Generally you'd expect a sequel to a game, particularly a game as popular as the original Mortal Kombat was, to be better than its predecessor. In my opinion however, this isn't quite the case. Very close it came but it didn't quite make it up onto the next step. Read on to see why.
After his defeat at the original tournament, the shapeshifting demon Shang Tsung returned to the Outworld in disgrace. Facing execution at the hands of his master, Emperor Shao Kahn, Tsung devised a plan so diabolical that his master restored his youth and powers to him. The warriors from Earth were to be lured to the Outworld, there to fight in a twisted version of the Mortal Kombat tournament, hosted by Shao Kahn himself.
Control wise it's very similar to the prior game, the difference being tat there are new characters and those who return have a few new tricks up their sleeves as well as their original abilities. Some of these can be a little hard to pull off, particularly some of the Fatalities. This is especially true because a few of those finishing moves have two sections to themm. So pulling them off can be tricky.
Audio: This is where I feel the game falls somewhat short. THe music, though not horrible, isn't what I'd call spectacular. None of it will get pleasantly stuck in your head for long stretchhes. Some of it's cool, certainly, but nothing's great. The same holds true of the SFX. I always thouht the impact sounds for punches and kicks and cries of pain sounded better in the first game, aside from the men's Fatality scream. Granted Shao Kahn's voice and his laugh are pretty cool, so it's not a total loss.
All in all though this is still a very enjoyable game well worth your time. Te one star is mainly because I wasn't quite as impressed with the audio.