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Mortal Kombat II review

Mortal Kombat II is a fighting video game, which was originally developed and produced by Midway in 1993. This award-winning game still manages to stand up as one of the best arcade fighting titles. Over time the game became so popular that it was ported to multiple home systems, including Sega Genesis, the PC, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, different PlayStation consoles, and more.

Gameplay - 7/10

Mortal Kombat II is a sequel to the successful and controversial Mortal Kombat, which is an arcade classic. Improved version turned out to be an impressive step up from its original in many ways and because of this became much more popular than its predecessor.

Mortal Kombat II game features 12 playable characters of the internationally known franchise, including such favorites as Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Like in a previous version, players have a chance to take advantage of a wide selection of special moves, but MKII improved on the formula immensely.

Gamers can capitalize on the different environmental risks to extinguish the competitor. There are such options as knocking the opponent into the pits with acid, spiked ceilings or off of the bridge.

Another feature that distinguishes the newer title from the original is the inclusion of Friendships and Babalities, which were a sort of response to predecessor’s controversial fatalities. No toning down happened, but players now gained an opportunity to pick the level of choice when it comes to finishing off the competitor or not.

To win in the main tournament, the player must beat a human gamer before defeating Kintaro, Shang Tsung, and eventually, Shao Kahn.

There is a wide range of kicks and punches such as uppercuts, flying kicks, roundhouses, etc. Each character has own special moves including but not limited to long-distance bullets, throws, bicycle kicks, and even a teleport feature.

Graphics - 7/10

Graphics are definitely better than visuals of the first Mortal Kombat. Ripping off the arms of the opponent or Kung Lao’s slicing of a fighter in half with the razor-sharp hat look very realistic. However, if you like the sparring but don’t enjoy the picture of gore, you may adjust the settings on the game and blood won’t be displayed after your successful strike.

Replay Value - 8/10

Mortal Kombat combines extreme violence with a great fighting engine. There are 5 difficulty levels and optional credits as well as the usual mode for two players including same character duels. Those players who love gore and abundance of blood are very much inclined to come back and play over and over again.

Controls - 7/10

Without knowing controls, it will be hard to fully get to know what your fighter is capable of. In general, controls are intuitive so after you learn what move corresponds to what control, you will truly enjoy the game.


During its existence, Mortal Kombat II received many awards and was titled as one of the best fighting games. Even still, it is a great game, which truly deserves a place in the library of all-time gaming classics.


  • The inclusion of online gaming
  • The menus of the game are simple and user-friendly
  • Increased replayability


  • Babality feature is not approved by many players
  • The online mode requires improvement
Replay Value

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