WeView: Mortal Kombat

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 ItBargain Bin ItRent ItAvoid 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.

Thanks to Dan Lee and ElPablo79 for suggesting this game to me on Twitter.

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17 Comments

  1. Mortal Kombat means everything to me if i’m being honest. My love for the franchise stretches way back, before any other games, and i’d consider myself a die hard MK fan. The amount of MK comics, figures and posters i have speak for themselves.

    Let me just say this, Mortal Kombat is back. After the previous lacklustre entries (Armageddon and MKvDC, i’m looking at you) this game is a real return to the feel of the original trilogy, and it’s a nostalgia trip sure to please anyone who loved MK back in the day. The amount of classic stuff from the first 3 is ridiculous, but NRS have slightly altered all past stages etc to keep things fresh and interesting, and to refrain from this just being a remake.

    The old stages, characters and bosses you remember so well are all intact and updated with a dash of awesome. Best of all, it’s all on a 2D plane. Whilst I loved Deadly Alliance and Deception, 2D is ultimately the way forward for MK. The gameplay takes hints from Street Fighter and Tekken, and as a result is a much better all round gameplay experience then it’s ever been before. The graphics are sublime, near faultless, and the soundtrack is a faithful update of the classic soundtrack.

    The content in this game is ridiculous too. You have the story mode, which is a top of it’s genre experience that will last a few hours, arcade mode, challenge tower, the krypt (where you can purchase character alts with in game koins) and endless replayability in the games online portion. The online King of The Hill mode is brilliant, and tag team is also a brilliant addition that must return. My only complaint is a nitpicky fan one. The story mode is the best in any fighting game, but as a huge fan of MK lore i’d of liked to have seen certain events and would have liked more answers.

    All in all though, the best fighting game this gen imo. One of my favourite games of all time. With the successful Legacy series and a full blown movie in production, MK is truly back to dominate. And looking at the bigger picture, this game also proves that the fighting genre is back and in full swing. Definite Buy it!

    • Forgot to mention, the Fatalities are awesome! So are the new bone crunching X-Ray moves.

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