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Gaming Evolution
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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Midway Games
Developed by: Other Ocean Interactive
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-2
Rated: M (Mature)
Release Date: November 12, 2007
Screenshots: Link
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

Being on top of the world in unit sales means that you are able to get practically and every title conceivable on your platform. That has been the case for Nintendo and their Nintendo DS. This time around, they are receiving a emulation of the arcade classic Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, which is simply being dubbed Ultimate Mortal Kombat. Now those who have never played a single game from the Midway franchise may come to see this title as the ultimate project, but for die-hard fans, this is simply a filler, nothing more and nothing less. Looking at the overall package, which includes the Puzzle Kombat mode from Mortal Kombat Deception and the ability to play the game via a Wi-Fi connection, this is indeed an in-depth action experience for the Nintendo DS, but not the “ultimate” experience.

Seeing how Other Ocean Interactive did a good job with their porting of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 to Xbox Live, the team were sought after to develop the Nintendo DS version. Looking at the staple of the Mortal Kombat franchise, the fighting experience, the game is a direct port of the Arcade classic, but suffered from a few compromises due to hardware constraints. The game still plays at a solid rate framerate with few noticeable flaws. Those who were wondering if all the blood and gruesome violence would be removed don’t worry, as it’s all still intact. In fact, the animations and character models are on par with the arcade version of the title.

While that may seem great for those who have played the Arcade form, its not without its demons as well. When playing this game against the computer opponents, they tend to stick to a few moves, which are used over and over. Another noticeable flaw is the fact that it seems like the computer opponents knows what moves I am going to use and almost has a response for them each and Everytime. While a pain, I found it to be invigorating because it requires you to try out different techniques, thus broadening your skills, which can prove handy when facing your friends and online competitors via the Wi-Fi connection.

Next to the Mortal Kombat fighting experience, nothing beats a good puzzle title, which is the case with Puzzle Kombat. The puzzle fighter included within the package, plays out similar to Super Puzzle Fighter, just with the use of Mortal Kombat characters. For those new to the style of gameplay, basically the object of the game is to utilize random computer generation tiles to eliminate stacked bricks from your side of the screen. To make the action even more intense, this mode also utilizes single and multi-cart capabilities, allowing you to compete against your friends to find out who is the master combatant.

Besides all the action that takes place during the various modes of gameplay, there’s nothing like taking the action online and battle fellow gamers from around the world. Sure there are lots of gamers who prefer to play a fellow friend, going online to test your skills is always a better way to do things. While a great addition to the total package, this feature isn’t without its own problems. The first problem noticeable within this mode is the lag, which can occur at any moment during the battle. Another issue to deal with are fellow gamers that would disconnect their DS from the network at the point they are about to loose, just to save face. On the positive note, there aren’t any worries about finding an opponent to compete against, and there are no issues with dropped connections (due to lag).

In regards to the Nintendo DS version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat, the “ultimate” in the name refers to the shier magnitude of content within a single cartridge as compared to other fighters on the platform. Though many gamers have made the transition to 3D gaming, nothing beats the classic look and feel of the older Mortal Kombat titles. Though outdated, this fighter title will live on in the minds and hearts of countless DS owners around the world. When it is all said and done, the only words people want to here are…. “Round One… FIGHT!!!!”


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