The 50 Best Video Game Franchises

26. Mortal Kombat

Editions: 19 Mortal Kombat (1992), Mortal Kombat II (1993), Mortal Kombat 3 (1995), Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996), Mortal Kombat 4 (1997), Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997), Mortal Kombat Gold (1999), Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (2000), Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002), Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (2003), Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004), Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005), Mortal Kombat: Unchained (2006), Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006), Mortal Kombat: Kollection (2008), Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe (2008), Mortal Kombat (2011), Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (2011)

Publisher: Midway Games/Warner Bros. Interactive

Mortal Kombat could've easily been written off as another game trying to shine in Street Fighter II's spotlight but there was one thing that creators John Tobias and Ed Boon did to make sure that no one would ever get it twisted. They filled the classic fighter with as much violence and gore legally allowed. Known best for its "Fatalities" Mortal Kombat wasn't just about knocking out your opponent, you had the option to pull their hearts from their bodies, uppercut them into a pit of spikes  and a bunch of other devious methods of gruesome death. The game was an instant smash leading to sequels, movies and legendary status in video game history.

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