It has been almost 30 years since the first Mortal Kombat game arrived. Back then, who knew that this game would probably become the most famous fighting game franchise down the line. There have been a lot of games released under the name of Mortal Kombat in these 29 years. 15 in total. Today, we will list the 10 best games out of the lot. These 10 games are the best ever created by Midway Games and others.
Well, apart from the games, Mortal Kombat is getting its own movie. The movie was released on 23rd April 2021 in India. The movie has been anticipated by a lot of people as all the Mortal Kombat fans want to see what the movie is all about and will it create a legacy with multiple sequels just like the game. That is a whole different topic, though. Let’s come back to our main topic, which is the top 10 games ever made by Mortal Kombat.
10) Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
This was a crossover that everyone wanted back in those days. This game was launched in 2008, and it was a huge hit just because of the dream matchups of Raiden vs. Superman and Batman vs. Scorpion. The game revolved around heroes from both the universes trying to keep their realms into existence. The violence wasn’t as gore as the other Mortal Kombat games. The game was launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is rated 7.5/10 by IGN.
9) Mortal Kombat II
It was the second game in the Mortal Kombat series. It was released in 1993. The game followed the path of its prequel and continued to add new characters into the game. Not only characters but also a lot of new features were implemented in the game, like friendship fatalities, the realm of the outworld. Famous characters like Shao Kahn, Kitana, Mileena, Kung Lao, and Baraka all had their start in this game.
8) Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon was the 7th game of the franchise, and till now, Mortal Kombat had a lot of characters and the same narrative in all 6 games. The game had more than 60 characters. Developers decided to cut down the number of characters and also bring a new narrative to the game.
This game saw all the fighters pitted against each other in a 1v1 tournament where the final winner is declared the winner. The game also introduced a customize fighter feature which was loved by everyone. The game was released on Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii.
7) Mortal Kombat
This is the game that started it all. Mortal Kombat changed the way people looked at fighting games. It was the first game that used digital renderings of human actors. The violence and gore level was something that gamers didn’t see yet in any game. A lot of new things were introduced by Mortal Kombat, which, with time, became the trademark of the game.
6) Mortal Kombat 4
Mortal Kombat 4 was launched in 1997. The game was available to play on Windows, Playstation, Gameboy, and Nintendo 64. The special thing about this game is that it was the first game that didn’t feature digital renderings of humans. Instead, it had 3D renderings made on PC. The game also introduced a new mechanic, the sidestepping. Sidestep helps players to move out of the opponent’s attacks.
Fan-favorite villain Goro was also back in the game. Quan Chi and Elder God Shinnok were playable also introduced as playable characters.
5) Mortal Kombat 2011
Mortal Kombat 2011 was the reboot of the original. It was a much-needed reboot. First of all, there were major improvements in the graphics and gameplay. The story of this game was also quite unique. The game’s story revolved around the story of the first 3 Mortal Kombat games. After being defeated by Shao Kahn in the ending of Mortal Kombat Armageddon, Raiden sent a message to himself in the past about the happenings of the future and how he must change the future. Players who played the first 3 games got great nostalgia as all the classic characters who appeared then were shown in this game.
The game was launched on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita, and Microsoft Windows.
4) Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Combat X is a direct sequel to Mortal Kombat 2011. Mortal Kombat X was launched in 2015. The previous game had created a new timeline, and things were different in this timeline. A huge chunk of the Earthrealm’s warriors were now revenants and were part of Shinnok’s army. The game also saw the addition of new characters like Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn, and Erron Black. The game is available to play on Playstation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Windows, and Android.
3) Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest entry in this series, and it really deserves to be in the top 3. This game was released in 2019. The fatalities of this game are very disturbing and artistic. The game is the biggest Mortal Kombat game in the series’ history. The DLC adds 12 new characters in the game, which expands its roster from 25 to 37. The multiplayer mode is also very much improved compared to other Mortal Kombat games. All in all, this game truly shows how technology has advanced in the past 30 years. This game is also the first Mortal Kombat game to feature on the next-gen consoles.
It is a must-play game if you love playing fighting games. The game is available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and Windows.
2) Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance was the fifth game of this series. This game was launched in 2002. All four games before it were dominated by Liu Kang. But, the developers decided to give fans a great shock by killing him in the opening cutscene itself. New antagonists added a new flavor to the game, and the whole Mortal Kombat franchise looked different now.
The sudden twist in the story makes this game one of the best games made in the Mortal Kombat series.
1) Mortal Kombat: Deception
This has to be the best Mortal Kombat game out there. There was so much added into the game, and everything was top-notch. First of all, the story twist where all the warriors of the Earthrealm were defeated by Deadly Alliance, then the addition of the formidable villain Onaga. Then we also got introduced to Shujinko and a thunder god Dark Raiden.
The gruesomeness of fatalities was on the next level in this game, and we also got introduced to stage fatalities in this game. All in all, the game saw a good story twist, great new characters, and very unique and enjoyable features added to it. All these reasons are enough to make it the best Mortal Kombat game of all time.
So with this, we conclude our list of the 10 best games in the Mortal Kombat era.