When Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection was originally released for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network it was plagued with several issues: music & sound bugs, a cropped screen, and online play that barely worked were just some of the issues. And it unfortunately took until mid-December for a patch to finally arrive to fix the most egregious issues. I refused to review the game at all up to that point just because it was so broken that it would have received a 1 Star rating at best at the time. But now with the release of the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection on Steam, I revisited the title on all platforms once again, and was much more satisfied with what I saw.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment won eight awards at Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards (VGAs) which premiered live Saturday, December 10.
Batman: Arkham City, the critically acclaimed videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios, was honored with four awards: Best Action Adventure Game, Best Xbox 360 Game, Character of the Year, and Best Adapted Video Game. The game builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Batman: Arkham City currently stands as one of the highest reviewed games of 2011 on Metacritic.com where it is ranked #1 and #3 for PlayStation3 and Xbox 360, with average review scores of 96 and 94, respectively.
New Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COa4EatLmdI
Yesterday, Ed Boon, the executive producer of the Mortal Kombat video game series, tweeted that his studio, NeatherRealm, has “3 surprises (of varying degrees) brewing”. Last week he also tweeted “Surprise from NetherRealm studio coming…?” which was retweeted by GTTV’s Geoff Keighley and suggests that perhaps one or more of these surprises could be revealed at next month’s Spike Video Game Awards.
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection was only released a few days ago, but it had so many glaring issues from the get go. Most notably that the online modes were unplayable and there were more than a few sound related glitches. NeatherRealm Studios has responded to fan feedback via their Facebook Channel:
“Thanks to all of our fans who purchased the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection and your continued support. We are aware of the issues with the game and are currently working on a patch to address them for all systems. Our goal is ensure the best gaming experience possible for everyone playing a Mortal Kombat game. Please stay tuned for updates on when a patch will be released.”
Mortal Kombat was one of my highly anticipated games of 2011. I’ve always been a fan of the Mortal Kombat games, even through the 3D era. I absolutely loved Mortal Kombat: Deception. The Konquest mode and the depth of modes for single player in an era where arcades were dead and online play wasn’t mature enough really worked well for a fighting game released during that time period. I know a lot of people say those games never held up to tournament standard— I can’t really speak to that. I’d be playing mostly single player or playing against my brother. Deception was fun— it had an interesting roster of old and new. The Konquest mode wasn’t fully fleshed out— it was a little janky, it was a little repetitive, but it put you in the world of MK and that was an amazing thing for someone who absolutely loved the first 3 games. That mode was something that other fighting games I’ve played before haven’t really done. Shaolin Monks was just an extension of that, with even better cutscenes.
Sorry for the lack of content folks, but I’m going to be honest here: Mortal Kombat is out and that’s what we’re playing and what our time is devoted to. We are all (coincidentally) huge fans and all have it on Xbox 360. Depending if we can get together at the same time, we might make a “SavingContent” lobby to fight in or do some King of the Hill.
– Ed Acosta
– DR Ward
– Abdul Ahmad
– Bill Rastello [PENDING]
– Landon VanBuskirk
– Brian Scott [UNKNOWN]
As far as content goes, I hope to have my review for Anomaly Warzone Earth (PC) out tomorrow for something to actually read. Look for SOMEONE to write a review of Mortal Kombat and there to be a review of Portal 2 from SOMEONE as well.
This is either the most inopportune timing ever or the most elaborate Mortal Kombat related April Fool’s joke ever made. User TerryMasters from ClassicMK/Youtube purchased the rare online Arcade version of Midway’s NBA Jam off of a fellow Arcade board collector (Source: Classic MK). He ended up obtaining an even rarer Arcade board after he broke his Arcade version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and thought he was going to receive one from the same person (Footage of interest starts at 6:20)
Xbox 360 owners, who are eagerly anticipating Mortal Kombat, have plenty of reasons to be jealous of their PS3 brethren with the early release of the Mortal Kombat demo for PS3 and the reveal of Kratos as a PS3 exclusive character. NeatherRealm Studios, the developers behind Mortal Kombat, have been very cagey about whether or not there will be an exclusive character for the Xbox 360 version, but have dropped hints of the existence of some exclusive content for the 360.