Perspective: Side view
Visual: 2D scrolling
Gameplay: Arcade, Fighting
Narrative: Martial arts
Published by: Acclaim Entertainment
Developed by: Midway Manufacturing Company
The second part of one of the classic series of games-massacre. In my opinion, the most dynamic of the canonical 2D.
The plot is simple, but colorful: the first part of Shang Tsung, a favorite of the emperor of Outworld, invaded our announcing event on fights to the death, the real purpose of which was the brutal enslavement. With him were: Champion of the outside world, the giant Goro four hands, two ninja bodyguards - Scorpion and Sub-Zero - and sassy cyborg Kano. Against them were the best fighters in the world of mere mortals - Hollywood actor Johnny Cage, Sonya girl-cop Blade and Chinese monk Liu Kang - led by Raiden, God of Thunder.
In a deadly tournament heroes of our world have overcome the enemy. Mighty Shang Tsung was defeated by Liu Kang and was forced to retreat to the feet of his master, the Emperor Shao Kahn. The enraged emperor gave the hapless governor a second chance to rejuvenate it, but demoted to the level of the ordinary soldier. Then the mortal world was thrown a new challenge ...
As the initiator of the tournament, Shao Kahn has changed the rules, introducing an innovation: each party was taken hostage by militants. Outworld quietly surrendered Cano with his dirty past and a fighter relatively unflattering data. From people as hostage against their will become Sonya. Now both sides can not be so simply refused to fight, and the prisoner from the losing party of the tournament will be killed ...
At this time in the battle fought more fighters. On the side of the invaders fighting Emperor Shao Kahn, Kintaro, thirsting for revenge for the death of his brother Goro, Shang Tsung rejuvenated with all the same bodyguards Scorpion and Sub-Zero, Reptile third ninja, sisters killer whale and Milina and clawed freak Barak. Against them beat already familiar Liu Kang and Johnny Cage, Kung Lao (ancestor of Liu Kang), Jax, Sonya colleague, ready to break for anyone companion, and again our permanent patron of Raiden.
Kintaro and Shao Kahn act as bosses, and we do not give the power is not given in the first part of Shang Tsung and Goro. The remaining 12 men at our disposal. Each of them has a few special techniques, a couple varieties of Fatality - especially violent finishing views (in addition to standard times more accessible and "stage-fatality" associated with the arena: the defeated enemy can be reset from a high bridge, spread on the blade or drown in acid) , Friendship - winner does not kill the enemy, and shows him a room - and Babality - defeated turns into a screaming child with its corresponding "adult version" appearance.
Each fighter is endowed with its techniques and properties. Some are good for wily tactics, for example, Shang Tsung has the magic of reincarnation, and therefore may optionally use methods of almost all men, except for the bosses, and John Cage uses the same techniques as Shao Kahn, but with less damage. One way or another, but for every fighter can learn to play well. And they are able to conquer the summit of the standings rock along which move their portraits, and kill Shao Kahn himself.
The graphics and music in the game are worked out well. Another would be: figurines are made of high quality fighters captured and digitized images of live actors, and the best sound card supported game - Roland MT-32! By itself, the music accompaniment, with its intense character and dashing oriental notes fits well into the concept of the game, and that such a musical accompaniment has always lacked the following parts of the series. A remarkable living screams and war cries! And the atmosphere! Higher test.