Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Preview for PS3

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe? Really? Sub Zero vs. Batman? Really? Apparently so.

We knew it was coming, on account of the leakage power of the Internet, but the assembled media at the Red Rock hotel in Las Vegas, us included, still thought it might have been a joke - April Fools overspill perhaps - until Ed Boon himself took to the stage and the game's debut trailer kicked in across three massive screens.

The decision to pair Mortal Kombat with Batman, Superman and co is at the very least a surprising one. It's hard to work out if it's one of the coolest crossovers in gaming history or simply a gimmick. Ed Boon is certainly convinced, as we found out during our post-presentation interview with the beat-em-up legend. "I've always wanted to cross MK over since about MK4, or something like that," he says. "I'm a big fan of all of the other fighting games, Street Fighter, Tekken. I always thought, wouldn't it be cool to have MK vs. SF and MK vs. Tekken. We pursued some of those ideas to the extent that we could but we always ran into some kind of road block and couldn't do it. So our marketing people knew that we were interested in doing those kinds of things so they presented the DC Universe idea to us. We weighed the plusses and minuses of doing it but in the end the whole idea, the whole magic of having Batman and Sub Zero on the screen at the same time doing their moves against each other, prevailed over everything else."

How the gaming community reacts to the marrying of the Mortal Kombat and DC Universes is, however, the least of Ed's problems. What is of more concern is the reaction to the reduced violence. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is going to be a teen rated game. Despite what you may have heard, there may well be blood in the game, just not streams of gushing blood as we're used to seeing from the series. But, and this is the biggy, there won't be bone crunching, spine shattering fatalities. Instead, Ed intends to include finishing moves, which will work similarly to fatalities in that they will be spectacular attacks designed to finish your opponent, but they won't involve tearing Batman's head off, or pulling Superman's heart out and showing it to him.

This is all down to the collaboration with DC Comics of course. Ed says that he's in negotiations with the ESRB, America's game rating body, about what exactly T for Teen means these days, and is pushing to see exactly how much violence, blood and gore he can get out of the rating. "There's obviously a line that can't be crossed," he explains. "We're basically looking for that line to see what we can get away with. We don't want to lose the spirit of what MK is, very brutal, very intense, there's a certain amount of violence that's associated with MK. It's MK vs. DC, it's not just a DC game, so we want the spirit of MK and the spirit of DC. We don't know exactly what the answer is now because the game isn't finished. But that's something we're constantly working on."

This redirection seems at odds with Ed's vision for a darker, grittier Mortal Kombat, with fewer saturated colours and over the top gameplay mechanics (more on that later). But as soon as the idea was presented to him, Ed always knew a Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game would have to be much less of a gore fest than what's gone before. "We went into it knowing that that was going to be the case. I don't think we ever said, can we rip Batman's head off? We didn't even bother asking that." Much in the same way that car manufacturers are averse to allowing vehicle damage in racing games, DC Comics was never going to allow its standard bearers to have their limbs torn off by white-haired Gods.

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The Internet, as you'd expect, has already delivered its verdict on the move, a bit like football managers ranting over a refereeing decision the second after the final whistle has blown. Perhaps as the dust settles on what is the eighth (has it really been that long?) game in the hugely popular Mortal Kombat series (the last game sold two million copies), and more gameplay details emerge, fans will begin warm to Ed's vision. Perhaps. But then, with a teen rating and the introduction of Batman and Superman, hardcore gamers, perhaps those who spent an unhealthy amount of time in grubby, early nineties arcades refining their six-string fatalities in front of a crowd, are perhaps not on Midway's demographic radar.

We're prepared to give Ed and MK vs. DCU a chance, a chance to convince us that improvements in gameplay will more than make up for the lack of gross violence. And that's because much of what Ed tells us makes sense. It makes sense to those who have grown tired of the series in recent years. It makes sense to those who played MK in its heyday - back when beat-em-ups ruled the world. It makes sense to those of us who thought the last MK game, 2006's Armageddon on the PS2, Xbox and Wii, was somewhat of a disappointment. Gone are the stance changes. Gone are the weapons. Gone is the high punch low punch combat system which has held true for so long. Gone are the masses of playable characters (Armageddon had over 60). And gone, to some extent, is the trademark gore.

In is a vastly reduced playable character roster ("Every single character is a known DC character, a known MK character. Because they're so iconic, we don't feel like we want to do the huge, massive roster. We just focus in on these core 20 characters"). In is a new combat system which sees switches in perspectives and controls. Take the Freefall Kombat, for example, which you can see in the game's debut trailer. Here two characters knock two lumps out of each other as they are falling from one level of the multi-tiered arenas to another. Then there's Klose Kombat, which involves another switch in perspective as the camera zooms up close and personal when you grab your opponent and drag them into a boxing mode. In is a tag team single-player mode that allows you to pick one character from the Mortal Kombat universe and one from the DC universe and see events unfold from two perspectives, in a story penned by comic veterans Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. We don't have many details on the story, but what we do know is that both factions are brought together by a "cataclysmic force" and end up fighting each other while the real threat goes about its world conquering business. Hey, this is a beat-em-up. Story is never the point.

