Learning Curve: Not massive surprisingly, like all fighting games it takes time to master however the basic combos and super moves are simple enough to be performed within half an hour of gameplay, it'd probably take a full hour to blend them into combos.
- The graphics have been overhauled as you'd expect, giving some visually-pleasing cuts, bruises, blood, guts and backgrounds. High definition violence is the best kind, after all.
- The storyline in this game is fully explored in the best way possible, in previous Mortal Kombat installments, I for one found it rather difficult to keep up with the directions of the storyline in terms of what is canon and what is not. This game is canon and explains everything neatly.
- The fighting system has become more simplified for me at least, and the addition of X-Ray moves in all their bone crunching glory and their easiness to pull off is just so fantastic.
- None of the characters are recycled, and their movesets vary wildly so it's not a case of you master one, you master them all, it takes time to figure out your main and play them well.
- A wealth of modes that surprisingly do add a fun twist to the fights, and the achievements are few and far between in this game, so expect to spend a pretty solid spell on it.
- I feel as though the fatalities aren't quite as imaginative as they once were, I mean sure: they are somewhat pleasing and are great at making the squeamish sulk, but they don't entirely do it for me.
- The roster isn't massive, although they are slowly addressing this with DLCs.
- Shao Kahn isn't playable, but you do fight him a lot. And yes, he is rage-inducingly broken.
- A one-use code for the online is a sucker punch for second hand outlets.
So yeah, this new High Definition Mortal Kombat is a titan in the fighting game sector of gaming, a visually-pleasing gore fest for all the family to enjoy. Fast paced, crisp backgrounds and simple controls mean that you don't particularly need to be any good to win, just spam a lot. Speaking of which, same with all online fighters, there are spammers, disconnectors and the like, so don't expect too much from the online outside of what you do on other fighters. So to finalize - it's great fun, but there's is room for improvement. And there will be improvements, the ending of the story mode is a cliffhanger.