Mortal Kombat 2011 Review

Mortal Kombat was one of the only original arcade games that made patrons line up and challenge one another in intense combat. The combat was shocking at first, then addictive to the point where being king of the arcade was the only achievement any arcade patron was interested in becoming.The first four titles were brilliant and captivated gamers across the world. However, the franchise decided to pull away from its original concept of Mortal Kombat and headed in a new direction. This direction turned a much-loved video game into a Fatality itself. Then came the clashing of two worlds in Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe, the blood and gore was dumped in this title, Fatalities were just plain lame and it felt more like Mortal Kombat had turned into Mortal Fairies.

Developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros, the ninth installment of Mortal Kombat has finally received the breath of life it has been craving for over the years. The blood and gore is back, the classic combat style too. Generally, the story mode in fighting games ends up being lame, boring, weak and a sorry excuse to fill up disk space… but the storyline in Mortal Kombat was surprisingly captivating, the voice acting was top notch and the graphics were visually appealing.

The story mode consists of 16 chapters and revolves around the events of the original trilogy. Raiden receives a message from himself about the events that are occurring in the future, Armageddon has just happened and Shao Kahn has become the supreme leader of all the realms. I will admit it does sound somewhat cheesy but to be honest the storyline grabbed me by the skull and pulled me in so deep I could not put the controller down. It also gives the gamer an opportunity to test out various characters and find out which character they are comfortable playing with.

Mortal Kombat brings 3D backgrounds and 2D fighting to a new level, especially with the X-Ray attacks that each character holds within their arsenal of devastating attacks. The X-Ray moves display the force of damage that you or your opponent are inflicting on one another. The visuals of these attacks are done in great detail and is a great addition to the gameplay.

The arcade mode uses the classic tournament ladder (Welcome to nostalgia heaven) that we are all used to from the previous Mortal Kombat titles, this is where a single fighter goes up against various opponents to eventually reach the main boss, after kicking the life out of the final boss each character gets an animated ending. The endings have a very nice feel to them and the art style brings everything to life.
The Fatalities are back and not the kind we experienced in Mortal Fairies, these are bone shattering and graphically violent, yes, Mortal Kombat is back with a vengeance!

Gameplay modes within Mortal Kombat include:
Test Your Might, Test Your Sight, Test Your Strike and Test Your Luck. These are a great addition to this title and offer a slight break from the general combat. The game also includes a 300-mission challenge in a new mode called The Challenge Tower. Another nice addition is the ability to actually practice each individual character’s Fatalities.

Each arena has been designed with great detail, during matches you will witness various things happening around you, like other characters fighting in the background or bodies being dipped into the acid pool, this was great and brings depth into the actual arenas but on occasion it can be distracting.

The visuals in the story mode are superb, although I did notice that on occasion characters seemed either too flat with no depth or too built and bulky. Sonya is a prime example of built and bulky; she seemed extremely out of proportion and just did not look right. The graphically violent blood soaked Fatalities are back and better than ever, even the stage Fatalities made me quiver.The Sound in Mortal Kombat is a key feature that brings this title to life, from hearing the classic “Get over here�? from Scorpion, to hearing the bone crunching moments in the X-Ray attacks and Fatalities. The sound in this title screams MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!!!Each character has their own set of moves, special attacks, combos, X-Ray Attacks and Fatalities these are performed by pressing a combination of buttons. These moves are easily learnt by looking through each characters moves list in the pause menu. I did not notice any flaws to the control system you just need to know what combination does what… simple as that.

Conclusion:
Mortal Kombat is definitely a title that is worth keeping in my books. This title rights the wrongs that the developers tormented us with in the past; it keeps things simple yet graphically appealing. Let’s just hope they don’t back track once again and create another Mortal Fairies title. The gameplay was fantastic, the story mode was long and entertaining and the sounds will make any one cringe in their seats. Overall, this is one title that could be experienced repeatedly.

Characters that have been included:
Smoke, Cyber Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Kurtis Stryker, Noob, Saibot, Ermac, Scorpion and plenty of others.

The Break Down:
Gameplay: 8/10
Sound 8.5/10
Graphics: 8/10
Storyline: 8/10
Control Scheme: 10/10

Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.

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