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Review: Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe

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When one loads up a Mortal Kombat game, the first thing they think about is a decent fighting game that includes uncensored gore executed in some of the most creative means possible and the last thing they can expect is a solid storyline that actually makes a single player mode worth the time to sit through. Well toss those preconceived notions away because the latest title in the Mortal Kombat series has put those stereotypes to rest.

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Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe is the first Mortal Kombat game in a while that has created some buzz and the attention it’s getting is well worth it. By fusing the popular characters from the Mortal Kombat franchise with the characters from DC’s most notable comic books, they have seamlessly put together these 2 obscure worlds and published a 3D fighting game that is actually fun.

When you first bring up the single player screen you have the option to enter arcade mode or story mode. Arcade mode hasn’t changed much from the prior Mortal Kombat games in which you choose your character and fight your way up the ranks. However, what made this game worth it for me was the story mode.

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In the story mode, the player has a choice between 2 storylines: Mortal Kombat or DC Universe. Being the geek that I am, I played through the DC story and was extremely impressed.

Everything from the animation to the voice acting was well executed, the game play never got redundant due to the cinematics between fights, and the characters appeared to come directly from the graphic novels as opposed to the movies.

In the multiplayer mode you have a choice of playing with a friend or joining an online lobby in which you can challenge or be challenged by other players, so no matter if your sitting next to someone or fighting a player from accross the country, the multiplayer option is always available.

On the Mortal Kombat side you can play as Liu Kang, Kano, Sonya Blade, Jax, Raiden and more. Batman, The Joker, Catwoman, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Superman and Lex Luthor lead The DC Universe. Between the 2 sides, anybody who grew up playing video games or reading comic books will instantly get a sense of nostalgia from this title.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this game. Maybe it is the geek in me but this is the first Mortal Kombat title I have actually been excited about since the release of Mortal Kombat 3 in 1995 and one of the better 3D fighters available right now. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of fatalities, which were toned down in order to prevent the game from getting a Mature rating, but the pros outweigh the cons for the most part and it doesn’t take too much away from the game in the end.

If you are a fan of 3D fighting games, the Mortal Kombat franchise, The DC Universe or just comic books in general, then I suggest picking up this game. Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe is out now.

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