Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection comes as no surprise with the recent success of the latest installment. The “Kollection” packs together the first Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in one convenient bundle. Although offering no graphical changes, there is a lot of nostalgic value for those of us who lost quarter after quarter trying to pull off our well earned fatalities. The single player “towers”, local and online battles, and leaderboards all contribute to each port but should you save your quarters?
Offering the least amount of playable characters, this is the game that started it all. All the original fatalities return along with the “Test Your Might” segments. The controls may seem a little stiff and getting used to the not-so-stellar D-Pad will take a few rounds but you’ll be able to freeze and spear your opponents in no time. While it was good to play some old school Mortal Kombat, I found myself playing the original less than the other two games.
Mortal Kombat 2
Probably the most favored out of the bundle here, including mine. Just like the first game, you’ll need to adjust to the D-Pad especially when trying to pull off air juggles and combos. I found this version much harder than I remembered as it took me the longest to complete a single player tower than MK1 or UMK3. Regardless it is still awesome and brings back a lot of memories.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Robot ninjas, combo system, running, babalities, etc; it’s all here. I can remember wasting so many quarters in the arcade trying to see every fatality with my own eyes. I’ve been spending a lot of time playing this game since it does offer the most modes. Even the “kodes” return in versus and when the single player game ends which provide unlocks or handicaps.
Overall this collection is great for any gamer who played one, some, or all of these Mortal Kombat games. The nostalgic value immediately hits you as you play these perfect arcade ports from the franchise. Newer gamers who haven’t played these should check it out and see where your Mortal Kombat roots came from. The controls may take a little longer to get used to depending on how often you play fighter games and if you use D-Pad but over time you’ll adjust. All those secrets, unlocks, and fatalities should keep you busy for a little while until you “finish them” (terrible joke, I know).