Excerpt: Mortal Kombat is the cult favourite one on one beat em up series first unleashed in the early 1990’s. At the time the one on one beat em up genre was quickly establishing itself as the most popular in arcades and home consoles and developers everywhere were releasing titles to jump onto the bandwagon.
Conclusion: It’s cheesy, vicious and unashamedly graphic, but Mortal Kombat is also a mature and rewarding beat-em up with plenty to offer. As with any good game in the fighting genre, a patient player willing to learn the various special moves will have a distinct advantage over a button-basher. Should you spend time with the game to discover the combos, you’ll be sure to dazzle your friends with a host of impressive spine-cracking moves.
Excerpt: Despite the recent surge in HD remakes of classic games, the Arcade Kollection is a celebration of unadulterated, old-school graphics and gameplay. This XBLA pack includes authentic arcade editions of the original Mortal Kombat, the ever-popular Mortal Kombat II, and the less-well-received Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, presented almost exactly the way you remember them — fatalities, babalities, and animalities intact. How authentic?
Pros: + Totally authentic reproductions of the arcade classics., + Three games for 10 bucks? Not bad.
Conclusion: Mortal Kombat is back and it is bigger and bloodier than ever. This 2D fighter packs a punch, gives fans of the franchise many nostalgic moments, and has all the characters we have grown to love and even the ones we hate. With all the different modes you will have hours upon hours of time to play this title. Challenge Tower alone will eat up constant hours of frustration and joy as you pass each challenge.
Excerpt: Whilst many of the less experienced fighting game players have long enjoyed the Mortal Kombat series for its bloody combat and welcoming mechanics, it has never really been a franchise that has been concerned with depth and meticulous balance and, for this reason, avid fighting game fans have never considered it as anything more than a gimmicky fighter, but with this reboot, simply titled Mortal Kombat , NetherRealm Studios has went to the effort of attempting to garner...
Conclusion: Mortal Kombat is back with a vengeance, unapologetically savage, eminently playable and massive fun. It's the greatest love letter to MK fans that you could ever hope for. You'll be shouting “Moooooorttaaaaalllll Koooooommmmmbbbaaaaaattttt!!!!” in the streets like it's 1992, all over again.
Summary: Mortal Kombat is already a great fighting game, and the developers have left open the possibility of tweaking it for the better through patches. Whether you’re a competitive player or enjoy fighting games at a more relaxed pace, this is a solid choice.
Summary: As fighting games go, Mortal Kombat has always held a distinct place in the history of the genre, shunning the often cartoonlike style of its contemporaries in favor of gore and guts. Its latest incarnation is no different, pushing the boundaries of taste to the extreme with ludicrously over-the-top attacks that see you ripping your opponents in half, impaling them on spikes, and stamping on their chests while their internal organs bounce around like tetherballs.
Pros: One of the most in-depth story modes to grace a fighting game, Revamped control system makes it easy to pick up and play, Huge amount of content to unlock, Challenge Tower minigames and challenges are lots of fun, Viciously brutal moves
Cons: Shao Kahn is incredibly cheap, Occasionally laggy online play