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Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe: Every Fatality Video

When I first heard about Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, I thought it would be fun to decapitate Batman. Then, I learned that the fighting game mashup would only get a T for Teen rating, so the fatalities would be significantly toned down. As you can see from the video collection above, the fatalities may appear to be quite brutal, but they are nowhere near as gory as previous Mortal Kombat games.

Because Superman and other DC good guys aren’t supposed to around killing people, they don’t even get fatalities. Instead, they perform “heroic brutalities” and I think this is possibly the lamest thing ever. It’s just not in touch with what Mortal Kombat fans want. Ed Boon thinks that the DC mashup moves the franchise into new and exciting territory, but the resulting Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, for me, is remarkably disappointing. Sigh.

Posted by: Akuma on Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Fighting News Update: 11/19/08

Not surprisingly, Street Fighter news is dominating the airwaves these days. Watching Sheng Long against Akuma in Street Fighter IV is pretty sweet, you have to admit. It’ll be sweeter when you actually get to control them.

In the world of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, we’ve got some good news and some better news. First, we hear that the fighting game update will be available on Xbox Live Arcade next week (November 26). Yes, next week. Strangely, price has not been announced. PlayStation 3 owners get the game one day earlier on Tuesday, November 25. If you want to get another look at the game before its release, watch this trailer inspired by Karate Kid and then this follow-up video. Presumably, a third video will be released shortly to complete the tournament.

Going back to Street Fighter IV, the news is more of a mixed bag. Shown above is the supposedly leaked full character roster for Street Fighter IV. As you can see, there appear to be 25 playable characters in all (top to bottom, left to right): Fei Long, Cammy, Akuma/Gouki, Sheng Long/Gouken, Dhalsim, Blanka, Chun-Li, Ryu, E. Honda, Zangief, Guile, Ken, Seth, Random, M. Bison, Sagat, Vega, Balrog, Abel, Crimson Viper, Rufus, El Fuerte, Sakura, Rose, Dan, and Gen. The first two and last four characters are exclusive to the console version of the game.

Unfortunately, it has been said that Street Fighter IV is not officially being released in American arcades. The cabinets are already there unofficially, but Capcom will not be formally releasing the arcade game here. The good news, sort of, is that the console version will be ready for release on February 17. I guess that’s what they meant by “winter” and not “Q4 2008”.

In non-Street Fighter news, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has been launched on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and the reviews have been mixed. As cool as I think the concept could have been, the T for Teen rating (and the resulting lack of gore) kind of kills the deal for me.

Posted by: Akuma on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

MK vs. DC Trailer Explains Connection

Capcom never really explained why the guys from the Street Fighter universe found themselves beating up on the X-Men in Street Fighter vs. X-Men, but Midway is taking a more comprehensive approach with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

If you’ve been wondering how those two worlds have managed to collide in the upcoming fighting game wonder no longer. Here is an official trailer that explains the connection and how they must fight to keep their respective worlds intact.

If the YouTube video above fails to load, you can also watch the trailer at Kotaku.

On a side note, you may also want to check out the Wikipedia entry, because it explains the pairing of the Mortal Kombat characters with their DC Universe counterparts. For example, Raiden is pitted against The Flash, Shang Tsung against The Joker, and Kano with Catwoman. Despite much of the artwork showing Scorpion against Batman, their respective pairings are actually Green Lantern and Baraka, respectively.

Posted by: Akuma on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008