With the release of Mortal Kombat 1, we’re looking back at the entry that set the series on its current path: 2011’s Mortal Kombat (aka MK 9). Join us on a bloody journey through the genre -defining story campaign of the game.
After 2006’s Mortal Kombat: Armageddon seemingly concluded the series’ main narrative, the 2011 entry picked up the gory parts. It moved the saga forward by resetting the timeline and serving as a soft reboot that returned Mortal Kombat to its 2D combat roots and ushered in the return of the classic roster. MK 9’s cinematic story mode served as a revelation for the series and fighting games as a whole, laying the foundation for narrative fighting campaigns that are still used today. The story of MK9 also serves as the first chapter of the modern trilogy of games on which Mortal Kombat 1 is based. For more on MK9 and its development, check out this feature that explains how the reboot saved the franchise.
Fight your way through MK 9 with editors Marcus Stewart and Kyle Hilliard and see how the redesigned tournament stacks up.
Part 1 – Surprised!
Part 2 – Bringing the Smoke
Part 3 – Staff meeting
Part 4 – My life as a Lin Kuei robot
Finale – Awakening the Dragons
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