With Mortal Kombat 1 on the horizon, we’re revisiting the entry that set the series on its current trajectory: 2011’s Mortal Kombat (aka MK 9). Join us today and each Friday on Twitch at 2:00 p.m. Central as we take a bloody journey through the game’s genre-defining story campaign. Episodes will be uploaded to our Game Informer Shows YouTube channel the following Saturday morning.
After 2006’s Mortal Kombat: Armageddon seemingly concluded the franchise’s main narrative, 2011’s entry picked up the bloody pieces. It moved the saga forward by resetting the timeline, serving as a soft reboot that brought Mortal Kombat back to its 2D fighting roots and ushering in the return of the classic roster. MK 9’s cinematic story mode served as an epiphany for the series and fighting games as a whole, establishing the blueprint for narrative fighting campaigns still utilized today. MK9’s story also serves as the first chapter of the modern trilogy of games that Mortal Kombat 1 builds upon. For a whole lot more on MK9 and its development, you can read this feature on how the reboot saved the franchise.
Join editors Marcus Stewart and Kyle Hilliard as they battle their way through MK 9 to see how its reimagined tournament holds up.
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Source: Game Informer Super Replay | Mortal Kombat (2011)