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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
GC 2008: Mortal Kombat v DC Universe Preview
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I know what you’re thinking... “Oh no, not another tie-in fighting game”... “This is Capcom vs Marvel all over again”. Don’t worry, we were thinking that too before we got to the Games Convention, but we were definitely pleasantly surprised at the latest addition to the Mortal Kombat franchise; Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.
 
Mixing two universes like this generally doesn’t go down too well and always tends to wind up the wrong crowd somewhere along the way but it seems as if Midway have struck a balance between the two. It will a.) keep the die-hard Mortal Kombat fans happy by not sacrificing too much of the trademark gore and violence and b.) not demean the DC Universe so much where it becomes, frankly ridiculous. I think it’s safe to say, mission accomplished.
 
In MK vs DC, the two universes have collided and each universe thinks the other is an evil force trying to push them out of existence, so what’s the best way to do that? Well, with all that testosterone flying around, fight each other is of course the right answer. The narrative, although unknown to us at the moment, builds the whole scenario up and reveals how, amongst other things, the Man of Steel is not ... Steel anymore. The final game will feature about 20-22 main characters, equally split from two universes but no word as of yet as to who, or what universe the final boss will be from.
 
During our hands on with the game we got to play with about 10 different characters from the two different universes, namely Superman, Batman, The Joker, Catwoman and the Flash from the DC universe and; Sonya, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kitana and Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat dimension. Each character had their own trademark special moves that you would usually associate with them; with the Mortal Kombat characters remaining the same and the DC Characters making use of their super powers; Superman gets is heat vision, Flash his incredible speed and Catwoman, erm... Her whip.
 
 
It controls just as you would expect a Mortal Kombat game to. Using the d-pad allows you to play it true to its arcade roots but obviously the current 360 control pad poses a problem with this. However, if the rumours are true and the images surfacing from Leipzig are anything to go by, we should be safe with that new rumoured controller. Using the analogue stick allows the character to take on a more modernistic fighting approach by allowing them to access the 3D sphere of combat. It’s handy for avoiding Scorpion’s spear, but it just doesn’t feel like Mortal Kombat,  and so we went back to the d-pad.
 
What brings the game forward and makes it stand out from the rest of the series rather than just a layer of polish? Simple, the game boasts two new gameplay features that are a great addition to the title, the two modes being; Freefall Kombat and Close Kombat.
 
Freefall Kombat is a simple mini game-esque feature that triggers when a player is thrown down a level or through a wall. At this point the other player will ride him down to the bottom pounding the living daylights out of him by pressing the one of the four combat buttons. However, let’s spice this up a little, if the person taking the beating matches his opponents button press, then the tables turn and they counter the move which gives them the upper hand. It’s actually quite a fun little mini-game that between friends turns in to a battle of minds. Hit them enough times without them reversing it and you can unleash a power attack with the Right Bumper.
 
 
Close Kombat works in the same way but is a standing grab, rather than falling grab and there is no special move at the end. These little scenes are great as the camera actually pans in and you can see the detailed character models that actually sustain damage as you pulverise them or get pulverised yourself.
 
Gone are the blood pools and overtly elaborate finishing moves in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe but frankly, you don’t even notice. There was, and still is a lot of concern running up to the release that because the title will not be rated M for mature that it would detract from the series. Midway seem to have pushed the boundaries as far as they can with the teen rating because if the Joker can get away with a point blank ranged head shot execution with a revolver as his finishing move, I’m sure the rest are just as bad. However, you won’t be ripping out Superman’s spine... Which although would have been a tad unrealistic, would have been the highlight of my gaming life. Don’t worry though, fatalities and brutalities do appear... Just not the overtly brutal ones.
 
The first signs of the new Mortal Kombat title are very promising. They have a lot to live up to with Soul Calibur’s recent incarnation being so impressive, but initial signs point towards a solid title. It still feels like Mortal Kombat despite the lack of a mature rating and in most instances, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference. This certainly looks like it’s shaping up to be best fighting title due out this side of Christmas and it does the Mortal Kombat name some justice indeed... Let’s put it this way... It’s a hell of a lot more fun than Street Fighter IV was which we also played at the Convention, so look out for that preview next week.
 
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe will be hitting retailers in fall of this year.



 
 

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Comment #1 by LSmith92
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 09:50:07 PM
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might buy this


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Comment #2 by Vince
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 09:53:12 PM
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i dunno may rent it or wait for it to get very cheap before i give it a go


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Comment #3 by cortex21
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 09:56:26 PM
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I'll get this but I want to know if supermans head will chop off if you do a fatality on him


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Comment #4 by XxBGxX SOLDIER
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:20:18 PM
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ill buy this for sonia's big tits...and gameplay of course :)


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Comment #5 by Metaphorically
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:24:14 PM
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Moral Kombat just went down hill.


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Comment #6 by dragonboyandy
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:27:57 PM
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I'm actually really excited about this. I used to love Mortal Kombat, and the DC characters are really cool, so as long as the controls are ok and the difficulty's right, this could be a must have


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Comment #7 by Zombii300
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:38:52 PM
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This is the ultimate low for the Mortal Kombat series.


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Comment #8 by Zacxx201
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:42:14 PM
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No Fatalities ... No Thanks


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Comment #9 by ShinobiSteve81
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 10:48:46 PM
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Best fighting title due this side of Christmas? Last I heard SF4 was goin for as early as Thanksgiving....unless it's pushed to next year, there's no friggin way MK vs DC will trump that.


