Parents' Guide to

Mortal Kombat

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloodiest, goriest game since the series began.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 9+

Mortal Kombat is not that bad

I can tell you I’ve been playing MK when I was 5 and not ONCE did I think I should do that AND ON TOP OF THAT I heard the swearing and it’s not as bad as the female costumes but the costumes covered more skin in MKX and 11 but there is no sex, drugs or smoking.So parents should buy MK for kids who know the difference between fantasy and reality.
age 12+

Even though theres lots of blood and bone snapping, theres still no drugs, drinking, smoking, or sex

even though theres lots of blood and bone snapping and language, theres still no use of drugs or sexual content.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (77):

If you're a fan of this 19 year-old franchise, then no doubt you'll like everything NetherRealm Studios has added to this great-looking, smoothly-animated, and multi-moded fighting game. Familiar players have returned, such as Scorpion, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Kitana, and Raiden, as well as new fighters (including Kratos from God of War on the PlayStation 3 version). Along with a lengthy story mode, there are also quick battles, tag-team options (the first for a Mortal Kombat game), online games (such as the "King of the Hill" spectator mode), co-op arcade mode (for two players on the same television), and a Challenge Tower which has the player perform 300 different challenges -- such as mastering various characters, trying out gory fatalities, fighting under different conditions, and so on (this mode itself lasts 8 to 10 hours). Fatalities will make you cringe more than ever, including the new X-ray moves to see the insides of someone you're smashing, slashing, impaling, or blasting away to end the duel. While the game is intense entertainment for mature players, there's still some questionable balancing between fighters. Overall, though, it's an exciting but gory fighting game that has a ton of gameplay -- for those over 17 years of age.

Online interaction: One of the modes allows players to play against each other over the Internet (both versions of the game), including a King of the Hill mode. In this "party" mode, you can be a spectator, represented by an avatar and joined by others, while watching the fight between two human opponents. You can also choose to praise or trash-talk the fighters with preselected actions tied to buttons (throw tomatoes, laugh at them, say "wow" or chant for a fatality). Players who are fighting can also talk via a headset microphone so players could hear profanity.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • Release date: April 19, 2011
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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