It’s been twenty-four years since the last Mortal Kombat movie, and the wait for a new episode is over! The new Mortal Kombat movie dropped on HBO Max today. The franchise’s previous two entries weren’t exactly award-winning movies, but they’ve become cult classics. That’s largely because of the absolutely phenomenal game series the movies are based on.
If you’ve ever played video games since the Atari, you’re probably familiar with it Mortal Kombat. The game franchise started in the arcade era in 1992 Mortal Kombat shocked gamers with its sprite-based graphics and generous amounts of blood.
Mortal Kombat is a fighting game, and it is the best of its kind. Since 1992, there have been nearly two dozen games in the main series, as well as spin-offs, comics, and now a total of three movies. Whether you’re an old fan who’s been hyped for the new movie, or someone who wants to see some Mortal Kombat what it’s all about, these are the games you should try out first.
Mortal Kombat – 1992
This is the game that started it all. Mortal Kombat originally came out as a stand-up arcade console and has since ported to just about every gaming system. The first game in the series is far from the best, but it’s easy to get to with an emulator, and it’s worth checking out the roots of the series.
The plot, as it is, revolves around a martial arts tournament where competitors fight to the death. However, the game mechanics and graphics are the real focus. The arcade game sparked huge controversy over its violent content. Mortal Kombat helped establish the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which rates video games to this day.
Mortal Kombat II – 1993
This is the entry that has been cemented Mortal Kombat as a mainstay of video games. The first episode of the series caused enough controversy to grab the public’s attention, however Mortal Kombat II proved there was more than just a shock value to hold the game together. Even now people are comparing current fighting games with Mortal Kombat II.
The sequel to Mortal Kombat does not improve much graphically. What makes this game shine is the variety it offers. Each character in the game has their own unique moves and skills for players to learn. The characters are equally powerful, so it’s up to players to master their favorites and test their skills against each other.
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance – 2002
A decade after the Mortal Kombat series started, Deadly alliance redefined the franchise. Every game since the original was built on the story of the world and make sure to revisit the parts created Mortal Kombat a hit.
After ten years, players became frustrated with that Mortal KombatThe story was plain but predictable. They also got tired of using the same game mechanics over and over again.
So in 2002 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance killed a main character and drastically changed the mechanics of the game. All characters had three different fighting styles that they could access, leading to endless new combinations of button presses and fatalities. The game revitalized the franchise and brought in tons of new fans.
Mortal Kombat 11 – 2019
This is the most recent game in the series, and it best suits the new Mortal Kombat movie. The game is available on consoles and computers, so everyone can enjoy it to the fullest Mortal Kombat has to offer.
11 is the culmination of nearly three decades of game design. The graphics are second to none. The game has more characters with a wider variety of playstyles than ever before. Most exciting to longtime fans, it’s designed around competitive online play. Putting players all over the world in head-to-head deathmatches is something Mortal Kombat finally really passes.
Before you sit down to see the new Mortal Kombat movie, pick a game, sit back and smash a few heads. Immerse yourself in the grit and gore of the greatest fighting game franchise of all time. Then watch movie stars bring it all to life on HBO Max.
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