Game overview/synopsis

As a fighting game series popularised in the ’90s, Mortal Kombat has gone through several iterations to get to where it is today.

The franchise became known for its bloody gameplay and gruesome ‘Fatality’ finishing moves, and the first game sparked some controversy at launch.

Mortal Kombat originally went up against Street Fighter when it first launched in the ’90s, but differentiated itself with its more realistic-looking fighters – and lots and lots of blood.

The Mortal Kombat fighting game esports scene has been on the up in recent years.

In early 2016, an updated version of Mortal Kombat X, titled Mortal Kombat XL, was released.

Latest game in series: Mortal Kombat X
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, iOS/Android
Typical game length: 1-2mins
Players: 1v1
Genre: Fighting
Price: Around £20-£30 (plus optional DLC via microtransactions)
Publisher: Warner Bros
Notable tournaments: Evo, ESL Pro League
Popularity: Over 35m game sales in the Mortal Kombat series
Twitch: Outside the top 50 most watched games on Twitch in October 2016
Launched: March 2016 (Mortal Kombat XL)
Pegi age rating: 18
Other Pegi info: Extreme violence, violence towards defenceless people, strong language

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