The first Mortal Kombat game immediately captured the attention of Arcade gamers and the majority of their quarters back in 1992. Now almost eighteen years later, gamers are still hooked but this time, their consoles are the destination for the latest epic installment of the Mortal Kombat series. With so much competition for your money in the fighting genre, is choosing your destiny one more time in Mortal Kombat really worth the price?
At Gamescom 2010, Producer Hector Sanchez released new details about the ninth version Mortal Kombat and confirmed the series’ return to it’s bloody roots. Still that doesn’t mean there won’t be new additions. Just look at the HD trailer and you will quickly see this is not the same game you bought years ago. While the list of characters has grown tremendously, their respective styles started to overlap and it became overly ridiculous with multiple ninja types, multiple robots, and even several female characters sharing the same costume.
But this game is going to strive to make each character different…most likely in the area of fighting of course. We’ll see more customized fatalities, weapons, and perhaps even some dramatic costume overhauls. But is that really enough to tear us away from the likes of Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tekken X Street Fighter, or any other modern day fighter?
The promise of faster game play is not original nor does it do anything to enhance the feeling of nostalgia. Perhaps it will excite experienced fighting gamers but will that carry over to the average gamer and more importantly newcomers to the series?
An aggressive pricing of $39.99 would definitely help many throw caution to the wind but where is the innovation? Fatalities are great and humorous additions like Babalities and Friendships changed things up. Will we see mini games like Test Your Might, Motor Kombat, and Kombat Chess all return to help this game pack enough punch to fight for our attention? It would be nice to have all these things instead of seeing each of them fade with each new game. Just imagine a Mortal Kombat game with everything you have seen from the past eighteen years. Even a $60 price might be justified at that point. But the question still looms…would you pay it?
Do you think Mortal Kombat is moving in the right direction? What would you like to see in the next installment?