Two biggest things that stuck out for me were no Johnny Cage and no tournament.
Since I don't play the game, I thought maybe he had been removed from the game since the 90s, but the ending implies him having a larger role in the sequel.
Most egregious was the lack of tournament though. I mean w/ the original there was a definite build up and sense of anticipation as the fighters worked their way through the competition, but here everything felt kinda...flat? Idk, I know a movie like this there's only so much plot you're going to get, but I wish they would have just stuck with humans vs the universe in a march madness styled competition.
(Also both Raiden and Shang Tsung were miles better in the 90s film)
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