February 26, 2015

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist vs. Mortal Kombat: Legacy

It’s a rare occasion that video game adaptations are actually decent movies but occasionally the odd gem pops up and I think we can all agree that two of the all-time greats are in fact web series.

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist and Mortal Kombat: Legacy blew fans away because they were made by people who genuinely cared about the subject matter and wanted to provide their own vision of these two worlds.

So let’s take a look at both and see which is better, then at the end you can vote for your favourite.



Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

Where Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a series of short vignettes which introduces us to many of the game’s characters, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist focusses primarily on Ryu and Ken. It feels like an old-school kung-fu movie with fantasy elements thrown in as the two young men are trained in martial arts.

It’s not quite as action packed as Mortal Kombat but I think it works better as a character piece. We really get to know Ken and Ryu as they begin their training under sensei Gôken. He also gets his backstory filled in and his rivalry between his ex-friend Gôki adds a nice bit of tension.

The acting by Mike Moh and Christian Howard makes the story believable however as I said in my review a few weeks back Akira Koieyama practically owns it as Gôken. A man filled with regrets essentially after losing his friend to the Dark Side; he doesn’t want his students to suffer the same fate.

I love what they do with the music too, still giving us the iconic Street Fighter themes but with a modern twist.


Mortal Kombat: Legacy

I’ve only watched Season 1 of Legacy so far and I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it; it’s a very different beast from SF: AF and goes for a grittier approach to the mythos. It’s essentially a prequel to the big fighting tournament and we get about 10 minutes with each of the main characters.

Stand out stories include the rivalry between Scorpion and Sub-Zero with Sub proving he’s really not a nice guy and he kills Scorpion’s family.

I also really enjoyed Johnny Cage’s story as it was relevant to real life. Someone even says “Nobody likes action heroes any more” which is kind of depressing and has sadly become quite true. Cage struggles to remain relevant by doing reality shows and the studio types just aren’t interested. They are looking at a younger (female) model and it brought surprising heart to the story… but also gave Cage a reason to beat the living shit out of the execs, which was thoroughly satisfying.

Kano, Jax and Sonya Blade give us the first few episodes and it’s quite sad to watch it now as the late Darren Shahlavi was great as Kano; he could play this kind of role to perfection and it’s a tragedy that we won’t get to see him as Kano again.

He has a great fight with Michael Jai White which is one of the action highlights and one of the best moments of the series.

The episode featuring Cyrax and Sektor was unbelievably cool and had a fight scene which may or not have been done by CGI, but the effects were so good that I couldn’t tell.

The fight scenes in general are first rate but with Larnell Stovall choreographing then it doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Raiden’s story was a very different take on the character and I can’t decide if I liked that episode or not; I appreciate them trying something different but I dunno, it just didn’t grab me.


The Verdict

This is a tough one as I love both shows for different reasons; Mortal Kombat: Legacy has more action and varied characters but Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has better character development. Hmm, personally I think I’ll say Street Fighter but it’s almost a tie. So I’ll leave this one up to you, kids.

The poll is now closed and we are happy to announce that the winner is Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist by a rather huge amount. Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist received 954 votes and Mortal Kombat: Legacy received 206 votes.

Congratulations to all involved and thank you to everyone for taking the time to vote.


About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.

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