Mortal Kombat (2011) Review

The plot

The story begins with the end of Mortal Kombat III. Raiden, and the other protectors of Earthrealm have failed to defeat Shao Khan; the evil ruler of Outworld. With his last breath, Raiden sends visions back through time to himself try to change the course of time. The game proceeds to retrace the steps of the first three Mortal Kombat games, however this time it’s slightly different due to Raiden’s reactions to his visions.

The good

This is the best Mortal Kombat game ever made. It’s a 2D fighter with 3D graphics, and a serious return to the core gameplay elements of the series. The combat is simple enough for beginners, and complex enough for veterans.

Story mode plays out like a b-movie. It’s not deep. It’s not particularly well-written, but there is a strong enough narrative to keep things entertaining. It’s a hell of a lot better than the stories of all the other fighting games I’ve ever played.

There are a ton of different game modes to keep you busy. The challenge tower has some insane number of unique trials, and that’s not to mention local and online versus modes.

The not-so-good

You cannot skip the often lengthy cinematic sequences of Story Mode.

Shao Kahn is a cheap bastard. Fighting him is just plain old annoying.

The ugly

Mortal Kombat is hyper violent and the character models are excessively sexualized; both are taken to such an extreme where I found them hilarious.

If you have a problem with sexualized or violent fiction, don’t buy Mortal Kombat.

The bottom-line

As a longtime fan of the Mortal Kombat series, this game is a much-needed breath of fresh-air.

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