Game Review: 'Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection'

I'll freely admit that I love Mortal Kombat, perhaps a little bit more than I really should.  I loved the original, I loved the 2011 reboot, I loved the roughly eleventy billion characters in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon…hell, I even dug Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe in spite of—or perhaps because of—the sheer lunacy of its concept.  Needless to say, a review for WB Games' downloadable Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, seems like it should be pretty cut-and-dried with me.  After all, it's a port of the three original MK titles (their superior arcade versions, natch) bundled together for one low price.  What's there not to love?  More after the break.

The Arcade Kollection consists of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in three arcade-accurate ports.  When I say arcade-accurate, I mean it in the truest sense of the word.  Aside from the ability to throw a video filter over the game to make it look smoother and a border of high-def cabinet art to fill out widescreen TVs, these are pixel-for-pixel the same games you pumped quarters into years ago.  This is nostalgia fodder in its purest form.

However, there is really nothing but the games.  There are no extras, no unlockables, nothing.  After MK2011's mind-blowing Krypt and its massive dump of concept art, music, and additional content, I was hoping for a similar treatment for the original trilogy.  Sadly, this is not the case.

However, this is more wishful thinking than a genuine complaint.  The Arcade Kollection's rock bottom price point (800 MSP/$9.99) for three classic titles is a steal for fans of Mortal Kombat and fighting games in general.

The Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection is available now on Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, and PC.