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Mortal Kombat

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Mortal Kombat

Although it seems that the exhausted Mortal Kombat franchise should be "retired" by now, there was something special about the latest installment appearing at E3 that had us clamoring for more.

What made it different than previous installments? It could have been the visuals, sporting rich animated environments and detailed versions of our beloved Mortal Kombat characters.

Then again, that scene with Sub-Zero getting sawed in half from crotch to head leaves us wondering what other gruesome death sequences are in store for gamers. The E3 product sheet promised that the franchise is making its "triumphant return to its violent roots" and we do not doubt that one bit.

But there's more to the game than its fatalities. The new Mortal Kombat is said have the deepest story mode of any fighting game. According to the fact sheet, Emperor Shao Kahn has finally defeated Raiden and his allies. Faced with extinction, Raiden has one last chance to save Earthrealm. To undo the Emperor’s victory, he must strike Shao Kahn where he is vulnerable…the past. Totally deep, right?

Undoubtedly, this 2011 "reboot" should breathe new life into the Mortal Kombat series.

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