Mortal Kombat - Xbox 360

Release Date:

21 April 2011

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Mortal Kombat returns to us with this newest chapter of the iconic fight franchise and marks a triumphant return to the series, with it comes a mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favourite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game. Players can choose from an extensive line up of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several new game modes.

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The story mode of Mortal Kombat has fewer arcade modes along with cutscenes. Every fight involves in-engine cinematics which will let you embark on a journey that reboots the narration of the previous three games. The story begins where Mortal Kombat: Armageddon left off in which the Thunder God was under attack from Shao Kahn who happens to be an evil emperor who plans to merge the Outworld with Earth Realm.

As the player, you will take the role of Johnny Cage initially and as the game progresses, you will have the chance to play as different fighters, most of them have already made appearances during the previous games. You will also be going through different surroundings that are remarkable. These places are filled with details, re-creating several classic environments derived from previous games. For instance, there will be a time where you are fighting near a river filled with blood and the next time, you will be placed in an arena full of monsters and chained slaves. Every time, you change characters in the story mode, you will have the chance to learn regarding their origins as well as their intentions in participating in the tournament.

To keep you entertained, the single-plane two dimensional fighting which the series is noted for is also present together with 3D models to make it more delightful. Your objective is to defeat your opponents with the use of a variety of kicks, punches and special moves that will include throwing of knives, acid spit and fireballs. There are actually four attack buttons and each one will correspond to a certain limb just like that of the Tekken series. Buttons for blocks and throws are also separate.

The advent of the new controls are quite responsive similar to Mortal Kombat II which is quick. You will be required to use quick reflexes to resist the attacks of your opponents and even if the button combinations are already very simple, you still have to be fast in pressing the button at the appropriate time. A super meter has also been added which will provide you with several options during combat.

Mortal Kombat also has fatality training mode which will depict your position and will display button commands onscreen together with an input display in order for the player to see his mistakes. However, this does not appear in the Tutorial mode that will teach you the basics in fighting and the new addition to the game which is tag team fighting. The ladder mode will give you the opportunity to learn new tag team skills against computer opponents and this is also an important arcade mode by which you will fight against Shao Kahn in the end.

The Challenge Tower is also another part of the tutorial mode which will teach you various strategies by way of a series of challenges and minigames. At the outset, these will be easy but later on, these will become harder and harder as you advance. The Challenge Tower, Story as well as the Ladder modes are certainly entertaining offerings to make the game among the many fighting games that is rich in content. Rewards will be in the form of coins which will be used in buying your way up to the Challenge Tower once you are stuck on a certain challenge or would want to buy a new content in the virtual graveyard which become a shopping mall called Krypt.

In general, Mortal Kombat is considered the most complete fighting game as well as the bloodiest. With a 2D combat system and polished controls, the game is appropriate for newcomers to have amazing fun. Game enthusiasts will certainly have loads of entertainment.

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