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Mortal Kombat (Genesis)

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Written by  :  scabadoo (32)
Written on  :  Feb 04, 2006
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

Definitely the best arcade to console port of Mortal Kombat.

The Good

The game is quick and easy to learn. The fatalities are an interesting diversion. It might not have look pretty, but it sure has the feel of the original Mortal Kombat arcade machine (try saying that about the SNES version which plays like jerky molasses). Sega actually lets MK have the blood and gore.

The Bad

Even though it is great for pick up and play gaming sessions, the depth of the MK games has always been much lower then the Street Fighter games. The playstyles of the characters are all very simular only differing in special moves and personality. The graphics are passable, but are quite a step back from the arcade version.

The Bottom Line

It was definitely the version of Mortal Kombat to own back in the day. The graphics might have been homely, but it played so much better then the Super Nintendo version. I know it's already been mentioned, but Sega letting the violence of the arcade be ported home also adds to the experience. If you should ever find a Genesis and cart of MK (and television to play it on)(and power supply), there are much worse things to do then play it.