Monday, June 04, 2007

SGM Super 30: Video Game #11

Mortal Kombat II


Aw, yeah. The blood! The fatalities! The characters -- Baraka! Shao Khan!

This is one of those "sequel is better than the original" instances, where the second game far exceeds the expectations established by the first. The storylines are more developed, the arenas are more fully realized ... man, this game was the shit back in the arcade days.

Legendary cultural phenomena are at their most successful when they develop their own mythology, and the MK universe has mythology in spades. And the enduring quality of Mortal Kombat as a gaming series can easily be traced to this game. Gods, monks and wizards abound ... oh, yeah, and shitloads of ninjas (Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Noob Saibot, Smoke, and Reptile).

The game's available on the "Midway Arcade Treasures 2" collection, and it's an unlockable in the "Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks" game.

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