mk has plenty of balance. well, most of the games at least. all i know is that youve gotta be INSANELY good MK player to fuck wit me when i get my Jonny Cage on, real talk. bring on the liu kang groupies. lol. the fatalitys were dope, but the babalities/animalities/friendships were corny as fuck, no argument there. deception/deadly alliance are pretty balanced btw. really all the mk games are well balanced outside of Liu Kang, but they made him less effective deception and onwards. @ Jaze : MK3 was garbage to me. MK were the trendsetters, but started to bite from Killer Instinct with the combo system, but it wasnt implimented nearly as well. a few of the new characters were cool, but as a whole, i wasnt impressed. coupled with no jonny cage = fail come on Jaze, are you REALLY trying to convince me Sub Zero was a good game? really? seriously? wow, u may be the 1st or 2nd person ever who cosigns that game...lol deadly alliance and deception were hella fun. they changed the system, but the system worked GREAT. switching between stances is fun and adds new challenge. if ur hung up on the old system, then yeah its disappointing. mk vs dc was pure gimmicky. had some good ideas, but it didnt feel right, i dunno. MK1, 2, deception and deadly alliance i all loved. every other mk game i either hated, or was ok at best to me.