Mortal Kombat II was superior to its predecessor in just about every conceivable way, with more characters, sharper graphics, a gritter atmosphere, and gore by the bucketload. In many ways, it could be said to be the peak of the franchise, certainly in the 16 bit saga of MK's long-running legacy.
It also continued the story in engaging fashion. The stakes were raised. Planet Earth was in danger. Shao Kahn, the new final boss, made Shang Tsung look like a gentle cartoon wizard, and was ludicrously tricky to beat. There was a whole new plethora of characters, mixing old favorites with a large roster of new blood. It was one hell of a sequel.
It was also great news for Nintendo fans, who were finally treated to all the blood and severed body parts of the arcade and Sega versions.
So let's take a look back at this game-changing classic, reminding old-timers that this Midway's gorefest was developed no less than 26 years ago - though those same old-timers will no doubt testify that it hasn't aged a bit. Nothing can prepare you!
Answers at the end!
1. What Was Shang Tsung's Fate After Failing In The First Mortal Kombat?