This Mortal Kombat game is the 9th installment in the series. It was Developed by NetherRealm Studios (formerly known as WB Games Chicago and Midway Games Chicago). Being the first published exclusively under the Warner Bros. label. Mortal Kombat was released on April 19, 2011 in North America, and has been released on April 21 in Europe on the Playstation 3 as well as the Xbox 360 systems. There has been talk about a PC version but no confirmation yet.
The story begins after Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, but then comes back to the time of MK1, MK2, and MK3. Due to Raiden now having powers to see the future, the events of the other 3 Mortal Kombat games are altered in this Installment.
The Mortal Kombat game has 3D graphics from the Unreal Engine 3, but relies on the 2D-2.5D plane for the battle system of the game play. The developers have also said that “this is the first game in which they are making a conscious effort to create deeper game play for more dedicated players of the series and of fighting games in general.”
To me the game brings me back to a time when all you cared about were combos and “Finish Him” combos (fatalities). This game brings in a few new features that I haven’t really seen in the MK series.
The first feature is the combo list. Now unless they put this in the other 3 MKs than I wouldn’t know about it. The combo list will allow you to look up all the moves for all the players, even the “Finish Him” moves. Another cool thing about this feature is that it shows you the actual buttons that you are pressing on the left hand side of the screen. So if you happen to mess up you can figure out where that was.
The second feature that I would like to bring up is that fact that you are able to play the “test your might” game as well as many others that have been seen in the previous MKs. You are able to select one test your might stage in the beginning but as you go on to complete the story and earn points these other levels and games will open up for some classic enjoyment.
There is Another feature that is like a store but you can buy different things with the credits that you earn through out the game that will allow for different game modes, costumes, video and other things along those lines.
The over all feel and look of the game can be best describes and MK 3 in 3D. I love that fact that it stays true to the 2D-2.5D combat as well as the basic story. That really puts the edge on it and remembrance of the old. The way this game plays is not like the traditional new age fighter. It allows player like me who still to this day has no idea about any of the “Kombos” to kick ass all over the place. The only thing they left out is that cutout of the announcer going “whoopsi”.
Overall this game is fun and very addicting. I think it is the best fighting game to date, even above Marvel vs Capcom 3. I would give this game a 9 out of 10 due to the fact that they left some tiny cool things out such as the “whoopsi” guy and uppercutting the players through the floors (could be wrong), that would have made this game complete. I can say that they did make the chicks look very skimpy, and that’s not a bad thing. Granted I received this game for a Easter present from the chick, I still plan on loving it no matter what!