The story begins after the events in the previous section, after being defeated by Liu Kang, Shang Tsung must return to Outworld and confront his supreme master, Shao Kahn. He told Shao Kahn to organize a Mortal Kombat tournament at Outworld that would be easy to win, obeying Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn organized the tournament and invited the god of thunder Raiden and the best people from Earthrealm to come participation. In the game, there are 12 different characters to choose from, each with their own fighting style and skills. With the gameplay remains the same compared to the previous version and only a few changes in combat movements. This part is added to the bent punches, low and high kick movements are also more clearly distinguished along with the tempo of the game also becomes faster. The fight is still divided into several rounds, with each round you will fight with another character with the difficulty level also increased. New Fatalities have also been added to make the game less violent, including Babality (turning an opponent into a child), Friendships (jumping before the opponent or giving a gift) and additional stage-specific Fatalities, the player falls into a deep pit with thorns or acids).