Mortal Kombat Review

  • Posted April 25th, 2011 at 10:06 EDT by Adam Dolge

Review Score

Mortal Kombat

PSU Review Score
9.0
Avg. user review score:
9.4

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Summary

Mortal Kombat is one of the most enjoyable fighters on the market and a perfect throwback to the arcade glory days. With an extensive story mode, challenge tower, and massive online potential, MK is a bloody good time.

We like

  • A perfect throwback to the arcade days in both style and gameplay
  • Tons of single and multiplayer content
  • A proper challenge for hardcore fans

We dislike

  • Super meter and x-ray attacks need adjusting
  • The boss battles haven't evolved like the rest of the game
  • The unskippable cut scenes

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(continued from previous page) ...I really got a chance to see how good people already are—the majority of my opponents, by the way, were Smoke, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero. There may be some balancing issues with the individual characters, both online and off, but it seems that can easily be corrected by the developer.

Mortal Kombat didn’t take me by surprise, I sort of expected it be really good, and it delivered. My main concerns with the game—the Super meter system, the (still) annoying boss battles, and online issues—can all be worked out. There are other little issues, like not being able to skip cut scenes in the story mode, that are more annoying than overly frustrating. Then again, the actual issues are easily overlooked if you enjoy the less-calculated fighting game, or just love anything related to Mortal Kombat. It’s really a joy to play for those of us who grew up alongside Scorpion and company.

How long the game sticks around is really up to the community. The single-player has tremendous depth, but all of it can likely be beaten in 15-20 hours, depending on your skill. Online is really where the game may shine six months down the road. The story is cheesy, as you’d expect, while the voice acting and character models during cut scenes are not super polished. As an overall experience however, Mortal Kombat is simply fun. It’s actually more than fun; it’s a ton of fun. As I said earlier in the review, games are meant to be enjoyed, and I truly feel sorry for anyone that doesn’t know how to enjoy a game like Mortal Kombat.

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    Release date (US):
    April 19th, 2011
    Developer:
    NetherRealm Studios
    Genre:
    Fighting - One on One
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