Back when the first â€œMortal Kombatâ€ came out in 1992, parents and politicians alike were outraged, and from their anger came the Entertainment Software Rating Board, created to rate video games for their age-appropriateness.
However, the controversy hasnâ€™t stopped there.
â€œMortal Kombatâ€™sâ€ violence is so grotesque that any person in Australia who imports or purchases the game is subject to a $110,000 fine â€“â€“ approximately $120,000 here.
So moms and dads of America be warned: Fighting game â€œMortal Kombatâ€ is back and prepared for another round of gore-gushing and spine-crushing fun.
The most important aspect to any fighting game is the ease of controlling your fighter; â€œMortal Kombatâ€™sâ€ simple and fluid controls make it a prized fighter.
Even a rookie like myself myself have too much of a problem performing the combination attacks, which is an impressive feat because these chain attacks generally require three or more buttons to be quickly pressed in a specific order.
And while each particular combo attack needs to be memorized, each character has roughly the same set of button combinations making the game easier for a novice to master the controls.
When I turned on â€œMortal Kombatâ€ I was expecting ultra-lifelike characters and blood to fly after every powerful punch.
Surprisingly, the game looks more like a graphic novel â€“â€“ complete with cringe-inducing images of â€œKombatantsâ€™â€ shattering bones and snapping necks.
This isnâ€™t even close the worst â€œMortal Kombatâ€ has to offer.
The game offers fatality moves after fights that allow players to completely disembowel their opponents, no visual detail spared.
The action doesnâ€™t stop there. The gameâ€™s offline and online fighting modes can keep people entertained for hours. These game modes feature two fighters or teams entering the arena. Only one can leave alive.
â€œMortal Kombatâ€ isnâ€™t just a bloodbath, though; thereâ€™s a story to it, something much deeper than other fighting games.
Traditionally, a fighting game pits a playerâ€™s chosen combatant against fighter after fighter. â€œMortal Kombatâ€ leaps further, guiding players through an intriguing plotline that sets the good â€œEarthrealmâ€ and evil â€œNetherrealmâ€ in a battle for control of Earth.
Â With constant plot twists, the story never gets boring.
However, thereâ€™s no option to select a difficulty for novice or expert fighters, causing a few problems. Certain fights can literally take hours to win, which is unfortunate because you canâ€™t progress through â€œMortal Kombatâ€™sâ€ storyline until each battle is won.
Not only are some of the fights difficult, but also they can get monotonous. Memorizing combo attacks takes some time, so I had to resort to using the same three or four basic yet effective moves to win some of the fights.
The commercials donâ€™t do â€œMortal Kombatâ€ justice. It is a thoroughly enjoyable fighting game for all levels of players. The gratuitous violence and gore may turn some people off, but this game is a must-have title for fighting-game enthusiasts and curious â€œKombatantsâ€ alike.
Video Game Reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Graphics: 4 stars out of 5
- Sound: 3.5 stars out of 5
- Controls: 4.5 stars out of 5
- Gameplay: 3.5 stars out of 5
- Overall: 4 stars out of 5
- Systems: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
- Replay Value: Moderate to High