I saw Mortal Kombat being played this weekend. But that’s all I did, watch Joseph play it at the apartment. From what I saw, this is something all fighting games should try to include, a meaty story mode. I wasn’t at all interested in Mortal Kombat. I even took it off my GameFly list last week for Portal 2 and NBA Jam. I don’t find the MK series combat that interesting. I don’t find the story or lore all that interesting either. But when they put effort in creating something for the people in the middle, it's something I can get behind.
The way the story mode is set up resembles the Mortal Kombat movies starring Robin Chou. Shang Sung is the villain and Liu Kang and his band of merry do gooders are out to stop him by winning the tournament. The game has you assume the role of a character for the length of a chapter depending on story line situation. I saw Joseph work his way to the final encounter with Shang Sung. He “beat” the game as Liu Kang only to find more story waiting. What we ended up deciphering from the Achievement List, he wasn’t even half way through the game.
Needless to say, I was excited to play the game. I’m not looking for the story or acting to blow me away here. All I want is a reason for me to keep playing, a reason to familiarize myself with another character, and something other than a list of opponents to fight until the eventual boss. If Mortal Kombat can deliver on that, I’m pretty sure I’ll be satisfied.
Here’s your chance to impress me,
PS – While at Joseph’s Apartment this weekend, I also saw this.