“Reset: Mortal Kombat” by J.P. Grant

J.P. Grant finds the recent Mortal Kombat Kollection to be buggy and out of place in 2011.

…Mortal Kombat’s “gore” feels quaint now. The lightest tap results in a comical spray of pixilated blood. Being impaled on spikes now looks like exactly what it always was—the character model in its “prone” state, superimposed awkwardly in front of metallic rods, like a lousy green-screen special effect in a B-movie. The concept of the “Fatality,” the ritualized murder of a defeated opponent, might remain shocking in theory. But looking back on these finishing moves today, on the primitive art and goofy animations, the net effect is more Monty Python than Texas Chainsaw Massacre.