Xbox 360

Mortal Kombat

20 critics

Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
8.00 to 8.99
6.00 to 7.99
4.00 to 5.99
0 to 3.99
Mark WaltonApr 19, 2011
With all that content, an in-depth Story mode, and a wide range of modes to play through, Mortal Kombat is one of the most complete fighting games around--not to mention one of the bloodiest. The return of fatalities and the addition of X-ray moves mean fans who have craved the return of gore after the toned-down Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe will have plenty to keep them amused.
Lawrence SonntagApr 19, 2011
Jeff GerstmannApr 19, 2011
As for top-level play, I'm not the guy to judge any fighting game from the "is this game tournament-worthy?" angle. But MK feels solid, with enough depth and guessing games in place to work, provided that it's as balanced as it feels after a week of solid play. But even if, for some reason, the competitive aspects of the game didn't work out, there's so much great single-player material in Mortal Kombat that it's still worthwhile even if you aren't looking to fight others.
Nick ChesterApr 21, 2011
Over the past two weeks, I've spent perhaps as much time playing the new Mortal Kombat as I did playing the original titles in the arcade and on consoles. The fact that I still haven't unlocked everything, and that I'm not bored of the game's ruthless fighting mechanics and sadistic finishers, is a testament to the game's value. Mortal Kombat doesn't redefine the franchise, but by sticking to what it does best and piling on the content, it has become a must-have for fans and easily establishes itself as the best in the series
Neon KellyApr 21, 2011
Indeed, this new game feels like such a thorough piece of fan service, it's difficult to see how NetherRealm Studios will ever be able to follow it up, as it feels like there's little left to do. Still, for now that doesn't matter. Mortal Kombat feels like the return of an old friend - a thoroughly unhinged friend, but one we're delighted to have back.
Randy NelsonApr 24, 2011
With the phoenix-like return of the Street Fighter franchise in recent years, and now this reborn Mortal Kombat, it's truly a great time to be a fighting game buff. What Capcom's creation was to fans of that series, the new Mortal Kombat is to its -- and it's also easily the best game the franchise has produced. Engaging for pros and newcomers alike, packing tons of content and wrapped in a gorgeous presentation, it's not just a show of love for fans of the series, but a game likely to make many more.
Andrew ReinerApr 19, 2011
A great attention to detail is applied to the backgrounds, characters, and making the fatalities cringe-worthy spectacles. An almost overwhelming amount of great content backs the rock-solid gameplay. This is the best Mortal Kombat yet. It didn’t blow my mind to the degree that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 did back in the day, but when it comes down to the gameplay and longevity tied to it, this new entry towers above its 2D lineage.
Joe VargasMay 03, 2011
Amanda L. KondolojyApr 19, 2011
Though we have technically already had a Mortal Kombat game this console generation, this is the first M-rated Mortal Kombat game we've seen on HD platforms, and as such it makes a stellar debut. I wouldn't call Mortal Kombat a reboot, but instead the sequel you've been waiting for. After several mis-steps, the series is back and deadlier than ever. If you are a fan of the Mortal Kombat franchise, love 2D fighters, or just want to experience what must be the goriest fighter ever made, you'll have a bloody good time with Mortal Kombat.
Brett ElstonJun 25, 2012
Topping all this off are the aforementioned X-ray moves, which are devastating new attacks unique to this version of MK. Land one of these suckers and you can deal up to 50% damage, which, while cool for comebacks, is perhaps too much. We want to always have a chance at victory, but uh, some of these moves can turn the tide in a very un-fun way.
Susan ArendtApr 28, 2011
This new Mortal Kombat is lively and creative, but its graphics are uneven. The fighting animations are fluid and the backgrounds are flat-out gorgeous (though often disturbing), but the character models themselves are terrible. They go beyond just being ugly, with joints that don't quite line up, mouths that are wholly unnatural, and plastic skin. It's pretty distracting during cut scenes, but you won't notice once the fighting starts.
