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Posted: Apr 22, 2019 - 10:47 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the most fully-featured fighting game on the market right now. The 27-year old fighting game is still alive and kicking with the franchise’s newest game, Mortal Kombat 11. This new entry is said to be their best and arguably Netherrealm’s best game so far. Unlike in the past, the game was known for its gore and violent scenes without much else to highlight; this new one has a great balance between the quality of gameplay and their intense signature scenes.

Mortal Kombat 11 keeps all of the fan-favorite mechanics that are part of its identity including their often extremely exaggerated and famous Fatality finishing move. Nevertheless, Netherealm has also introduced a new fighting system that feels nothing like what we have seen before in the MK games to help keep things fresh, and it is working in their favor.

Character Roaster

One of their newest additions to the fighting mechanics is Krushing Blows. These are unique critical hits that activate when specific requirements are met. Every character has a Krushing Blow attached to their uppercut, and it will activate if it hits as a counter, or if it punishes a whiffed high attack for example. The addition of the Krushing Blows adds another level of intensity to the game, and the fighting is very satisfying compared to previous MK games.

A Story Mode

Netherrealm has always included a story mode on their fighting games, and MK11 is no exception.

There is nothing new about it, but it’s enjoyable for fans of the franchise. It features all the over-the-top graphics and scenarios that Mortal Kombat is known for and it gives players a chance to try all of the characters.

The story mode picks up where MKX left off. Immediately we are introduced to Kronika , a new game-changing character. Kronika has control over time and sets the plot down a route of another threatening timeline reset, because of Raiden’s upsetting of the balance of good and evil with his execution of the Elder God Shinnok.


Mortal Kombat 11’s character customization is impressive.

There’s an immense amount of customizable options for each character. They all will have at least 90 pieces of customizable gear, 60 skins, and a variety of 10 techniques to add to their set of abilities.

These items can be unlocked by playing through the story mode, but most of them are obtained through the Krypt and the Towers of Time, which are two of the modes in the game. The Krypt, like in the previous games, is a dungeon stuffed with treasure chests that require currency to open them. However, in MK11 the loot is randomized, which upsets players because of the unwanted loot.
The other mode called the Towers of Time is a group of challenge towers united by a theme. This mode is the most criticized by players because some times the fights are just unfair. Fighting an opponent that starts the fight with twice your Health while dealing with assist characters and projectiles, it’s simply un-fun at times and frustrating for most. Luckily, not all of the Towers are like this, and some of the challenges are pretty fun.

Online Multiplayer

MK11 has a fantastic online mode that will keep players coming back to it for a long time.

You can play casual matches, ranked, King of the Hills and bizarre AI matches. You can also improve your fighter in this mode with unique augments as well as earn some rewards.
You’re able to set cosmetics however you want, but every character has two preset competitive variations that you’ll have to choose from. These variations only exist in competitive play. Unfortunately, you can’t customize your movesets in competitive play, and some of the most acclaimed moves are not available in this mode.

Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 is almost everything that we wanted to see from the game, and it hits all the essential notes. Everything from their ridiculous yet mesmerizing fights to the simplest of the challenges is outstanding. The significantly annoying thing that is worth pointing out would be its extremely grind-y nature of the Towers of Time and the Krypt. However, Mortal Kombat keeps proving to the public that there's more behind the games than just violence and gore and that's why fans continue to love their games after this many years.
April 22, 2019

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