A lot of weight was put on the last Mortal Kombat game. It was released by a struggling Midway during the holiday season of 2008. While most people were critical of the merging of the Mortal Kombat and DC Comics universes and complained about the T rating, the game still managed to get good ratings and post some solid sales.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is an Elseworlds tale that slams the two universes together in a rage fueled battle royale. Batman faces off against Baraka. Superman battles Scorpion. Wonder Woman tackles Kitana. The Joker fights Raiden. For lovers of the DC Universe, this is fan service of the highest order. The characters are treated with great care and attention to detail.
You can play through the game’s campaign mode as either a Mortal Kombat character or a DC character. There is a different story line for each side, giving the game a nice bit of replayability. In the end, you battle Dark Kahn, the being created specifically for the game. Dark Kahn is the amalgam of Shao Kahn and Darkseid.
Of course, this game ties into Platform Nation’s Batweek by featuring the Dark Knight and his arch nemesis, The Joker. Both are equipped with some truly brutal moves. The Joker pulls no punches using bombs, joy buzzers, and a giant boxing glove to beat up his opponents. Batman gets his own set of moves that show off his martial arts style while still allowing some batarang action for long range damage.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this game if you’re either a Mortal Kombat fan or a DC junkie. The characters look gorgeous thanks to the Unreal Engine 3 graphics. The gameplay is brutal even with the T rating. This also may be the only time you can pit Catwoman against Sonya Blade just to see who comes out on top. And in that fight, we all win.