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JRDAN

IS THER MOLTEL KOMBAT VS DC HEROES FOR PS2
Posted 20:26 on 19 February 2009
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o'shea

if this web site is stupid then y r u on it and keep yo 74.99 someone like me and dillan will get mk vs.dcu fruitcake
Posted 19:13 on 01 November 2008
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tazman

ive had enuf of midway and there foolishnis i still havernt evan played armageddon
as i have a xbox pal and now they want to mix mk with super heroes
of all the fighting games they could of done they choose super heroes what a joke
i will never buy a mk game again unless they release armageddon on pal
Posted 23:22 on 30 October 2008
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wot a load of sh*te1! they are about 2 ruin the franchise , no gore no mk its become rather gay 2 b honest, that was what was different with mk , now it is exactly the same as the other beat um ups it has no usp!
Posted 22:08 on 28 October 2008
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Bloodstorm

I presume the 94 in your name means your year of birth in the 1900s? If so, no wonder you think like that. How is it gonna upset the PS2 owners who cant afford 360s or PS3s? If they wanted one of the two i assume they'd save up like everyone else. Stupid fags from DC? You dont read DC comics so i can tell you dont know how brutal some characters are.

Do yourself a favor kid, actually, do us all a favor, shut up.
Posted 16:35 on 24 August 2008
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Psychosocial94

Ed Boon ****ed up big time i was looking forward to a brutal and bloodier sequel to Armageddon but what comes along instead is the kool MK fighters but also there are those stupid fags from DC who wouldnt even stand a chance against MK this game is gonna be a big upset especially to PS2 owners who cant afford 360s OR PS3 that is pure bullsh*t i mean come on Ed your better than this, fuse with Tekken atleast you can rip the sh*t out of eachother with that thats just not cool Ed not cool.
Posted 03:18 on 24 August 2008
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acutaly its mianly mk fans on here which is unfair realy its gunna have equal dc heros and mortal combat heros ps i hope they have J'onzz out of Justice League Unlimited is in it hes the best
Posted 21:47 on 13 August 2008
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i think the review was a lot one sided i mean bat man ant my fav dc hero but it sounds like every one hate him
Posted 21:31 on 13 August 2008
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TheOldMan

Only in the case you didin´t noticed, there are more render on http://worldscollide.com/art.html
they added SubZero, Batman and 2 other arenas (Batcave and Gotham City)
Posted 10:07 on 12 June 2008
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salami guevara

YO YO YO LET ME SPEAK ON THIS ED BOON HAS LATINO BLOOD HE WANTS THE MONEY DC HAS HE DONT CARE ABOUT MK THE GAS PRICES ARE HIGH THE ECONOMY IS DOWN MAN ...THINK MAN FUTURE MOVIES ,COMICS, WITH DC. I KNOW ED BOON THIS DAYS IS ABOUT THE BENJAMINS **** THE PEOPLE WHO CARES THEY ALWAYS COMPLAIN DC VS MK ALL THE WAY ITS A DREAM SUPERMAN VS SUB ZERO , BATMAN VS SORPION ,HULK VS GORO ,SHANG TUNG VS GREEN LANTERN JONY AGE VS FLASH WONDER WOMAN VS SONIA , REPTILE AND SMOKE VS SPAWN AND AQUAMAN
Posted 21:59 on 04 June 2008
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Bloodstorm

Of course it's not Superman and batman. Thats from Mortal Kombat Armageddeon.
Posted 15:10 on 03 June 2008
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TheOldMan

Is this real?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q33pqmoX2ek
Posted 14:56 on 03 June 2008
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OH, and the last time I checked, I can safely say Ghost Rider and The Punisher are apart of the Marvel franchise, which has much more edge over the DC Universe. Not saying I dislike DC, but Marvel have much more mordernized characters, whereas most of DC's were created in the 60's, and that's where they like to keep them for some reason..

Indeed Marvel has some cool characters but DC has Batman. He is simply the best. And the new movie is far beyond the 60´s.
Posted 17:00 on 29 May 2008
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Myzery

OH, and the last time I checked, I can safely say Ghost Rider and The Punisher are apart of the Marvel franchise, which has much more edge over the DC Universe. Not saying I dislike DC, but Marvel have much more mordernized characters, whereas most of DC's were created in the 60's, and that's where they like to keep them for some reason..
Posted 13:11 on 24 May 2008
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Myzery

I guess it's just their attempt to knock Marvel vs. Capcom off the top of the list of collaberated fighter games.... Doubt it will be better, but I'm interested to see where this game is gonna go.
Posted 13:06 on 24 May 2008

Game Stats

Release Date: 21/11/2008
Developer: Midway
Publisher: Midway
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 981
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