Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

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

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 36 reviews

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age 16+
Female characters' outfits are too skimpy

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Too much sex
age 10+

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 gimmickry of past MK games to be more focused on solid mechanics and gameplay rather than cheap thrills. Having played and hated previous MK titles, I was pleasantly suprised at the lack of cheap AI difficulty and spam maneuvers that made the past games often feel rigged or generic aside from it's novelty gore. Although the story is decent, this is obviously only set as a backdrop as to why these ridiculous match ups are even taking place, but the combat is executed so smoothly and so well that it rivals Street Fighter on a technical level for the first time with much more attack variety and balance than any MK before it. Although it shows it's age a bit with other, newer DC fighters and MK titles, this is arguably the most robust roster as a 'greatest hits' album parred down to the most likable and sharpest characters from both worlds. Fatalities are replaced with 'brutalities' but the familiar game style has been rebooted to something much greater than all it's predecessors which spawned a better standard for both franchises and a new beginning to lay down the groundwork for future titles. I would never suggest an MK game for younger gamers, but this is the one exeption in case your preteen or tween is itching for one, possibly as a compromise.

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