Game On! – Mortal Kombat Review

by Pat B on April 19, 2011


Hello Everyone,

Pat here to give you a quick review of the new Mortal Kombat. This version of Mortal Kombat is a semi-reboot of the first game in the series. Almost every character from all previous MK titles is in this game with the ability to unlock others. All special moves and combos are intact with a slew of new ones to use. Also, the traditional blood and gore are back including the famous fatality moves.  Based on what I’ve seen so far,  all I can say is “HOLY SHIT!” The violence and pure gore in this game make all of the previous Mortal Kombat games look like Pokemon games. Warners Bros. Games and NetherRealm definitely swung for the fences with the game’s gory details.

Graphics

As expected, the game looks amazing. All of the famous backdrops you fight in front of are back with a modern day make over.

I've been looking at your X-Rays and it appears that all of your bones are broken

It’s fun seeing all of them brought back and spruced up with new details to distract your eyes from the beat down taking place right in front of you. Character animations look great with new details being added to every character. New special move animations have been added including a new X-Ray special move. When the X-Ray move is performed the background goes black leaving just you and your opponent being displayed. Then, your character performs a combo of bone shattering strikes and all throughout the combo the game zooms in and displays the bones and innards of your opponent being completely destroyed by each strike. I seriously cringed when I saw a few of these, they are that detailed and graphic.

Yup, this is in the game

Controls

The controls are fairly tight and responsive  but they’re also one of two things I have to complain about in this game. A lot of the moves and fatalities require precise button presses and character spacing to pull them off.

I can still see this when I close my eyes.

While this doesn’t interfere with the game play in any major way, it can be a little frustrating when you’re off just a hair with the spacing required to perform a fatality move. If you don’t get the spacing right between you and your opponent to pull off a fatality move, instead of seeing Raiden use lightning bolts to brutally dismember his opponent, you will see him lunge in and deliver an unimpressive punch to the face to end the match.

If you haven’t played a Mortal Kombat game in a while or are new to the game all together and want to dive right into the ultra violent fatality moves, I highly recommend going into the practice arena first and brushing up on the button commands for them. The practice arena even lets you use the actual game timer set to the same amount of time given to perform a fatality move in game or an infinite timer if you need some time to get the buttons right. It also displays a box on the ground which shows you where your character needs to be standing in order to have the right amount of space between you and your opponent to perform a fatality move.

Multiplayer

The multiplayer portion of Mortal Kombat is pretty cool. First, before you can partake in the online blood bath, you will need a Kombat Pass.

That's not coming out.

This is a code you have to enter in order to access any of the online features of Mortal Kombat. There is a Kombat Pass included in any new copy of the game but if you’re buying a used copy you will need to purchase a new pass to play online. Once you flash your Kombat Pass to the online gatekeepers, you can join a game lobby and challenge any of the players in the lobby to a head to head match or you can play a tag team match. Instead of going into a lobby you can choose to do ranked matches against a randomly selected opponent or simply be paired up with someone for a non-ranked exhibition.

Single Player

The single player campaign is what you would expect from a Mortal Kombat game. The usual “climb the ladder” tournament is an option but there is also a new story mode. In the story

Just like old times

mode you basically play through the story of the first Mortal Kombat movie. It’s a fun romp that has you watching the story of Mortal Kombat unfold and as it does you go in and out of fights as the story progresses. The story is a little campy and if it were made into an actual movie with real people it would probably be worse than the original but hey, it’s Mortal Kombat, I’m not paying too much attention to the acting. There are also some additional game modes available to play that are spin offs of the “Test Your Might” mini game. These are fun and add something fresh to the game.

I don't want to spoil anything for you but this doesn't end well for the guy on the ground

Overall, this latest Mortal Kombat is awesome but I was hoping the game would be a little darker. While the game’s violence and gore have been taken to new heights in this latest release, I was hoping it would be darker than the previous games. There is an overall cartoonish look to the game that hinders its believability. Not that a blood bath of a tournament in Outworld is believable in the first place. I think if the game was presented with a darker look it would have helped recapture some of the shock value that the very first Mortal Kombat delivered in the 90’s.

I give Mortal Kombat 4.5 Planet Arbitraries out of 5

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anthony April 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I cannot wait to play this. Is smoke in it??

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Pat B April 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Yup, Smoke is playable right off the bat

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Pat B April 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I was pumped to see Kano and that he was modeled after the first Mortal Kombat movie Kano character

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momochi April 25, 2011 at 12:42 am

Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

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nic wehrwein April 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

i’ve been thinking about picking this up. i miss quality fighting games…especially when they’re full of blood and guts. i think i may have to drop some cash.

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