A Review in Progress: Mortal Kombat 11
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It’s been out a little while now and the word on the street is that it’s a fatality. Mortal Kombat 11 the latest in the long-running franchise and it seems to be going from strength to strength. This is down to how well the studio behind it has been doing in the last couple of years. NetherRealm Studios has been on fire with their recent IP’s.

In the beginning

Looking back now this all feels like an experiment. First, there was Mortal Kombat and they built their universe and their timeline and then slowly but surely they built an actual storyline that dealt with time travel and the deconstruction of our heroes and villains.

Then along came Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and people had varying levels of fun. It had novel ideas and was a lot of fun. Fast forward to 2013 and gamers are given Injustice: Gods Among Us. This game was amazing but more importantly, it gave fans a hell of a story. The gameplay was fun, the roster impressive and the story was a genuine hit.

Next, we come to Mortal Kombat X and this continued the level of storytelling that NetherRealms had been building with not just the Mortal Kombat franchise but with their growing roster of IP’s. Mortal Kombat X was a blockbuster. It had, in my opinion, one of the best gameplay mechanics of any beat ’em up. The mechanic to swap between three separate and distinct fighting styles is one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Then 2017 came and we got Injustice 2. This game was amazing. I adored its storyline, the gameplay was solid and wow the graphics were simply breathtaking.

In my opinion, all these games were made to build to the impressive Mortal Kombat 11. Every aspect that made each of these films great has made this game astounding. From the storytelling, the cinematic shots, the strong gameplay and the understanding of what made this franchise so great Mortal Kombat 11 is firing off on all cylinders.

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Your Soul Is Mine

Having played the story of Mortal Kombat 11 I have to say fans of the franchise will be pleased with how the story of the many realms concludes. I haven’t been here since the very beginning but I was thoroughly impressed with how Ed Boon and his team weaved this epic tale of gods, mortals, and monsters. It’s suitably epic.

The story mode isn’t the only aspect that is deep though, the Krypt returns and is jam-packed with gear and items to help customise your favourite warrior. The scope of the customisation in Mortal Kombat 11 genuinely blew my mind. There are 30 skins for each character and along with those are several individual customisation possibilities meaning it will be incredibly rare that you’ll find someone with the same duds as you (if you find someone maybe you’re meant to be together).

This is a double-edged sword however and no doubt you’ve heard the massive backlash that happened with Mortal Kombat 11 over the micro-transactions. First off I’ll elaborate that the depth of Mortal Kombat 11 is something to applaud. There are so many items for you to unlock. However, players were not getting nearly enough koins (the in-game currency) to afford all the big items so fans started to get up in arms. There were articles and videos stating to 100% complete Mortal Kombat 11 you’d need 300 hours to unlock everything. As of this article though there has been a patch and that has been significantly lowered.

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Mortal Kombat!

Then we come to the multiplayer aspect, both online and offline. Both are your usual affair and offer as much fun as you put into them. If you choose your warrior, train and then master them you will adore the online and offline as you take on your opponents. If you don’t put much stock in these modes then you’ll not enjoy them when you eventually have to play them.

The online has had some connectivity issues with me but usually, the matches ran smoothly so there were few issues.

I have to say I don’t know what I was expecting with Mortal Kombat 11. Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 are favourites of mine so I had high hopes for Mortal Kombat 11. I was wondering if it would learn and grow from its predecessors, in the end, I guess I was at its mercy.

Don’t worry though I’ll be entering the arena again for Earthrealm as this has got me hooked.

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