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A Lot Of Fun

  • Dec 20, 2008
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Mortal Kombat is a game then upon it's birth became one of the main reasons for the teen rating system we have today. Its pure violence as you pummelled shocked the gaming world and sent parents into outrage. The violent scenes as you ommitted your characters specific fatality move on your oponent had those uptight parents fainting with shock. Because of this, it almost makes me sad to see how much this games violence has been toned down. If anything, the violence should have been pushed to even more brutal heights to make the experience more gruesome and fun. Over the past few years, preceding this particular edition MK much like other classic button mashing fighter games, they adopted the 3D platform with more complicated controls. Many old school fans didn't like this, which has led to a big change into the control system of this particular chapter.

This instalment, as you can probably tell by the title pits MK legends against DC universe' finest. Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, The Flash, Joker, Catwoman, Darkseid, Wonder Woman, Deathstroke & Lex Luthor for Team DC. Raiden, Liu Kang, Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, Baraka, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Kitana, Jax, Kano and Sonia for team Mortal Kombat. In regards to characters, if your favourite isn't there then don't fret as it's been confirmed that we should expect downloadable content which would include new characters, so there's a possibility your favourite may show up there. I'm personally hoping for Doomsday so I can kill Superman, in a classic comic book way and hopefully Bain.

This isn't full of different modes, it's 3 very simple prospects to get your head around. There's the classic arcade mode where you take one character and fight your way through the ranks, ending with a really tough character who you will have to have a few goes at before you get that win. Kombo Challenge which is possibly the most difficult thing I've ever played on a game of this kind. Basically every character has the ability to perform a massive attack combo chain and this challenges you to perform that. Keep in mind the difficulty is due to the fact that it needs precise timing and accuracy in your movements, which can get a bit frustrating. Story Mode is the main aspect of this game and I'm sure is the main thing all fans will play first. It's split into two seperate stories, one being from the MK perspective and the other from the DC perspective. You enter into a number of different battles while the story explains exactly how the universes came together.

I mentioned the game mechanics earlier and it's something I need to touch upon in more detail. This installment has gone a step back from the newly created 3D style of movement and gone back to it's 2D platform routes. Moving in a 3D fashion is still available making use of the analogue stick. They have now also introduced a number of minigames within a match such as Klose Kombat, Test your Might and free fall. Test your might enters you into a little test as you force your opponent through a number of walls and button mash to increase the damage level. Free Fallin is on the same level as that but you throw your opponent off an edge and jump after them, punching and kicking them as you both fall. I've not tried Klose Kombat so can't really comment on that particular feature just yet, but my review will be updated when I have.

The effects are absolutely amazing and manage to effectively give both a cartoon feel and a realistic look to both MK and DC characters. Superman and Green Lantern looking most like their page counterparts and remaining loyal to their specific traits. Flash's moves are easily the coolest as you move at almost the speed of light to batter your opponent from every angle. The only problem I have with this is that Flash uses it to his advantage when he's your opponent and basically gives you no chance to get a hit in and before you know it you're dead. There are no real extra features and the online is pretty simple as you enter chatrooms and challenge people to a bout.

All in all this is a very good game with a lot of fun to be had, though with very minimal unlockables it's already gotten tired for me and I'm now looking for the next best game which is unlikely to arrive until the new year. Probably the only reason I'll touch this again is when the DLC is available. Don't get me wrong it's a great game, it just gets really old really quickly.

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a fighting game merging the worlds and characters of the Mortal Kombat video game universe and that of DC comics. Featuring a deep storyline developed by top writing talent, iconic fighting arenas from both universes, character specific attacks and moves, two all-new fighting mechanics and single player and multiplayer support, it has something for every fan of the video game arcade fighting genre.

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Raiden laying into Superman in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
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Character-specific abilities.
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Batman battling Liu Kang in Freefall Kombat in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
Combine abilities into Fusion powers.
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Rage Mode in action in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
50%+ damage in Rage Mode.
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The story of how the heroes and villains of Mortal Kombat and the DC universe could find themselves not only existing on the same plain, but battling each other revolves around coincidental victories in the respective realms by Raiden and Superman. In Raiden's case it was a victory over Shao Kahn, while Superman bested Darkseid. These occurred at the exact same time and involved inter-dimensional elements, which somehow merged their two enemies into one being, Dark Kahn, while allowing the characters of the two universes to interact. In this merging the powers of the heroes and villains are scrambled as well, making some stronger than they ever were, and leaving others vulnerable for the first time in their lives, allowing each to battle on more or less equal footing. And battle they do without ...
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Number of Players: Single-player, Multi-player
Publisher: Midway Games
Developer: Midway Amusement Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: November 16, 2008 (NA)
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