Mortal Kombat Review

Having gone through a number of changes throughout the long, colorful history filled with many sequels and iterations, the Mortal Kombat series has provided a great way to let loose and have a violent, bloody good time, literally.  If you asked Mortal Kombat fans which game in the series was their favorite, most of them will probably answer with Mortal Kombat 3, with the reasons usually involving the lack of complex fighting styles, game weapons, 3D movements and other features that were not so well received by fans.  The game developers, Midway Entertainment (who has since changed their name to XXXXXXXXXX), have listened to these fans and decided to release Mortal Kombat in late 2011, which is known unofficially as Mortal Kombat 9.

Story

Since this is a fighting game, the story isn’t really important.  In an effort to tie in all of the previous Mortal Kombat games, the developers got together and apparently spent their coffee break trying to come up with a feasible plot.  The result?  STORY STORY STORY STORY STORY

Gameplay

The newest Mortal Kombat game can best be thought of as a very updated version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.  The 2D side view is back, but the characters and levels are modeled in 3D, and look amazing.  Each character is highly detailed, and after taking too many hits, your character will start to look bloodied and battered, and their clothes and armor will start to break, tear and rip.

Speaking of characters and levels, all of the fan favorites are making a return.  Some of the levels in Mortal Kombat include the Subway, Rooftop, City, and Temple.  Characters include the classics such as Scorpion, Subzero, Cyrax, Sektor, Jax, Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Reptile, Ermac, Rain, Noob Saibot, Kitana, Mileena, Sindel, and so many more.  Lucky Playstation 3 owners will be able to play as Kratos from the God of War video game series, and he comes with his own stage.

Being a fighting game, the most important part of the game is of course the fighting.  Mortal Kombat fans will be pleased, and even non-Mortal Kombat fans will be certain to convert.  The combat is fast paced, frantic, and yet strangely calculated.  Some games are too slow, such as Soul Caliber and Tekken, while others are too fast, like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but Mortal Kombat got it right in the middle.  Whether or not you memorize the many combos available to each character, you can pound on the enemy as fast as you can think, and you are able to attack immediately after attacking.

A new addition to the game is the ability to play 2 versus 2 in a tag team battle.  My personal favorite combination is Scorpion and Sektor.  Catching an enemy off guard with Scorpion’s spear and then assaulting them with a huge combo that leads into Sektor finishing them off with his own combo in one seamless stream definitely satisfies a player’s thirst for blood.

Conclusion

All in all, Mortal Kombat is entertaining enough to buy, especially considering that you can go online to battle with everyone else in the world once you have perfected your favorite characters.  The game feels fast and fluid, with no lag, and the characters all have their own unique fighting styles.  The game is definitely a great way to pay homage to the previous Mortal Kombat games that helped shape an entire generation of fighting games, and I highly recommend that you pick up a copy for yourself.