I suppose it's unrealistic to think a game that preceded MK9 could be just as good, but MK8 doesn't even come close. It really seems like it was a rush job to me, graphics and all. Compared to Mk9 it feels very clunky. MK9 is really the first MK game I've played (except for the original on a friend's Sega Genesis waaay back in the day). I assume that at least a few of the first seven MK games were considered top notch for their day...? Maybe I'm just remembering wrong but even Tekken 3 (on the original playstation) seemed more responsive than MK vs DC. But it's been a while and I really liked Tekken so maybe time has colored my opinion?
Not trying to start any fights here. Just surprised at how MUCH better a fighting game MK9 is.