|Don't I look happy?|
The newest edition to the Mortal Kombat family is pretty amazing. The graphics are beautiful and the story mode keeps you on your toes. I played through the first half of Story Mode on Medium difficulty and then switched to Easy when I got stuck. I thought about switching it back, but the hubby pointed out that I was just trying for a dry run to see the story. If I want to, I can just play through again on Medium. I haven't completely finished. I think I am on the last fight, Raiden vs Shao Kahn. It is a rather difficult fight and playing on a 360 doesn't help. . . but I will get to that in a bit.
Story Mode is pretty unique compared to what little of the genre I have played. You are essentially having a Doctor Who experience. Raiden sends a message to a past version of himself through visions in an effort to change the future. It plays out like a movie and you get to take over whenever a fight breaks out. The cuts into battle may not be completely seamless, but there are no loads screens to worry about. The game also saves automatically after each fight. The only real complaint I have about story mode is that you don't get to pick who you play with. At the same time, you get to play a little bit of most of the major characters AND the storyline is far from boring.
To unlock bonus content such as alternate costumes, extra fatalities, special codes, and art you collect coins. You get the coins from completing various tasks on 1 player, including playing through Story Mode. Once you have coins to spend, you go to the Krypt under Extras on the main menu. From there you spend your coins on graves and exploding bodies that give you all the extra goodies. Then you head over to the Necropolis, which is in the Krypt or also under the Extras menu, to check out all your new goodies!
I tried the Challenge Tower, but the Xbox 360 controller and I do not agree enough for me to pull it off. I need clear button for up, down, left, and right to properly pull off combos. Unfortunately for me, the 360 controller connects them. It doesn't completely ruin the game, it just makes it harder. In my case, it makes it just hard enough that I can't fight Shao Kahn or complete the first level of the Challenge Tower.
That brings me to my final point. If you like a good fighting game, regardless of skill, then buy Mortal Kombat. Just make sure you buy it for the PS3. Not only are the movement buttons better on a PS3 (at least for fighting games), you also get Kratos from the God of War series. The Xbox 360 has no extra exclusive characters. The game is pretty solid and looks great. I don't even mind how tough Shao Kahn is, because I know I will eventually find a way to beat him. The only thing that truly drives me mad about the game has nothing to do with the game itself. I promised myself I would not turn this into a rant about how the only real flaw to the 360 is the evil controller, so I am going to end this now. Go buy Mortal Kombat! It is a great game.