Opinion: Teen-Friendly Mortal Kombat Feels Wrong Somehow

Wired's Nate Ralph writes:

"Things are changing in the Mortal Kombat universe. The game has been through quite a few iterations over the last 15 years, but the upcoming Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will be the most jarring: It adds superheroes, and eschews the game's traditional Mature branding.

Instead, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which is due in November, will come with a relatively wholesome Teen rating.

I've long given up trying to make any sense of the Mortal Kombat franchise, so a crossover with comic book characters is just fine by me. But isn't there something a little hypocritical about sanitizing a series that was all about corrupting kids before videogame violence was cool?"

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LinuxGuru3390d ago


Mortal Kombat is now dead to hardcore fighting fans.

rhood0223390d ago (Edited 3390d ago )

The people writing "Teen-friendly Mortal Kombat Feels Wrong" or similar titles must either be ignorant of the franchise's history or just too young to remember the realities of the game.

While the original Mortal Kombat pushed decency laws with it's fatalities, when it hit the home consoles it was rated "MA-13" which is the equivalent of a "T" rating.

Go back and play the original. It had very little blood (of which MK v DC has "MK II" level blood) and the fatalities were nothing compared to where the series went beginning with MK II. Heck, the SNES version didn't even have blood and had, with some characters, better fatalities than the "gory" Genesis version. Raiden's "electrocution and turn to dust" and Johnny Cage's "Impaling Shadow Kick to the stomach" are such examples.

While I doubt we'll see any head popping or heart ripping in MK v DC, if the Joker's "shooting someone in the head" fatality is any indication of how the devs are going to push that "wholesome Teen" rating, then I think MK fans will deal.

If that doesn't make MK fans feel better, here is two other things:

1. Green Lantern's Brutality is so brutal it actually made people ask the devs, "I thought DC Heroes didn't kill?"
2. Superman's Brutality is essentially Shiva's "Nail Driver" fatality from MK 3.