Crispy Gamer

The Five: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

The 10-Cent Tour: Universes clash when the mystic martial artists of Outworld face off against Earth's mightiest superheroes in Midway's forthcoming Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game. Though story details are still being kept under wraps, Evan Narcisse and Scott Jones had a chance to bash each other's brains out in the newest installment of the fighting franchise.

1. Concerns over balance seem to be well handled. When pitting the superheroes against ninjas, the action was so fast and furious that it never felt like Scorpion's fist should be shattering against Superman's jaw.

2. There's been lots of speculation, but the DC Comics do-gooders won't be breaking the Sixth Commandment in the highly anticipated release. For them, the MK franchise's infamous Fatalities become Brutalities. In such move, Superman battered Sonya Blade into the ground until only her head and shoulders were visible. We were told that the DC villains appearing in the game will indeed be delivering killing blows. Here's hoping the Joker's acid-squirting lapel flower makes an appearance.

3. Multi-dimensional mayhem will unfold on a few familiar locales like a ravaged Metropolis street scene with the Daily Planet globe and the Batcave. On certain tiered levels -- an MK staple -- characters can still smack each other around and use their special attacks while plummeting through the sky. We even saw Superman smash Sonya Blade through multiple rooms of an office building. Sorry, Sonya, but we're guessing he's not gonna call for the second date.

4. We really got a kick out playing as the Flash. DC's resident super-speedster showed off moves that showcased his quickness, like throwing dozens of kicks in an eye-blink and an-around-the-world dash that spins characters around in a flurry of punches. We're not sure whether this Flash is Wally West or Barry Allen, but whoever it was sported some funky alterations -- armbands and wristguards -- to the classic red-and-gold suit.

5. We know that more characters from the Justice League's neck of the woods -- like the already confirmed Catwoman -- will be showing up. Elsewhere, series creator Ed Boon's promised appearances by a Mystical Superhero, Amazon Queen, Crazy Villain and Military Superhero. We're guessing that those veiled allusions refer to backwards-talking enchantress Zatanna, Paradise Island's own Princess Diana (aka Wonder Woman), the Clown Prince of Crime himself the Joker, and a human member of the universe-spanning peacekeeping force known as the Green Lantern Corps. As to which Green Lantern we get, one hopes it'll be John Stewart. Jax needs another brother to hang out with.

The Crispy Forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high chance of exsanguination precipitation. As most fans of both comics and games know, licensed superhero games don't have the best track record. Though we'll have to judge the plausibility of the crossover when we know more about the story, the build we played felt quick and responsive.


This preview is based on a hands-on session that took place at E3 2008, where Evan kicked Scott's butt. This game should be released during the holiday season of 2008.