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Comment #10 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 11:04:31 PM
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@ 8 - Did you even read the preview? If you did, you'd know that wasn't true.

@ 9 - SF4 imho is a big disappointment. You'll see in the preview next week.


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Comment #11 by ShinobiSteve81
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 11:10:18 PM
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But the videos made it look so good! An watchin that SF fight club thing too on G4 one night where certain people got to play it, they all nutted over it on that...either way, awesome or disappointing, as much of a fighting game fan as I am, Fallout 3, Fable 2, an Left 4 Dead are on the list before any SF or MK game for the rest of the year.


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Comment #12 by ViperxSniper
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 11:15:40 PM
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Hmmm...I am still not interested in this game.


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Comment #13 by Hoebagger
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 12:11:04 AM
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Well I'll be jiggered.


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Comment #14 by xCoSxASSASSINx
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 12:22:53 AM
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looks awsome


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Comment #15 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 12:30:41 AM
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@ Shinobi - I was so psyched to play it as well and after I played it I left feeling empty. It's as if nothing has changed in 10+ years but the graphics. Not sure about anyone else, but I was expecting so much more. Controlling Blanka used to be so much fun as well!


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Comment #16 by Bajan Elite
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 01:59:25 AM
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u ppl shudn't knock the game until you've tried it just cause its not as gory, though i kinda get where u coming from a Gears Of War with no gore wud turn me off completly.


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Comment #17 by ademlakey
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 02:25:37 AM
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no sektor, cyrax or smoke ??


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Comment #18 by rwanda516
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 03:24:37 AM
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looks cool, but im afraid its going to be a rent only game.


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Comment #19 by WhAtThEaPpLeSaUcE17
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 03:25:51 AM
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this will be epic if roscharch the dude from watchmen with the lighter


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Comment #20 by voorhees88
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 04:30:23 AM
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rorschach would be cool, but highly unlikely


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Comment #21 by Dog Of Thunder
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 04:33:50 AM
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My biggest worry is that all the characters will have the exact same basic moves like most of the MK games. From watching all the videos released so far, I'm also concerned over the "busting through walls on the stage" mechanic becoming *too* common during matches and how, when during the "falling" sequences, every character I've seen does the same exact animations. Ahwell, Midway's never been much of a details company.


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Comment #22 by braddelo
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 07:37:30 AM
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This game is actually shaping up. I'm gonna give it a thumbs up.


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Comment #23 by Zmoke
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 02:46:17 PM
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You guys say this has no fatalities?!?

This has, and good ones. One of the examples is the original fatality - Scorpion's 'Toasty!', in which Scorpion rips his face away and burns the opponent to a skeleton.

I think this might be one of the best Mortal Kombats to date. This has 11-13 Mortal Kombat characters (the best ones are taken) such as Jax, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Shang Tsung. I don't see much to complain about. Plus they've separated MK and DC characters in the character list so you can still play this if this would be a normal MK game.


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Comment #24 by chunktugalot
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 03:15:08 PM
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even if its crap it'll be better than sc4


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Comment #25 by Chizwick
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 03:19:26 PM
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"...point blank ranged head shot execution..."

Anybody else see something wrong with that phrase?

"point blank ranged"

... what does that even mean?
That's like saying "flaming ice cube."


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Comment #26 by RRIKER
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 03:35:06 PM
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want


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Comment #27 by Zmoke
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 05:43:50 PM
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It is a must-buy!


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Comment #28 by broken serenity
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 05:46:04 PM
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as long as i get to fatality superman i'm sold :)


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Comment #29 by JLogan27
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 08:11:21 PM
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Might be worth it just for the Joker alone. His fatality is..ahem...killer!


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Comment #30 by d1ckch0p
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 08:39:46 PM
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From all the videos I have seen, this game offers nothing new to help the gameplay except more gimmicks like KK, TYM, and the freefall crap that doesn't do anything but to hide the failing game engine. The glory days on MK2 and UMK3 are gone and this game is nowhere near that of VF5, SC4, Tekken6, SF4. Sure it will sell a lot because of the hype but it won't last very long. Definitely not Evo worthy.


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Comment #31 by Feel My Rage
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 08:56:31 PM
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@ #25

I could acctually imagine a flaming ice cube....

Oh well.But dude, that statement makes PERFECT sense.
*Presses the barrel of an E-Revolver against Chizwick's virtual skull*
THIS is "point blank range".What the sentance ment was the Joker gets point blank(virtually no room between both combatents) and fires a high calibur round through someones skull.


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Comment #32 by Blue Thunder28
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 09:10:35 PM
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My brother will rent this. :D


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Comment #33 by master1113111
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 12:22:04 AM
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I'll certainly give this a try!


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Comment #34 by dominatorlee
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 08:08:57 AM
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I think people should not expect anything groundbreaking.If you are into fightng games then its worth a try if not then don't bother.The fact that they are combing these two different characters means that they are running out of ideas and that they can no longer compete with the likes of sc4 or vf5.


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Comment #35 by B3NT0K
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 02:06:15 PM
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@34

SC4 has been combining other characters with their game since SC2.


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Comment #36 by PokemonFTW
Saturday, September 06, 2008 @ 09:38:50 PM
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god i love boobs


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