In the early 90s, Mortal Kombat, along with Street Fighter 2, helped popularize the one-on-one fighting game genre. While Street Fighter 2 focused more on the fighting, Mortal Kombat focused more on the violence and gore, a feature that has stayed with the series to this day. The ninth game in the series, simply titled Mortal Kombat, is a reboot: a retelling of the first three Mortal Kombat games with a few changes. Available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Mortal Kombat features every character from the first three games; every fan favorite is here exactly as you remembered them. Unlike past Mortal Kombat games, where many times characters were carbon copies of one another, this Mortal Kombat takes a page from Street Fighter’s book and focuses on the fighting. Each character has their own unique punches, kicks, throws and combos in addition to the special moves that fans have come to know and love; Scorpion still has his spear while Sub-Zero still has his ice-based attacks. In addition, fatalities make a return as well; each character has at least two gruesome ways to finish his opponent after conquering him in battle. Mortal Kombat features a robust story mode, which is unusual in a fighting game. Mortal Kombat’s story mode constantly switches the character you play as in order to present the story of the first three Mortal Kombat tournaments. In between fights, cutscenes tell the story of the clash between Earthrealm’s mightiest heroes against the evil forces of Shao Kahn’s invading Outworld army. In addition to Story Mode, Mortal Kombat also features a large assortment of additional modes. There is the standard Arcade mode, featuring one fight after another, a Training mode including a fatality training variation and the Challenge Tower, which offers 300 challenges to complete, each with their unique goal. In addition, Mortal Kombat offers a large assortment of online modes allowing you to compete against friends and strangers alike. Mortal Kombat, set to be released on April 19th, 2011, will bring the franchise back to life; whether you are a Mortal Kombat veteran or a series newcomer, you’ll find something to like in this robust fighting game package.