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With the simultaneous defeat of Darkseid and Shao Kahn in their respective universes, a freak portal accident has formed the creation of a new entity that is more evil and more powerful entity that embodies the worst of both worlds: Dark Kahn.

Dark Kahn seeks to merge the DC universe and Mortal Kombat universe into one reality, forcing hero and villain alike to form unlikely alliances in order to keep their realities separate before they are consumed by "The Rage", a force that causes an individual to lose their minds and be consumed by their aggression.

In this arcade-style fighting game, both DC and Mortal Kombat universes are represented by 10 champions each, and one "boss" character, for a total of 22 fighters. Play is similar to the 2D Mortal Kombat games (with some 3D elements), focusing more on the special move aspect than the complex combos found in the previous three games (Deadly Alliance, Deception, Armageddon).

In addition, there are new modes of fighting found with in the gameplay: Klose Kombat, Freefall Kombat, and "Test Your Might", which use the environment as a mini-game style scenario to inflict stylized and extensive damage on an opponent, as well as "Rage", which turns standard moves into a devastating opportunity to crush your opponent. Players battle through such locales as Gotham City, Metropolis, the Shaolin Temples, or Earthrealm's Hell.

As with any Mortal Kombat game, Fatalities are still present for the Kombatants and villains, though slightly toned down to meet the DC standards of heroes such as Superman and Batman keeping to their moral code and not killing their opponent. As a result, the DC heroes perform "Heroic Brutalities", which effectively put their opponent out of commission.

Online play is also available for players to take their fights online for ranked matches, play against a friend, or another online opponent in tournaments.


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Alternate Titles

  • "MK vs. DC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "MK8" -- Common abbreviation

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An Unlikely Candidate For The Best MK Game In Years. Xbox 360 Guy Chapman (1742)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Target Xbox 360 Dec 10, 2008 8.4 out of 10 84
PSX Extreme PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2008 8.4 out of 10 84
HonestGamers PlayStation 3 Nov 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
That Gaming Site Xbox 360 Nov 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Dec 02, 2008 76 out of 100 76 Xbox 360 Dec 02, 2008 76 out of 100 76
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 Nov, 2008 3.8 out of 5 76
NZGamer Xbox 360 Dec 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
gameZine (UK) PlayStation 3 Dec 18, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Extreme Gamer Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68


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Mortal Kombat veteran Quan Chi and DC Comics villain Harley Quinn were supposed to be added to the game via DLC. Unfortunately, Midway Games became bankrupt before it could happen.

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