Out Now: Mortal Kombat

Yesterday, the highly-anticipated reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise hit stores. From what I’ve been seeing on Metacritic, it’s being received really well from the gaming press. Up until I played the demo a while back, I had plans to buy this on day one. However, here I am blogging from the outside, looking in. I didn’t buy it on day one, nor do I feel the urge to have this in my collection immediately. What happened?

Once upon a time in the early 90s, I used to think I was pretty good at fighting games. I played a ton of Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat II, which were my favourite fighting games at the time. In my mind, the fact that I memorized all of the special moves and a handful of short combos was enough to define myself as good.

It wasn’t until I started following tournament-level Street Fighter IV play when I realized that I was in fact, pretty terrible. There’s a lot more to being a good fighting game player than just memorizing special moves. Over the past two years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing Street Fighter IV with the mindset that I would want to play this at a competitive level. I’m still no Daigo, but if Capcom is going to define an elite player as someone with 3000PP in Super Street Fighter IV, then I’m technically a sneeze away from being defined as such.

Due to my experience of leveling up at Street Fighter IV, I knew what I needed to do to get better Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which I did successfully. I wouldn’t call myself an elite MvC3 player, but I know I can play this game at a competitive level and do fine. The million dollar question is: am I willing to go through that process again with Mortal Kombat?

Having played the PSN demo of the game a few times now, I know I have a long way to go before I can play this game at a skill level I’m happy with. When I play the new Mortal Kombat game, I’m about as good as I was when I played Mortal Kombat II on the Super Nintendo. At this point, outside of memorizing a few special moves, I don’t really have anything going for me. It’s fun to simply do special moves and fatalities, but it feels shallow to me when I don’t understand the deeper mechanics or strategy.

I could overcome that simply by dedicating the time to learn it. But do I want to put that time into it to level up? I don’t know. The Mortal Kombat engine is such a departure from Capcom fighting games that it’s going to take longer to level up. Also, with my time going heavily into Marvel nowadays with Street Fighter as my palette-cleansing game, I’m not sure I have room in my fighting game schedule for it. I just don’t want this to be like my forays into BlazBlue, which were awesome games that I didn’t invest much time into because I couldn’t get my skill level to a place where I was happy with it.

From what I’ve played, this seems like it’s going to be an awesome Mortal Kombat game. I’ve had fun with the demo and I’d love to play more of it. I’m just not sure I can justify paying full price at this point in time for it. If you’ve played the game, what do you think of it so far?

3 thoughts on “Out Now: Mortal Kombat

  1. Josh April 20, 2011 / 8:15 AM

    Well I’m still waiting to see if I can get my hands on a Kollector’s edition but if I have to settle for a normal copy I guess so but I have another huge problem ….. I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA! It’s not allowed here because the ratings system. However I can always get it via gamespot online or something like ebay, I can tell the buyer to wrap it in some kind of delicate paper or fabric so inspectors will be discouraged to touch it, I’m trying to be creative here. Importing skills, don’t fail me now!
    P.S I hope that you are able to solve your current issue Jett and get your hands on this fantastic game!

      • Josh April 21, 2011 / 6:44 AM

        It’s not that complicated, a monkey could understand. Someone makes a fun game, Micheal Atskinson doesn’t like fun and decides to ban it stating that interactive violence is the worst kind and can cause social issues. Then a poll is decided to settle the score, the results are as follows, 2% of the population want no part in and R18+ rating for games while the reaming 98% (who are obviously not arrogant mothers who think they know everything and are trying to protect their children) are in favour of the rating. However, they decide to ignore the poll and carry on with what they are doing. In time Mr Atskinson decides to drop out of the board and someone takes his place but strangely enough has the same philosophy as Mr Atskinson and continues the fight against…………………… VIDEO GAMES DEVELOPERS WHO ARE TRYING TO CORRUPT OUR YOUTH!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!!11!!!!!11!ONE!!!!!111——DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNN. Soon a social party try’s to overrule Mr Atskinson’s replacement with a vote and at that point my memory kind of fades away. The cycle continues :/

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