The 9th entry in the Mortal Kombat series is a good one and a game you shouldn't pass up. Whether or not you're good at fighting games or not, this game has a total fun factor that is enjoyable for fighter and non-fighter fans alike.GRAPHICS:
The graphics are easily the best in the series. Every character moves fluently and beautifully. Each attack landed pints out blood on the opposing character in the utmost satisfaction. X-Ray attacks are exceptionally great to look at (especially for the first time) whether on the giving or receiving end of them, they make you cringe and say one of two things: "OUCH!!" or "Damn he got effed up!" There is little difference in graphics when going from a fighting stage to a cut scene, the noticeable difference is nothing to worry about as it doesn't stray away from how the graphics look. Fatalities are grandtastic to watch and even better to perform. Every character has 2 fatalities, 1 babality, and 1 stage fatality, giving you options galore to how you want to watch your foe die. Each character has great detail, and I especially love how damage is shown depending on how much each character takes. The Krypt is a gallery type of place where you use "koins" to purchase different types of art, special moves, alternate costumes and plenty more. When you purchase one, however, the way you pay for each makes you cringe in a good way because the Krypt is somewhat like a circle of Hell meaning whenever you purchase a piece of the Krypt one random person is then tortured or released with good animation to then show you what you have received. Nekropolis is where your unlockables are stored away, each character having their own section dedicated to them, while the main gallery is for concept art for characters, background images, and stages.GAMEPLAY:
As described before, each and every character flows fluently on your screen, but how does that compare to how and when you move your characters. One of the downsides to Mortal Kombat is the responsiveness of trying to perform lengthy combos. This doesn't happen all the time but sometimes it does is when you need to act quickly, henceforth, you may need to repeat a mission or a fight because of it. Other than that, every characters moves are fairly easy to perform, even for people who are new to fighter games. There is a training section from the main menu where you can practice your moves with any given character. Some combination moves are more detailed and harder to perform when in the heat of a match, on the other hand, others just require a quick and simple "X, X, X" to send your opponent backwards/to the ground. Along with button combinations, special moves are really what defines each and every character, from Scorpions "GET OVER HERE!!!!" hook to Cyrax's Net to Liu Kangs Bicycle Kick. Special moves are different from nearly each and every character, like combinations, some are easier to perform than others and does not take long to get used to any one persons special moves and know when and how to use them. Going from match to match with different characters in the Story mode, you won't be lost as you don't have to memorize these moves as each and every characters moves are provided via the start menu. X-Ray attacks are the most powerful move any one character can perform, and yet, they are the easiest to perform on your controller. X-Ray attacks can only be used when three bars of your x-ray meter are filled at the bottom of the screen for your character, when filled, each fighter has a different way of performing them, whether you need to be in the air, whether you need to grapple the enemy, or whether or not you should stay at the other end of the screen or further away to perform it. Along with the x-ray meter, when one bar is filled you can perform a more powerful special move attack. Fatalities are still fatalities, meaning they look as awesome and gruesome as they ever did. Another defining aspect of each and every characters unique abilities. Some make you
and some make you
. Each and every character's fatality is enjoyable as the next. The blood, the gore, the way every character goes about doing them is fantastic.SOUND
You may need to turn the volume up on your television a little more than other games because this games volume for some reason is so quiet. You'll only need to adjust the volume in-game if you want to hear what people have to say during cut scenes. Other than that, the sound in each and every part of the game is great. The crunching of ones jaw, the throw-up sound of vomit from a kick to the stomach, to the blood splattered dripped blood from a recently performed fatality, everything sounds good. One thing that could be better, however, is the voice acting of some of the characters. Some sound out of sync with the moment that's going on. For example, there could be a big turning point during the story line, and one of the characters show very little emotion. Aside from that, hearing the announcer say "FIGHT" or "FINISH HIM" is rewarding and brings me back to the days where I shouldn't have been playing this game in the first place because of my age. PLAYABILITY:
This is a fairly easy 'pick up and play' game. The first hour you'll be performing special moves and combos with ease. There are a decent about of different modes to choose from. The challenge ladder is definitely the bread and butter of this game though. The challenge ladder offers 300 total challenges for every character in the game. Some are funny, some are hard, some are interesting and the rest are enjoyable. When I first encountered my first difficult challenge, I thought if and when I beat it that the rest would be even harder than this. Even so to my surprise they make some of the challenges hard, though are easy enough to beat, and every now and then you will receive a break in a challenge where you have to "Test your Sight" where you need to pick the correct cup with and eyeball or a brain underneath it. Online features a king of the hill game mode, tag team, 1v1, and more. Tag Team play isn't much different than playing as 1v1, some of the tag-in tag-out moves are nice to see but not a good enough amount to speak highly of this aspect of the game. While it's nice to see that NetherRealm tried something a bit different is a good reason to tip your hats them. Sorry, this is probably the weakest section of this review as i only had a 2-day free trial as my brother bought and used the "kode" for online purposes. So, if you are a bit sad that you can't go online because you share this game with another, don't worry because there is plenty to do as a single player, and 2 achievements that could keep you coming back and playing more. One is to complete the challenge tower and the other is completing the arcade ladder with each playable character.