I always think it’s cute when people tell me Mortal Kombat was a good game with a straight face. It’s like saying dogs are just as good as cats. PFFFT.
I’d never once claim the series was good, except…well…
It kinda was, in places.
Sure, the characters all had the same basic moves, the costumes would be laughed out of Power Rangers, and the boss AI was programmed by an especially hate filled 6 year old Alzheimer’s disease victim…
Anyone could just jump right into 2 player mode, and discover the basics of a fighting game. Special moves were easy to input, the rock/paper/scissors mechanics were all obvious, and the combos made logical sense within the second game’s world. In no time at all, a competitive party atmosphere would form, and real tournaments grew out of it.
Compare that to Street Fighter 2, which, due to its more evolved gameplay mechanics, meant that just a few of us would destroy any and all of our friends and family, over and over again, until they couldn’t even look at the Super Nintendo.
Oh you’re definitely right about the quick jump in nature of the game, but it ended up being a shallow pool. I definitely remember being the only person I knew who knew how to throw a fireball in SF2 for a good long while, that was a pain.
And no I wasn’t in a hurry to teach other people how to do it 🙂
Wasn’t Scorpion the yellow one, though?
You obviously never played MK, because it WAS a good game, and it was very fun. Also, Scorpion is yellow.
Well that’ll learn me good then! But yep you got me dead to rights on Scorpion. I’m an idiot, thanks!
Pffft. Body Blows was the bee’s knees. Nuts to SF and MK.
I had Body Blows Galactic and it was pretty cool. Also have to mention Elfmania (which was pretty much style over substance, but appealed to 12 year old me) and Shadow Fighter (which was maybe a bit too easy).
Mortal Kombat was inferior to Street Fighter when it came to its fighting engine, but style wise I LOVED IT.
It was like someone took Bruce Lee & Jean Claude Van Damme and dumped them on the island from Enter the Dragon, and you had to fight the lightning guy from Big Trouble in Little China, and the boss was a 4 armed Bolo Yeung followed by the main villain from BTILC Lo Pang!
Mortal Kombat II’s buildup was even bigger, and imo the first two games really gave the player that weird Asian creepy feel with a mix of Hollywood shenanigans.
Lets not discuss the crapfest that followed that though, unless we’re talking about MK9 which somehow ended up being awesome despite having quite a bit of MK3 crap in it.
Aah the good ol’ days when I’d copy rented cartridges to floppy with my copier.
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