Monday, May 9, 2011

Mortal Kombat review

          

      In 1992, Mortal Kombat sent its blow to the spines of parents and other groups because of the amount of blood and gore. Mortal Kombat was one of the games that made people from the ESRB and began the biggest controversies of the modern day, violence in video games. Enough about the looked down portion of MK, time for the guts and glory. This would be the ninth game in the main franchise and the first MK game for the newly from NetherReam Studios (reformed from Midway Chicago) with a newly signed contract with WB Interactive. The main point of this game is its gameplay rooted from the classic arcade MK games, it returns to a 2-D plane with 3-D graphics. The game does a well balanced job of being able to link combos with special moves. So you can't keep doing Forward Forward Low Kick with Sektor all the time, but you can pull off some +25% health damage on others without seeming cheap. The running option from MK3 haunted each arcade with the AI that could run to you and kick even more crap out of you; instead they add dashing 2 or 3 steps, which they could have done without. Now the story of this game is like watching a different version of the MK movie for the first three games. The story centers around the end of MK Armageddon, when all the warriors of every realm have been slain, Radian and Shao Kahn face of in the final battle of Mortal Kombat. Of course he would prevail, but in Radian's final breaths he is able to send his past self images that set in motion a new timeline in Mortal Kombat. As stated before, it is like watching the MK movie with a ton of characters and the same corny dialogue, but it is sort of bad in a very good way. That said I move to the art and graphics. The Unreal engine really shows its potential in this game, I mean the graphics are awesome. The art is just as perfect as anyone could want to see. Even though the menus are done with HD sprites it still looks cool. I must also mention the music, it is like going back to UMK 3 in the arcades, the music is o-u-t standing and Dan Forden will pop up every so cool move and yell TOASTY!!! I want some eggs and toast! This game earns 5 out of 6 ostrich eggs.

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