WHERE DID MORTAL KOMBAT GO WRONG

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When was it, exactly, that Mortal Kombat went from hot shit regular old shit-shit?

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Mortal Kombat 3 (The one where they added a fat cop) 9
Mortal Kombat (That shitty series was NEVER "right" to begin with) 4
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (The one that was a weird platformer) 3
MORTAL KOMBAT DOES NOT AND WILL NOT SUCK FOOL2
Mortal Kombat 4 (the one where they went 3D, plus, weapons) 2
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (The one where they thought a Mortal Kombat game was worth gettin' all iterative with) 1
Mortal Kombat Trilogy (The one that they sold on every platform and was broken on most) 0
Mortal Kombat II (The sequel that started everything going wrong) 0
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (the one where they added two unarmed fighting styles, and an armed weapon style) 0
Mortal Kombat: Deception (The one where they added chess and puzzle-fighter as minigames) 0
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Alternate timelines WTF) 0
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (The one where they "ended" the series for good) 0
Mortal Kombat 8 (The one where, apparently, they didn't end the series for good after all) 0
Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (the one where they did 3d beat-em-up) 0


Will M., Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:27 (eleven years ago) link

i didn't know any of them past 3 existed, so kudos to their marketing ppl

gff, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:41 (eleven years ago) link

shaolin monks was fucking awesome

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:46 (eleven years ago) link

imo it was MK4 although MK3 is very close. MK1 was dope, MK2 was also dope. the rest... well, i liked the post-apocalypse thing, but who gives a fuck about a kurt stryker

xp haha gff

Will M., Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:47 (eleven years ago) link

(The one where they added a fat cop)

so much truth here

HI DERE, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:03 (eleven years ago) link

I enjoyed I and II but they were minor pleasures compared to SFII etc. because the gameplay nuance just wasn't there. Never played anything after III.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:05 (eleven years ago) link

MKII was the SHIT, that game was so fucking awesome (Kitiara TROO WUV 4EVA)

HI DERE, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:06 (eleven years ago) link

i hear that, polyphonic re: street fighter beating it, but i have to admit a guilty pleasure of mine is keeping up on mortal kombat's COMPLETELY FUCKING LUDICROUS storylines. WAY more entertaining than "yet another robot cyborg from shadaloo." Seriously, each MK character's wiki page is, like, 5 pages long. its AWESOME.

Will M., Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:32 (eleven years ago) link

Also whose wiki articles are in the running for the dryest shit on wikipedia to hilarious effect. this is from reptile's page...

RECURRING FATALITIES
# Tasty Meal: Reptile takes off his mask, revealing a reptilian face. He then opens his mouth and stretches out his long tongue, sticking it to his victim's head, then quickly retracts it, ripping off the head and eating it. Reptile then rubs his stomach, giving a satisfied "Mmmm..." noise. In Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Reptile also eats his opponent's abdomen and legs after eating their head, and does not rub his stomach. (MKII, UMK3, MKT, MK:SM)
# Hidden Chop: Reptile turns invisible, then rips or cuts off his opponent's torso before reappearing. How this is done is not precisely explained. (MKII, MK:SM)

Seriously one-two punch of LOLs there.

Will M., Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:34 (eleven years ago) link

i don't think i played any of them after II, so that must mean 3 is the answer.

Jordan, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 22:38 (eleven years ago) link

2 was so the best

DG, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 23:40 (eleven years ago) link

MOOOORTAAAAAALLL KOOOOOMBBBAAAAAATTT!!!!!!!!!

nickalicious, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 23:42 (eleven years ago) link

3 had dial-a-kombos and that stupid run button and half-assed fatalities. I stopped playing there.

abanana, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 00:07 (eleven years ago) link

fighting games with multiple palette swap characters are lame

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 00:08 (eleven years ago) link

MK3 changed it all over to dial-a-combos, which weren't nearly as satisfying. Also the character design got even worse, somehow.

Nhex, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 02:59 (eleven years ago) link

(Kitiara TROO WUV 4EVA)

FALSE SUITOR! HER NAME IS KITANA!!!

http://sidewayspony.com/images/trough/production/2007/jun/11/28511_orig_purplesexyninja_20copy.jpg

Leee, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 03:18 (eleven years ago) link

MKII was the SHIT, that game was so fucking awesome (Kitiara TROO WUV 4EVA)

-- HI DERE, Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:06 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

lol nerdian slip

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 03:44 (eleven years ago) link

wau so thorougly pwned

HI DERE, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 03:58 (eleven years ago) link

3. 2 was decent. 3 was like "Why do all the characters STILL have all the same moves and physical strength?"

