The Mortal Kombat series has seen its ups and downs. When the original Mortal Kombat debut onto consoles in 1992, it was welcomed with a world wide fan base and a lot of controversy. Kids were playing Super Nintendo, pulling heads off and ripping hearts out, and parents were shocked they just bought the most bloody and gruesome game to ever hit consoles for their grade school child. What caused much controversy also sparked a revolution in game development, game ratings, and the potential for bringing video games to the silver screen. After many hit or miss sequels and horrible spin offs, developers at NeatherRealm Studios took Mortal Kombat back to its roots.
So what's new? Well it's not what is new about the game, it's what will be returning to the game. For starters Mortal Kombats engine will be on a 2D plain and reintroduce players to the gruesome Fatalities that made the franchise stand out from other fighters. Some of the new additions include bone crunching X-ray attacks that slow down the fight and will give you a look at internal damage done to your opponent. It will also feature classic stages, with stage Fatalities that will have long time players remember the first time they were knocked into a spike pit.
Lets talk about the roster a little bit. As Mortal Kombat games have expanded, so has the roster. Though a full roster has not been released yet, we can expect many of the fighters from Mortal Kombat 1-3. Here is a short list of characters you can expect to see.
- Kung Lao
- Johnny Cage
- Shao Kahn
- Liu Kang
The new Mortal Kombat will also feature mini-games such as "Test Your Might", "Test Your Sight" and "Test Your Luck" along with a new Challenge Tower that will put gamers through a rigorous 300 challenge event. Local and online multilayer will also be available to take your kombat skills to the rest of the community.
Mortal Kombat is due to release on April 19, 2011. For now you can download the demo on the Playstation Network. Happy Fatalities!