Mortal Kombat (2011) Review

HOLY SHIT. This game is AWESOME!

I’ll admit, I wasn’t quite expecting it. The last few Mortal Kombat games have been… less than great. (Actually every game since MK3 has sucked. That means: MK4, MKGold, MK: Deadly Alliance, MK: Deception, and MK: Armageddon all kind of sucked)

Mortal Kombat vs DCU
And Mortal Kombat vs DC somehow made a fight between Scorpion and the God-Damn Batman into something boring. That should have been impossible

This game is basically the last ditch effort to get the Mortal Kombat series back on track. It accomplishes this by getting back to its roots: It’s basically a retelling of the games 1-3 (the good ones) but with some significant changes. This is because the game is still a sequel to Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (which ended by killing off EVERY MORTAL KOMBAT CHARACTER EVER). MK 2011 picks up right before the last living hero, Raiden, bites the big one. He uses his last bit of energy to send a message to his past self…. and here we are.

This game does some things amazingly well. The story mode is the single best story mode I’ve ever seen in a fighting game. It’s extremely cinematic, and you actually kind of care for which characters live and die. Oh, and since this is a game about fighting to the death, a lot of characters die.

The game also plays better than any MK game to date. It’s still recognizably a Mortal Kombat game, but it just feels smoother and much more polished.

Polish festival
But it feels much less Polish

And since it’s a Mortal Kombat game, we need to discuss the violence. This game is sickeningly violent. And that’s a good thing. Mortal Kombat games have always been super violent, but usually in a silly way…

Mortal Kombat 3 Kabal Fatality
This was an actual fatality from MK 3. Look at it, and feel shame

MK 2011 does away with most of the silliness. When you see someone get ripped in half, it looks gory and painful and disgusting… just like it should. This game actually fulfills the promise of ultra-violence that was made back in 1992 with the first game.

It’s not a perfect game though. Controls are good, but occasionally wonky. And the difficulty is, at times, downright unfair.

Mortal Kombat 9 Goro
Goro’s a douche… but I bet he gives great reach arounds

Final verdict: This is the best Mortal Kombat game yet, and one of the finest fighting games out there. If you can stomach a little of the ol’ ultra violence, it’s well worth playing.

Mortal Kombat Fatality

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