Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. To those who doubted the concept of MKvsDC, doubt no more because Mortal Kombat is back with a vengeance.
  3. 90
    Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe is a strange combination that works; like fried chicken and waffles.
  4. 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.
  5. For what it offers, the game deserves a good look but its lack of MK flavour might turn off some people, especially the die hard MK fans. Still this game is awesome and deserves attention. Shedding some dollars will not be a waste for the entertainment gained in return.
  6. The game offers two different story modes that each last a couple hours, but aside from a thin combo challenge there isn’t much to do here other than test your might online. Still, fans of both universes are sure to squeeze hours of entertainment out of this package.
  7. Online play over Live will enhance this game's replayability, but a little more content would've made it an epic crossover. [Holiday 2008, p.80]
  8. Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is a solid fighter with good mechanics and a great story mode.
  9. 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.
  10. The unfortunate truth is that while it’s a decent game, it doesn’t rise above that initial excitement.
  11. While not an epiphany of brilliance the game revives MK and makes the series at least relevant again. And if you’re a DC fan there’s no excuse not to get this game. This is the best game to use the DC license in years.
  12. It's a huge improvement on a tired fighting engine.
  13. Fans of modern fighting games may find the action (aktion?) a bit shallow, but for MK aficionados, this is the game we’ve been waiting for since the mid 1990’s.
  14. It may not be a “Flawless Victory” with its here-and-there hiccups and T-rated combat, but Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is the best pure MK fighter that the series has produced in years.
  15. 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.
  16. Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe has failures and highlights. Its short value is a very serious problem, and you will surely ask for more. But the attractiveness of its proposal, the new gameplay add-ons, and the strong -although conventional- multiplayer are reasons enough to pay attention to this game.
  17. 80
    MK vs. DC isn't the best Mortal Kombat game, not by a country mile, but for the first time in years this series feels relevant and energized.
  18. So close in many ways but way off in others, Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe doesn't move the series forward so much as it tries to redefine what Mortal Kombat should be about. We could "if this" or "if that" all day long, but ultimately, Midway has created a game that MK fans will enjoy while being greatly disappointed.
  19. Dark energy has begun to merge the DC world with the MK world and a new foe has emerged that spreads his rage and takes pleasure in watching characters battle it out to the death.
  20. And although I hate to admit that the replay value is reduced because of a precarious balance between characters and also due to the multiplayer options, which aren’t too varied, I can recommend this game to any fan of the series and also to those who only wish to relax with a title worthy of being called Mortal Kombat.
  21. 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.
  22. 75
    Forget depth, sophistication or anything remotely resembling logic: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe takes gamers back to the days of cheesy arcade fighting with bravado, style and an unironic sense of fun.
  23. 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.
  24. The MK and DC crowds are a surprisingly good combo, but questionable roster balancing keeps this enjoyable fighter from achieving greatness.
  25. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is an admirable beat 'em up, although it's not the over-the-top, and excessively satisfying Mortal Kombat experience that you may be familiar with, though beat 'em ups seem to be few and far between these days.
  26. 75
    Unbalanced characters and a very steep difficulty curve can cause an unnecessary amount of frustration. The Story Mode (playable from either the DC or MK point of view) was interesting to progress though and had some well thought-out storylines. But eventually you’ll come up against a near unbeatable foe like Scorpion who will put a dampener on your enjoyment levels.
  27. The game was definitely odd, but it wasn't a pathetic fail as some may have expected. It was different for sure, but it was still fun and still brought me back to the days I played Mortal Kombat on my Sega for hours on end.
  28. The Mortal Kombat universe fights the DC Universe in the most unexpected crossover yet. A great cast of characters, many incredible combos, and a good storyline don't stand for a slick gameplay and some technical issues, but overall, it's a great fighting game for these last months of the year.
  29. As ridiculous as the plot sounds, it actually works fine if you're interested in checking out the game's Story Mode.
  30. 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.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 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... Full Review »
  2. MattShuble
    Nov 16, 2008
    10
    This game has taken Mortal Kombat back to its roots. The fatalities are "dialed down" a bit but they are still entertaining. I love Mortal Kombat but since they were introduced as a 3-D fighter they have ALL fell short of my expectations when it comes to actual fighting. This game is the exception...Midway has finally got it right! Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »