If the sight of blood make you feel ill, then Mortal Kombat is definitely not the game for you.
However, if gore is your thing, then the most brutal installment of the landmark fighting game will be on your “must-have list”.
Out Friday, (April 21) Mortal Kombat is a revamp of the iconic 90s original for Xbox 360 and PS3.
This game returns to the series iconic roots by providing the classic 2D fighting plane along with a new story mode. You’ll be taken back to the original Mortal Kombat tournament where you try to alter the events of the past in an attempt to save the future.
After centuries of Mortal Kombat, 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.
Driven by an all-new graphics engine, the fan favourite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before.
You can choose from an extensive line up of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge your mates in traditional one-on-one matches, or take on several new game modes.
All the old favourites return such as Lui Kang, Raiden, Sub Zero and Scorpion. PS3 players are also treated to God of War’s Kratos as a playable character.
Game modes include four-player tag team and a co-op arcade mode for two players to compete against another team online. Challenge Tower, with its 300 stages includes the return of old favorites like Test Your Might and Test Your Sight, as well as several new additions.
Veterans of the game will be delighted to discover that the deadly “fatality” finishing moves make a return to their original violent form as Mortal Kombat gives its fans what they’ve been demanding.
Graphic details, never before possible, are presented with the most sophisticated graphics engine in MK history. There is a new X-ray effect which displays the inside of a fighter’s body on the receiving end of a powerful attack. From internal organs to the most “realistic” blood effects, Kombat has never looked this good.
Obviously this game carries an 18 rating and is aimed at 18-34 males who are being targeted by a massive advertising and PR campaign.
There is an action-packed demo available online which offers you the chance to master iconic warriors Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Mileena and Johnny Cage in two of the games most renowned arenas - the Living Forest and the Pit.
The demo, available for download on Xbox Live and Playstation Network, features the arcade ladder for one or two players.
There are already more than 700,000 fans following the Mortal Kombat facebook page and the game has already scooped awards including Best Fighter at E3 Award so it is set to be a huge hit.
PAUL WHITFIELD, CHIPS GUISBOROUGH, 17 Market Place