Mortal Kombat II
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Average score: 84% (based on 11 ratings)
Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 50 ratings with 3 reviews)
First of all I'm not here to say this game just sucks because of the port. The port itself is good for a genesis version BUT there are some inherent flaws in this port compared to the super nintendo. First I'll start with the good.
The speed is a bit faster over the first mortal kombat. The speed boost is great for Kombat. In this one the fighting is almost as good as a Street Fighting game
The speed is faster then the super nintendo game thus giving it a more arcade feel.
The graphics replicate themselves quite good considering the hardware
Characters have actual combos and more depth to them and skill to learn.
The six button controller really makes this game better to play with compared to the super nintendo's stiff pad.
Now for the bad. Being a arcade port of a huge game there is quite a few issues here.
Sound is DRASTICALLY crapped on. TONS of missing voices. Not just a few here and there. But let me give some examples. When selecting a character they don't say the characters name. When you get in the fight they don't say round one or round two and so on. Just FIGHT. This sounds like a small omission BUT it's a HUGE detriment when going all out for the arcade experience.
Music is DRASTICALLY cut back. Sure it has some semblance to the original music but GOD this is horrible! It's like sophisicated midi at best and total crap at worst.
STOCK GROANS! Hot damn sure there was some similiar ones in the arcade and super nintendo version but these are all the same almost between MALE and FEMALE! Just HORRIBLE! Why oh WHY didn't Acclaim put diversity in the hits? What few voices were in the game.
Graphics look washed and if you look close enough GRAINY. Sure it doesn't look too bad and the game moves fine but the visual is just crap compared to the arcade and super nintendo versions.
Playing this game with a three button control WILL put you up for the FIGHT OF YOUR LIFE. There is NO WAY to play this comfortably with a three button controller. Start is the block button. There is NO WAY you can access that easily right before you get hit which is less then one second. If you are going to play this game PLEASE PLEASE for the sake of your fingers and sanity use a SIX button pad!
The Bottom Line
Though it sounds like I slammed the game I really do like it. It's just that there's better versions out there to play this on. If all you have is a Genesis then by all means get it. If you have a super nintendo get that version for a more full on experience. Though this version is a bit faster and true to the arcade in speed and gameplay then the super nintendo. It's really you're call. Overall a 7/10 with this port.
Genesis · by Mr. Huh (105) · 2005
MK2 is a better game than the original. Thankfully. This time around there is more to the game than just the blood. More characters & more moves are a welcome addition. This is in my opinion the best MK game that has been made. A decent arcade conversion.
The in game fighting is now a lot smoother and quicker. The characters are a lot more technically defined, in that each character has strengths & weaknesses. This was less apparent in the first game as most characters were just about equal.
This game was much better with a few mates to play against and was far more enjoyable with the infinite finishing time cheat in order to get those finishers in.
Its more of the same 2D fare, which is no match for Street Fighter 2. The game will wear thin after about a month or so.
The Bottom Line
A better game than its first incarnation. Worth playing.
Genesis · by Liam Dowds (39) · 2003
Great game with good graphics. Great characters and cool levels.
Nothing, except the difficulty. When I first played it it was insane, then I realized how easy!!!! the first few stages were. When I get to the later stages, there very hard. So bascially keep practicing to get further, of course.
The Bottom Line
Genesis · by Joey Perkins (3) · 2005