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Mortal Kombat is a fighting video game developed and published by Midway for arcades and by Acclaim Entertainment for home versions. The game was released in North America in 1992. It is the first title in the Mortal Kombat series. Upon release, Mortal Kombat became one of the most popular arcade games of all time. It was subsequently ported to home video game consoles and became a best-selling game. Mortal Kombat also became one of the most controversial video games, for its depiction of gore and violence using realistic, digitized graphics.

Mortal Kombat focuses on the journey of the monk Liu Kang to save Earth from the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung, ending with their confrontation on the tournament known as Mortal Kombat. The game spawned numerous sequels, and is considered one of the most popular American fighting games to date.

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Publisher:  Midway, Acclaim
Developer:  Midway
Console:  Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Sega Genesis, Arcade
Genre:  Fighting Action
Release Date:  1991
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review by . April 19, 2011
Reviewing the first Mortal Kombat game is pretty challenging.  Especially in a day and age where it hasn't aged quite as well as people would've liked for it to, and where it's sequels more than outshine it.  But what makes it harder to review is that the game is so beloved... but for mostly the wrong reasons that we'll get to.  With a new one right around the corner (tomorrow, in fact as I write this review) I thought it would be apt to go back and play the game for …
review by . June 23, 2011
Any self-respecting gamer remembers the first time he laid eyes on Mortal Kombat. I know I do. I don't even think I was a teenager at the time. But I remember casually walking into a local gaming spot and seeing it. At first I thought it was odd that Combat was spelled with a K instead of a C, but the misspelling of the title was quickly forgotten as I gazed upon the photo-realistic characters. I thought it was incredible how real they looked. Then I watched a character get smacked around while …
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