(Warning: These finishing moves probably are as gory as anything you've ever seen. In fact, in Australia, it's actually illegal to own this game because it was deemed too violent. Really.)
As some of you know, the Mortal Kombat series received a major reboot yesterday when Mortal Kombat (9) was released for Xbox 360 and PS3. I don't play video games too much these days (mainly just Skate 3 (see my discussion of the original Skate) and some scrolling shooters), but this was something I just had to have, and I've been salivating over it since the day it was announced almost a year ago.
I can't begin to tell you the number of hours (months?) I spent playing this series of games (and those of Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, etc.) in the early-to-mid '90s.
This latest version basically is a (brilliant!) re-imagining of the best games of the series, namely MK 1-3. Everything's been updated, and there are a slew of new features. One of my favorite aspects of the game is that while the characters and scenes are rendered in 3D, the fighting plane is restricted to two dimensions, which makes the game feel much like the originals.
After having spent a few hours with this latest release, I can say it's a ton of fun; a fantastic upgrading and merging of some of my favorite games of all time.
(Be sure to also check out GameSpot's great video review.)