The Best (4 out of 5)
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe rocks the arena with bloody brawls that engage the senses and immerse your mind in a deadly one-on-one affair with 22 characters that we have grown to love and hate.
The control scheme is functional and responsive as well as beautifully balanced to provide satisfying and engaging combat that relies upon your reflexes as much as the moves.
The Mortal Kombat origin of the game you remember from decades ago is still there to play, but there are also added features and ideas that make the experience feel new. The new material is incorporated in a way that seems logical and feels right for the game.
The story mode is fun and unusual and adds an element to the old game we loved and played. This combination makes it even more entertaining as you spend your time with an old friend learning all new moves.
Parts that Need Improvement (4 out of 5)
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was for the most part a beautiful game to view, but there were a couple of clipping issues with whips and caps in the game that were small but noticeable and do throw off your concentration.
Graphics (3 out of 5)
The visual presentation of the combat moves, combos, and finishing moves of the characters looks okay, with eye-catching effects, and smooth animations that make the battles look good and satisfying, but certainly not as good as the presentation of many PS3 titles that are currently available.
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Audio (3 out of 5)
The sound track is an upbeat mix of energetic rock and pop tunes that keeps your mind involved, but isn't so loud it becomes irritating and takes you out of the game play.
The voice acting seems like it was an afterthought with the actors often over acting their parts. The dialogue and lines are comic book heavy, which can be funny or might detract from the experience depending on your expectations for the title.
The sound effects are good, not too loud or low, but distinct enough to tell them apart and give them individuality.
Storyline (3 out of 5)
The story mode is a single player mode that allows you to pick a side, either DC Universe or Mortal Kombat, and then the game assigns you a character. Unfortunately in this mode you don't get to pick your character to play through the six chapters of the game with.
The story line involves the merging of the Mortal Kombat and DC Universes due to all the inter-dimensional battles and explosions that have been taking place in both. The dimensions begin merging, which results in the characters swapping places at random and the rage power infecting both worlds, turning friends against friends and putting the powers in the universe out of whack. The powers of the superheroes have begun to change in unexpected ways that result in unusual, engaging and entertaining events to occur.
Playability (4 out of 5)
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe includes 14 different themed areas for you to play in, including Guardians Green Lantern Base, the Batcave, the Throne Room, Gotham City, Metropolis and many others you will recognize.
A PS3 game that uses the tried and true Mortal Kombat combat system you remember, with many of the same moves you used, only with a few new modes and four new combat modes; Klose Kombat, Falling Kombat, Rage Mode and Test Your Might.
Capcom only include two unlockable characters Shao Kahn and Darkseid to try once you have beaten the game, which is a missed opportunity to really improve an already fun and satisfying experience.
The story mode takes seven to eight hours to complete, while the regular arcade mode is the experience of old that you can play forever. The online mode is very well constructed and designed, with forums, leader boards, and even a Hall of Fame.
Bottom Line (4 out of 5)
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is a good mix between a popular game that worked very well during its time and that's still fun and satisfying to play, even without the new modes and story line, and a few new ideas that add without taking away from the entertainment form we remember and enjoyed.