Get Over Here! The new Mortal Kombat from NetherRealm Studios has finally landed in the Earthrealm, and it is AWESOME! This is the ninth installment to the Mortal Kombat gaming franchise and features 26 playable characters, and all-new Tag Team mode for up to four players, a new “Co-Op Arcade Mode’ and extensive online play and modes including “team” matches creating the most extensive online Mortal Kombat experience ever.

When it comes to game play I’ll admit, I’m not the most sophisticated Mortal Kombat player, my playing style is a back and forth between button mashing and using one or two go-to moves (mostly throws). However, when I hear there is a new Mortal Kombat game coming out, my interest gets peaked. When I get home and am instantly reminded of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II from my old Sega Genesis gaming days, I’m hooked.

My first impression of the new Mortal Kombat game upon booting up was, I’m so happy this is a new game without a butt-ton of updates that will take 30 minutes before I can play. The game loaded right up and took me to all of the great HD gory action.

Seeing as I chose the PS3 version of the game, the first character I tried out was God of War’s Kratos and he did not disappoint me. Kratos looked amazing and of course coming from the God of War source material how could he have not looked great. After going through a ladder battle with Kratos I decided I should probably check out the training mode to learn more about the game.

In the training portion of the game there are two pretty cool features that I enjoyed and both will seriously cut down on my button mashing and help me be a better player when I finally venture online to fight. First, was the practice mode, I played with several different players, from Johnny Cage to Raiden to Noob Sailbot. It was fun and educational to learn how to actually play correctly and not just mash down on the Triangle, Square, X and Circle buttons all night. The second really cool feature was the Fatality trainer, I went through most of the characters learning their Fatality moves loving every blood-soaked minute.

As much as I’m enjoying the latest addition to the Mortal Kombat family I did have one kind of big problem… cut scenes in the story mode. No the cut scenes were not bad, even though they were a bit on the cheesy side, they were pretty entertaining. My problem with the cut scenes is that I had to sit through them without the possibility of skipping ahead. The first time though this was not a problem, but there were a couple times when I was defeated (yeah I’m not super good at the game yet, thus the training) and had to sit through the cut scene again.

Overall, I am very happy with the game, it has all the nostalgia, graphics and game play I’ve come to expect from a Mortal Kombat game. I highly recommend you run out and purchase the game, or at very least hit up Gamefly to test it out.