Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mortal Kombat Review

Universal Box art depicting Scorpion and Sub-Zero
     Hello everyone and happy Wednesday, hope your all doing great.  Today I'm going to be reviewing a game that revived the genre and became known to everyone.  Mortal Kombat is a game that most kids my age had the luxury of playing in the arcade that went on to evolve into something greater.  Starting out as a 2D arcade fighter, it kept true to its roots until after the second one.  After that it went down hill with crappier gameplay and appearance.  Since Mortal Combat X is out until April 2015, I will instead review the 2011 version, MK9.  Now for storytime, so sit back and relax.  In the beginning of time the six realms were created and the Elder Gods decreed that if one realm was to merge with the other, one would have to defeat that world's champions in ten consecutive mortal combat tournaments.  Later in time, there is a buff guy that wears a skull helmet named Shao Kahn who is as powerful as a god and is leader of Outworld, a realm.  He has set his sights on Earth realm and sends his emissary, Shang Tsung, to go wage the tournament against Earth realm.  Since the tournaments begin, Raiden the God of Thunder had been guiding the champions of the Realm against Outworld's fighters.  After nine losses to Outworld, Earth realm is on the edge of destruction.  Raiden puts forward Liu Kang who defeats all the contestants and Shang Tsung himself, sending them packing. In order to save his life from his master's wrath, Shang Tsung that the tournament should be
Fight in progress, X-ray move used above
hosted in Outworld, so Shao Kahn can defeat them personally.  Liu Kang beats everyone and punches a hole through Shao Kahn's chest and it kills him, but not really.  Fast forward through some other games where people understandingly start to get lost, we come to a giant pyramid that everyone starts killing each other trying to get to the top.  After everyone is dead, only Raiden and Shao Kahn remain.
    Right before Shao Kahn kills Raiden, he sends a vague message to his past self saying "He must win".  So basically Raiden comes to the understanding that he must do it all over again.  So theres the story, the nice thing is that you can buy this game and you won't have missed anything at all.  Combat is what you'd expect for a 2D fighting platform, you can punch and kick or mix for some varied combos.  Each character has their own moves, you could play as the undead hellspawn ninja Scorpion or the four armed half-dragon Goro and many other characters.  They all have moves unique to them, combos having different animations and effects.  The combo bar is a new feature added in MK9, allowing combos to become more powerful or if the bar is charged fully the player can execute their x-ray move.  This attack is extremely efficient and shows the interior damage being done, thus the name.   A large feature of Mortal Kombat is the fatalitys, moves that can be used after your opponent is defeated to finish them off in a gruesome way.  These vary from chopping them into many different pieces with swords to turning into a dragon and biting them in half.  Gore to the max.  Mortal Kombat is a game best shared with friends, like a gory version of Guitar Hero. Other than that, theres not much to say about it, great game though. Hope you all enjoyed and I will be back next week with another post. This has been Jacob Arnold, signing off.

1 comment:

  1. Like a gory version of Guitar Hero....
    Another great post, Jacob.