5 great features removed from Mortal Kombat games

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There were times when THQ struck gold with the old Mortal Kombat games. As opposed to other studios, THQ decided to remove these perfect features from the next installment. While other studios would keep the random things players liked, THQ is just trying to tease fans.

The only thing that Mortal Kombat kept between games is the "Toasty" guy. Aside from the main mechanic, it's the only thing that's kept. Here are some features that should make a return in Mortal Kombat.


Games within the game.

The likes of Motor Kombat, Chess Kombat, and Puzzle Kombat are unmatched by today's lackluster minigames. These three games were incredibly intricate and well-done, and players could spend hours playing them. After a few plays, the new "Test Your _____" becomes lame and dull.

Three different Mortal Kombat Games. Mortal Kombat in Chess, Racing, and puzzle forms are shown above.
Test Your Skills


Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks allowed players to fight in the world of Mortal Kombat with their friends. No longer was anyone limited to 2.5D arenas or just one-on-ones. The ability to run around the map with friends made it one of the best Mortal Kombat games - we haven't seen anything like it since.

Screen shot of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. The two main characters stand next to Raiden.
Best Co Op expereince`

Full Roster

This is the only feature that has been done twice; once in Mortal Kombat Trilogy and once in Armageddon. Each time, it was executed incredibly well and was the best part of both games. Can you imagine Mortal Kombat 11 with every character?

The roster for Mortal Kombat: Armageddon in game.
Mortal Kombat Roster

It would take too much time and money and would not be worth the investment, so I can understand why they never did this again. In the future, though, I would like everyone to return to Mortal Kombat as a single game.



The best part of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon was the ability to create your own fighters. A fan's dream came true, with extra features far beyond what was necessary; it did not disappoint. Parts of this have been brought back to give characters a unique look, but they aren't the same.

Mortal Kombat character creator. The character being created is fully gray with no hair.
Mine was always super cool looking

The reason for this must be multiplayer because now MK is a legitimate Esports game. Still, it would be nice to have in single-player or couch Vs. modes.


Open World

I understand why Mortal Kombat didn't design an open world twice; unfortunately, it isn't what the game is about. Yet, the time Mortal Kombat did it, it was beautiful, and it gave players a glimpse into Mortal Kombat's universe. I understand Mortal Kombat should focus on fighting, but there should be a series of Mortal Kombat games that do not focus on the main fighting storyline and explore the world around the main characters.

Mortal Kombat: Deception's story mode. The main character runs through the "Chaosrealm."
Imagine this in an RPG?

Mortal Kombat really needs an RPG version. That would include all of the above and get other gamers into the Mortal Kombat universe. Until we get a Mortal Kombat RPG, we probably won't be seeing anything on this list again.