Zero Punctuation: Mortal Kombat

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Well, Marty has a car, so he could run Sam down. But on the other hand, Sam has Al, and Al can be anywhere, and he could see that Marty was coming to run Sam down, so he could warn him.

Sam is an expert fighter, too, as he's demonstrated. So I think Sam Beckett would beat Marty McFly.

I really had no idea this was a thing. I was with Yahtzee all the way through the beginning, astounded anyone cared about the original Mortal Kombat. I knew about the DC crossover, because hey that is Batman, but you take that away and the game never registers on me.

Maybe they should take the Mortal Kombat title in a different direction.

I think it's the best fighting game of this new gen.
But I am not a fan of fighting games so I really not going to buy it anyway

Sam Beckett would win if McFly had his hoverboard. Due to distraction and erratic air currents.

Sam Beckett is trained in Martial Arts, McFly has no chance in hell.

danpascooch:

Frozen Donkey Wheel2:

Henkie36:
Another great review.

Huh, I see you've perfected the time machine. I mean, that's the only way you could possibly watch a roughly 5-minute video in time to comment on it only one minute after it was posted...right?

OT:...What's wrong with the new Dr. Who?

Don't ask, we'll take care of it, we are Doctor Who fans, we are armed with crowbars and nachos, and we will run the rivers red with Yahtzee's blood.

I'll bring the torches and pitchforks.

Loved the review. Partly because I know not to take Yahtzee's opinions on fighting games in general too seriously, and partly because he immediately predicted my "wait, that sounds like Mugen" thought.

You know yahtzee I been watching your videos for many years now but this has to be in my top 5 worse videos ever. You did not make me chuckle once.

In stead you made me feel like I was lission to my girlfriend bitch about her pms.

Really that was a terrible video. Yes I get it you bot a illeage fighting game. We know you hate fighting game. If you did not want to review the game then just plan tell the world. I can not cause it against the law.

Do not waste my time bitching about something you do not care about.

Akalabeth:
Tea-bagging's pretty irrelevant too. It's only as relevant as the guy on the other end cares about it. Maybe what he's saying is that violence for the sake of violence is no longer relevant because there have been many games which are equally violent but with a greater amount of meat behind that. Gears of War is over the top violence but there's a whole story behind it, there's more to it than just two guys fighting.

I think his main point is that, MK was relevant back in the day because it was so violent. But since that's no longer unique, having the same game today is kinda weak.

Personally, I would never call teabagging relevant. I was simply saying that Fatalities aren't just about violence for violence's sake. It's about humiliating your opponent. And Yahtzee and a lot of people in this thread have acted like all this new Mortal Kombat brings to the table is the violence. It's absolutely not "the same game" as it was. It's a really deep fighting game with lots of interesting mechanics and plenty of room for casual and tournament play. There is a story behind Mortal Kombat, so it's not "just two guys fighting." The story in MK is as deep as Gears of Wars' story is; they're both just excuses for gameplay.

Yahtzee demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge about the game. It seemed like he played the demo a couple times, read the Wikipedia summary on the story, asked a friend about whether or not it's actually a good fighter, then wrote the review.

He's said in the past that he doesn't like fighting games. Neither do I for that matter. I don't know why they're still making Mortal Kombat anyway, they said Mortal Kombat Armageddon or whatever was going to be the last game. Now since then there have been two more! What a joke. They tried a cross-over with DC to revitalize it, and they tried to reboot the original to revitalize it, they're obviously trying to breath new life into a dying series and everything they're doing is copying Capcom's foot steps.

So yes, saying they're struggling to be relevant in today's market is very much an accurate statement.

Have you played it? It sounds like no. Because if you had, you'd know that they're definitely not following in Capcom's footsteps. [EDIT: Not saying any of that in an elitist, derogatory way; sorry about the weird snobby tone.] Capcom needs to take a hard look at this new Mortal Kombat because it really does break new ground for fighting games. The story, while not on the level of BioShock or Grand Theft Auto, is told in such a natural way that it's a wonder we've given fighting games a free pass for so long. There's just no better way to tell a fighting game's story than the format used here. Then there's just a ton of other content. I loved Street Fighter IV, and the core fighting mechanics are arguably deeper and more polished than Mortal Kombat's, but that game is a joke content and innovation-wise by comparison. And as for Armageddon being the last one, they only said that Armageddon was going to be the last one of that style before a major reboot was coming. Which was true.

I feel like the only people who could possibly be saying that Mortal Kombat is "struggling to be relevant in today's market" are the people who took a sideways glance at it, said "yep, looks like Mortal Kombat," and then never played it.

I don't think I've ever gotten angry with a critic before, but here I go.

Yahtzee! How can you not like the new Doctor Who!?

Not one of his best. A lot more bitchy than the others if thats possible.

Chiyo-Chan:
I don't think I've ever gotten angry with a critic before, but here I go.

Yahtzee! How can you not like the new Doctor Who!?

Because he's clearly a man who enjoys things that are WELL WRITTEN. You know, like Doctor Who was decades ago before he fought burping trash cans.

timm[quote=:
I get that this game isn't high art, and someone could use it to argue that gaming as a medium is still immature, but you could say the same thing about 'Painkiller', a game that he loves. Mortal Kombat is just fun. No-one for a minute is gonna say it's art. Otherwise, great review, big fan of Yahtzee.

