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The Downfall of the Mortal Kombat Franchise

Back in the early 1990s, arcades were a happening place to be. Lines of people would gather around to see and experience the latest games. There were a host of fighting games out at the time. But one game was set to take the industry by storm. That game was Mortal Kombat.

The original 2D Mortal Kombat games had geat gameplay mechanics to round out the nice graphics and sound. However, over the years with the franchises progression into 3D things haven't turned out so well from a development standpoint. The series seems to have lost the gameplay and aslo the fighting engine it was renowned for. Ever since the inception of Mortal Kombat 4 Midway seems to have relied more on gimmicks than functionality to appease the fighting game purist. For the most part Midway has butchered the franchise over the past decade. The most recent evidence of this is the announcement of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.

Let's take a walk through history and examine the Mortal Kombat series from the beginning all the way up to Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.

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Breakfast3702d ago

Im very un-optimistic about this next game...just like the writer said....its too gimmicky.

And why thell would they take away the M rating??

Heres for the next MK (after MK vs DC) to be taken back to the days of old.

pharmd3702d ago

yeah, no M rating is like a slap in Shang Tsungs uglyass face... MK without the M rating is not MK

comic book sissies!!!

N4Gisbiased3702d ago (Edited 3702d ago )

Looks like fun to me.

To be honest MK was really never that good to begin with, it has no where to go but up.

PS - The one great MK game was MK3

zayne3702d ago

Cause this game is gonna rock... Just cause it's a diffrent ideo people are pissed off.. Every MK game that had people's expectations high SUCKED!!! LIKE ARMAGEDDON!!! I'm glad peoples expectations are low... Cause when it does come out people are gonna be like OMG! And why are people judging this before even playing it... Relax people!

JsonHenry3701d ago

They failed the same time Street Fighter did - when they just had to go 3D and jump on the band wagon. At least that is when I stopped caring.

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pharmd3702d ago

this franchise truly is one that went from top of the gaming world to "what the hell happened" i know theres alot of people out there stoked for this game **cough** MK_Red **cough** but regardless, these devs just couldnt keep up i guess, but thats usually how it goes for anyone that revolutionizes things =D

SpaceCowgirl3702d ago

I remember the days of Mortal Kombat 1 and 2 being a very exciting time. Back when videogames were about just having fun and doing awesome crazy stuff, trying to beat you friend's high score or throwing away quarters like crazy. I think the Mortal Kombat series is a perfect example of how the commercialization turned a great hobby and toy into a big bloated, commercial pile of waste.

ParadoxicalAssassin3702d ago

It's Mortal Combat, fun and casual. Probably not gonna do well on the "next gen" market. But will probably be a hit for the Wii as always, with these games.

Breakfast3702d ago

Which tears me up inside.

BIoodmask3702d ago

game was Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Part 1 will always be a classic. Part 2&3 were really good. Part 4 was just average. Every one after that pretty much sucked IMO.

Ri0tSquad3702d ago (Edited 3702d ago )

Is ridiculously broken and has very, very short lasting gameplay. If Trilogy didn't add all those untested/broken/overpowered characters then it wouldn't of been as broken. In MK4 the run button was so broken and Midway really lost the formula with that one. UMK3 (arcade, latest revision) was the most balanced Mortal Kombat game Midway has created. I would even go as far to say UMK3(on 360) and MK2(on PS3) is a lot more active then any Mortal Kombat game released.

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