Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Good fighting game more or less lives up to the hype.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 34 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While there technically is a good vs. evil story included, the gameplay is handled through brutal hand-to-hand combat as the sole action allowed. Regardless of whether players are trying to help or hurt others, the fighting eliminates any positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the characters in the roster range from superheroes to villanous monsters, every one of them uses brute force to defeat their opponents. There's no chance to seek peaceful resolution by other means.

Ease of Play

Players will have to practice to master the special moves and finishing attacks of each character. Their ability to pull off these moves will depend on their hand/eye coordination and reflexes, but they will still face a challenge against other players or characters.


This is a fighting game, where your objective is to attack opponents with kicks, punches, body blows, and finishnig moves. Blood can be seen splattering in some cases (but can be turned off by the player).


Female fighters are shown with big breasts and are wearing suggestive clothing (i.e. showing a lot of skin).


Contains many branded comic characters including Superman and Green Lantern. This is also part of the larger Mortal Kombat game universe, which has covered TV shows, movies, games, and more.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Teen" instead of "Mature" because Midway has decided to make the violence less graphic. It's still a fighting game and there can be blood splatter (which can be turned off) and each character can perform finishing moves called "fatalities" (or "brutalities" for some DC characters) that results in a dramatic conclusion to the fight, such as a backbreaking snap, stabbing, or slow-motion kick to the head. As with past games and comic book characters, the females are wearing revealing clothing and have exaggerated breast proportions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byJoshua H. June 26, 2020
Female characters' outfits are too skimpy
Parent Written bynuenjins January 15, 2018

The most digestible version of Mortal Kombat cuts down the gore for younger comic fans.

You hear Mortal Kombat and it's synonymous with gross out exploitation an highly suggestive outfits. However, introducing comic heroes has caused the gimmi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 11, 2011
It is a bit violent but not too violent , It is only like Tekken and Soulcalibur in terms of Violence. Yes , there is blood , but it is VERY small and unrealist... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 2, 2020

I LOVE but too much blood

This game is amazing! The only thing parents must know is there is fighting and blood. The only problem I had was that there was blood. Just my opinion.

What's it about?

Consider it a battle between two billion-dollar franchises: Midway's Mortal Kombat warriors -- such as Scorpion and Sub-Zero -- face off against DC Comics' iconic superheroes including Superman and Green Lantern. Now available for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, MORTAL KOMBAT VS. DC UNIVERSE is a fighting game that features signature attack styles and special moves, multiple solo and multiplayer game modes, and more than a dozen environments (including the Batcave). More importantly for comic book enthusiasts, perhaps, is an intertwining story line penned by the Mortal Kombat creative team in collaboration with celebrated comic book writers Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane, Marvel Nights) and Justin Gray (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, JLA Classified).

Is it any good?

We loved the concept, but how does it play? Well, for the most part. Controlling the 22 characters is fairly simple on the surface, allowing you to jump, kick, punch, and perform deadly finishing moves, but skilled players can take advantage of more advanced moves and combos for added depth. In other words, you can "button mash" and win a few rounds, but in order to really get into the game, you'll need to learn moves such as Batman's "Ducking Gut Punch" (down arrow on the d-pad and the X button on the Xbox 360 controller), the "uppercut" (down arrow on the d-pad and Y button) and "Vengeance" (X, X, Y). Players can also modify the game controls in the Options menu, if desired.

Multiple game modes will also keep players busy. Single player options include Story, Arcade, Practice, and Kombo Challenge, the latter of which allows you to tweak your skills with a favorite character by performing increasingly tough combo moves. Two-player modes are even more fun, whether you're against someone sitting next to you or over the Internet. Some new game-play additions are met with mixed success: "Free Fall Kombat," for example, has players matching an attacker's button moves displayed on screen to become the victor rather than the victim, but this minigame of sorts feels out of place from the main fighting mechanic. Overall, though, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a decent fighting game that, while not groundbreaking, successfully blends these two worlds and delivers an intense and attractive combat experience – especially for fans of Mortal Kombat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not this Mortal Kombat game is as fun as its predecessors despite the less graphic violence. (We think so.) Perhaps other "Mature"-rated franchises could follow suit?

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