Cards on the table here, I adore the Mortal Kombat series as a whole. Sure, it’s had its issues over the years but it’s one of only two series that have stuck with me since my early days of gaming on the Master System, the other being Sonic. Everything else seems to have faded away (although if someone made a new California Games I’d be over the moon), but not Ed Boon’s baby, it’s always had enough of a fanbase to keep going.
I was a little nervous when it was announced that Mortal Kombat would be rebooting with the ninth title in the series, this often seems like a last ditch effort to keep a franchise’s head above water. Fortunately NetherRealm proved me completely wrong, and 2011’s Mortal Kombat really is fantastic. Not only does the fighting still feel a little silly and very distinctly Mortal Kombat, but the game’s story mode is head and shoulders above the rest of the fighting genre.
Of course I can’t talk about a fighting game without throwing in a word from our resident expert, Isaac. Fortunately he wrote our review, where he gave the game a more than respectable 9/10. Here’s just a taste of what he had to say:
Mortal Kombat brings new life to an old franchise that has been around for nearly two decades. The gameplay is by far the best in the series, the visuals are as detailed and gory as ever, and the presentation is second to none. This game changes the way we look at fighting games from a single player perspective. It’s proof that the fighting game genre can have an engaging story that’s well thought out and worthwhile. There is no reason to accept halfhearted, non-existent efforts anymore. The developers of other fighting franchises will need to step up their game just to match what Mortal Kombat has to offer. If it wasn’t for the inconsistent netcode, this would have been a flawless victory.
So that’s what we had to say about the game, now it’s time to throw open the gates and hear what you think of it. Remember, we’ve moved away from the forum system for the moment. If you feel like taking part just drop your thoughts in the comments below.
Once you’ve got your opinion written up remember to rate it on the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It scale so that we can gather them all up, do a bit of counting and give you the communities verdict on Mortal Kombat. As always the deadline’s Sunday afternoon if you want to have your opinion included in the Verdict post on Monday.