Ultimate Mortal Kombat Review
Ultimate Mortal Kombat box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Other Ocean Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Midway 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 12, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

One thing that Mortal Kombat fans will really appreciate about this title is its look and feel. The game's control mimics the four-button arcade feel almost exactly, and anyone who played Mortal Kombat 3 in an arcade setting will find that all the old fatalities and special moves that they knew on the arcade version are completely intact. Although, for those of us who are a little rusty on all the fancy button mashing, the DS' upper screen provides a "cheat sheet" of sorts with some of the more complex moves and fatalities.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat screenshot

Another facet that was left completely intact was the visuals. While some would have argued for an upgraded visual scheme, I think the entire point of Ultimate Mortal Kombat was to give fans an arcade experience that they could play online. And this vintage experience would have been severely hampered by a graphical upgrade. The old-school graphics really help give the game its classic feel, and it's a really great experience for fans of the series.

In addition to the old-school graphics and controls, the original score is also in tact. Even when playing in the new online modes, you will still get that old school theme music, and it really just adds to the entire experience. All the old voice acting snippets are in the game as well, so you'll feel like you're back in the nineties reliving Mortal Kombat arcade glory.

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat is essentially an online-only title. It doesn't have much in the way of single player modes, or in the way of new content. But for fans of Mortal Kombat, and fans of arcade-style fighters, this one is a sure-win. It has all of the ingredients that made the original games such a success, and has the ability to extend these elements so you can take your game further, without losing all your quarters! Ultimate Mortal Kombat is really a fan's delight, and is sure to appeal to those who feel the need for Kombat everywhere!

By Amanda Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • First Mortal Kombat ever to appear on the Nintendo DS!
  • A faithful recreation of the original and highly successful arcade version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
  • Puzzle Kombat, the addictive and popular Mortal Kombat-style puzzle game from Mortal Kombat: Deception is included…and is playable online!
  • Implementing the Nintendo Wireless ad-hoc with Game Sharing system using only one Game Card that allows two people with DS systems to play, with limited characters
  • Using Nintendo Wireless ad-hoc with two Game Cards allows two players to battle it out with the entire cast of characters
  • Best of all, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection allow two players to battle against each other anywhere in the world via the Internet!
  • More than 20 playable Mortal Kombat characters and 15+ arenas will keep gamers involved in the fight!
  • Classic finishing moves: Fatalities, Babalities, Friendships, Animalities, and Stage Fatalities will give the player the chance to execute some of the most creative moves of the series.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.1
    Graphics
    There will be no eye candy here, but the arcade version from the 90's is recreated here perfectly.
    4.1
    Control
    Mimics the arcade experience almost exactly, except without a joystick.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Sounds the same as it always did, which is a good thing. There's a reason why the Mortal Kombat theme is so popular.
    2.5

    Play Value
    Single player mode is largely forgettable and barely even there. But the online modes make this game worth picking up for Kombat fans.

    3.8
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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