Mention Mortal Kombat and the first thing that comes to find is all that blood and gore and finishing moves that involve killing your defeated opponents in the worst gruesome way. Well Mortal Kombat is back once again with Mortal Kombat X and yes all that fatalities are back with a host of improvements and changes that will make fans of the series very happy.
While the baseline of the game is still the same as with all other previous version, fight 1 on 1 with an opponent, defeat them to unleash the most “creative” way of killing them, everything else feels upgraded (even some of the fatalities are worth a laugh or two for its really out of the world sequences).
The game engine feels almost smooth like butter (which is a good thing) and everything feels fluid and integrated. Even the new stamina bar that limits your ability to dash all over the place doesn’t feel restrictive and the x-ray attacks adds a nice variety to the attacks especial with the character on the receiving end crying out in pain. The special move charge bar is back and should be familiar to fighting game fans and the interactive background items round up the added refinement to Mortal Kombat X. After all, nothing is more satisfying than unleashing a furry of pain inflicting moves onto your opponent and ending it off by breaking a few barrels in between with your opponent’s body.
Those who are into the whole Mortal Kombat lore will be pleased as well with the “fan pleasing” storyline with my favourite being how Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade develops (if not much) thanks to their daughter Cassie Cage. Other familiar faces return including Scorpion (who seems to be very popular at this time of writing) and Sub-Zero. New faces which add to the whole battle between the realms include the insect inspired D’vorah and Erron Black the gunslinger type character.
Another new addition which fans will want to take note of is online play where gamers will join a faction and battle it out for the glory and honour plus a dungeon crawling mini game to unlock more in game items like skins and fan art and to populate the movelist. Or you can be lazy and not earn Koins (the in game currency) but pay with real cash which I got a feeling most will do since you never know what you get after spending Koins till you get the item.
Overall Mortal Kombat X is still a game fans of the series should add to their collection and for the general fight fans, if you can stomach the bloody, brutal finishing moves called fatalities, do consider picking this up too. Just a word of caution, do not play this with young kids around, least they get the wrong idea that fighting games are this bloody.
Ratings: 4 out 5 stars
by Kenneth Wong
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