Review: Mortal Kombat 9’s Story Mode is A Fantastic Change of Pace

I wrapped up the story mode in Mortal Kombat 9 yesterday, and I can say that it’s one of the most exciting single player campaigns that I’ve played in any type of genre in 2011.  For a fighting game, Mortal Kombat’s story mode engages you unlike any other fighter that has come before it.  Most fighting games that offer a single-player campaign of sorts just offer a generic plot for each character that is usually told with some simple text and static pictures.  Let’s just say that the story modes in other fighting games are about as exciting as watching grass grow in the desert.  Fortunately, Nether Realms decided to buck this standard approach to a fighting game’s story mode with their newest Mortal Kombat title, and in the process they’ve set the new standard for how fighters should approach a single-player campaign.

Mortal Kombat 9’s story mode plays out just like the B-style movies that were made for this franchise back in the 90’s.  There’s a total of 16 chapters with each one focusing on a particular fighter from the Mortal Kombat Universe.  During these chapters you’ll be treated to a mix of cinematic cutscenes, and in-game rendered cutscenes that flesh out the well-known story of why there’s a Mortal Kombat Tournament in the first place.  Considering that I’ve been a fan of this series since its beginning, I absolutely enjoyed how MK9’s story mode retold the lore of the tournament by mixing in engaging cutscenes with the tight fighting controls that this game offers.

Due to the unique story telling manner of MK9 I found myself not even realizing that I had fought in over 60 matches by the time that it was over.  I was so engaged in moving the story along that I got lost in the story and didn’t realize how many fights I actually had to get through to beat this thing.  I’d say the story mode will probably take you 6-8 hours to complete depending on how well you are at beating the sh*t out of the game’s sometimes cheating AI.  Like I’ve been saying though it’s not a painful 6-8 hours either.  The story mode actually has an interesting plot to it that gets perfectly mixed in with the traditional matches that MK gamers are used to, without making you feel like you want to perform a fatality on yourself out of boredom.

In between the actual fights you’ll be treated to the game’s plot that I must say sums up this franchises overall story very nicely.  For long time fans of MK you’ll be treated to some of the behind the scenes reasons as to why certain characters look the way they do, as well as an in-depth look into some of the relationships that the MK fighters have with each other.  If you’ve ever wanted to know how Jax got his robotic arms, or why Kabal looks the way he does, then you owe it to yourself to play Mortal Kombat 9’s story mode.  It perfectly crams the essence of this long running franchise into a very well done single-player campaign, which has never been seen in a fighting game before of this caliber.

I can truly say that MK9 is a must have title for any fan of the series.  Even if you’ve fallen off of the fighting game bandwagon in your older years I can promise you that you’ll feel right at home playing the new Mortal Kombat.  Get your FPS a*sses in gear and try something new!  You’ve been blown away by the fact that a fighting game could actually have an entertaining single-player campaign…


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