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[9/10] A game that includes Outstanding visuals, Great story, lots of Kombatants and a Solid Multiplayer.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

Mortal Kombat is a hardcore fighting game, that fans of the genre should not pass.

-- Story -- 80/100 --
Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn, and just before he delivers the last blow, Raiden sends a mental message to his earlier self, and the camera rewinds back to Mortal Kombat 1. The Raiden from Mortal Kombat 1 then gets the message and experiences a premonition. The game then spans Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3, retelling the story with an enlightened Raiden, who has changed the course of events. Eventually, everything you've seen happen before - Liu Kang winning, the guys turning into cybernetic ninjas, has been altered. You might see a cybernetic character who wasn't before, and a different version of events.

-- Visuals -- 90/100 --
Mortal Kombat looks pleasingly beautiful and solid, with detailed backdrops and fighters. There's not a whole lot in the way of style or flair like Street Fighter IV's signature visuals though, but all in all, MK 2011 is in fine form. And the Blood is a good looker as always.

-- Audio -- 85/100 --
Raargh! Graargh! Crunch! Smack! Pow! Mortal Kombat sounds exactly as it should, with lots of cringe-inducing effects that sound like a cooked chicken full of walnuts being smacked with a baseball bat and lots of macho voice work to go with the story. Also the Voice Acting is great.

-- Gameplay -- 95/100 --
This is still the same MK that you know and love, but it somehow feels more fluid and intuitive to play. Stringing together combos is great fun and as always, performing fatalities is an absolute joy. The X-ray moves, Breakers and Enhanced specials are also welcome additions to the game and bring an extra layer of depth to fights. You'll be playing for hours on end with the Story Mode, Arcade Ladder, Tag Team, Challenge Tower and online modes to indulge in. Unlockables provide ample incentive to return too, with alternate costumes and fatalities as well as concept art aplenty awaiting in the Krypt, where you can trade your earned koins from each mode for extras. This is exemplary stuff, especially for a fighting game.

-- FINAL VERDICT -- 9.0/10 --
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. A Must buy for the fans of both Mortal Kombat series and Fighting games.




Exactly what Mortal Kombat fans have been waiting for.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Best in series"

Summary

First of all, I love how the storyline has the full Mortal Kombat story strung together in one sequence. It was exactly what needed to be done. It's also very interesting to see how each player got to be how they are like Kabal, Scorpion, and Cyrax.

I also loved the "Test Your Luck, Might, Strike, and Sight" mini games. Bringing back some oldschool MK. Everything about this game is enjoyable, the Krypt has, I think, 4 sections that are all cool looking, like the Blood Marsh with bloody water with bodies floating in it.

The story mode was, for the most part, easy. But certain battles like the Quan Chu/Shang Tsung fight, Goro/Kataro fight, and especially the near impossible final Shao Kahn fight. I thought I'd never beat him, but after 500 million tries I finally killed him once... then 100 trillion tries later I beat him both times. I hear that playing on normal makes it a lot easier than hard though.

Not only if you're a Mortal Kombat fan, but if you like fighters at all, buy this game. It has everything and much, much more.




Mortal Kombat is back to claim its stake as the beat'em-up ruler!

8.5

Superb
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Guilty pleasure"

Summary

The MK creators aka NetherRealm Studios (former Midway) totally redeem themselves. They launch a new 2D Mortal Kombat title featuring all the good aspects of the first three and successful MK games. All the popular fighters have stuck around, as the game's roster offers twenty-six characters:
Baraka, Cyrax, Ermac, Jade, Jax, Johnny Cage, Kabal, Kano, Kitana, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Nightwolf, Noob Saibot, Quan Chi, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion, Sektor, Shang Tsung, Sheeva, Sindel, Smoke, Sonya, Stryker and Sub-Zero, but you can unlock more as usual (there is no spoiler here, guys).

This brand new MK has got quite a few modes. There is the classic arcade ladder mode, a totally welcome and carefully-designed story mode in which you assume the role of all the earth-defending characters as the chapters advance and the "Challenge Tower", in which you must complete the requested challenges. Some of them are: The popular "Test Your Might", brought back from the original MK game, "Test Your Sight", following an object hidden under a cup or skull and "Test Your Strike", destroying a specific block in a stack. Four player tag-team option is also available, allowing two players to play together at the same team.

