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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe review
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PlayStation 3 is a crossover game, utilizing Mortal Kombat mechanics and featuring famous DC Comics characters on the arena along with original MK heroes and villains. Despite secondary status crossovers usually get, this one is one of the best titles in the Mortal Kombat franchise.
In any of the two universes this crossover needs to be justified with a good narrative, and we have one. Shao Kahn of MK eventually merges with Darkseid, the evil God of DC Universe. Along with these two characters, their respective worlds collide too. Heroes of both are lining up to the arena; at the start, you choose your side.
Only eleven characters represent each universe to avoid overcrowding: the villain and ten heroes or antiheroes. The MK roster reminds of the first games and includes Scorpion, Raiden, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Kitana, Jax, Sonya Blade, and some more. DC roster includes Flash, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Catwoman, Joker, and others. And then they clash, each with his or her set of moves and superpowers, some borrowing them from originals, some from origins. So DC characters feel like real DC heroes and antiheroes, not like unknown MK fighters cosplaying them.
As for combat system, it’s completely reviewed after all games for 2 Gen consoles. The developers gave up styles and left but a few weapons, concentrating on physical abilities. Combos are also remade, now they are rather tricks to improvise than codes to remember and replay, and timing is even more of everything. That’s a sort of back to the roots, in terms of gameplay.
Your combos can be broken, your attacks can be blocked, and counter-attacks followed. The moves available to each character aren’t as numerous as in previous installments, but they require more learning, more reflex to use them and better timing to select the moment. This combat system is the reason why MK vs. DC is certainly one of the best in the franchise. In both franchises: DC aren’t well known in the gaming world.
Well, the characters are as original as can be from both sides, and the game is in full 3D, with highest details possible on 3rd generation consoles.
Less gore and brutality can be explained with rating requirements, so it’s more DC than MK. But fights are still fights, and even if there is almost no blood on the screen, your imagination is the fastest superhero to fix this.
There are training missions first that let you get familiar with controls, and learn new tricks eventually. Maybe you’ll need to train more to succeed, and many missions will require multiple tries. But simplified combo system, finally, made controlling much easier, and Dualshock 3 provides decent feedback for your actions.