Z S, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 05:43 (eleven years ago) link

Definitely 3, when they started introducing the Killer Instinct-style dial-a-combo bullshit. Also the worst character designs of the entire series. Everyone looked like hair-metal video extras or American Gladiators.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:18 (eleven years ago) link

MK II is perfection. Not as deep as Street Fighter but it had great graphics and sound for the time, smooth-as-Billy Dee control and awesome fatalities.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:23 (eleven years ago) link

and also it had motherfucking Baraka

http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Galaxy/2153/images/t_baraka.gif

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:25 (eleven years ago) link

I think the Mortal Kombat movie is still probably the closest game-to-film adaptation yet.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:26 (eleven years ago) link

I think MK II was one of the only games I saw people actually LINING UP to play

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:30 (eleven years ago) link

do arcades exist anymore at all?

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 06:31 (eleven years ago) link

was this game always 'realistic' graphics, or did that come later?

Ste, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 10:13 (eleven years ago) link

From the beginning it was that weird sprites-based-on-photos style that I guess started with Pit Fighter, but that must have come to an end with the first (shitty) 3-D one.

The first bad MK game IMO was the infuriating 2D-3D Sub Zero platformer.

antexit, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 14:16 (eleven years ago) link

MKII definitely is up there in terms of "introducing awesome new characters in a sequel"; I think the only other games that compete with it are Darkstalkers 2 and Viruta Fighter 2 (SF2 blows all of them away, of course).

HI DERE, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 14:25 (eleven years ago) link

I think MK 3 looked really silly next to all those 3D fighters coming out at the same time.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 14:49 (eleven years ago) link

WAIT WAIT so all the ones past 3 are arcade?

what the fuck, am i supposed to hang out at airports or something??

gff, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 14:52 (eleven years ago) link

I think the Mortal Kombat movie is still probably the closest game-to-film adaptation yet.

-- latebloomer, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 1:26 AM (Wednesday, March 12, 2008 1:26 AM) Bookmark Link

When Chameleon appeared late in the movie, I was all "fuck yeah, just like the game!"

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 14:58 (eleven years ago) link

IN MK3 YOU COULD UPPERCUT PEOPLE UP ONTO OTHER LEVELS HOW COOL WAS THAT?????????????????????????????????????????

DG, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:11 (eleven years ago) link

all the ones past 3 came out on consoles... 4, 5, 6, 7 all on PS2 as far as i remember! maybe 4 was on ps1 but i don't think so? i can't remember

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

SF2 hardly counts as a sequel imo, the first "street fighter" was so weird and different

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:21 (eleven years ago) link

do arcades exist anymore at all?

-- latebloomer, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 6:31 AM (8 hours ago)

good question. i know there's one up the top of the trocadero because fatnick and i went on a quest to play outrun 2 there

DG, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

it all went downhill when my local corner shop got rid of its SF2 machine

DG, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

there's a couple in montreal, one of which i went to and had my ass handed to me a couple of times.

it's sad because the arcade system is pretty awesome... i get to play on an arcade stick without needing to build it myself and/or pay 200 bucks, all while standing at a cabinet that i don't have to put somewhere in my house and plathe best possible version of a fighting game!

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

but MK3 loses points for switching to arabic # system

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

the terrorists have won

DG, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

BTW I foget who linked the "lame" MK3 fatalities but that was the last Mortal Kombat that I thought had AMAZING fatalities! i mean some of the UMK3 ones are uninspired (especially lame-o ermac), but some of the actual MK3 ones, priceless. i find it weird that they had to censor out sub-zero-classic's head/spine rip fatality (due ot the controversy it caused in MK1) but some of the ones they left in are WAY creepier/more brutal, ie. stretching a dude's mouth out and pulling their skeleton out through it, leaving a pile of skin?!?! what the fuck?!?! de-spine-i-tation seems tame in comparison!!!

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:44 (eleven years ago) link

Will, how long have you been in MTL? It used to be an arcade PARADISE. There were six great ones on St. Catherine that I can remember. Now it's just the one, I think, on the north side by Drummond that has all those weird horseracing games and stuff.

antexit, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 16:04 (eleven years ago) link

i used to be able to play HARD DRIVIN' at the dolphin in romford :(

DG, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 16:15 (eleven years ago) link

i've only been here for like two years. i missed the golden age for sure. but then again i've never really looked for places, an old coworker brought me there once...

