Graphics, Gameplay, Options, AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE FATALITY CODES! This is great game! They took out all the worthless stuff and got back to basics. The additions are wonderful as well. The practice area for nothing but Fatalities so you can get them right all the time is awesome! There are multiple different games you can play and then you have the added online get your butt kicked by a 12 year old with way to much time on his hands scenario :). The added Xray and extreme moves are fun and they are game equalizers. Even if your down by a round it can help you take half the energy of your opponent. And they are fun as heck(cant use bad words :(... ) to watch. Even if you lose its just cool to see how your bones break in half! Anyways, definitely worth the rent, I went out and bought it because the old lady thought it was fun as well.
The story mode for MK is surprisingly well paced and established. Compared to other games that phoned in the story mode such as soul calibur IV, Street Fighter IV, and especially Marvel vs capcom 3, its nice to see a game where they actually put some effort into the story instead of just giving you a 5 round arcade mode and calling it a day. I was very impressed with this mode to say the least.
I decided to lump these together since they both had the same rating for me. The graphics are good but nothing that is trying to push the boundaries. However the ex-ray and gore is entertaining to watch. Music is solid for a fight game but nothing i'll be rushing to put in my ipod.
Gameplay is very solid but not perfect. Blocking will be 2nd nature in this game since certain character's moves can attack from the opposite side of the screen. Yet the balance in this game is surprisingly good. With the exception of about 3 characters you should be able to pick up any character and do decent with them. The battles are not as fast paced as games like MvC3 but its not slow by any means. I also docked a point since the online is a bit laggy but with so much content in the game I can wait a bit before playing online.
Lots of different modes to keep you entertained. Also with the story mode being long and the online as well as challenge mode and towers there will be plenty of things to keep you entertained. Its nice to have a fighting game that is actually worth the money even if you never touch the online.
This game is very refreshing but not perfect by any means. What I like the most about it is it decided to go with substance over style. I hope other companies (capcom) learn from this game and try and incorperate it into their own titles. If you feel confident in my review then you should buy it for sure. However, if you feel you need more proof feel free to rent. You wont be disappointed.