Platform: PlayStation, SNES, Sega Genesis| Developer: Midway Games| Publisher: Midway Games| Release Date: 1993
With Mortal Kombat on its tenth installment, the series has yet to slow down its momentum in the gory fighting genre that we’ve come to know and love. Each new game comes with a slew of new characters, new features, and of course more creative ways for combatants to slaughter each other. The first Mortal Kombat broke gaming boundaries with its realistic visuals and unspeakable violence. Every couple of years in gaming brings a slew of new graphics and consoles for Midway Games to play with, which means Mortal Kombat gets more and more gruesome.
Why it was great
The first Mortal Kombat was pretty bare bones. The characters were more or less clones of each other with just a few variations. Mortal Kombat 2 brought tons of memorable characters that are regulars even to today’s newest games. Kitana, Mileena, Baraka, Jax, and Kung Lao were all introduced in the second title, and they all conveniently appear (at least in some respect) in the newest game. Kitana, Mileena, and Baraka are probably my three all-time favorite Mortal Kombat characters, so I was always personally excited to play as them in each new title.
Mortal Kombat 2 also brought upon upgraded character resolutions, an additional fatality per character, and more special moves. This added more diversity to the meager initial roster, and the new and improved character models made the
gore that much better. New stage fatalities from the infamous pit of spikes and lava pool.
What the great thing was about Mortal Kombat 2 was that it didn’t stop being overly ridiculous and controversial. Not a game was out like it at the time, and it showed that even video games can push the envelope of what’s acceptable in the gaming community. It’s no doubt that Mortal Kombat breaks boundaries and crosses lines left and right, but the devs at Midway Games aren’t afraid to explore the unspeakable!
The countdown is set on my pre-loaded deluxe version of Mortal Kombat X. It currently reads at 13 or so hours, and I’m wondering if time will speed up if I stare at it long enough. Did I mention I’m just a wee bit excited about NetherRealm’s next gory fighter? Well, I am. . .just a little bit. . .
This is me. . .pouring Mortal Kombat goodness all over my face.
Starting off with a not-so-modest 24 character roster (29 including DLC Goro, Tanya, Tremor, Predator, and Jason), Mortal Kombat X brings a slew of new and old fighters to the arena. My personal favorites include the vets Kitana, Reptile, and Mileena. My list can’t be complete without the newbies, too; D’Vorah, Erron Black, and Kung Jin have been my favorite reveals so far. I’m a gigantic fan of the Friday the 13th horror series and the Predator universe, but we’ve yet to see any actual gameplay footage of them, so I’m somewhat cautious to add them to my list. Unfortunately, my all-time favorite Baraka has yet to be seen on this list, but hopefully he’ll be available in the near future as DLC of some sort.
I’m troubled with a dilemma, though; which character will I focus on to master? Each character has their own distinct advantages and disadvantages, especially since they come with three unique styles of combat. Kitana so far seems to be my favorite so far. She’s always been known as an agile fighter with a slew of projectiles, close ranged combos, and reflecting attacks that interrupt her opponents abilities. However, her “Mournful” variation utilizes something unique; Mortal Kombat veteran Jade. Found in previous series, Jade used projectiles and a mid-range staff to damage opposing fighters. However, Jade will not be returning to Mortal Kombat X, but Kitana will be using her staff and attacks in this particular moveset.
Who will you pick as your poison? There’s an undeniably amount to choose from in regards to character selection, but naturally everyone will veer towards their own personal favorite in regards to playstyle and character. Just one more day until we can relish in gut spewing, limb tearing glory!
Mortal Kombat has no shortage of gore, but long running fans of the series know that it can also be a bit silly, too. Cassie Cage has a second fatality that embraces the comical side of the series, and it involves a selfie.
Posting it on the “Friendship” site just did me in for at least five minutes. The adverts, trending comments, friends list, and groups sidebar just add to the hilarious details of the gruesome scene. This is by far one of my all time favorites in the series.