Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Common Sense Media says

Good fighting game more or less lives up to the hype.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's a fighting game that allows finishing moves.


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 have big breasts and are wearing suggestive clothing (i.e. showing a lot of skin).

Not applicable

Contains many branded comic characters including Superman and Green Lantern.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 16, 2008
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 2, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old May 15, 2011

Teens and mature pre-teens

A great party game but the story is overly difficult. THe more squimish can turn off the blood but this does not stop body and clothing damage. The later can reveal female breasts
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
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 unrealistic you can turn it off but it will not make much of a difference since the blood is only small and very unrealistic. Age Range : 9 - 13. This is a good substitution if you cannot get Mortal Kombat. P.S : I REALLY do not understand why the website says 15+ because to be honest it can really fit in to the E 10+ rating without the blood , maybe.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educator Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 16, 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence


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