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Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection Review: Klassics Are Not Immortal

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[quote-right]Playing this game only made me crave Mortal Kombat 9 even more[/quote-right]

Earlier this year Ed Boon’s Netherrealm Studio’s released Mortal Kombat 9 to which I personally consider the best fighting games of this generation. Now Netherrealm hope to capitalize from the success of MK9 by releasing the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. For those that don’t know this game combines the first three games into one package, allowing you to play MK1 MK2 and MK3 respectively. Also added is the ability to take Kombat online in all three games.

[quote-left]the problem is that after falling in love with MK 9 these games although considered classics just seem terrible[/quote-left]

All three games play just like how they did back in the 90’s, the problem is that after falling in love with Mortal Kombat 9 these games although considered classics just seem terrible. I had to literally force myself to keep playing Mortal Kombat 1, and I had a hard time figuring out why I even liked it all those years ago. Hidden characters such as Reptile are still included which is nice too see, but overall it just doesn’t feel very exciting.

Of course Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 feel a lot better. The increase in speed and animations will make you feel slightly more at home, they’re also of course more complex as they add new moves and characters. Still it gets incredibly difficult to fight the urge to turn the game off and insert Mortal Kombat 9.

Mortal Kombat 9 may have been great, but its online performance was extremely poor, and there’s nothing different with Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. Whilst I didn’t experience too many problems playing the actual match, between matches the game would freeze causing you to have to exit and come back. On three occasions playing online actually caused my Playstation 3 to freeze completely, causing me to have to restart the console itself.

[quote-right]On three occasions playing online actually caused my Playstation 3 to freeze completely. [/quote-right]

As far as visuals obviously not much is expected here, but one cool thing i discovered is that you can choose different filters which change the art style. You can choose the Klassic look, smoothing options, an arcade style or two painted styles. This feature doesn’t do too much to better the game (emulator’s anybody?) but it’s good to know it’s there.

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection is pretty cheap in price, basically two quid for each game (it’s £6 to buy in the UK); which may seem like a steal for die-hard Mortal Kombat fans. But overall it’s only worth it for two reasons; one to play the games online with friends, and two for the trophies/achievements. Playing this game only made me crave Mortal Kombat 9 even more, and I’m sure most people will feel the same way.

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