20 April 2019 | jeremycrimsonfox
Not A Good Way To End A Generation
Mortal: Kombat: Armageddon is basically the final Mortal Kombat game to be released on the Playstation 2 and the original Xbox (as well as the only Mortal Kombat game released on the Nintendo Wii), and it is not a good way to end the sixth generation of consoles.
Basically, the game offers almost every character (Khameleon is exclusive to the Wii port as time constraints kept her from the other ports) as they are fighting each other for the opportunity to fight Blaze, whose defeat would infuse the victor with ultimate power. While it is impressive, the sad thing is most of the roster is basically copy-and-pasted from Deadly Alliance and Deception (with characters like Reptile and Kung Lao getting outfits taken from Shaolin Monks, the game before this). The only new characters are Taven and Daegon, who were created for the game's Konquest Mode. The characters who make their playable debut in this are either hit-or-miss (Jarek is a hit because unlike MK4, he is given his own moveset, while Chameleon is a miss due to having one special move taken from the male ninjas). Also, there are going to be characters who will share a certain special move, which takes away something making one character unique.
As the roster is going to have 62 character (63 for the Wii port), there would not be space to give everyone the traditional Fatalities, so instead, we get Kreate-A-Fatality, which requires you to do a series of presses in a limited time, each hit reducing the timer. While it sounds good on paper, it also takes away what made the kombatants unique, as while normal and boss characters get their own Kreate-A-Fatality moves, they share the same moves. Also, for endings, we get the character doing a kata while Argus, the father of the two new characters, speaks of their fate. While this is also understandable, since like Fatalities, space issues would have prevented the endings to have pictures like in Deadly Alliance and Deception, it is not well thought out.
As for the fighting, almost all fighter is reduced to two fighting styles (one hand-to-hand and one weapon). Fighters like Mokap only have two hand-to-hand styles, while some bosses like Blaze has only one fighting style. To add some new depth, the game adds Air Kombat, which allows you to pummel your opponent in mid-air. Many classic stages return alongside a select few stages from Deception, and Death Traps make a return, which are the closest we are ever getting to actual Fatalities in the game.
Other than the main mode, there is Konquest Mode, which is done like Shaolin Monks. Playing as Taven, you go through many area fighting your way. Sadly, unlike Shaolin Monks, the mode is short, and it does not give too much variety. Also, there is a kart racer mini-game called Motor Kombat, which parodied Mario Kart, however, that mode is also lacking in content, as it only offers five tracks and ten racers to play with.
One of the things I like from this game is Kreate-A-Fighter, which allows you to create your own kombatant to use in arcade mode or online. While it does have limited choices, it does have a good selection of clothing that can allow for recreating your favorite anime or comic book character, and you can choose the moves and make the ending. While it only appeared in this game, it would've been good to see this in a future game, especially with improvements.
But when all is said and done, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is a disappointment, and it showed why making Mortal Kombat games annually was a bad idea. While the idea of bringing all the characters back sounded good on paper, when done in-game, it's a bad Fatality waiting to happen. Coupled with the fact that its two other modes don't fare much better due to how little content they have, and the fact that Kreate-A-Fatality was a horrible idea, Armageddon is one entry that should be skipped unless you are one of those people who want to own all the MK titles.