Mortal Kombat 11 Brings the Brutality from the Past to the Present

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Long-running fighting game series is hitting our screens with its 11th incarnation of the popular video game franchise. Originally released by Midway Games Chicago in 1992 Mortal Kombat gained infamy for its violent gameplay and it, along with Digital Pictures’ Night Trap, were involved in the formation of the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). However, despite the moral panic surrounding Mortal Kombat as a violent video, the franchise has thrived with an expansion of its universe through its main series with the latest being 2015’s Mortal Kombat X as well as spin-offs, movies, comics, television series and web series (which I really need them to bring back please!)

I was first introduced to Mortal Kombat where all kids of the 90s were introduced to video games, in an arcade. I remember visiting the place to go bowling with my dad but I don’t think I made it that far, I was stuck in the arcade watching Liu Kang plummet into a spike pit. That was my introduction to Mortal Kombat.  It was gory, scary, amazing, I was around 5-6 years old and I loved it! Since then (at least until we got a Sony Play Station and my life became all about Tekken) my life was all about Mortal Kombat, my favourite game was and still is Mortal Kombat II. Not only did it have my favourite characters Scorpion and Sonya Blade (although you couldn’t fight as her) It introduced Mr Flag Waver himself, Major Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs.  His grab taunts always tickled me, “Gotcha!” and I always thought it paired well with Scorpion’s signature “Get over here!”   Mortal Kombat II also introduced alternatives to Fatalities, including Babalities and Friendship, which were a little off-putting but still fun. It was obvious they were placed in MK II because of the controversy that surrounded the game due to its violence.

Now 27 years later (God, the franchise is 27 years old, way to go MK!) we are graced once again, with another fight for the realms as we bare witness to Mortal Kombat 11. The first video I saw of MK 11 were beautifully gory and wince-worthy, with some finishing moves that would make enough to hardcore look away and wince. Brutality indeed, but come on the best part of the Mortal Kombat games are the brutal fatalities. Is it wrong that my favourite fatalities is Jacqui Briggs’? it’s just so sassy!

The story of the new game looks pretty awesome.

Raiden’s actions, defeating an evil Elder God, has upset the balance between good and evil. This catches the eye of  Kronika, the keeper of time who now wants to restore balance in Out World. To do this she wants to rewind time beginning and restart history.  The trailer looks amazing, and it seems that it might be a great nostalgia trip for those of us who have been following the Mortal Kombat series from the very beginning. I can not wait to see Johnny Cage interact with himself, I wonder if he will think he’s just as annoying as we thought he was when we first met him.

What do you think about the New Mortal Kombat? Have you seen it? What was your first Mort

What did you think about the new Mortal Kombat trailer? What was your first Mortal Kombat experience? And what did you think about the controversy surrounding the game in the 90s?  Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!

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