Lawrence SonntagApr 19, 2011
Mortal Kombat is not only back, it’s ripping off heads. This reboot has an unprecedented amount of kontent (with a k), unlocks, charm, and raw fun. Even if you haven’t liked previous Mortal Kombats, believe me, you’ll be hooked the first time you triple dick punch someone.
Matt EdwardsApr 20, 2011
But to judge Mortal Kombat harshly simply because it isn’t the equal of BlazBlue or Street Fighter IV on a technical level would be unfair to what the game does right. The series has always ridden in the wake of its own spectacle, but after years of unfocused deviation, we finally have an evolution that demonstrates clear progress. It’s the best 3D game in the series by a long way, and that’s because it embraces the 2D heritage which always made Mortal Kombat its own kind of game. Long may it kontinue.
James CullinaneApr 26, 2011
Even if gamers may have to wait for something truly definitive, Mortal Kombat represents significant, praiseworthy progress for the series. A joyful respite for long-battered fans and a highly entertaining, bloodied distraction for the rest.
Sergio MartínApr 20, 2011
Después de unos últimos capítulos de clara decadencia, por fin Mortal Kombat renace de sus cenizas. Y lo ha hecho recuperando la jugabilidad 2D de antaño que tan buenos resultados reportó a la saga, a lo que se ha añadido un buen número de otras virtudes como un plantel de personajes muy sugerente, numerosas opciones online, nuevos y brutales Fatalities, peleas Tag Team y un modo Historia absorbente e interesante. Estamos ante un gran título de lucha. Los fans de la serie van a quedar encantados con este nuevo episodio.
Josep Maria SempereApr 27, 2011
Esta novena entrega consigue, con tesón y un enfoque francamente inteligente, recuperar una franquicia que daba tumbos sin ningún rumbo y que ya solo era recordada por la moralina más rancia y una minoría de fans cada vez más menguante. Al final, jugar en una liga diferente a la de Capcom no solo no ha sido una decepción, sino una acertada apuesta que lo sitúa como una opción alternativa indicada especialmente para quien prefiera un juego de lucha rápido y un poco menos técnico, que no exigente.
DharnApr 22, 2011
Beau, gore à souhait, nerveux, complet, cet épisode HD de Mortal Kombat en forme d'hommage aux premiers épisodes de la série est une franche réussite. Excessif en tout, le soft ne bascule pourtant jamais dans le ridicule et son gameplay très efficace réjouira aussi bien les passionnés de jeux de combat que les néophytes avides de sensations fortes.
Filippo FacchettiApr 22, 2011
Mortal Kombat è sempre Mortal Kombat, quindi se non avete mai amato il suo sistema di gioco troverete anche in questo capitolo tutti gli elementi che faticate a digerire: collisioni perfettibili e, soprattutto, una struttura di gioco meno rigida e precisa di quella di Street Fighter, The King of Fighters o BlazBlue. Nonostante questo, però, ci troviamo di fronte a un titolo tecnicamente superbo, capace di garantire ore di divertimento e, se preso nel modo giusto, di soddisfare anche i palati più esigenti.
Rox van der HelmApr 26, 2011
Het voert te ver door om alle opies te bespreken van de nieuwe Mortal Kombat omdat het er simpelweg veel zijn. Maar niet teveel. Alles wat de game doet, bijna alles, doet het goed. Vaak is het zo dat ontwikkelaars roepen: de game wordt tof! Of de game keert terug naar de roots. En vaak komen gamers dan bedrogen uit. Respect dat dat nu niet gebeurd is. Echte Mortal Kombat liefhebbers zullen veel oude elementen herkennen. Maar daarnaast gaat Mortal Kombat met de tijd mee door oude dingen te verbeteren, er op voort te borduren en nieuwe aspecten toe te voegen. Bovendien speelt de game heerlijk weg en is het bruter dan ooit.
Petter HegevallApr 19, 2011
Samtidigt, med nostalgikänslorna effektivt dödade av obalans och märklig svårighetsgrad, är Mortal Kombat i grunden inget spel som på något sätt kan konkurrera med den briljans som framförallt Super Street Fighter IV innehåller. Netherrealm Studios senaste skapelse är proppat av urskön vulgo-design, skrattframkallande övervåld, köttiga spellägen och klassiska ninjor. Det är roligt och lättsamt för stunden, men fortfarande inget fightingspel som ens nästan kan slåss mot genrens främsta.