Hot off the heels of their very well received reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and Netherrealm Studios have announced a new fighting game. However, this will not be a sequel to Mortal Kombat, nor will it take place in the setting that made Netherrealm’s Ed Boon a household name.
Instead, they will be tackling the DC Universe… again.
Color me confused, but didn’t they try this withMortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, a game well received by the critics, but almost universally a punchline among gamers now? Is that really what that game needs? Less Mortal Kombat?
I’ve never been one for comic based fighting games in general, but Netherrealm Studios just doesn’t feel like a good fit for the IP. Boon and company have built their reputation for making hyper-violent games featuring tons of blood and gore. It felt forced to a lot of gamers when they toned it down for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, and unless DC has reversed their stance on that subject, I don’t see it feeling any less forced this time around.
Regardless of personal feelings, Gamespot released a trailer for the game the other day.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMkTQSbE6Bc]
As we can clearly see in the video, there are a number of heavy hitters from the DC Universe already announced. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Solomon Grundy, and The Flash are all readily seen in the trailer, which brings me to my second point of contention about the game – the art direction.
Just what in the hell are these people wearing?
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen Batman’s mask look more like bondage gear than I have in this trailer.
And what’s the deal with The Flash’s costume? I guess if I was expecting to get uppercutted into the upper atmosphere by Superman before being slammed back to the ground, I’d want some form of armor as well, but it just looks odd to me. Likewise with Solomon Grundy’s knives and other implements in his back.
I guess we’ll see if anything changes in the near future. Expect to see a lot more about this game at E3 in the coming weeks, and keep an eye on Word of the Nerd Online for the latest news on the game.