Warner Bros. Interactive
Mortal Kombat X review
Warner Bros. Interactive
The description of Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X is the tenth installment of the series, released in 2015 and available for the freshest consoles in 2019. Completely remade and revamped for the anniversary, the X version is a real game of XXI century, unrecognizable at a glance, but with its ancestors’ DNA deep within.
As for the story, it goes comic even more than one would expect. Heroes become anti-heroes, the ones who died in the previous installment seem to have not noticed that, and the degree of impossible mystics seems hard to surpass. There come children of the old heroes (like Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, or Jax’s daughter Jacqui), as well as the heroes themselves, old but up for changing teams and philosophy. One won’t be mistaken when calling the whole plot “Marvel Kombat”. Crossovers are included: Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Leatherface, Alien and Predator are available in DLC packs.
Luckily, the developers didn’t sacrifice the atmosphere for Marvel-like ratings. Blood and gore remain the trademark, and the Kombat is still mortal, with severing off heads and limbs, killing with electricity, fire, cold, or blades, as well as using unhuman shapes with natural weapons.
The combat system has got more complicated. Now you need to watch three-meter bars at the same time, to be able to do combos and combo breakers, and interact with the environment to amplify your hits. It’s become impossible to finish the fight with one combo; you’ll need at least two or three, with powerful uppercuts or other hits applied too.
Along with story mode, the game offers local or online PvP mode, Towers (fighting various characters consequently) and various multiplayer options. No, it doesn’t feature a Battle Royale mode by 2019, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it had. Instead, we have team matches, training modes, and randomizers quantum satis.
With the great title comes great responsibility, and the designers acknowledge that. The game looks terrific; though it’s still a 2D arena with pseudo-3D decorations, the backgrounds, as well as the fighters’ appearance, are stunning. And yes, it’s full of gore, like heart and brain torn out simultaneously and smashed against each other, let alone severed limbs and lots of blood. That’s the MK we love!
This time we have a tutorial mission, guiding you through all controls and the idea of applying simple hits and combos. The game has lots of unique abilities for each character, and they require all the tools provided by DUALSHOCKs, so this mission is necessary but non-exhaustive. There’ll always be a lot to learn as you try a new character.