I had just returned Mortal Kombat 9 today for the Xbox 360. It was my second favorite MK game of the series. It would have been first if they kept the fighting styles instead of just having one style. but I love the new addition "X-ray" they added to it, it's a real game changer in the game. I rate this game overall an 8 out of 10.
I have played all of the Mortal Kombat games and this is one of the best in 10 years!
If you are a die hard MK fan you will totally love this game. Even if you are new to the MK series but enjoy fighting games, you must try this!
Although the Story Mode is a little goofy in some ways, you will still appreciate the back story on all of the characters. The Story mode takes about 6-8 hours to complete depending on how good you are at the game. So there is no need to play the older MK games to know the Story.
Graphics are amazing! They make great use the Unreal engine. Sounds are great and remind you of the older MK games.
"Test your Might" is back! A long with some others, "Test your Sight" etc
A Challenge tower has been added with 300 different challenges! (This will keep you busy after Story mode)
MK is also very fun to play Online. It pairs you with players at your skill level so 90% of the time you get paired with someone as close as your skill is possible. Although sometimes you do get paired with a higher skilled player but this is expected with any game.
Overall Mortal Kombat is a great game and there are still secrets to be discovered!
I highly recommend that you purchase this game, as if you Rent it, you will have to pay to play online.