Midway announced today they've shipped 1.8 million copies of "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" and said work on the next, most likely M-rated "Mortal Kombat" has already started. Series co-creator Ed Boon told us a little bit about what to expect next at last summer's Comic Con (we never reported it). Here's what he said. Read More...

Was there a good reason for fans of Aquaman, Robin, Goro and Johnny Cage to buy the "Kollector's" version of "Mortal Kombat vs. DC"?

Yes. Because the small comic packaged with that $70 version of the game can put such fans at ease. The comic explains the perfectly good reason those characters aren't in a fighting game that did have room for Superman, Sub-Zero and that master of fisticuffs Lex Luthor.

Check out the comic book panel in this post and read the explanation for yourself. Note that the narrator is Dark Kahn, the villain who brought these two universes of characters into a collision. Can we believe him? Read More...

If there's any group more critical and passionate than video game fans, it's comic book fans.

We recently passed on a copy of the world-colliding fighter "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" to our colleagues at MTV Splash Page, who've put the game under the microscope.

Splash Page has taken a look at the game from the comic fans perspective. Are the legendary match-ups satisfying? Does the multi-dimensional storyline make sense? And which characters are they upset didn't make the roster cut?

"While there are some aspects of the game that fall a bit short of expectations," said Splash Page writer Rick Marshall, criticizing the voice acting, "[but] there’s a lot for comics fans to like about 'Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.'"

For a far more specific blow-by-blow analysis, head over to Splash Page.


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The media had two hours to run around the Penny Arcade Expo hall before the masses.

This gave me a chance to check out a few games -- some I've played, some I haven't. I'll have detailed impressions next week, but some quick thoughts:

"Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" -- This build had The Joker and Kitana as playable characters. The Joker isn't a character for new comers; his moves aren't easy to decipher, but I couldn't help but laugh at him dancing around, laughing after hitting Batman with a cheap shot to the face. Kitana, however, feels just like she did in "Mortal Kombat II."

"Left 4 Dead" -- Valve was showing the Xbox 360 version for the first time. Other than a resolution difference, there's not much to report. It's still one of my most anticipated games. I also played with the A.I. for the first time; more next week.

"LEGO Batman" -- It's impressive how much better this one actually looks over its "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" counterparts. And whereas "Indiana Jones" was stretching to incorporate enough characters and action events, the Batman universe provides more than enough for Traveller's Tales to play with.

I'll be at PAX all weekend. Check back for more soon!

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There's a reason Scorpion can fight Superman in "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe," but game's scribe (and veteran comic author) Jimmy Palmiotti says it doesn't really matter.

"Why is that guy fighting that guy?" said Palmiotti during a brief interview at Comic-Con. "Well, ha! Why? Because it's fun, that's why."

Comic fans up in arms about the unrealistic nature of the fighting mash-ups weren't the only ones with concerns, though. When Palmiotti and fellow comics veteran Justin Gray were brought in to work with Midway and DC, they found the two sides didn't see eye-to-eye.

"The 'Mortal Kombat' people and the DC people were like 'No, no! You can't do that! Those guys don't meet, they're in different dimensions!' Blah blah blah!" he said. "We came in to fix that."

It hasn't yet been revealed what that fix is, however, as "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe"'s storyline remains a secret. Palmiotti promised we'd learn the answers to everything as we get closer to the game's release.

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Scorpion fighting Superman? Sub-Zero battling Batman? Really? Really? Yes, really, it turns out.

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical "Mortal Kombat" co-creator Ed Boon and his team at Midway would properly harness DC Comic's greatest heroes (and villains) for a crossover game, but my time spent with "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" washed away most of those.

It's an addictive, deceptively simple fighter, where a seasoned "Mortal Kombat" player (read: me) can pair with someone who's never played -- and lose.

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I didn't know what to expect of "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" before seeing it at Comic-Con 2008. Then I saw it and.. loved it. I'll have more on my impressions soon, but in addition to playing the game, I was sat down with "Mortal Kombat" co-creator Ed Boon.

Boon doesn't just love "Mortal Kombat;" he's a huge fighting fan in general. It's part of the reason he wanted to cross the "Mortal Kombat" universe with another world of characters. If this cross-over is a success, I asked Boon if it might open some doors to a collaborating with another series.

"In a perfect world, to me, I still think it would be cool as hell to see Ryu from "Street Fighter" and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat," said Boon. "I just think it would be cool. To me, "Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter vs. Tekken vs. Virtua Fighter" would be the coolest in the world."

"The reality is you're going to have [the other development teams] on the other side of the world," he continued. "So, who makes it? Who does what? It would be awesome. And who knows what they're gonna say if this is big. Or someone's mind is going to open -- "Tekken vs. Marvel"? Maybe "Tekken vs. Virtua Fighter." They'll just say, screw you, "Mortal Kombat"! [laughs]"

We'll have more on our interview with Boon later this week. In the meantime, what dream fighting collaborations would you like to see?




News of a "Mortal Kombat Vs. DC" game that broke late last week a day before I went to the New York Comic Con. At the Con I asked DC executive editor Dan DiDio and DC's star writer, Grant Morrison who would win.

Shockingly, they said the DC heroes would crush the "Mortal Kombat" heroes. But how? Why? They explain in the quick one-minute video above.

DiDio and Morrison raise some excellent points. Anyone care to argue?

(Canada and U.K. readers, I'm sorry to say the IP-blocking prevents you from viewing the above clip. The quick summary: If Batman can beat Mr. Freeze, then he can beat Sub-Zero. So could Jimmy Olsen.)

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