I know I'm alone in the MK universe by absolutely hating MK3. I loved MK, loved loved LOVED MK2, but I couldn't stand MK3. Some of it was because of the cartoony look, some of it was the stupid new characters (cyber ninjas were ok, but I hated Stryker and Kabal), but most of it was because it seems like they took every suggestion made by 11 year olds and included them in the game. That wouldn't be so bad if they had done it right, but the animalities were absolutely HORRIBLE...not just the ideas, the execution was incredibly sloppy and each had like 3 frames of animation. It's also when the fatalities got incredibly lame and the mannequin body parts were just ridiculous. Add dial-a-combos, and I still think MK3 is the aboslute worst game in the series, bar none. But I know I'm pretty much alone in that thought.
I thought MK4 was a pretty decent step back in the right direction. I actually liked War Gods, so I was a little disappointed it wasn't more like that, but I was still relatively happy with MK4. MKDA, though, is what really brought MK into the next generation. I really liked it when it came out, but I did feel it was a little lacking. To me, though, what MKDA was really doing was setting the stage for Deception, which I REALLY enjoyed. You can say the engine was lacking all you want, but Deception had online play, and that was HUGE. It also had better fatalities, 2 for each character, and I liked hara kiris.
I thought the team really dropped the ball with Armageddon for one reason: the fatality system was terrible. Fine, you can say to a true MK fan, the fatalities shouldn't matter. But I would argue the opposite, fatalities are what really define MK and separate it from other fighting games, so to ruin them is to ruin the entire experience IMHO. I got Armageddon when it came out, but I only played it a little bit.
I think this new game is going to be the best of all worlds, MK2 sensibilities with modern graphics. Of course, I've been wildly excited about every MK game since the first and have more often than not left a little disappointed. MK2 and Deception are the exceptions, and I hope this new one will be as well. No matter what, I'm still an MK fan for life and will support the team no matter what they do. Why, you ask? Because Mortal Kombat came out my freshman year of college. I thought I had outgrown video games and when I saw Sub rip that spine out, I said, "This is what they're doing in video games now??????" and it brought me back to gaming at a time when I thought I was done with it. For that, I will always be grateful.