Mortal Kombat has lasted for three decades and is one of the most recognizable fighting games out there. From humble origins as a simple arcade game in 1992, all the way to the Fire God Liu Kang's New Era in Mortal Kombat 1, the series has persisted time and time again.
With such a long-running franchise, it is unavoidable to have ups and downs. Just like any other game series, MK has endured it all, from terrible entries and even worse movies. But hardships aside, the series has also had numerous highs, such as the iconic Techno Syndrome theme song, and some of the all-time best moments in the history of fighting video games.
And so to celebrate the recent release of Mortal Kombat 1 - which serves as the second rebooting of the beloved IP overall - what better time to take a look at the entire catalogue of games; from Flawless Victories to ones that deserve a Fatality?
Not only will main MK entries be tackled here, but also the spin-off titles released over the years.
15. Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
Starting things off, the worst game in the series goes to Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, a spin-off starring Jackson 'Jax' Briggs, released in 2000. Not only does it belong to the bottom of this list, but is one of the worst video games of all time.
The title suffered from a troubled development as Midway employees left during the middle of production such as series' co-creator John Tobias. This led to the game being reworked and rushed for its release date and boy, do the results show.
Despite being a 2000 release, the title suffered due to the aging PS1 hardware while other video games were already transitioning to the PS2.
The shooting was very repetitive and enemy encounters were frustrating. These problems can be attributed to the development cycle and led to numerous elements being cut, including Sonya Blade being the second playable character.
Ultimately, Special Forces put a halt on several MK spin-offs in development at that time. It's a shame too, as a spin-off third person shooter starring Jax and Sonya could have been fun, but with the circumstances, Special Forces was an absolute failure.