GET OVER HERE!
ahem, im sorry, what i meant was hey, could you please come here. I dont know what came over me… Oh, right violent video games make you violent….. Pfft yeah, right…
Welcome to Mortal Kombat!
Lets start with the history. Im going to spend a little bit more time on this game then i do some of the others for one simple reason. This book gives you all 3 sims games, and 3 different sim cities. Yet, you should only play Mortal Kombat 1? My ass. If there is a studio in the book that deserves a bit more attention it would be This one.
In 1991 4 guys worked their asses off to release what would be an arcade and home console hit series. 1 programmer, 2 graphics, and 1 sound guy started this whole series off. Originally the idea was too create a game based upon Jean-Claude Van Damme(thank god that didnt work) and instead they ended with this.
Using motion capture They created the basic set of moves with the characters all have, then they kicked it up a notch so to speak and gave them special moves that seem almost magic based in concept. Fireballs, freezing them, super long flying kicks etc, etc, etc. it was not these moves that cause all of the attention however. It was the Falaties. Defeat your opponent and you are awarded to brief oppurtunity to utterly destroy them. This lead in part to the creation of the ESRB Entertainment Software Rating Board. Violence had to be stopped! As the series progressed so did the finishers, leading to such things as Animality, Brutality(both of the violence side of things) even Non violent, babality(turn your opponent in a baby) or Friendship where you dont kill them at all, Which was added as a joke to counter the violence.
This series has changed alot over the years, and has kept up well with technology. Changing from one fighting style, 2d graphics and minimum characters to 3d graphics, Multiple fighting styles per character, and 30 different characters. This game has done well to stay fresh. 9 fighting games, 3 adventure type games complete with fighting telling different stories for a few characters they have done alot. Lets not forget the movies, tv shows, card games, cartoons, and soundtracks created based on the games.
Mortal Kombat takes place in a fictional universe with 6 different realms all created by the Elder gods. In order for realms to conquer one another, The conquering realm must defeat the defending realms greatest warriors in 10 consectutive Mrtal Kombats. With the help of Thunder God Raiden the Humans always manage to pull it out in the end. The stories in the game progress from there introducing new evil forces threatening to conquer the earthrealm.
The first game allows you to choose between 7 characters to take through the tournment in attempt to beat the other competitors and save the realm.
This game paved the way for so many others and showed the gaming community that there was more than one way to make a fighting game.
Chachi Says: This game brought more entertainment to walking into an arcade to play random people in a fighting game and utterly destroying or getting destroyed. All in hopes you’ll see something you havent seen before or revisit something else.