After a short wait since it was announced, the release of Mortal Kombat 11 is now upon us and boy are we excited! With excitement at a fever pitch, I wanted to share my Top 5 Mortal Kombat Games of all time and my thoughts on why I’m so ready for Mortal Kombat 11! Let’s dive in…
#5 Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was somewhat of an early test for the now famous Injustice series done by NetherRealm Studios. When the game was released in 2008, I was very much obsessed with its new in-game mechanics and dynamic story.
It featured two new gameplay mechanics called Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat. Freefall let you throw enemies from one area of the stage to another, while also giving players the ability to deal damage to their foe during the fall. Klose Kombat, on the other hand, gave players the ability to pull their foes closer to them and have three chances to deal heavy damage blows to the other opponent.
The story is based around the merging of two universes, The DCU and The Mortal Kombat Universe. Characters in the game are forced to fight against each other while being manipulated by a hidden evil enemy and also being affected by a “RAGE” that blinds them, making them attack any opposing enemy! Even though it was lined out like a cheesy 1990’s film, I really enjoyed what MidWay (NetherRealms Studios) did with this game!
#4 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Back in ’95 when the game first released, my brothers and I were really excited for this game but we’re pretty sure we couldn’t get it because of the violence. To our surprise, our Dad bought the game for us, day one, and we all freaked out upon the surprise.
What was really great about this game was the huge list of characters, crazy levels, and the insane fatalities. There was also a cheat code you could put in that would play a video of all the different brutalities, fatalities, and more! This was probably one of the coolest easter eggs/cheats that I ever did in a game and really made me more interested in the games industry, than ever before!
We were so crazy for this game that one weekend we actually set up a huge army style tent in the back yard, stretched an extension cord to the tent and played UMK3 all night long with some friends! Very good memories, for a very good game!
#3 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks saved the Mortal Kombat Franchise in my opinion. Even though games like Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat: Deception had been met with great reviews, some fans like myself felt the series was becoming stale.
Shaolin Monks was the first-ever Mortal Kombat to have an adventure story mode and had the newly added “Multi-Directional Kombat System.” This new system made the game feel more like an action-adventure dungeon crawler and is one of the games biggest selling points! The game could be played in full co-op mode and you could also indulge in the versus mode with friends.
I really enjoyed this game and I feel it re-instilled my faith in the series. Sometimes game series need a new direction and facelift, in the case of MK: Shaolin Monks this worked out perfectly and is still one of my favorite beat-em-up adventure titles to play on my PS2.
#2 Mortal Kombat (9)
Mortal Kombat 9 was somewhat of a relaunch for the series but still was connected to the story laid out in Mortal Kombat: Armaggedon. The game starts at the end of MK: Armageddon with a defeated Raiden sending a vision of what is to come to his past self. The timeline is somewhat restarted as you, the player goes through the events of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3.
What I loved about this game was the fact that the story had more depth than ever before. Not only did they give characters their cool backstories, but with a few minor changes made to the game’s story… we actually had a few more OMG moments than what we thought we would. There was also the new introduction of the XRay System, which was basically a mini fatality that could be used after building up your XRAY meter during the fight.
Something else that really sold me on this game was the DLC characters available after launch. The main DLC line up was Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, and Freddy Krueger. It also came along with 15 Klassic Skins…but we can’t forget the one character that made this game even more amazing, KRATOS! The God of War was one of the first guest characters in the series and exclusive to PS3 and PS Vita.
#1 Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X raised the bar higher with its graphics, story, and new variation system. This new system let players choose between three different variations that would change that character’s play style to an extent.
To give you an example, my favorite character to use was Jax and his variations were Wrestler, Heavy Weapons, and Pumped up. All the variations had a few different move sets, but the one I mainly chose was Wrestler because it was more close up, hand to hand combat. This made players feel that even if they both had the same character in the versus mode, their kombatants was different than their opponents.
Lastly, the story is by far one of the best in the series and really sets the stage for Mortal Kombat 11. Continuing from MK9, we see characters grow into more well rounded and forgiving characters than ever before. We also see characters like Jax, Lui Kang, Kitana, and Kung Lao become evil revenants of their former selves, with Lui and Kitana ruling the Netherrealm!
Mortal Kombat 11 Launch Trailer
Mortal Kombat 11 is right around the corner and NetherRealms has not only excited its fans with a launch trailer for the game, they decided to put a classic spin on the trailer by using the original theme from the 1995 Cult Classic Mortal Kombat Film.
As a fan, I can’t tell you how much this makes me appreciate the studio for holding on the history of this game. With Mortal Kombat 11’s story bringing classic characters back and merging MKX and MK1’s timeline, what better music is there than the original theme to hit fans in the feels?
From this trailer and the gameplay we have seen so far, I this feeling this will be one of the best Mortal Kombat games ever made. Not only do I feel this is a culmination of what the studio and fans have wanted since day one, but I feel this timeline itself has become the MK movie I have always wanted! This game will not only have great gameplay, graphics, and music…it will also feature a storyline that will be one of the best in-game stories in the whole fighting game genre!
What character will you be playing as, what mode are you most excited for? Comment below and let us know! Mortal Kombat 11 launches April 23rd for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Check back here soon for our review!