As I said in a previous entry fighting games, especially 2D fighters, have never been my forte. However one fighter continued to surprise me as I followed coverage of it leading up to its release. A revival of a once loved and acclaimed fighting franchise that had lost its way, this game had a lot of expectations riding on it. Thankfully it delivered. Mortal Kombat is back, and it is a bloody good time.
Since I am not a very big 2D fighter fan the two things that impress me the most about Mortal Kombat’s return is the new comer friendly attitude as well as the sheer amount of content in the game. Let’s take another 2D fighter that was released recently, Marvel vs. Capcom 3. That game features an arcade mode, a challenge mode that is essentially a combo trainer, a practice mode and online battles. Now let’s take a look at Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat features an incredibly robust single player story, classic arcade mode, tutorial mode, practice mode, tag team mode, online battles, online tag team co-op battles, a fatality trainer, minigames, and a challenge tower filled with 300 unique challenges. How do people settle for fighting games like Street Fighter that feature only arcade and versus modes?
It’s clear that developer Netherrealm wanted players to spend more time having fun and less time climbing up a Mount Everest sized learning curve as is popular in many 2D fighters. The tutorial mode teaches you everything you need to know about the game and is presented in a fun way, the opening levels of the challenge tower have you hone your basic skills, and the story mode difficulty slowly escalates letting you get a handle on the game. The idea of me learning how to play a complex 2D fighter without spending hours in a practice mode is just so new that I am having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I am learning but at the same time having an insane amount of fun, and when it comes down to it, fun is the most important part of any video game.
Now all of this would be for nothing if the gameplay wasn’t rock solid. The fighting system borrows some features like a super meter from other popular 2D fighters but at the same time keeps its signature gameplay and over the top style. All of the franchises classic characters return and they all have their own unique fighting style. This is great and all, but how are the crazy, over the top, insane finishing fatalities that the series is known for? Oh they are in the game and they are entertaining as ever. Check the video below for a brutal montage. WARNING: INCREDIBLY VIOLENT!!!!
If you are a fighting game fan it would be a sin not to pick this one up. Some may be turned off by Mortal Kombat’s over the top violence and ridiculous killing moves, but when it comes down to it the game is just plain fun. What more can you ask for?