Get Over Here
If you have thought NetherRealm has covered all aspects of gut pulling, head ripping and bone-crushing moves in the previous Mortal Kombat titles (plus Injustice) you’ve thought wrong. Somehow with Mortal Kombat X, the developers still manages to find new ways to showcase death in the most gruesome ways.
Mortal Kombat X’s story takes place after the last instalment spanning across multiple characters and introducing a few new ones. The main focus on the story in MKX has been the rise of the younger generation – the sons/daughters of the legacy characters which I felt was brilliantly done. Even if the story contained the usual baddies come out of the outer realms – the story is best way to introduce players to the new characters. It’s nothing new but it really helps set the backdrop of the game and the story behind the characters.
As mentioned above, the new characters are a mix of sons/daughters from the legacy characters plus a few extras. Cassie Cage (possibly my favorite new fighter) is the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya blade. Just like her parents, Cassie Cage harnesses a blend of their moves with her signatures which creates a unique move set. However, don’t worry MK fans, favorites such as Skorpion and Sub Zero are still around.
Also added in MKX is the variations which you choose for your character before every match. Each character has three different variations to choose from to suit different play style. Some variations offer either long distance/spells/summons moves while others provide moves for more close/faster hits. This allows an extra layer of depth to each character which will provide some new strategies to the fight.
If the story is not your thing, the usual single fight, towers and online component are still around MKX. The developers has also extended these areas of the game. They have also added Factions to the game where players will have to choose an allegiance before they get to even play. Siding with one of these factions gains you access to extra fatalities called faction kills which are unique to your team. The more you play the game, the more XP is gathered for your faction which allows to see which faction comes out on top every week.
The Krpyt also makes a return giving players a dungeon crawler style mini-game. As you progress through the Krypt, you can unlock new fatalities, costumes etc for the characters. If you want a slight break from… breaking people’s necks – the Krypt is a great place to wind down and gather more content for the main game.
Players who want a challenge will take the ladder on in Mortal Kombat X. The traditional ladders are still there but the new living ladders spice things up. The living ladder changes constantly and offers a random mix bag of matches with the added modifiers. It’s a bit of fun and at times provides quite the challenge. For me, the survival ladder is always my go to for this section of the game. I love trying to see how far I get with a health bar that never replenishes after each round.
In the end, Mortal Kombat X is the same great fighter but evolved into the new generation. It has that classic gore fest fights familiar to fans of the series plus a whole lot more extra. It’s well balanced and the new characters help refresh the existing roster. So what are you waiting for? Get over here!
Publisher: WB Games
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Platforms: PlayStation 4 (Reviewed), Xbox One, PC