Review by Ggultra2764

"The best-looking Mortal Kombat on the Genesis."

Mortal Kombat II is the sequel to Mortal Kombat which features 12 playable fighters with 7 returning players and the new apperance of Kitana, Mileena, Baraka, Jax, and Kung Lao. New to the gameplay are new moves for returning fighters and newer finishers. Each fighter has two Fatalities and two new wacky finishers are added, the Babality and Friendship. A Babality turns the opponent into a baby and the Friendship gets a character to be friends with their opponent by doing something ridiculous.

Graphics: Mortal Kombat II earns the title of ''Best Looking Fighting Game'' for the Genesis. The characters are very colorful and are very comparable to the arcade version as they have a large size. The stages look impressive and the various attacks and finishers are nicely done and well animated.

Sound: The downfall of Mortal Kombat II is the sound only because it has no commentary. The creepy announcer which was present on the arcade version of MK2 is missing most of his voice effects. Otherwise, the various smacks, blood gushing sounds, and other sounds on the game are very good. I especially like it when Dan Forden says ''Toasty'' whenever a player keeps doing uppercuts which is quite hilarious.

Control: Three button or six button controller? It doesn't matter for Mortal Kombat II. The controls are highly responsive and you can pull off any of the special moves no problem. They are quite good unlike Street Fighter II which requires a 6-button controller quite heavily.

Gameplay: The new 1-player mode has you facing all 12 of the playable Mortal Kombat roster followed by battling Kintaro and Shao Khan. Don't think the gameplay will make this easier than Mortal Kombat. The computer is a bit more aggressive than it was for Mortal Kombat ensuring players a nice hard fight.Players will be disappointed that the nice-looking endings from the arcade version from the game are missing. All they show is the ending story line for the fighter casting up the screen. The two-player mode is self-explanatory even though the impressive VS screens from the arcade version are missing.

Overall: It isn't perfection since it is missing all the excellent elements from its arcade counterpart, but Mortal Kombat II is an excellent game for the Genesis. It offers better control and graphics than Street Fighter II, more gore than the original, and an improved computer intelligence which will keep you playing for hours to come and is quite enjoyable when playing against a friend.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 12/05/01, Updated 12/05/01

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