For nearly three decades, Mortal Kombat has been one of the most iconic fighting franchises due to its inventive characters, creative gameplay, and... oh, who am I kidding?
It's all about the bone-crunching, skeleton-ripping gore! And with the highly-praised Mortal Kombat 11 turning the violence up to... well... 11, it's never been more popular.
But what made MK11 also stand out was its time-travel-oriented plot, which had the kombatants encountering and fighting younger versions of themselves. When you see how different the characters look and act from the original timeline compared to the current one, it's impossible not to feel nostalgic for the series.
Which is why now feels like the perfect time to look back at the saga as a whole. Were the original games as good as we remember or are we looking at them with rose-tinted glasses? Was Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe as bad as everyone said it was? (The short and only answer is "yes.")
Some of the games are disappointing while others are among the greatest beat-em-ups of all time. But the big question is - which of them is the best of the best?
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
Twitter - @jameswzegan85