Ever find yourself in a situation where all of your friends are talking about the latest and greatest game, but you can't contribute to the conversation because you haven't been paying attention? Solve that problem with this Mortal Kombat Guide: everything you need to know (except the spoilers) about Mortal Kombat.
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
What kind of game is it?
Mortal Kombat is a reboot of the beloved fighting game series that dominated consoles in the 90's. The new game uses 3D character models on a 2D plane to deliver the kind of brutal fighting action that MK fans have been clammoring for. Designed for both the casual fighting game fan and the hardcore players, Mortal Kombat features both a deep story and gameplay experience, which is what makes this particular fighting title so special.
Who's the Developer?
NetherRealm Studios. Formally known as Midway Games Chicago before going through Chapter 11, NetherRealm is headed up by Ed Boon, the respected co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series. Ed Boon is an icon in the videogame industry for his work on Mortal Kombat and fans have eagerly anticipating this reboot from his newly formed studio.
What's the story?
Technically known as Mortal Kombat 9, this new release picks up after the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. From there, the plot becomes a retelling of the first three Mortal Kombat games: Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Mortal Kombat 3. Basically, all of your favorite characters are back, along with their unique and infamous fatalities. The new fatalities are a big draw, but so are teh new X-Ray moves. When put together, these two elements make Mortal Kombat a gruesome and satisfying experience.
Getting back to its arcade roots, MK features a lot of really cool online modes like King of the Hill, Tag Team and -- of course -- one-on-one battles. Tag Team, where you and another player join forces, is available as both a ranked and player match option, while King of the Hill is only available as a player match. As with most games these days, you will need the Kombat Pass Card (one is included with each new copy of the game or you can purchase one on Xbox LIVE) to be able to enjoy the multiplayer. There is, however, a 48 hour online free trial available for anyone who isn't quite ready to spend the money.
What'd we say?
From our Mortal Kombat review by our resident fighting game expert Brian Leahy:
"Besides the story mode, you’ll get the old-school ladder which puts you up against that series of random enemies before throwing the bosses at you. There’s also tag mode, which let’s each player pick two characters and freely switch between characters and use them as assists. It’s an interesting mode, but it’s definitely not the strength of the game as the tag combos and assists are quite awkward to pull-off.
There’s also the Challenge Tower which has a ridiculous amount of themed challenges for characters and tag-teams along with some mini-games thrown in for good measure. Almost every action in the game will grant you coins, which can be used to unlock things like additional fatalities, alternate costumes, concept art, and more. This is all done through the Krypt, which is a “location” that you travel through to purchase unlocks from gravestones and other grim features. It has personality, but could have been better served with a simple menu-system given the sheer amount of content to be purchased."
What Are Kombat Koins?
Mortal Kombat utilizes a type of currency, called Kombat Koins. These Kombat gold coins are awarded to players for playing Mortal Kombat's story mode, challenge mode and single player modes such as a the classic Ladder mode. To earn coins you must perform combos, win matches, perform fatalities/babalities or earn a flawless victory in a round which will earn you 1,000 Kombat Koins. When you earn gold coins you can use them to unlock fatalities, concept art, alternate costumes, and other goodies in the Krypt, located in the Extras menu.
See it in action: