Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (XBOX 360)
Sean W. Gibson / Dec 5th, 2009 No Comments
Two huge franchises collide in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe as the likes of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Kano face off against The Joker, Superman, Batman, and Lex Luthor. You choose your side and face off against opponents inside a brand new fighting system that include dynamic multi-tiered environments. Beyond the first player and online fighting modes, a single player campaign mode with full storyline (from two perspectives) bring a long lasting game experience for users.
* Scorpion * Sub-Zero
* Sonya * Jax * Shang Tsung
* Liu Kang * Raiden * Kitana
* Kane * Baraka * Shao Kahn
* Batman * Superman* Catwoman * Green Lantern * The Joker
* Shazam * The Flash * Wonder Woman
* Deathstroke * Lex Luthor * Darkseid
The graphics of the game are very impressive. Playable in 720p/1080i/1080p the graphics level of the game are extremely detailed and well modeled. Specifically, you’ll find the models of the individual characters and their movements to be particularly impressive on your HDTV. There are great minor graphic details you will notice like the costume ripping in particularly tough fights. The backgrounds are pretty solid and some of the background elements could have used more detail work, but overall give a great ambiance to the fight itself. The physics and bumps that the characters dish out are really impressive and we loved the fact that everyone had their own special powers that could tip the balance of the match that all had some wow factor attached to it graphically.
The sound effects of the game are very standard for next-gen fighting games. You have your epic sound track to make the matches sound like big world-changing events, coupled with standard fighting sound effects. Each character had some voice work done, and if you’re expecting anything past Saturday-morning cartoon acting you’ll probably find it a little campy.
This game represents a real nice move for Mortal Kombat and is really the first of their 3D games released that we really loved playing. The D-Pad controls your movement on the 2D axis for things like moving, jumping, and crouching. Holding down the left tripper moves your character in the 3D sense, while the left stick is strictly 3D movement. It brings a nice way to dodge super-moves rather than just ducking or jumping. The combo moves are pretty deep within the game (meaning there are plenty to master) and fortunately you’ll be able to access what they are within the pause screen rather than rifling through a user manual or hunting them down online.
Playing through the single player story in the game is a worthwhile experience because a gamer can play through twice and see the story from different perspectives – making it a lot of fun to play through twice at the very least. It’s not incredibly long but if you have 4 hours (super experienced gamers) to 8 hours (noobs) you’ll be able to get through it all.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Playing the online component on Xbox Live is a lot of fun and specifically getting into ranked matches will be highly addicting. There are four game rooms standard and you’re allowed to create your own which takes you into a lobby specific to that area. Players and their connections are posted in the lobby and from there you can challenge them to a match. If a player is on a winning streak the lobby makes an announcement proclaiming them as a cool person (or at least to that effect). The matches online play very smooth and there were no slowdowns in the lobby experienced during our trials.
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is now our fighter of choice here at Gaming Illustrated. Since we’re all geeks for MK from back in the day, and we all love DC comics and the movies they’ve made for many of these characters, this is really a great game to play. The 3D environments and character modeling of the game are highlights of the graphics package, and the sound effects are worthwhile but nothing special. The online fighting mode is impressive in terms of stability and smoothness. Overall, this is a fantastic fighting game and one of the best ever released. A very highly recommended game for purchase.
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