In the pantheon of fighting game franchises, Mortal Kombat is arguably one of the most storied that still exists. The characters have become iconic since the franchise’s introduction in 1992, when it completely changed the way people looked at violence in video games with its trademark fatalities and bone-snapping action.
23 years after the first game hit store shelves and parents’ banned video games lists the world over, Mortal Kombat X is finally here to help us sate our bloodlust. Fighters both old and new have interactive environments, pickable character move sets, modified x-ray moves (the skeleton-assaulting additions from 2009’s Mortal Kombat reboot) and, of course, new fatalities will make sure that everyone leaves with scars.
As brutal as this series is capable of getting, the rap game has a tendency to get just as brutal. The best MCs know how to move a crowd and drop dope lyrics, sure, but they’re also capable of being cutthroat when necessary, ready to vocally bury their competition. That friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) sense of competition is the fuel that keeps this genre alive, which is why some of these MCs could find things in common with the denizens of Earthrealm and the Netherealm in Mortal Kombat. Check out seven of my picks and toss some suggestions our way in the comments.