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 16:19 (eleven years ago) link

which MK had the Afghani guy who could drop through the bottom of the screen? that's the last one I played. it was fun. yep!

Garrett Martin, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 17:39 (eleven years ago) link

Afghani guy?! i have no idea what you mean! was it 3d polygons?

Will M., Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:08 (eleven years ago) link

Also wasn't this one of Kano's powers?

HI DERE, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:45 (eleven years ago) link

apparently his name was Kabal. and apparently he wasn't necessarily Afghani, but from a dusty land, and perhaps even a desert. maybe he was Bedouin?

Garrett Martin, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:55 (eleven years ago) link

Couldn't one of the robots in 3 drop through the floor too? forward forward lowkick or something?

antexit, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

Arcades died when home systems were able to meet and more or less surpass cabinet quality graphics/sound/design.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:04 (eleven years ago) link

Now, the only stuff that works to keep arcades alive are "event" games, like where you go skiing... for realz! Dance Dance/Beatmania used to keep it alive, but now that people have shown a wii/guitarhero willingness to buy peripherals, that well is mostly dry too. It's down to kiddie bullshit (whackamole, skee ball, treasure claw) and retro stylee arcades to carry the torch.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 19:06 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s6UiEuCYXA

Rebirth is being made into this miniseries called Legacy. Includes gunkata and Helo from BSG.

jay lenonononono (abanana), Saturday, 16 April 2011 21:46 (eight years ago) link

just the right level of camp, imo

Nhex, Saturday, 16 April 2011 21:57 (eight years ago) link

The new game looks like it might be fun, there's one fatality that features somebody being slow-clapped with their own severed hands

MPx4A, Sunday, 17 April 2011 20:03 (eight years ago) link

demo was very much like playing mk2 which is good news really

o u mad cuz i'm Kgositsilin' on u (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 April 2011 21:25 (eight years ago) link

yeah. this is the first time i've been stoked about anything mk related in years. hope it's worth buying used, at the very least!

das reboot (latebloomer), Monday, 18 April 2011 04:18 (eight years ago) link

lol "kurtis stryker"

http://www.writeups.org/img/fiche/2513.jpg

das reboot (latebloomer), Monday, 18 April 2011 04:42 (eight years ago) link

Meat?

o u mad cuz i'm Kgositsilin' on u (forksclovetofu), Monday, 18 April 2011 04:43 (eight years ago) link

I'm too layzee to start it myself but there needs to be a thread on ILG about the best/worst hidden playable video game characters

das reboot (latebloomer), Monday, 18 April 2011 04:52 (eight years ago) link

Complete with the backwards <s>cap</s> kap!

You talking a poll or a regular thread?

Matt Groening's Cousin (Leee), Monday, 18 April 2011 04:54 (eight years ago) link

Helo from BSG a definite improvement from the old Stryker

Nhex, Monday, 18 April 2011 04:56 (eight years ago) link

Piece on this in today's NYT

Crazed Mister Handy (kingfish), Monday, 18 April 2011 05:49 (eight years ago) link

Really? Where? I saw the bit on game ratings.

o u mad cuz i'm Kgositsilin' on u (forksclovetofu), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:36 (eight years ago) link

So I picked this up yesterday. It's a blast, especially if you liked the first two games. Going back to 2-D was a great move. Story mode is actually really entertaining (albeit hella cheesy, but it's MK so that's a given).

shamefully blowable (latebloomer), Saturday, 23 April 2011 20:32 (eight years ago) link

the Shaolin Monks game was really good, especially if you loved MK2 like I did; just nonstop action, Die Hard Arcade style

frogbs, Monday, 25 April 2011 19:01 (eight years ago) link

lol Johnny Cage is a reality star!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqlaU5OMsks&feature=player_embedded#at=10

shamefully blowable (latebloomer), Friday, 29 April 2011 07:07 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

justin wong won the $10000 mk9 tournament prize. i bet he never plays mk again.

jay lenonononono (abanana), Sunday, 15 May 2011 23:54 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

oh man, the new game is so wonderfully stupid. i'm amazed they put this much effort into such an idiotic story, and i love it.

