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The Mortal Kombat tournament is held once a generation. Each tournament is the setting for competition between the greatest fighters of each era. But this Mortal Kombat tournament is particularly important. An evil wizard by the name of Shang Tsung has taken over the tournament and has been draining the souls of all the previous fighters who lost. Each of the fighters participating in this tournament has a personal reason for joining, but they're all out for blood.
Mortal Kombat is a 2D fighting game using digitized actors for character animation. Players can select from six fighters: Rayden, Liu Kang, Sub Zero, Scorpion, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. Each character has a selection of special attacks to complement his or her regular punches, kicks and throws. After defeating other fighters, each character can also use a special "fatality" to finish them off and earn more points. Alternatively, on certain stages characters can use an uppercut to punch their defeated opponents off the edge of the ring and into a pit of spikes.
Players can choose from three difficulty settings. After that players progress through the game's stages one by one through defeating the enemy on each stage. Players will face each of the game's characters once, including his or her double. Then they have to compete in three battles in which they will face two enemies one after the other. Finally, players must defeat the two bosses to claim victory.
The game allows players six credits to continue. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide