Maybe you're not the kind of person that cares about lengthy story modes and a robust challenge tower, maybe you just want to fight like the olden days. Good news, Mortal Kombat features all of the standard arcade-style modes you're used to. You can climb the single-player tower for all 28 fighters, offering a what-if scenario where that fighter wins the tournament. Fans can also go through this arcade-style mode as pairs, turning this game into a tag team affair.
If that's still not enough for you, then you should take a look at Mortal Kombat's four bonus stages. Test Your Might returns from the original Mortal Kombat and is joined by Test Your Luck, Test Your Sight and Test Your Strike. These stages will have you mashing buttons to break objects and watching a disgusting variation on the cup game.
Of the bonus stages, only Test Your Luck is the one that has legs. In this mode a large slot machine will pop up and its spin will spell out your fate. It will choose the characters, handicaps (no arms, no blocking, etc.) and stage effects. Once you have your assignment, it's up to you to overcome the challenge. This is an exciting mode that reminded me why I loved Mortal Kombat II so much. There's a randomness to all of the action that is refreshing.
With more than fifteen hours of single-player content, I can see some players going days (or even weeks) before challenging another living person. The amount of content in Mortal Kombat is staggering, and not just for a fighting game. Most modern action games and first-person shooters don't come close to offering this much stuff to do. If you're somebody who felt burned by the lack of things to do in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, then Mortal Kombat is the $60 fighting game you can feel good about buying.
On top of the game's strong single-player content, there are also a few worthwhile multiplayer modes. Players get the usual one-on-one battles, along with the tag team variation. The game also allows you to input codes (like those found in Mortal Kombat 3) to change up the handicaps. Parties can even get involved in a brand new four-player mode, though that restricts the game to the two-on-two variation. There's also an online mode that boasts a number of ways to play. Unfortunately I have no firsthand experience with this mode as Sony's PSN service has been down since launch.
Just about everything you do in Mortal Kombat earns you coins. Much like past entries, this game offers a giant Krypt, where players use their newfound money to unlock new fatalities, costumes, music and more. While there's nothing earthshattering in this mode, I was impressed with the amount of old school content I recognized. It was great to hear some of the original music; it perfectly fits the many stages influenced by the first three games. If any series deserved this much fan service, it's Mortal Kombat.
There's no question that this game mashes that nostalgia button. So much of this game feels like it was ripped directly out of the first three games, from the characters to the stages. Outside of the weird stunt casting of Kratos, there aren't many new faces in this ninth Mortal Kombat game. The stages are also familiar, including a haunted forest, the courtyard, Goro's lair, a bunch of pits and many more. All of this works for this reboot, but I can't wait to see this team push this fiction forward in new and interesting ways.
Mortal Kombat isn't just a solid reboot of a beloved franchise; it's also one of the best fighting game of the year. NetherRealm Studios has finally made Mortal Kombat relevant. This is a package with an enviable amount of content, including a story mode that truly ups the ante for all fighting games in the future. If this is the new direction for this franchise, then I definitely want more Mortal Kombat!
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
Ed Boon can rest easy, his Mortal Kombat reboot is a resounding success. With its creative modes, stellar story and revamped fighting mechanics, Mortal Kombat is one of the best fighting games on the PlayStation 3. Best of all, there's more than enough single-player content for even those who never want to go up against another human being. Flawless victory!
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