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One of the most controversial videogames ever released, Mortal Kombat is a 2D fighter in the mold of Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, but is much more graphically violent. The game introduced the concept of Fatality Moves, which lets a victorious fighter gloat over a dazed opponent by performing a gruesomely primal act, such as ripping out the heart or spinal cord. The tournament, as hosted by evil wizard Shang Tsung, consists of seven digitized fighters engaging in a series of one-on-one fights. The winner must battle Shang's inhuman champion Goro, and then the wizard himself. A five-button control system allows for blocking and a variety of high and low punches and kicks. In addition, each fighter is equipped with a number of special moves, such as fireballs or shadow kicks. Despite its reputation as an overly bloody, mindlessly inane button-masher, Mortal Kombat is a lot of fun, especially in two-player mode. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide