    Pros? Although I once called it "lousy", it has an overall engaging story mode in spite of some cheesiness in the character's dialogue and execution, NetherRealms obviously cherishes canon details over Capcom, who usually focus on arcade mode and, well, that's it; great graphics; kombatants versing against DC legends is a comic geek and gamer's wet dream. Cons? The imbalanced handling of content, which ends up making fatalities (and um, "heroic" brutalities, *snickers*) look unintentionally comical; core gameplay hasn't reduced the clunkiness of the PS2 games; not much variety for fighters seeking out challenge; an overall dull experience.
  5. May 3, 2011
    Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is overall, under-achieved, mainly due to its imbalanced censorship and lack of innovation. However, it should still make for a damn good time amongst comic book fan boys. Pros: Fantastic visuals; best controls in a MK game; variety of MK and DC characters and moves. Cons: Imbalanced censorship, resulting with some often comical fatalities and brutalities; lousy story mode; lack of innovation. Expand
  6. BartR.
    Nov 17, 2008
    Horrible AI makes this game just as weak as the predecessors (past MK3). The opponents sometimes just stand there idly waiting to be completely annihilated, and then in split second they become unbeatable, and this is on easy difficulties. The "kombo" challenge is horribly tuned, with combos not registering upon completion. If this game was supposed to revive the series, it falls short on many, many levels. If it's Teen rating was the only problem, we would only be so lucky. Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2013
    The second worst game i've ever played, overall game play is clunky and unrefined, the 'campaign' is useless, theres time in the fight where your just randomly falling and it turns into a weird QTE deal. overall crappy game, deserves every 0 it gets... also no replayability just utter crap. Expand

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