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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: 28 out of 61
  2. Negative: 2 out of 61
  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. Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is a solid fighter with good mechanics and a great story mode.
  3. For the short time this game lasted it was fun and hard to put down, but once complete there is little left to offer. Thankfully comic fans will not be disappointed.
  4. It’s good to see that new life, by means of bizarre franchise combination, can be breathed into a nearly dead game series.
  5. By merging two franchises Midway is being quite clever. Mortal Kombat and DC fans will lap this up and for the uninitiated it’ll still provide ample enjoyment.
  6. Despite of not showing one of the bests Fighting Systems, the game is still compared to any of the Ed Boon’s franchise, surfacing other games in terms of graphics or sounds. Still, the game can’t offer a solid experience like the ones that have inspired MK vs DC. Any fan of each (or both) Universes will certainly enjoy this game because Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is made for the fans.
  7. Comic books are excessively violent. Mortal Kombat is excessively violent. Yet somehow the combination of the two has been watered-down to the point of irrelevance, all in the hopes of increasing the number of people who would play it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. May 23, 2014
    10
    Really love this game, its addictive and full of surprises! For the first time you can kill Batman or Superman and graphics is awesome, this is a true value for your money! Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2011
    9
    This game was amazing from the start, you will surely enjoy this with a buddy or with the computer. Yes i did not like how the game didnt have the gore like from the original Mortal Kombat games but it's a great ride from start to finish. Buy this game and add it to your collection! Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2012
    8
    My opinion of this game is mixed, and for one reason, I'm terrible at mortal combat games! After playing a few mortal combats before I finally decided to buy one, and since I love the DC Universe, this game seemed perfect for me. I really like this game, the story line is funny, online play is good, and even though I'm terrible at fighting games like this, I can even win sometimes. The only aspect this game is missing is a fatality trainer! I could really use one of those so I don't have to look them up on the internet. Great game and it's cheap to buy!! Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2014
    8
    This is a straight up fighter solid enough to hold both franchises, a little on the average side but I managed to pick this up for under £5 which scores it a point and the Joker's fatality is so amazing it gains another point. Overall it's a fun multi-player button masher just not the best on the market. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2010
    6
    If you're a hardcore mortal kombat player,or just someone who wants to play mortal kombat don't get this one...it definitely won't feel like a mortal kombat game at all... Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2014
    5
    Hardly worth playing, this button masher is an abuse of licensed characters and deserves to be a forgotten relic. The graphics in "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" are an embarrassment! The graphics look like they were made for the original Xbox, yet the game was released in the fall of 2008. This is after "Gears of War" and "Halo 3" showed us what the Xbox 360 could do. The female character models are ridiculously proportioned. The backgrounds are generic, and the layout appears to be stolen from "Dead or Alive".

    At least the fighting animations are crisp and fluid. The Mortal Kombat characters moves are consistent with the series. What we want to see, though, are great moves from the DC Universe characters. The best super hero move by far is Wonder Woman's super kick and golden lasso takedown. Most super moves are too difficult to use for their effect. Superman is particularly nerfed, with no power moves befitting his legacy. The DC characters become little more than re-skinned versions of Mortal Kombat charcters. (Someome should give the D.C. characters their own fighting game ;)

    The gameplay itself is rather terrible. This is button mashing to the extreme, and your thumbs will be tired. The Xbox controller is ill suited to fighting games. There are triggers and shoulder buttons that could help, but most of the action is in the left D-pad and A, B, X, Y buttons. This control scheme is actually the worst, as the A, B, X, Y buttons are mainly accessible by thumb, even though a fighting game should engage the fingers. The pace of the fighting, with moves breaking animations, make for mad button mashing little strategy. Playing against the omniscient computer is as terrible as always, with the computer either cheaply spamming combos and blocking moves before you can even start the animation.

    I picked up this game as a digital download for $5, and $5 was too much.
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  7. Jun 1, 2013
    1
    The story of this is one of the worst piece of fiction I've ever seen, complete "marasmus"!!! It pissed me off, violated every rule it possibly could in DC Universe. Having so many great characters, and make them all irrelevant FAILURE. Expand

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