Mortal Kombat Trilogy can definitely be picked up anyone and enjoyed.
Story - Thousands of years ago an order of the wisest men from the far east received visions of the dark realm known as the Outworld. It was a world ruled by chaos and a vicious Emperor known as Shao Kahn.
They learned that travel between Earth and the new found realm would someday be possible if the conditions were right, the conditions being the unbalancing of the furies - negative and positive forces which keep our unstable universe from collapsing onto itself.
Knowing that an Outworld invasion was imminent, the wise men appealed to the Elder Gods. It was for this reason the Elder Gods created the tournament called Mortal Kombat.
For nine generations Mortal Kombat was ruled by Outworld's finest warrior-prince Goro. The Earth was on the brink of its destruction when a new generation of warriors were victorious in defending its realm.
The warrior monk, Liu Kang, would become the new Champion. But his victory was short lived as he and his comrades find themselves lured into the Outworld to compete in a second tournament.
Little did they know that the tournament was merely a diversion. A scheme devised by the dark Emperor to break the rules set forth by the Elder Gods and witness the reincarnation of his former Queen Sindel on the Earth Realm itself.
The unholy act gives Shao Kahn the power to step through the dimensional gates and reclaim his queen, thus enabling him to finally seize the Earth.
These are the trilogy of events which comprise Shao Kahn's final attempt at taking the Earth.
Also, each character you use has a character ending. Which is really creative and well-thought out.
Characters- There are 33 characters to use in all, all from the previous games. All are greatly detailed and really stand out. I would tell you all the fighters, but that would take a really long time. But it does feature all the characters from previous Mortal Kombat games.
Gameplay - Mortal Kombat Trilogy features it's classic 2D side-scroller fighting.
Finishers - Once you defeat your opponent, the message "Finish Him/Her!" appears, you can just punch them or perform a finisher. The game features these finishers, Fatalities, Animalities, Babalities, Stage Fatalities, Friendships, and Brutality. Let give you some info on them.
Fatality- A special finishing move executed against a beaten opponent to kill them in a gruesome fashion. Some have a bit humor in them, then some are really serious. But overall it feels good to pull it off, especially when your opponent annoys with different moves and dodging all your moves.
Animality- Is where you turn into an animal and kill your opponent.
Babality- Is where you turn your opponent into a baby version of them. In my opinion, this is the lamest finisher.
Stage Fatality- Is where you perform a short step of moves and your fighter uppercuts them off stage and into something dangerous.(Spikes, acid, etc)
Friendship- Is when your character does something comical or just plain weird, but still remaining some kind of humor.
Brutality- It requires you to perform an 11-button combo which causes your opponent to explode. It's the hardest finisher to pull off, but definitely one of the coolest.
Stages - Almost every battle arena that has been featured in MKII, MK3, and UMK3 makes an appearance in MKT, however only a handful of backgrounds from the first Mortal Kombat make it into this game (Courtyard, Goro's Lair, the Pit, and the Pit Bottom). The PlayStation version only lacks the Hidden Portal and Noob Saibot's Dorfen from MK3.
Audio - Most of the background music tracks remain intact from MKII and MK3, but in all versions of the game, many of the tunes are not played with their correct levels. Unfortunately, they lack all song endings as well as all of the music loops used during the "Finish Him/Her" screen. But, other than that, the music can get intense and really involve you playing it more actively.
Overall, Mortal Kombat Trilogy is an outstanding 2D fighter anyone can enjoy. It shows off classic old and new features, which makes it all around better. And in my opinion, it's the best of the series and true masterpiece. Hope you pick it up. So you can here the creator Dan Forden's famous quote,