There is more to your argument that you missed. There are tons upon tons of examples of constructs, movies, paintings, sculptures, and books that are just plain ****, but are considered "art" by existing longer than the video game media. Games like Mortal Kombat have every reason to exist for the same reason movies like Jackass and most drug related movies exist. Are they great examples of art? Heck no, but a movie like Jackass would be considered "art" sooner than a game like Shadow of the Colossus.

So I say this, every medium under the umbrella of Art has lots and lots of blemishes, but rarely ever diminish said mediums focus as art.

Glad someone else other than me hates MK

ps. new DW is boss XD

04:53 - My hopes have been answered for some reason!! Also, that already happened 8 years ago...

You should start watching the new doctor Yahtzee, he is brilliant

so when can we expect a review of LA noire?

Giraffe on midget? pfft everyone knows the real good stuff is whale on amputee.

Seriously though I ordered a copy of MK over 2 weeks ago and am still waiting for it =(

MARTY MCFLY!!!

Akalabeth:
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He's said in the past that he doesn't like fighting games. Neither do I for that matter. I don't know why they're still making Mortal Kombat anyway, they said Mortal Kombat Armageddon or whatever was going to be the last game. Now since then there have been two more! What a joke. They tried a cross-over with DC to revitalize it, and they tried to reboot the original to revitalize it, they're obviously trying to breath new life into a dying series and everything they're doing is copying Capcom's foot steps.

So yes, saying they're struggling to be relevant in today's market is very much an accurate statement.

While I do agree that the previous Mortal Kombats have been pretty bad Ed Boon did the right thing and went back to basics when he made MK9. He got rid of the mocap, multi-stance gameplay and focused on delivering solid game play and a great fighting system. In the past Mortal Kombat only had the appeal of blood and gore but now MK9 the engine has been retolled to actually deliver a great system with a really good metagame and varied characters. The huge amount of sales, universal praise, multiple game streams and the fact that MK9 will be represented in Evo 2011 (aka the super bowl of fighting games) shows that no longer is MK a dying series.

Also with that comment of MK copying Capcom. Earlier Ono (the designer of SF4) said that he wouldn't mind seeing an MK vs SF crossover so looks like MK has earned Capcom's respect.

Good review, fighting games are pretty meh.

This reminds me of the Yahtzee of old.

This episode was funniest in a long time.

I think it should be stated that the original Mortal Kombat was one of the reasons the ESRB was founded in the first place, so it's no surprise the game is still over the top when it comes to violence. And who says that's a bad thing?

EDIT-sorry strange double post.

If there ever was a game that crossed over every single character from every fiction ever, the world would end. Literally.

All in all a good review, I find myself curious as to how these types of games still exist, They seem so repetitive and not nearly worth the money you have to cough up .
however I must add ... fuck you, I like the new Doctor Who

the star wars shirt wearing pokemon hat wearer woud be me.

devilishly good again Yahtzee my main reviewer.

I would choose the Marty McFly character in every game I play.

I like the new doctor who :) But only for the last 2 series, i found the earlier series (with rose and whatsherface that also 'loved' the doctor) meh. It improved a lot over time though :)

Before or after parkinsons?

Marty McFly or Dr Sam Beckett, well heres your answer...
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Not sure if this has been brought up yet, and I do hope Yahtzee sees or knows about this. There is a game like the one he brought up 4:50 in. It's called Jump Ultimate Stars, and it has basically every Shonen Jump character ever. Also due to copyright laws, it will never ever have an official release in America.

People still love those 2D fighters. The button layout and controls of this game have a striking resemblance to the old arcade system where one has a couple buttons to kick, punch, and a multi-directional thumb-stick to move one's character. But instead of making the buttons the size one's palm to repeatedly beat on, they are "finger-sized" and on a controller. As far as controls go, I believe it stays very close to its roots.

I've never really played Mortal Kombat until now. Mostly because whenever I went to the arcade as a smaller lad I was never allowed to play it and had to stick with racing games and ball tosses. And I always thought it somewhat pointless to purchase a Mortal Kombat game on a console as that is not its native ground, but I finally caved in twenty years after its original release. And let me tell you, I have never gotten so frustrated at a game in all of my life. For some reason, I can lose on any other type of shooters, puzzle game, RPG, and you name it. But on Mortal Kombat, it's personal. I don't know what it is about these 2D fighting games that make them so outrageously rage evoking when one is getting repeatedly combo'ed by an opponent who's taken the past twenty years to master it for THIS fight but it works.

When one buys Mortal Kombat, in my opinion, they know know they will be receiving these few things. Blood (lots of it), an outrageously foolish plot, hardcore fan smackdowns on live (you WILL lose and you WILL lose badly), and multiple controller shaped holes in one's wall.

Would that be the new Doctor Who where Russel T. Davies was the head writer and the Doctor was Jesus and they siezed every single fucking opportunity as possible to remind the audience of Russel's homosexuality,
OR
The new Doctor Who where Stephen Moffat is the head writer and... well, Stephen Moffat is actually a brilliant writer, what more do I say?

If it's the former then yeah, your colleague's opinion is totally void because people's credibility is completely dependent on whether or not they like the same shows as you, harr harr.

Oh look, I'm talking about Doctor Who instead of Mortal Kombat. Though really, what do you need to say about it other than two to four dudes or dudettes beat eachother to bloody pulps just like they have been for the last nigh-twenty years; wash, rinse, raise from death, repeat. NEXT!

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