Could Have Used a Second Draft

Mortal Kombat 1 is actually more like a movie than a game. Sure there is combat, but there’s over 3 hours of cutscenes, and they’re pretty good. Well, except for the plot not making any sense. If Liu Kang and the other earthreamers had just gone home at the end of the tournament… that would have been it. Peace would have remained between the two realms. But no, he sent his tournament team… 3 of the 4 earthrealm people that outworld knows(instead of the 7 billion they don’t), on a secret mission to capture Shang Tsung. Then they reveal their identity not just to the first person they meet, but to every person on their journey. Oh and Johnny Cage records it on his phone for his fans.

I would say the rest of it is great, but there is one more thing that is bothering me about the game. Every character that is a “bad guy” is essentially a Saturday morning cartoon villain. There’s one scene in particular where Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, and the outland general basically just use their most evil voices and go “Bwa ha ha” about how evil their plan is. It’s not like I am expecting a literary masterpiece here, but come on. You know, most historical “bad guys” don’t tend to portray themselves as the bad guy. In fact they are usually the hero of their own narrative.

I had the same problem with Voldemort actually. If you’re trying to take over the world, then it’s probably not a good idea to act like the most evil prick you can be. Most people want life to get better, so his plan treating all his minions like garbage, and wanting the enslave the world wasn’t going to get too many followers. But that’s just my opinion.

All of that being said though, Mortal Kombat 1 is still pretty good.