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Portal Kombat

Portal Kombat

It’s too much effort for me to Photoshop an image of Sub-Zero being sucked through a portal but imagine it. Go on. It’d be the image on the front page alongside this headline instead of the Portal/Mortal Kombat image I’ve used (delete as appropriate, I haven’t actually got round to uploading the pictures yet, so I’m not sure which one I’ll use). Thanks!

Now then. Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat are out today in the US, while we have to wait until Thursday.

This is good for two reasons:

1) That HILARIOUS once-in-a-lifetime Portal Kombat headline (which Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon missed when he made a ‘Mortal Portal’ joke until he almost fell out of his chair with excitement when someone tweeted him ‘Portal Kombat’)
2) They are at opposite ends of the gaming spectrum

Not necessarily quality-wise, as you’ll see in the next issue of Play. Rather, gaming… philosophy wise? That’s a horrible way of putting it but hopefully, you see what I’m getting at.

Portal 2 is a sequel to one of this gen’s genuine surprises, a smart puzzle game interwoven with a clever storyline that has led to critical praise, an annoying meme (‘the cake is a lie’) and more analysis than any other game has seen, perfect example being this. Despite being buried in The Orange Box on consoles, it managed to rise above the package and found a life of its own outside that compilation.

Mortal Kombat has built its name upon being one of gaming’s guilty pleasures since Mortal Kombat 2 made Daily Mail’s blood boil (as in, they were angry, it wasn’t one of the game’s fatalities). The Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe spin-off took Mortal Kombat away from its roots but this latest entry to the series takes it right back – cheap, trashy, obvious, ridiculous and not in the slightest bit ashamed of it. It’s a game that knows what its strengths are and how to play up to them.

The question is – which game will you be getting? Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat?




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  • Garan

    Both are pre-ordered long ago.