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7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 85 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 56 out of 85
  2. Negative: 18 out of 85

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  1. May 3, 2011
    6
    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
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    7
    I drained a good amount of time into this game. Single player arcade ladder is as you would expect. The story is okay, giving you a chance to play as most of the characters. Each character plays completely different from one another, which is great. There are a few game breaking bugs that the developers didn't fix (Superman's ground pound) The online lobby is where it's at. Most of the time connection is good. MK fans like to complain about the fatalities being watered down. If all you play a fighting game for is to see gruesome fatalities, you probably shouldn't waste your money on it. All in all a good fighting game. Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    There's only two things really wrong with this game. One: Due to the T rating, any and all fatalities are seriously censored, and can't even really count as a "I beat your ass, you loser!" effect. That really sucks, and it even limits the brutality of the "good" DC heroes who don't do fatalities, but instead fo "heroic brutalities", which are identical, but simply aren't fatal (even though some of them would most certainly be). The second thing is that combat lacks complexity. This is a really bare-bones fighter, and aside from the standard special moves and combos and the like, all you get is a "Rage Meter". Once your rage meter is full, you can go into a very brief Rage Mode, which essentially makes you invincible and your attacks unblockable. This "Rage Meter" doesn't work at all, though. It's bad enough that it's simply boring, and just makes your character glow while it's in effect, but in the right hands it's certain death for the opponent. A well-used Rage can nearly empty an opponent's life bar, which they can do nothing about since there is no dodging, and thus should not be. This game really needed anything besides this poorly-thought-out Rage Meter. I don't know what, maybe they could have taken a page from BlazBlue and thrown in special Drive moves for each character or something. In any case, the Rage Meter simply sucks as the mechanic that can determine the outcome of a match, regardless of skill level. When you can't block or avoid their barrage of attacks, it's hard to win after losing more than half your life bar. Still, the game's not bad, and still has everything it needs. The story mode is well-done, the roster is good, the fatalities, while censored, are still not terrible (but not exactly Mortal Kombat, 'cause you know, T rating), the voice acting is all there, everyone's special moves are appropriate for each character, the stages are plentiful and detailed, as well as destructible and interactive with some fun things you can do to cause damage in each stage, and while the extras are kind of slim (only two unlockable characters), it works on its own. Plus, I mean, you can pit Batman against Scorpion. That's worth something in itself. Don't expect a classic here, but for what it costs now, it's worth a look for anyone interested. It's definitely not a fighter that'll get any tournament time, but it's a nice diversion, and serves its purpose. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2011
    10
    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
  5. Dec 18, 2013
    4
    This is not a bad game, let me be clear on that. It just doesn't deserve the "Mortal Kombat" name on it. MK needs to be bloody and gory and have finishers to kill your opponent brutally. This is NOT mortal kombat.
  6. Jan 13, 2013
    6
    The game didn't need to link itself to mortal kombat and would have been stronger if it had more DC characters. Despite its gameplay manages to fudge up with its horrible story.
  7. Apr 2, 2013
    4
    This game is not that great. The story is ridiculous and does a lousy job of explaining why the DC Characters are underpowered versions of themselves. Superman, the indestructible son of Krypton can be taken out by a few sweeping kicks from Sonya Blade or an ice blast to the chest courtesy of Sub Zero? That's lame. All of the usual MK fatalities have been removed. Apparently parent company, WB who owns DC and MK doesn't want to see Wonder Woman's heart get ripped out or Batman's head get torn off. The gameplay is wonky. There's a slight delay between hitting the buttons and the characters' actions. It's also very unbalanced. There aren't alot of gameplay modes an the ones that do exist aren't worth your time to explore. Since it's release, its become drastically cheaper and that means you can pick it up in a bargain bin for a very low cost if you're looking for a few extra trophies or achievements. Otherwise, I'd pass up on this game. Expand
  8. Feb 13, 2014
    8
    As far as fighting games go, it's rather good, the best part of it is that it has mortal kombat control scheme. Goofy storyline, tame fatalities, corny design – it's almost like a super-hero cartoon. The biggest flaw is 20 core characters, which sounds like descent number, but even with 3 unlocked bosses you feel roaster lacking. There's also no unlockables.
    Game feels like it was planned
    to add content with multiple dlc, but they were butchered. In the end, fighting mechanic is fun, you can set the fight between batman and sub zero and it's what matters.

    I would have given it 7,5 but metacritic don't understands halfs.
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  9. Apr 8, 2013
    3
    This game is awful and lacks imagination and innovation. They should not have put MK and DC together they just don't mix. Fatalities were comical but they were...stupid at the same time. Mortal Kombat was always gory but this is a huge disappointment.
  10. ERB
    Aug 2, 2013
    8
    The only word for this game is that It is awesome.It really deserves a good score.But only problem is that this game is no longer brutal even the fatality is not good.It might be better if this game has more brutality in It.But still good game.
  11. May 30, 2013
    4
    This game is way too short and difficult, even on the very easy mode. The story is pretty lame and the klose kombat was annoying. As soon as I finished it, I gave it away to a friend.
  12. Aug 9, 2013
    2
    Worst. Mortal. Kombat. Ever!
    But, to be fair, I will write all +/-.
    + Graphics
    + Isn't expensive
    - Fatalities aren't brutal [!]
    - Audio
    - Ugly DC characters
    - BORING !!!!
    - Heroic Brutalities
  13. Apr 17, 2014
    6
    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.
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  14. Sep 6, 2013
    0
    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.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. 75
    Casual players will punch through the storyline before burning out after getting stumped by one or two Kombo Challenges, while Mortal Kombat fans will have trouble accepting the toned down Fatalities and somewhat slower gameplay. In short, this game's fun, but its legs probably can't carry it beyond the whole "Wow, Batman's fighting Superman" first impression.
  2. 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.
  3. 84
    The combat is solid, the story mode is substantial and if you are a fan of either universe there is something here to enjoy. The lackluster finishing moves and lack of extras really hurt the overall experience, but if you are indeed looking for a game that pits two franchises full of beloved characters there is a lot to love here.