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Mortal Kombat: Teen Edition

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I will never ever forget the first time that I saw someone get knocked off of the Pit in Mortal Kombat II.

I watched in Horror as Barracka fell to his death, the camera in hot pursuit, until the final splat when the concrete cracked beneath him as he slammed into the floor. I wasn’t desensitized yet, so the visuals actually caused a little bit of a sickening feeling in my stomach. I had just watched a realistic looking character fall to a gruesome and horrible death.

It was disgusting, it was twisted and you know what, it was Mortal Kombat in it’s purest form.

These were the thoughts running through my mind when I watched this MK vs DC fatality montage. The gameplay might still be fun, the game may actually prove to be a more than worthwhile purchase but I cannot bring myself to look at it as a true relative of the Mortal Kombat series.

What happened to the good old days of insane amounts of blood and guts?

How could it be that the MK franchise has been stripped of the freedom to create the most gory and violent deaths imaginable, it’s what made it famous. I’m not saying that videogames should always have as much violence as possible but again, this is Mortal Kombat.

It’s kind of like going to watch the next Tarantino movie and finding out that it has been toned down to become more accessible to teenagers. To mention it again, I am not saying that the game looks bad, it just feels like Mortal Kombat has officially lost it’s identity.

A sad day for me indeed.


When Nick mentioned he was going to be posting about this I had to join in, you see I completely disagree with him.

Okay not completely but I do disagree. Mortal Kombat still has it’s fatalities and they are far more realistic looking now than they have ever been. Granted we aren’t seeing any spines being ripped out but at the same time we are not being forced to watch dodgy pixelated garbage being ripped out of of dodgy pixelated characters.

The game looks and sounds fantastic and you are left in no doubt as to the fate of someone after a fatality has been performed.

The interactive camera still looks as good as before and the brutality of the hits is just as good as it ever was, in short I think the new Mortal Kombat is shaping up to be a worthy successor and I for one am looking forward to smashing Batman once and for all.

Last Updated: November 21, 2008

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