Matt Randisi writes, "Mortal Kombat has always been the late bloomer of the fighting game genre in more recent memory. As one of the original arcade fighters that popularized the genre, the series seemed stubborn when it came to diverging from the concepts that birthed their first game. Mainly this pertains to the advanced sense of brutality and fatality finishing moves. Other progressive aspects that games like Street Fighter and Soul Edge/Calibur either introduced or perfected, such as 3D planes or a comprehensive combo system were features MK always tried their hand at some years after they were widely accepted. In a sense Mortal Kombat is like a smart phone; in danger of becoming archaic the very minute after it comes out. NetherRealm Studios’reboot does something wonderful for the franchise however, even if most of the experience is still a double-edged sword."