A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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