Blood, crushed bones and great fatalities! One of our favorite fighting sagas, Mortal Kombat, is back! With a brand new game and a smooth and fresh single player campaign that leads us down the path to become the Ultimate Fighter between realms. Mortal Kombat X is a fighting video game created by Ed Boon, father of the series, developed by NetherRealm Studios, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The story takes place 25 years after the last events of Mortal Kombat 9 and starts with veterans of the series, new characters and the last progeny of former combatants.
- Goro(DLC Character)
- Johnny Cage
- Kung Lao
- Liu Kang
- Quan Chi
- Sonya Blade
- Tanya(DLC Character)
- Tremor(DLC Character)
- Cassie Cage, Daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade
- Erron Black
- Jacqui Briggs, Daughter of Jax
- Kotal Khan
- Kung Jin, Nephew of Kung Lao
- Takeda, Son of Kenshi
There will some additional DLC characters, like Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th and the sport hunting Predator. There is a big rumor that Spawn, the comic-book anti-hero demon that redeems him saving earth from other demons, will join the fight at some point.
The story goes: After the death of Shao Kahn, Shinnok attacked Earth with his army of warriors of the Netherrealm, including Earthrealm warriors who died during the invasion of Shao Kahn and were resurrected, but are now under the control of Quan Chi. After battling his former colleagues, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade and Kenshi, along with a strike team, open a portal to the Jinsei House, the source of strength and life of the Earthrealm Kingdom where Raiden and Fujin are fighting Shinnok. They distract Shinnok enough for Raiden to steal the Amulet of Shinnok and imprison within the amulet. Quan Chi escapes. What happens next is up to you.
Although the story mode is short, it is clear that the title depends not only on this section. The is also the Tower mode,where different challenges, from consecutive fights with various enemies, to challenges like Test Your Luck and Test Your Might. These activities, along with online multiplayer mode allow us to earn koins, which we can spend on Krypt. The Krypt is a large cemetery in which there will be a large number of graves that can be opened with payment, yielding random perks like secondary fatalities, brutalties, concept art and figures. While it sounds easy to obtain, the scarcity of koins renders this activity quite the time sink.
As expected, Mortal Kombat X allows us to access online multiplayer battles. Most of these clashes can be done alone or in groups. It should be noted that I experienced no problems and no delays during my time online. However, there is an additional way to drive us to bring the skill to a whole new level and develop a sense of ownership by the community. For this release, Netherrealms have included factions within the multiplayer. Each player selects a faction from six possible, Lin Kuei, Shirai Ryu, Black Dragon, Elder Gods, The Brotherhood of Shadow, White Lotus Society, Red Dragon and Special Forces. Eventually the performance of each group is tallied and additional experience points and koins are awarded to the winners of the active faction. Faction can also be ranked up using “Faction Fatalities” which are not as powerful as a normal fatality. It is a simple measure, but glad to see that NetherRealm has been concerned with consolidating a strong and collaborative community.
Graphics and Sound
Mortal Kombat X, like its predecessor, features excellent graphics. As is the norm for NetherRealm, the details of each fighter were exquisitely detailed, especially the x-ray moves. Those can be painful just to see. The attacks and fireballs have great flair, and the effects of rain, snow or thunder are beautiful. Although we fail to find explosions and particles as striking as the latest installment of Killer Instinct, try complaining when witnessing Raiden’s ray. The scenarios are very well made and are not annoying or confusing. In my opinion, Dead Woods (where the first gameplay of the game was shown) is the battlefield where MKX shows all its beauty. As expected the game runs at a flawless 60 FPS, except when x-rays or fatalities are in play.
I don’t have much to say about the music as this can only be enjoyed in the story mode. In tends to get lost among the cacophony of kick, punch, “get over here,” then fatality when fighting amongst friends and strangers. Moreover, the voice-over and dialogue is excellent.
Gameplay and Controls
This is where MKX really shines. It took everything good about the gameplay of the previous game and improved upon it. There are some changes and additions introduced to the gameplay. The first big change is now each character has 3 sub fighting styles. Each of these adds new skills and attacks, even replacing existing, well known specials. This allows for more versatility and a surprise factor in fights. Another major change in gameplay is that the stages now have interactive elements inspired Injustice: Gods Among Us. This time, though, these are not elements which unbalance the game. Finally. we have the return of brutalities, actions that require certain conditions in a fight to materialize and function as a sort of mini fatality.
Take note that the combo system is still as friendly to both new players and veterans, with simple combinations and where you have to turn to connect the various combos to dominate as your favorite fighter. The three bar system allows use of EX Special Moves, Breakers and X-Rays is also carried over from MK9. At this point I should note the excellent training mode as it allows the player to customize what they want to focus on and now displays advanced information for each combo/skill type, including frame damage data.
I feel this game is one of the best fighting games of all time. With a roster filled with veteran fighters from the saga and some great newcomers, it is the first fighter game to stand out in recent years. Graphics, sound, value, and near perfect gameplay earns this the title the moniker of Masterpiece. It is a great game, its fun and is highly recommended. If you’re a fan of Mortal Kombat, you should go for it. If you’re a fan of fighting games, you already have it. If you do not like fighting games, give a it a try, anyways. This one might change your mind. Besides, I need new people to eviscerate.