Both Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat launch this week and you know, it might just be one of the coolest contrasts ever.
Thing is, one of the most annoying game-related stereotypes is the one that says "all games are the same." Most over the age of 40 seem to believe that every last game is about shooting something or killing something or jumping on something. What I find most compelling about this week's special contrast is that on the one hand, we have a game that freaked everyone out back in the '90s. Best of all, the new effort is a reboot designed to recapture the glory days, which – on the one hand – is bound to "support" the aforementioned stereotype. Hey, it's MK. Everyone, and I mean everyone , knows all about it.
On the flip side sits Portal 2 , Valve's new puzzle-oriented game that twists the mind and forces one to think on a different…well, plane, I guess. There is no shooting anything, and most will probably find that it's ingeniously designed. Puzzle-based at its core with just a wee bit of platforming, it'll challenge the intellectual problem-solving side of the player. Obviously, this form of entertainment sits on the exact opposite end of the spectrum from Mortal Kombat . Personally, I kinda want to lure the out-of-touch anti-game activists into a room, turn on MK, let them feel all vindicated, and then jump into Portal 2 and watch their heads explode.
Expect reviews for both games this week, but regardless of score, the contrast sort of helps prove that diversity is alive and well in this industry. An over-abundance of shooters can't stop that, damnit.
Related Game(s): Mortal Kombat, Portal 2