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:28 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Yeah I got the new one yesterday for cheap and it is pretty goddamn awesome

Threat Level: Panda (jjjusten), Saturday, 22 October 2011 19:14 (seven years ago) link

yeah this was definitely one of the year's pleasant surprises

lagerfeld of modern despots (latebloomer), Sunday, 23 October 2011 03:26 (seven years ago) link

the story mode is what my 12-year-old self really wanted out of the movie

lagerfeld of modern despots (latebloomer), Sunday, 23 October 2011 03:27 (seven years ago) link

the movie was awesome fuiud

dayo, Sunday, 23 October 2011 03:39 (seven years ago) link

i think the soundtrack was one the first cds i bought with my own money. lol

lagerfeld of modern despots (latebloomer), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 02:40 (seven years ago) link

MORTAL WOMMMMBAAAAT

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 03:24 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

another plus to this game is that it makes it really really obvious if you have worn contact points in your controller buttons FUCK U I PRESSED A style.

cannonball aderall (jjjusten), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 17:31 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

Definitely MK3. On top of having a fat cop and losing the cool ninjas in favor of dumb robots, they toned down the oriental flavor massively. The coolest thing about MK was that it was the closest to a Big Trouble in Little China fighting came you could get. MK3 just had no style.

The background were sometimes cool though. I think Ultimate MK3 was a step back in the right direction. But yeah, the cop thing really seals the deal.

Also, those fatalities, you can tell they really just didn't give a shit in MK3, reusing the same explosions-of-blood and exploding-guts animations over and over again.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 2 September 2012 21:21 (six years ago) link

so many femurs

This cad needs a cordial introduction to Eugene of Oxbow. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 2 September 2012 21:25 (six years ago) link

Yeah otm. 2011 MK was a great return to form though!

latebloomer, Monday, 3 September 2012 22:52 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

'90s HOT: A picture thread.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 8 October 2012 13:58 (six years ago) link

you guys are crazy, fatcop was the coolest thing about MK3

frogbs, Monday, 8 October 2012 14:12 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Drake's new album Scorpion just makes me think of this and for that alone I am thankful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBrwIMYV3-A

frogbs, Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Glancing through the early user reviews and folks, so far it seems like the new one has gone wrong in two key ways: having maddeningly onerous lootbox unlocks, and having female characters that are wearing clothes

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 17:34 (three months ago) link

it’s what hr giger would have wanted

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 18:40 (three months ago) link

don't forget people are also mad at it for it making the controversial political statement of "slavery was bad"

ciderpress, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 18:47 (three months ago) link

i don't really follow MK these days but i think the chainsaw guy from Mandy would be a cool and fitting character for the series

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 19:28 (three months ago) link

not just that slavery is bad, but that a storyline where time travel stops slavery from ever happening somehow promotes ‘white genocide’

ban videogames, honestly

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 19:43 (three months ago) link

Barry on HBO sometimes feels like a sub-zero/quan chi cutscene

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 19:55 (three months ago) link

and that's all of the mortal kombat i need rn

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 19:57 (three months ago) link

the last one I played was like 10 years ago. maybe Annihilation? either way I remember that mini-adventure game tacked onto it, I was fascinated with it because of how underdeveloped it was

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:40 (three months ago) link

i could watch that alien-with-chainsaw gif all day

mh, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:14 (three months ago) link

i played mortal kombat mythologies sub zero a lot as a kid bc i was obsessed with the cut scenes (which are... real lol to me at this point in my life) and i thought it was such a cool idea (a mortal kombat platformer *should* be a cool thing!). however: fundamentally unplayable game

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:40 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

MK11 at its core, has gone right!
The abominable, tedious unlock grind and always online games-as-a-service is godawful though.
I feel you could replace the term "MK11" here with so many games in 2019.
Female characters ARE a lot better in this one, though credit due to MKX for starting their trend of actually designing them decently

Still, it's MK - totally worth it for the goofy single player experience even if you can't/don't want to play with others. They've been a lot better than Capcom in at least delivering that. (Though I hate that so much is gated behind the online Towers. And the AI battles are such a waste of time as much as they were in Injustice 2.)

not just that slavery is bad, but that a storyline where time travel stops slavery from ever happening somehow promotes ‘white genocide’
wait what? was this even brought up in the game?

Nhex, Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:17 (three months ago) link

it's jax's ending apparently? it rules imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:22 (three months ago) link

bb i'm gonna check that out

Nhex, Sunday, 12 May 2019 00:05 (three months ago) link

ha it does indeed rule

"i'm not gonna wait a few centuries for people to get woke!"

Nhex, Saturday, 18 May 2019 20:08 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xjlKNniLq8

Shang Tsung trailer. Sindel, Nightwolf, Spawn confirmed. The leaks with Ash and Terminator probably true. Gotta give to NRS, they do these trailers well.

Nhex, Saturday, 1 June 2019 17:34 (two months ago) link


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