Tagged: Mortal Kombat

SDCC: Playing ‘DC Universe Online’

A few lucky folks at Comic-Con have been able to test out the MMO DC Universe Online, and reports are starting to come in about the gameplay experience.

Over at Newsarama, the game gets a positive early review:

The character I was playing was called Rockslide, who had earth-based powers (similar to Terra from the Teen Titans), a staff and – my favorite part – super speed. The controls are similar to other Playstation games, where the buttons allow you to perform basic movies – two different attacks, jump and pick stuff up – while holding the R2 button and hitting the buttons lets you access your various super powers. I had a proximity attack that blew the earth out from under my enemies, I could fire boulders out of my staff and I could make crystals pop up out of the ground under my enemies, causing damage.

The coolest part, though, was when I hit the right joystick and turned on the Speed Force. Throwing rocks at my enemies and slamming them with my staff was cool and all, but you’d expect that in any superhero-based MMO. Having my character run through the streets of Metropolis at super speed, trailed by what looked like the Speed Force that all comic fans know from the comics? That’s the kind of detail this game needed to really set it apart. And from what I’ve seen so far, it has it in spades.

Meanwhile, Newsarama also reported extensively on the panel and preview for the upcoming Mortal Kombat vs. DCU game.

Superman battled Sub-Zero in a ruined Metropolis, slowing the icy warrior with his freeze breath. Batman battled Scorpion in hell, trading Batarangs and grappling spears. Catwoman used her agility to get in a few bloody scratches on Shang Tsung. Finally, the Flash darted around Soyna, leaving her spinning and dazed before running her off a cliff, the pair trading blows all the way down before the Flash got the upper hand and whipped his opponent into the ground, creating a small crater.

E3 2008: Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe Gameplay

E3 2008: Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe Gameplay

The 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo is underway. Just to start us off right, Midway released the first gameplay footage from the upcoming Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe videogame. Since we’ve seen the Mortal Kombatants before, the video wisely focused on the DC Comics characters. Superman, Batman, Catwoman, and Flash were shown in some exciting footage using their unique abilities. For instance, the Flash smashed his enemy through several walls while going through rooms in a few seconds.

But the Mortal Kombat characters got the last laugh as the final moment shown was Scorpion unmasking to perform his famous fire fatality on the Scarlet Speedster. Mercifully, the camera cut away before that happened. Flashes always seem to die in these multiverse crossovers, don’t they?

See the video for yourself below:


Video: E3 2008: Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe

More Characters Confirmed For ‘Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe’ Videogame

Comic and videogame fans have long speculated who’s going to be in the Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe videogame coming later this year. The only confirmed superheroes have been Superman and Batman. Now add the Flash to that list, as PlayStation: The Official Magazine subscribers got the news first when the latest issue arrived in their mailboxes.

Mortal Kombat head honcho Ed Boon followed up with an interview over at Gamespot.com. He discusses fan reactions from the comics and games factions, teases the lineup, and reveals that DC villains will indeed perform the infamous fatalities from the series — but not the heroes. Heroes never kill… except Hal Jordan. He was possesed by the Parallax Fear Anomoly, so what’s Liu Kang’s excuse?

Simon Bisley and the Business of ‘Splatterhouse’

Simon Bisley and the Business of ‘Splatterhouse’

In the latest issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, there was an interesting bit of information in a sidebar for their feature about the revived Splatterhouse videogame. According to EGM, Publisher Namco Bandai has brought comic book artist Simon Bisley on board to do artwork for the game. His art will possibly be used for covers and marketing, but they’ve also teamed him up with his former 2000 A.D. writer Gordon Rennie to "flesh out Splatterhouse‘s basic plot, breathe life into the characters, and add his own understanding of the supernatural to the script."

For those unfamiliar with the game, Splatterhouse was a classic arcade game where regular guy Rick Taylor’s girlfriend was abducted by monsters. Making a deal with a demonic hockey mask, Rick transformed into an unstoppable Jason Voorhees lookalike. For kids thrilled with the Friday the 13th movies, it was a chance to be the psycho and the hero at the same time. The game was regarded at the time as highly controversial, due to its graphic (by 1980s standards, at least) violence. It was the first game to ever receive a parental advisory disclaimer, even beating out Mortal Kombat for that honor. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the game’s release, hence the revival for today’s PlayStation and Xbox 360 systems.

This is the second big videogame effort for Bisley after his contribution to the Halo graphic novel. Let’s hope, for the sake of the ratings board, he doesn’t hide any naughty bits in the game.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Super or Silly?

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Super or Silly?

It’s been over a week since Midway announced that the rumored Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game was in fact real. The reaction from both comic and gaming communities has been a collective, "Huh?"

At first it seems like an odd couple, but it isn’t without precedent. In the past, Capcom combined their 2D Marvel fighting games with their Street Fighter franchise to create X-Men vs. Street Fighter, the first of many successful Marvel vs. Capcom games. Look at it this way: people know Mortal Kombat and they also know the Justice League. So, from a sales point of view, this looks like a mainstream winner.

But from a fanboy perspective, does this work? Sure, we hear the cries of "Superman would just rip the head off of Sub-Zero," but it just might be more interesting than you think. If this Superman is reigned in to a reasonable level, he could be a boss-level character — but not invincible. Think less Silver Age or post-Infinite Crisis and more Superman: The Animated Series or John Byrne’s Man of Steel. And remember, Superman’s as vulnerable to magic as anyone else, so the Mortal Kombat warriors’ special abilities could be a hassle for Mr. Faster Than A Speeding Bullet. And when you think about it like that, Sub-Zero’s freezing power doesn’t seem so, well… powerless.



‘Mortal Kombat Versus DC Universe’ A Reality?

‘Mortal Kombat Versus DC Universe’ A Reality?

There were rumors back in Fall 2007 that the next Mortal Kombat game would pit the Kombatants against superheroes from the DC Universe, but they were quickly scoffed at and ignored.

After all, how could these two universes possibly come together? Would DC really allow Scorpion to rip Batman’s head off? Foolishness!

Well, all those people look like the fools now. Mortal Kombat Online has gotten wind that Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a reality.

The Mortal Kombat series is good at violence but poor when it comes to the comic book universe (see Malibu’s Mortal Kombat comics). On the flip side, the DC superheroes are great at comics and poor when it comes to fighting games (see Justice League Task Force on the 16-bit consoles). Can these two great tastes combine and taste great together?

Not many details about the title are known at the moment. Future details (and an official confirmation from Midway) may be forthcoming on developer Ed Boon’s website, Noob.com.


(via Joystiq)