Thoughts About the Upcoming Mortal Kombat Game

I haven’t liked a Mortal Kombat game for a long time. I enjoyed the first one, thought the second one was the best and that the third one was a bit of a letdown. From there, I lost interest in the series when it shifted to 3D, added weapons and any other gimmicky stuff to keep the series fresh. To be fair, the Mortal Kombat games have always sold well, but the series hasn’t been relevant among hardcore fighting game fans or the mass audience in years.

Thankfully, the developers behind Mortal Kombat seem to be going the Street Fighter IV route by going back to what made the game great in the first place.

Characters and backgrounds will be rendered in 3D like the newer games, but movement will be limited to a 2D plane. This was the first element of the new game that caught my attention. The shift in dimensions was a clear turning point for the series, one that I think was a turn for the worst. Street Fighter IV proved that 3D graphics and 2D movement can work, which I think would work just fine in this case, too.

After Mortal Kombat 3, which already had a ton of characters, the series added way more to the roster, most of which the average gamer will not know by name unless you’ve played a new Mortal Kombat recently. From what I’ve heard, this new game will only feature classic MK characters, which is a decision I wholeheartedly approve of.

The most exciting part about this reboot is the gameplay. It looks like they’re taking a lot of cues from Mortal Kombat II, which most would say is the best in the series. However, it also looks like they’re using it as the core for the new game and building on it a bit. Just like Street Fighter IV, which was built to feel like Street Fighter II, but added a host of elements that still made the game feel fresh. This new Mortal Kombat game features a super move meter, which can be used to trigger an ‘x-ray’ move when maxed out. If I were making a new Mortal Kombat today, I too would start with Mortal Kombat II and build from there.

As for the gore, rest assured it will be there in spades. Without the DC universe in the way this time, blood and fatalities are back in full force. From what I’ve seen of the game thus far, the fatalities look awesome.

For fighting game fans, these last few years have been awesome. Street Fighter IV has sparked a fighting game revival that should continue to thrive for the next few years. If there was ever a time for Mortal Kombat to return to form, that time is now. We’re going to have to wait till 2011 to play this, but a few more months is nothing when you’ve been waiting over a decade for a great 2D Mortal Kombat game. Lets hope this game truly is a return to form for the series.

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