Reviewed by Greatest One
Whenever you buy a game now, and see the ESRB rating on the
corner of the box, you can thank one game for it. When
Mortal Kombat first came out for the Sega Genesis, it became
an instant source of controversy. It was a cult hit in the
arcades and its arrival on the home consoles made it even
more popular. Kids of all ages loved the game. But, the huge
amounts of blood and gore concerned many parents. Some
wanted the game to banned and stores like Toys R Us did so
for a while. But no one could deny the popularity of the
game, and so a review committee was set up to rate video
games. Mortal Kombat was the first M rated game.
Mortal Kombat is a bloody 2D fighter. The game features
seven different characters, all of whom had different moves.
Some of the favorites include Liu Kang, Raiden and Sub-Zero.
The game competed against the popular "Street Fighter"
series at the time. But, MK was a lot more realistic and
gory than Street Fighter. The action looked realistic with
realistic punches and kicks. Along with the punches and
kicks, came a huge amount of blood. The blood would splatter
all over the screen as the characters dealt damage.
Probably, the feature that caused MK to be so controversial
was the fatalities. Each character had a unique finishing
move that he could execute to finish off his opponent. These
moves were the bloodiest and most violent of all. They range
from one guy ripping another's heart out to a character
tearing his opponent's head out with the spinal cord still dangling.
All the blood and gore may have made it controversial, but
no one can deny MK's popularity. It has resulted in two
feature films, a few cartoons and a lot of sequels. Even
now, MK is probably the most recognized fighting game ever.
The realistic graphics caused the game to be controversial.
You could see the action clearly and the blood was
realistic. The fatalities seemed especially detailed.
The music and sound effects were really good. The game also
had sound effects for the blood splattering on the ground.
There weren't any complex button combinations, except for
the fatalities. This made the game easy and fun.
Replay Value: 8.
You had to play at least till you saw all the fatalities.
Also each character had his/her ending at the end of the
game in text format.
It still is one of the more popular fighting games of all time.