A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female fighters are shown with big breasts and are wearing suggestive clothing (i.e. showing a lot of skin).
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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