Mortal Kombat 2
When it comes to the original MK games, Mortal Kombat 2 is my favorite. I can do a bit better than that actually. You see, MK2 is one of my favorite games in the series in general and one of my favorite fighting games of all time! The version I am looking at today is the 16-bit version and it is amazing at how close they managed to get to the arcade with this one!
Enter Shao Khan!
One of the things that I feel Mortal Kombat has always had over Street Fighter was its lore. Mortal Kombat 2 was where it really took off. The leader of Out World Shao Khan along with his sorcerer Shang Tsung has tricked Raiden and the fighters of Earth Realm to come to Out World for another tournament.
Each of the 12 characters has their own reasons for being in the tournament and you get a cool bit of text after beating the game explaining what happened. I know that these days, Mortal Kombat has a phenomenal cinematic experience, but this was pretty impressive for a fighting game back in the 90s.
Mortal Kombat 2 is a one on one fighting game. You have 12 characters to chose from with some returning favorites from the first game and many new faces to. The characters each have their own special moves and finishing moves. The digitized sprites may be a lot smaller than their arcade counterparts, but they still move nice and smoothly and are very well done.
Once you have chosen your warrior, you need to beat all of the other characters and then two bosses in Kintaro and Shao Khan. There are also hidden fights with Jade and Smoke if you know how to do them. MK2 controls much better than the first game, you now have a “reverse” jump attack when you jump over an opponent which may not sound like much, but it does change things up. The gameplay feels much smoother and tighter this time around.
Mortal Kombat 2 went crazy with its finishing moves. The first game made headlines, mainly due to Sub Zeros' head rip fatality. Well, this time around each character has two fatalities, a friendship, a babality and there are now three stage fatalities as well! It made you really want to play as each and every character so that you could see their finishing moves. I spent ages playing this with my cousin when it was first released and we would not “fight” each other at first. We would spend hours and hours checking out all of the finishing moves.
I go back and play Mortal Kombat II multiple times a year. Midway really nailed this one and the home ports are damn fine also. If I had to suggest just one Mortal Kombat game from the “classic” or should that be Klassic? Style of game, it would always be MK2. It is one of my all-time favorite fighting games and a game I cannot recommend highly enough to you.
- 12 awesome characters to play as
- Each character has many different finishing moves
- The gameplay is fantastic
- The lore the game created is great
- You will want to see all of the endings and finishing moves
- The Genesis version is a bit rougher in terms of the visuals
- It set the bar way too high for poor MK3!
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode