Review by Dogg

"Mortal Kombat Advance should stand as one of the more average games on the Game Boy Advance"

Finally we once again see another Mortal Kombat game. It's been a while, but as of now Midway has finally finished and brought Mortal Kombat Advance to Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. This was expected for a while now and has had some good hype surrounding it...... but was the hype worth it. Probably not.

The Mortal Kombat series has always lacked certain potential of ever being a great fighting series ever since the first Mortal Kombat game to Mortal Kombat 4. These games always lacked fun, but they always had great fanfare. That's why the Mortal Kombat franchise even got 2 movies made out of it. But still all the Mortal Kombat games are all crap.

Mortal Kombat Advance from Midway and Virtucraft brings back many of the weak elements of the series, while fixing up some of the elements. Mortal Kombat Advance, if you wanted to know, has 2 player support so you can fight against your friend and of course the one player game where you have to destroy all your opponents one by one.

The game's main menu is this: Start;Options. Start will begin your 2 player or 1 player quest. In the options area you have several different options such as your difficulty to you having fatalities. You can also toggle blood on or off. This will probably help the subject matter considering that this is one of the first Game Boy Advance ''Mature'' games. On the Options menu you can also lower the brightness of the game. This option is similar to the one in Doom.

This game features exactly 23 characters. These characters are Rain, Sonya, Reptile, Kano, Sektor, Stayker, Mileena, Kitana, Sindel, Kabal, Smoke, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Cyrax, Shang Tsung, Sub Zero, Sub-Johnny Cage-Zero, Ermac, Jax, Nightwolf, Jade, Noob Saibot, and Kung Lao.

Once you choose the character you can pick the difficulty. The difficulty means how many people you will be fighting. The options you can choose from here will be Novice, Warrior, Master, Grand Master. Once you choose the difficulty you will fight your first opponent which will always be Scorpion.
Now I am going to talk about what this game has to offer like graphics, sound, etc.

The graphics in this game are some of the best to be seen on a handheld. They are really detailed and are made from a 2-D/3-D perspective. Everything is shown and it takes some of the best hardware advantages that the Game Boy Advance has to offer. The game also shows some good colors. This makes it even easier to see through the Game Boy Advances dark screen.

The sound is good too. In fact it is the best sound ever heard on a handheld. All the grunts and screams are all here. From Liu Kang's screaming to Scorpion's '' get over here.'' Well I guess it's all in here.

Where this game falls is control. Lets just say it's really bad. Now it's so hard to move your character and your character attacks to slow to make you attack your opponent. I guess by playing 2P you can enjoy the same problem with a friend. It's too bad.....too bad. The controls will probably be the biggest problem in this game.

Overall if you can look past it's flaws you get a solid fighter and a good showpiece for the Game Boy Advance.


Reviewer's Score: 6/10 | Originally Posted: 12/18/01, Updated 09/03/02


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