Mortal Kombat (commonly abbreviated MK) is a fighting video game franchise created by Ed Boon and John Tobias in 1992. The first four deliveries were distributed by Midway Games and released mainly in Arcade machines; subsequently they became available on home consoles. Arcade titles were bought later by Acclaim Entertainment for the home console of that era. The latest video game franchise that was present Midway was in the crossover Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe because a few months later went bankrupt and had to close, after the bankruptcy of the company, the franchise was acquired by Warner Bros. in July 2009 and became a part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The most recent title is the Mortal Kombat X which was published in April 2015.
As a result of its success, Mortal Kombat has spawned several sequels and has split into several action-adventure games, has had films (animation and live action with its own sequel), TV series and cartoons. The series is known for its large amount of blood and violence, including, in particular, Fatalities, which are a kind of final movement, for this movement has to perform a specific combination of buttons, which subsequently led to companies games to creating the ESRB.
The name of the series itself is also known for the use of the letter "K" instead of "C" in the title, the reason was explained by Ed Boon during an interview, he said: "I just wanted to title It was rare. " The first games of the series were very impressive, especially for its graphics reais (that differentiated it from other video game franchises) and extensive use of exchange palette to create new characters. The series was created to compete with the franchise Street Fighter.
In June 2014, after more than three years without news of new games in the series, the output of Mortal Kombat X (The "X" referring to is the tenth title in relation to history) was announced the day 14 April 2015.
At the time he attracted much attention so bloody and digitized graphics. Each fighter, in fact, was a human actor with his recaptured and incorporated in the game (this graphic style ended in Mortal Kombat 4) movements. This was because the first video game Mortal Kombat emerged long before the advent of 3D graphics of the fifth generation consoles (Nintendo 64 and PlayStation) at the time when video games were geared almost entirely for children and mostly they had zero content of violence and competition from the video game Street Fighter.
Each fighter has their own story to participate in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Everyone has their own fighting moves melee, and some are able to use special powers to attack the opponent. Others have special tricks like weapons, ropes, claws, etc. There are some moves to finish off opponents about to be knocked out, including brutal dismemberment, beheadings, burnings, explosions, etc. called fatality, although there are other varieties as animality (in which the winner becomes the animal and kill the opponent), multality (consists of a series of moves that eliminates opponents that are around once), Babality (which makes baby) friendship (instead of killing the opponent, gives a gift or makes some grace) or even brutality, consisting of a savage beating until the opponent is dismembered. The characters are icons and videogame culture, and have adapted cartoons, TV series and movies about them.
Note the significant evolution of the combat system from Mortal Kombat Trilogy, which performs movements and blows but without distinguishing the martial art fighter; this ended with the appearance of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.