The visual implementation and combat mechanics blend perfectly with the whole concept. In the game we pay witness to an impressive 2D gameplay, complemented with a detailed 3D environment and character design, as the developers spared no expenses on the visual effects. We encounter the old fashioned and well-recognised combat moves of every MK player, as well as a few additions. The fatalities are momentous and better than ever, causing nostalgia to the old fans and a gaping mouth to the newcomers . The x-ray feature has been added, too. What is that...? It is a special move causing a lot of damage that can be performed when your gauge meter is full and is sure going to make things unpleasant for your opponent. During this attack, you are provided with an internal view of the crushed bones of the defending player (hopefully your enemy).

Personally however, I would have also revived the running ability. It was a unique addition in Mortal Kombat 3 and it would really fit in this new MK title, as it tends to be quicker than the old ones.

Nevertheless, Mortal Kombat 9 is definitely a refreshed title, absolutely needed in the series. Mortal Kombat games had become mere shadows of themselves in the past years, and obviously this hadn't passed unnoticed by the creators. The result meets the demands of the hardcore fans and will even attract beat'em-up fans who hadn't got the opportunity to enjoy a decent MK title.





The return of MK in its true form.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

I love Mortal Kombat and have stuck by Midway through thick and thin. Saw Mortal Kombat evolutionize into a wonderful fighting game and it has been quite an interesting journey. The new MK dons the name well as it not only takes you back to the world of MK but to the old world of the game you remember. In alot of ways I saw the game more of as a retry from a man who just wanted to make the game he had always wanted but never had the funds to. I can relate to that and see his point. From early MK titles, the game was always meant to be plentiful in characters and features but it was always the technology that wasn't available to slow down the overall picture.

Still you could always tell that MK was always meant to be so much more. Finally it is what it was meant to be. A violent yet fun fighting game that any gamer can enjoy and finally we can see the fruit of Ed Boon's labor. This game has an enteresting story mode that surprised me the most. It's a great way to see the old MK story line go from MK 1 to 3 and has many perspectives to see it from. It also delivers an interesting twist that changes history as Raiden attempts to stop Amargeddon. The fighting system closely resembles MK Deadly Alliance but with alot of old school thrown to the mixture. The special effects really bring the characters to life in ways you have always dreamt of.

Old modes also make an appearance like TEST YOUR MIGHT and the traditional LADDER story mode along with a few newbies. Both modes are just as fun if not, more so than the old 2D games. If it wasn't enough that they remade the story, they even took a step further and added story lines to LADDER story mode which throws crazy what if scenarios that sometimes just look silly. And if that wasn't enough, they threw in a MISSION mode that lets you play fun mini games and give you good challenges with small stories to keep you entertain. The online might anger you as you must pay extra to play it and I hear alot of other complaints about it. I don't care for that though. All in all this is the ultimate game for any MK fan. It looks great, it plays great, it sounds great and the modes are great. Looking foward to MK 2!




Mortal Kombat, the way its supposed to be!

8.5

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

Mortal Kombat has had its share of up and downs for the past few years, but Mortal Kombat 9 is everything a good mortal kombat should be!

The classic characters long time Mortal Kombat fans will remember are back, Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, Baraka, Cyrax, Sektor, Kano, Kabal, Jade, Kitana, Mileena, Sindel, Scorpion, Reptile, Sub-Zero, Noob Saibot, Smoke, Ermac, Cyber Sub-Zero, Stryker, Jax, Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Raiden, Sonya, Nightwolf, and Sonya. The classic Mortal Kombat arcade ladder is back, A new "challenge tower" mode which features specific goals for all 300 levels, which is simply fantastic. A reasonably-good story mode is out, and it starts out with Raiden about to be killed by Shao Kahn as he sends a message back to himself from the past, and then the events of the MK series are undone, and re-imagined in an alternate universe. The graphics are great, the fatalities have never been so great! However Mortal Kombat does still face its share of problems, like a nearly impossible to beat final fight, Shao Kahn is a cheap boss who makes most resort to noob tactics, some glitches, the servers aren't that great, and of course some "nooby" characters, but that doesn't stop MK9 from being a good game!

Overall Mortal Kombat 9 is back, and exactly what a great Mortal Kombat game should be.
8.5

Superb
8.6
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