Mortal Kombat Advance
Reviewed by Dogg
Finally we once again see another Mortal Kombat game.
It's been a while, but as of now Midway has finally
finished and brought Mortal Kombat Advance to
Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. This was expected for a
while now and has had some good hype surrounding
it...... but was the hype worth it. Probably not.
The Mortal Kombat series has always lacked certain
potential of ever being a great fighting series ever
since the first Mortal Kombat game to Mortal Kombat
4. These games always lacked fun, but they always had
great fanfare. That's why the Mortal Kombat franchise
even got 2 movies made out of it. But still all the
Mortal Kombat games all stink.
Mortal Kombat Advance from Midway and Virtucraft
brings back many of the weak elements of the series,
while fixing up some of the elements. Mortal Kombat
Advance, if you wanted to know, has 2 player support
so you can fight against your friend and of course
the one player game where you have to destroy all
your opponents one by one.
The game's main menu is this: Start;Options. Start
will begin your 2 player or 1 player quest. In the
options area you have several different options such
as your difficulty to you having fatalities. You can
also toggle blood on or off. This will probably help
the subject matter considering that this is one of
the first Game Boy Advance "Mature" games. On the
Options menu you can also lower the brightness of the
game. This option is similar to the one in Doom.
This game features exactly 23 characters. These
characters are Rain, Sonya, Reptile, Kano, Sektor,
Stayker, Mileena, Kitana, Sindel, Kabal, Smoke, Liu
Kang, Scorpion, Cyrax, Shang Tsung, Sub Zero,
Sub-Johnny Cage-Zero, Ermac, Jax, Nightwolf, Jade,
Noob Saibot, and Kung Lao.
Once you choose the character you can pick the
difficulty. The difficulty means how many people you
will be fighting. The options you can choose from
here will be Novice, Warrior, Master, Grand Master.
Once you choose the difficulty you will fight your
first opponent which will always be Scorpion.
Now I am going to talk about what this game has to
offer like graphics, sound, etc.
The graphics in this game are some of the best to be
seen on a handheld. They are really detailed and are
made from a 2-D/3-D perspective. Everything is shown
and it takes some of the best hardware advantages
that the Game Boy Advance has to offer. The game also
shows some good colors. This makes it even easier to
see through the Game Boy Advances dark screen.
The sound is good too. In fact it is the best sound
ever heard on a handheld. All the grunts and screams
are all here. From Liu Kang's screaming to Scorpion's
"get over here." Well I guess it's all in here.
Where this game falls is control. Lets just say it's
really bad. Now it's so hard to move your character
and your character attacks to slow to make you attack
your opponent. I guess by playing 2P you can enjoy
the same problem with a friend. It's too bad.....too
bad. The controls will probably be the biggest
problem in this game.
Overall if you can look past it's flaws you get a solid fighter and a
good showpiece for the Game Boy Advance.
Overall: 6 out of 10