Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

 
Engaging but extremely gory fight game for mature players.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

With its Kreate-a-Fatality mode, this is a game about rewarding you for killing in the most shocking way possible.

Positive role models

In this fantasy fighting game you are tasked with fighting until the death.

Ease of play
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Violence

While not photo-realistic, the game is highly violent and gory. You can rip opponents' heads off, break backs, impale them on spikes, etc. There is even a Kreate-a-Fatality mode in which the goal is to create the worst and grossest manner of killing like severing limbs and ripping out innards.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is part of the Mortal Kombat series, one of the most controversial franchises in video game history. As with its predecessors, this is extremely gory, allowing you to rip opponents' heads off, break their backs, impale them on spikes, and so on. The game also allows you to fight to the death online. While we don't recommend this title for anyone under 17, if you let younger teens play, you should be aware of the issues that online play creates.

What's it about?

MORTAL KOMBAT: ARMAGEDDON, available for the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox, is the first in the series to feature every character from the 14-year-old Mortal Kombat universe, totaling more than 50 3-D fighters. It's still the same 'ol 3-D fighting game: Each player picks a character and beats each other to a pulp, in a number of different environments. If you don't want to go with a preexisting character, Armageddon is the first Mortal Kombat game with a Kreate-a-Fighter mode. Fighting, which is very fast-paced, requires mastery in hand-to-hand combat, weapons, and magic -- gamers who try their luck by random \"button mashing\" won't get very far in this title.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Midway has expanded a few of its game modes; aside from the single-player game (against the game's artificial intelligence) and a two-player mode (on the same television), Armageddon also offers a deeper Konquest game (a story-based adventure) and expanded online play for head-to-head matches over the Internet -- with faster response times than found in 2004's Mortal Kombat: Deception. Armageddon doesn't evolve the genre much, but just gives the player a lot more of the same stuff, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also, while this game's graphics look OK (better on the Xbox than the PlayStation 2), it doesn't compare to fighting games on the Xbox 360 such as Tecmo's Dead or Alive 4.

Mortal Kombat fans can pick up Armageddon for $39.95, or they may opt for the Premium Edition ($49.95), which includes a playable of the original Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, more than 60 minutes of bonus DVD video content, a collectible metal case (with four unique box fronts in total), and an animation cell cover art autographed by franchise co–creator Ed Boon.

Online interaction: Online play with chat can create unpredictable conversations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fantasy fighting vs. reality. How awful would these fights be in real life? Why are they turned into a game?

  • Does the over-the-top, fantastical gore in this game make it more appealing?

  • Does creating your own fighter make this game more interesting? How about the Kreate-a-Fatality system -- does that make you feel more vested in the experience?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$39.95
Available online?Available online
Developer:Midway
Release date:November 28, 2006
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence (PlayStation 2)

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Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2011
age 17+
 

I Love It.

A very polished MK game that would keep you playing. The creativity is awesome. KREATE A KHARACTER and KREATE A FATALITY is awesome. My favorite modern MK game.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

good game

this ia a good, but gruesome game, intense blood and gore,but that is what the mortal kombat games are known for. some of the characters are scantily-clad, but it seems to be normal to all the other characters. bottom line: Strong stomached kids 9+
Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2014
age 10+
 

Why its AWESOME

It is much like the others but the blood can be in different levels-off,low,medium or MAX.The only concern is the Konquest if you turn the blood off in the menu it doesn't apply to Konquest.(Believe me I have and play it.) I'd say a 8 year old could play it if the blood was off. Hell is only used when Scorpion says (in Konquest) "Prepare to face me in HELL."
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