I don’t think many will argue that Mortal Kombat is one of the more recognizable franchises in the video game industry. The series has transcended several consoles, publishers, developers, ideas, failures, and all sorts of changes over the years. And yet today we sit here and are ready to check out the latest entry in the MK universe aptly named, Mortal Kombat. Does this game continue to bring the series back to former glory, or is this yet another wrong turn for this historic franchise?
Remember back in the days of the Genesis and SNES and all of the politicians outraged about the bloody Mortal Kombat. I would love to ask them what they think about this game. Like many games on the market today Mortal Kombat makes its genesis look like a Saturday morning cartoon in comparison. So if you’re wondering, yes this game of Mortal Kombat is as bloody and as over the top as you could possibly want a Mortal Kombat game to be. In my opinion this is awesome.
It’s been a while since I played a game of Mortal Kombat so I started off my experience with the games tutorial. It’s not all that red-hot of a refresher course as it really only stays at the very high level basics of how to fight and doesn’t give someone who wants more direction into the more advanced moves a ton to go off of.
From there I jumped into the games story mode. I have to admit I was a little taken back by how good this mode ends up being. Trust me I have played a ton of fighting games and never once found one that I have been all that impressed with. Mortal Kombat proves to have an odd but engaging story and a great story mode to plow through. It is one that although doesn’t take an extreme amount of time to get through you will want to play it multiple times to gain points.
The fighting in Mortal Kombat is really a great mix of old and new. I will go out on a limb and say that I really think both new fans and returning fans will be super satisfied with the blend that the developers reached. The fighting in the game is pretty easy to pick up at its simplest point but I know for a fact has more depth then I will ever be able to uncover. What has always impressed me about the series and continues to do so in this game is the fluidity of the combat which is improved even more here.
Whether playing 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 playing with friends either online or in person is excellent. In fact the game is jam packed with modes and different ways to play with friends which increases the replay value immensely. Overall I cannot say enough good things from the fluidity of the combat, to the incredible amount of content, to the extreme blood and violence; this is one of the most complete Mortal Kombat titles to date.
Visually Mortal Kombat is just as impressive in the graphics department as it is in the Gameplay. The character models are some of the best I have seen in a fighting game in a long time. There is just an incredible amount of detail in each of the characters and a very unique design. The game itself flows nicely with no major hitches and a great sense of style. Of course the big graphical push is on the fatalities which are even more gruesome then some might expect. Without giving any of the graphic details away they are worth the price of admission.
Going into this review I have to admit I wasn’t necessarily all that excited to play yet another reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise. However from the first fight I was totally engaged in the product before me. The game just has a ton of content both on the single player and multiplayer side of things. Compound that with a game that has great controls and an easy pick up and play style and you have a game that both gamers and non gamers can really enjoy.
I really thought fighting games were on there way out a couple of years ago. But with games like Mortal Kombat there is now proof that life still exists in this genre. In fact Mortal Kombat provided some of the most enjoyable gaming I have had in 2011. If you’re a fan of the series or looking for a new game to sink your teeth into, Mortal Kombat is definitely worth a look.
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