Mortal Kombat II is the second installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, developed by Midway games and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1993.
This sequel is just one of the reasons that Mortal Kombat became one of the most successful fighting game franchises in the history of gaming. Originally released for arcades, it was later ported to PC, Amiga and many other platforms. This title brings back fond memories of me losing constantly and getting mad and storming off. This genre was never my strong suit, but that didn’t stop me from trying.
The game picks up where the first one left off and expands upon the Mortal Kombat universe. After failing to defeat Liu Kang in the first mortal kombat tournament, the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung has managed to convince his master, Shao Khan, the supreme ruler of Outworld and the surrounding kingdoms to spare his life. Kang tells his master they should host another tournament in Outworld, forcing the Earthrealm contestants to participate again. Shao Khan agrees and sends the invitation to Raiden, thunder god and Earthrealm protector. Raiden in turn gathers his warriors and takes them to Outworld. This installment of the games features some familiar faces as well as newcomers to the franchise. With the home field advantage, Outworld has a few surprises for their contestants.
This game features the same side-scrolling view as the first one. However, Mortal Kombat II improves upon the gameplay of its precursor, adding new moves and more varied fatalities. Including a few non-lethal alternatives to the classic fatality. MK II keeps up on the tradition of controversial violence and gore and we wouldn’t have it any other way. This game experienced an unprecedented commercial success upon its release, managing to earn more acclaim and awards than the original. Among its accolades are Best Fighting Game, Best Genesis Fighting Game and Best SNES Fighting Game. It is also featured in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. Violence, blood, gore, hot babes, what’s not to love?