Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament. For the past 9 of these tournaments, Shang Tsung's four-armed mutant bodyguard Goro has won ... See full summary »


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Johnny Cage / Scorpion / Sub-Zero (as Daniel Pesina)
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Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament. For the past 9 of these tournaments, Shang Tsung's four-armed mutant bodyguard Goro has won all of them. Should he win the tenth, Earth will be left at the mercy of Shang Tsung's Outworld. Playable characters include Raiden, the Thunder God invited to fight in the tournament, in human (and thus killable) form; Liu Kang, a Shaolin monk determined to stop Shang Tsung; Johnny Cage, a Hollywood movie star who wants the publicity; Sonya Blade, a US Special Forces agent; Kano, a tyrant being pursued by Sonya Blade; Sub-Zero, a mercenary ninja with orders to assassinate Shang Tsung and Scorpion, a murdered ninja who has been brought back from the dead to try and kill Sub-Zero, the man who murdered him. Written by Jonestown

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8 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Môtaru Konbatto  »

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The statue seen in the Palace Gates stage is a statue the design team borrowed from a neighbor. It was sitting in their backyard. See more »


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The game that started it all...
8 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was in 1993 when I got my first taste of gratuitous bloodshed and dazzling martial arts action in the form of the greatest 2-D fighting game ever created: "Mortal Kombat." "Kombat," as envisioned by creator/programmers Ed Boon and John Tobias, revolutionized martial arts video gaming with this awesome fighter. It also sparked an unprecedented controversy for its violence, something that would only help to further ensure its success, not defer it.

In "Mortal Kombat," we're introduced to the fighters, who include monk Liu Kang, martial arts movie star Johnny Cage, Special Forces agent Sonya Blade, Lord Rayden the god of thunder, shape-shifting sorcerer Shang Tsung, terrorist Kano, rival ninjas Sub-Zero and Scorpion, Shang Tsung's guardian Reptile, and the four-armed Goro.

"Kombat" received the big screen treatment in 1995 with British director Paul W.S. Anderson behind the camera; that movie was plain awesome, but unfortunately suffers from a bad reputation because of a horrible, disjointed sequel, "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" (1997).

The series of games have gotten a better reputation over the years, especially with the release of two new advanced "Kombat" games, "Deadly Alliance" and "Deception," and a third - the upcoming "Shaolin Monks" - each of which takes full advantage of a revamped fighting engine.

The violence is shocking, the fights are brutal, and the blood flies but the martial arts action suffices over all of it. Though it's progressed significantly since 1992, the original hasn't lost any flare. The game that started it all, "Mortal Kombat."


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