Mortal Kombat: Special Forces

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Kano deserves to be locked alongside this game

Mortal Kombat: Special Forces is a 3D action game developed and released by Midway Games for the PlayStation in 2000. The game stars the character from the Special Forces faction Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.

Plot

Special Forces is chronologically the first game in the Mortal Kombat storyline, taking place even before Mythologies. Kano frees his gang, the Black Dragon, from a maximum security prison, and Jax sets out to stop them before they retrieve an artifact of great power called the "Eye of Chitian".

Why It Sucks

  1. Ugly graphics. The models are blocky, and the textures are horrifically muddy.
  2. The sound effects are drab, and the voice acting is dull and uninspired.
  3. Repetitive stages and music (if it even deserves to be called music).
  4. Horrible and broken combat.
  5. Terrible camera angles.
  6. Glitchy, buggy, and broken game.
  7. The plot does not fit in with the canon of the games, as Sonya Blade is the one who has the rivalry with Kano and Jarek, and Jax doesn't actually get his metal bionic arms until Mortal Kombat 3.
  8. Laughable intro (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipIxiaS9kRY) that was compared to Austin Powers by Joueur du Grenier.
  9. The game barely feels like Mortal Kombat.
  10. It had a troubled development cycle; it was originally going to feature Sonya as a playable character, have more levels, tell us how Kano got his Bionic eye and Shang Tsung and Kabal were also meant to appear. There was also going to be ports for the N64 and Dreamcast, but due to many problems including the departure of John Tobias, the game ended in the state we all know it today.
  11. Boss battles can be exploited so you end punching and kicking the enemies to death without them beign able to fight back. In fact, the game encourages it since if you don't do this, the game becomes a pain to play.
  12. Horrible level design, specially the last level.
  13. Combos have stupid names like "GIT SOME SUCKA !!"
  14. The early weapons become useless in later levels.
  15. Sometimes, is impossible to not take damage.
  16. Even Ed Boon (the creator of Mortal Kombat) hates the game to the point he wants to forget it's existence.

Trivia

Throughout the game, you encounter the boss character Tremor, which was his first appearance in the series until Mortal Kombat X where he had a pretty warm reception.

Reception

Of all the Mortal Kombat games, Special Forces is considered by many to be the worst, to the point of being called a total disgrace and travesty to the Mortal Kombat series.

As of 2014, it has a very low average review score of only 28/100 at Metacritic, including ratings of 2.1/10 from GameSpot and 3/10 from IGN. Its sales were so low that Midway placed the series on hold in preparation for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Ed Boon himself stated: "The game had a pretty bumpy development ride and the game didn't turn out very good at all."

In 2011, GamesRadar ranked it as the second most absurd Mortal Kombat offshoot (behind only Mortal Kombat: Live Tour). In 2013, they also ranked it as the 41st worst game ever made.

WatchMojo ranked this game #5 on their "Top 10 Worst PS1 Games" video. [1]

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