Mortal Kombat (2011), video game review.
Blood splatters the screen, arms are pulled off and then used as weapons of death, and heads lay about on the ground. Mortal Kombat has been called one of the most violent games of all time. With fatalities such as, death from all of your skin being pulled off you on two different sides–that claim may be accurate. But is it all just guts and gore, or is there a good game beneath?
Before a few months ago a had never really played fighting games. I had played Super Smash Bros. but other than that I had only play a few demos, briefly, in Gamestop. But once I played the prerelease demo of Mortal Kombat, I knew this was the fighting game for me.
I’ve spent the last week playing through most of the game and now I’m ready to review it.
The Good and The Bad.
With upward of eight modes and a massive “Krypt” of unlockables there is a ton of content in Mortal Kombat. Plenty of characters, all of whom have an alternate costume, were put into the game. Some of the are slow but beef, or fast and shrimpy, or fast and strong but without ranged attacks. There is a character for everyone.
Like I said before this was nearly my first fighting game experience. I had no trouble at all learning basics and then more advanced “kombos.” And for anybody who needs a bit of training the tutorial can teach you the basics and then Challenge Tower is also a good training ground.
The controls make you feel as if an arsenal of move is truly only a button press away. “Tag Kombos“, the brutal X-ray attacks, and fatalities. Are all easy to learn and pull of. And the game was designed so that it was less focused on combos that the developers made and more on ones that you come up with.
The graphics in the game are amazing. In the background you can see moving object such as another pair of fighters, or prisoners being tortured. The longer a fight lasts the more blood and wounds your character will accumulate. At the and of most battles they’ll be covered in blood and their clothes will be torn apart.
The only complaints that I can throw at this game are the way it handles boss fights and the story cutscenes being unskippable.
Instead of just giving the better AI and attacks that you have to dodge the boss fights have above in addition to have two or three times as much health as you do. And some of their attacks are unblockable, and they can also tank through your own attacks. Which means that if your fighting a boss and they start to use special attack they’ll be able to finish it even if you were to land a ten hit combo.
If you’re a fan of violence, fighting games, or just video games in general, Mortal Kombat is where it’s at. Even if you’ve never played a fighting game in your life don’t be afraid to pick up and try the new Mortal Kombat.
Visual: The graphics are gorgeous, character models are all unique and well designed. With all the action taking center stage you might miss out on all the stuff going on in the background.
Sound: Grunts and shouts litter the air as you fight. But the voice acting is also surprisingly good.
Gameplay: Silky smooth controls and multiple places to go to learn them, there isn’t really much to complain about in this category.
Worth Your Money: With a story mode, 300 Challenge Tower missions, two different ladder modes, and a couple of other modes there is plenty to do. Plus you can spend money you earned in all the different mode in the Krypt to buy costumes, second fatalities, and other cool stuff.
Console: I reviewed the PS3 version but it is also available for the Xbox 360.
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Parental Rating: M/ 17+
Overall Score: 9.75/10