Reviews and Problems with Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
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2 September 2013
Summary: Anybody who has even glanced at From Dust can tell you that it is unique. Describing it in simple terms is quite difficult indeed, which is strangely ironic, for the game is, itself, deceptively simple. From Dust defies genre by dipping its toe in the waters of strategy and God simulation without committing to either, but under the inscrutability of its definition, there lies a game that really isn't very hard to grasp at all. It's just hard to appreciate .
Excerpt: Life as a god must be difficult -- at least if the new god game From Dust is a reliable indication. As the second entry in this year's Summer of Arcade lineup for Xbox Live Arcade, From Dust offers a unique take on the omnipotent simulation genre that the foregoing Populous and Black & White have helped mold.
Excerpt: There's little to differentiate the masked men of From Dust as they scurry around the world, looking for sanctuary among the forces of nature. Take part in their salvation by becoming the Breath, a force capable of inhaling and exhaling the very earth itself, and later lava, water, and more. The campaign in From Dust has you terraforming a dozen or so worlds as they undergo various predicaments like impending tsunamis and erupting volcanoes.
Excerpt: One of the more pleasant surprises to come out of GamesCom this year is From Dust (previously known as Project Dust), a downloadable title from one of Ubisoft's smaller French teams. The game is essentially a "god simulator," but offers up a very fresh perspective on the sub-genre that puts its focus on the natural world first and foremost. Read on for our impressions from the team's GamesCom demo.
Excerpt: In many ways playing MKVSDCU is like watching an episode of Celebrity Big Brother. It's the video game version of car crash TV - the coming together of such differing personalities and brand images that you can't help but sit back, enjoy the carnage, and have a lot of fun. Sub Zero versus Superman? Scorpion versus Batman? Raiden versus Joker? It's all here, clawing your eyelids open with bloodied fingers and forcing you to watch.
Conclusion: Still, From Dust really is an experience you need to have. There are plenty of levels, a challenge mode to tackle, and lots of secrets to find. Plus, you haven't really ever played anything like this before. Sure, Black and White let you chuck people around, but From Dust lets you dump mounds of earth on them, then drown them all in a tsunami. You surely can't turn that opportunity down.
Conclusion: We love MK vs. DC despite the fact that it’s uncomplicated stuff, lacking the refinement of other examples in the genre. Yet as a no-nonsense punch in the face, MK vs. DC fits the bill perfectly. It’s nice to look at, effortless to play, tough to master and will satisfy all but the most po-faced Mortal Kombat or DC fan.