Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X

Byline: Keegan Dolinar

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Mortal Kombat is many things; a gaming industry icon, the game that single handedly created the ESRB rating system, and really, really bloody. A lot of decapitations and a few organs littered here and there. But underneath all the gore is a decent fighting game, one that balances mechanical depth with crowd-pleasing presentation. Though it doesn’t always do the best job of preparing you for battle, Mortal Kombat X is enough outrageously violent fun to justify a little self-education, provided you’ve got enough patience.

If you have played Mortal Kombat 9 or Injustice: Gods Among us, MKX will feel familiar: 3D fighters brawl on a 2D plane with plenty of special moves, flashy combos, and bone-splintering X-Ray attacks being traded back and forth. The somewhat stiff lateral movement and blocking via “a” button (instead of backing away from your opponent) can initially feel strange if you’re typically a Street Fighter person, but any discomfort will fade away after a few matches and some trips to the pause screen, which smartly displays both players’ special move inputs right up front.

It is an annoyance to have to go to the pause screen every time you want to see how to do a certain move or a fatality. Many past characters return and with a roster of new faces, some making more sense than others. Like why did Johnny Cage and Sonya have a daughter and how is she Sonya’s age in 10 years?

Thankfully, people do not play this game because of the logic or the story, they play it for the action and the over-the-top blood and gore. The fatalities in this game are the most brutal in the series and if you have a weak stomach I would steer clear of this game. Most of them end with the loser in a pile of body parts with a side of entrails.

Overall, this installment brings nothing new to the table, it has the same combat as the last game with a few new characters and a mediocre story. But what it does right is the mindless violence and gore. If you are looking for a solid story with meaningful characters, this is not the game for you.

 

 

This is a list of the DLC characters that have been announced and their release dates:

April 26, 2015 – Jason

May 10, 2015 – Tremor

May 24, 2015 – Predator

June 7, 2015 – Tanya