Every 'Mortal Kombat' Game Ranked From Best To Worst

Get over here! We are ranking every Mortal Kombat game to determine the best of the best! Featuring every main entry and spin-off game, from Mortal Kombat to Mortal Kombat 11 these are the top Mortal Kombat games in the entire series. Every installment of the popular action-packed fighting game brings something different that makes it stand out from the rest. From the ever expansive world building to its wide and diverse cast of characters, every Mortal Kombat game have brought an exciting amount of creativity, fast-paced gameplay, and countless amounts of memorable fatalities.  

Ever since the first Mortal Kombat was released back in 1992, the series grew larger with every passing installment with a larger cast of playable characters, new and improved graphics, and new gameplay mechanics that producing some of the best fighting games of all time. No matter how much time has passed, one the best fighting games of the year will always be a Mortal Kombat game. Which Mortal Kombat do you think is the best?

Vote up your favorite Mortal Kombat game that you think is greatest out of all of them and be sure to check out the best Mortal Kombat adaptations of all time!


  • Mortal Kombat X
    Photo: NetherRealm Studios

    NetherRealm Studios injected new life into the Mortal Kombat franchise by taking it back to its roots, but when they expanded upon the franchise is when they truly reached their stride. Masterful fighting mechanics,  jaw-dropping graphics, and horrifying fatalities and X-rays were just the tip of the iceberg for Mortal Kombat X. A story that was richer, more meaningful, and heartbreaking than anything the series had seen before and a litany of new, monumental characters elevated the game from simply a sequel, to one of the absolute best games in the franchise. 

    • Release: 2015
    • Developer: NetherRealm Studios
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Mortal Kombat
    Photo: High Voltage Software

    Following the devastating bankruptcy of Midway Games, the team at NetherRealm Studios had the distinct challenge of bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back, and they brought it back with a bang. Returning the franchise to its roots with a 2D style, the game masterfully blended elements of old and new to create something incredible. Yet again focusing on story, Mortal Kombat took players back to the original 3 games, where a brand new incredible story would be told. On top of this, the addition of the brutal and brilliant X-ray moves brought the edge back to the franchise. 

    • Release: 2011
    • Developer: High Voltage Software, NetherRealm Studios
    • Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Mortal Kombat
    Photo: Midway Games

    Laying the groundwork for the franchise and changing the gaming industry as a whole, Mortal Kombat was a once-in-a-generation experience that shook the world to its very core. The heavy-hitting fighting game showcased over-the-top violence, next-level graphics, and some of the most quintessential characters in gaming history, and this all accumulated into one of the most explosive and controversial games of all time. While it is clearly dated in today's day and age, there is no question that the original Mortal Kombat was something truly special.

    • Release: 1992
    • Developer: Midway Games
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, MS-DOS, PlayStation 2, Game Boy, PlayStation Portable
  • Mortal Kombat II
    Photo: Midway Games

    While the first game in the revolutionary Mortal Kombat franchise may have opened the eyes of the masses to the visceral and violent video game, it was Mortal Kombat II that showed this fighting franchise could go toe-to-toe with the best of the best the subgenre had to offer. Tightened controls, improved graphics, a slew of new fan-favorite characters, and a dedication to substance over style cemented Mortal Kombat II as a worthy opponent. When gamers finally got their hands on the game, it was no surprise that Midway Games had created one of the best fighting games of all time. 

    • Release: 1993
    • Developer: Acclaim Cheltenham, Midway Games, Sculptured Software
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation 2, Master System, PlayStation, Sega 32X