MORTAL KOMBAT 11
By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on April 23, 2019
Round 11... FIGHT!
Mortal Kombat is back and I'm ready to get back in the game and perform some gruesome fatalities! The franchise releases its first game in 4 years and just the announcement of the release got everybody excited! Luckily, I had the opportunity to get the game prior to its release and be one of the firsts to play the glorious violent masterpiece that is Mortal Kombat 11!
Let's start off this review by taking a look at the actual gameplay. First and foremost I'd like to say that said gameplay feels way less spammy, if that makes sense. What I mean by that is that if you want to put together a kombo you kan't simply get lucky just by spamming buttons, you'll need to actually learn kombinations of buttons to string together a well executed, fluent kombo. For people like me, this is a godsend, because fighting actual other players is way less of a pain now, for they simply kan't button mash once they feel they're losing grip on the fight.
Secondly, I'm glad the developers decided not to include the levelling system from Injustice 2, I personally had nothing against it, but if kasual players bought the game late and wanted to get Multiverse events done, they sometimes had no chance against certain towers because their fighters weren't max level yet.
The story continues in the time after Mortal Kombat X. With Shinnok defeated and Raiden turned rogue, a new threat named Kronika appears with the intention to create a new timeline in which Raiden is no more and Shinnok and Cetrion control the forces of light and dark. In that mission she recruits a lot of familiar faces, all promised that life will be better in her new timeline, however as you might expect, this won't actually be the case. The story really starts becoming a mindfuck once the current timeline merges with another. As in a certain chapter a lot of earlier versions of the kombatants come over from 20 years ago, just seconds after the tournament that happened in Mortal Kombat 9 ended. Together, the kharacters of these timelines join forces on both the good and the evil side to fight for their kause, which makes for some interesting alliances.
After Injustice 2 really raised the bar for graphics in fighting games, Mortal Kombat kouldn't lag behind and disappoint its fan-base. And boy, did they not disappoint. The graphics in this game are absolutely outstanding! From the kharacter models to the insanely realistic looking insides after getting brutalized by a fatality, this game is an absolute feast for your eyes. Neatherrealm graphic department, well done!
Mortal Kombat 11 also sees the debut of some exciting new features to the game, like the Towers of Time, AI battles and the Krypt, the biggest one of them being the Towers of Time. This awesome game mode is inspired by the Multiverse seen in Injustice 2 (great game too btw), and they are basically floating islands with towers of enemy kombatants you need to defeat. Once you defeat a tower, you get rewards for doing so, for example koins to spend in the krypt! If you defeat all towers on an island, you can unlock things like new skins for your fighters, new weapon skins and enhancements!
What Towers of Time has added to the Multiverse koncept is the possibility to choose your own enhancements for a fight from your own inventory instead of getting a certain battle kondition picked for you by the tower itself. This way, you can choose whichever power-up you would konsider useful to face certain fighters with! Another fun little addition to the game is the AI Battle Simulator, also inspired by Injustice 2. In the AI Battle Simulator, you select a group of 3 fighters to fight for you, they will face another player's team and depending on if your team wins or not you get rewards!
Lastly, I want to talk about the Krypt, which is by no means a new addition to the game, however I just wanted to show some appreciation to the experience that is the Krypt in this game. It's an amazing map of Shang Tsung's island in which you can open chests (No micro transactions btw) to get new skins, fatalities, intros and victory poses for your fighters. But just walking on this beautiful map is an absolute joy! Also, THANK YOU FOR NOT PUTTING IN ANY JUMPSCARES THIS TIME, I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. (Yes I am an absolute wuss, don't judge me)
All I can say about this game is that it's everything we wanted it to be and better. It has a great story, incredible graphics and a lot of fun features you can keep yourself entertained with for a long time! If you like fighter games, this game is the game to get! It has it all! So GET OVER. to your local game store and buy this absolute piece of brilliance, and who knows, you might even get brutalized by me online sometime in the near future!