- System: PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Developer: NetherRealm Studios
- Release Date: Apr 23, 2019
- Pricing: $59.99
- Rating: M
- Genre: Fighting, Action
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://www.mortalkombat.com/
Mortal Kombat 11 – Official Announce Trailer
Who it Caters to
If you can deal with hemorrhages, broken bones, dismemberment, and other gory scenarios, then Mortal Kombat 11 has what you're looking for. If not, you'll definitely have a hard time trying to save the universe from a space-time catastrophe, one Fatality at a time.
What to Expect
Fatalities, special moves… it’s all there. However, this new entry focuses not only in the gameplay but also in the story, tying up several loose ends and preparing the ground for whatever comes next. If you ever played a Mortal Kombat game, you won't feel disappointed with Mortal Kombat 11, while also finding some innovative things here and there to make things more interesting.
Aside from those songs that get you in the mood of killing, and the ones that give you chills during the cutscenes, we need to mention Mortal Kombat 11's sound effects, which really are the cherry on top of the cake. Sorry, the REAL cherry on top of the cake is the voice acting (including Ronda Rousey as Sonya Blade), full of cheesy lines but so perfectly delivered that you can't help but enjoy them and praise the talented actors behind the warriors. Oh, and by the way, you can even find a reference to Dan Forden's "Toasty"!
So who's this Kronika after all? Well, she's Shinnok and Cetrion's mother, a tremendously powerful titan who wants to use her time-bending powers in order to start existence over yet banishing Raiden forever. By merging different timelines, Kronika recruits an army of warriors who all have been defeated or betrayed by the God of Thunder, but at the same time, other warriors like Liu Kang, Kitana, Kung Lao, and the pre-madness Raiden himself join Cassie Cage and the Special Forces to try and stop the universe's collapse. In the end, the plot lends itself to a retcon or whatever Ed Boon and his people have in mind for future editions. Anything is possible if you can rewrite history!
X-Ray moves are better integrated now, so you have these new Fatal Blows that will come very handy when you're about to die. When on low health, you can press L2+R2 for a spectacular combo, something that won't really do much damage but will undoubtedly look very cool and help to take some pressure off. The downside here is that you can only perform 1 Fatal Blow per match, so being patient and waiting for the optimal moment is a must. Another new mechanic, or rather another rework from a previous mechanic, is that now you'll find 2 meters in the bottom corner of your screen. You must be so used to a Special bar just like in every other fighting game, but this time your attack and defense options are independent of each other. Learning to master both your offensive and defensive options will take you some time, but we can guarantee you this is crucial when you go online against the top players. That kinda covers the basics, because you probably know that Fatalities are still a thing and you better go discover them yourself! Some are more clever than others, but they're all as brutal as you want them to be.
Another thing to mention about the gameplay is that you need internet access if you want to play the main modes, such as the Story Mode or the Krypt, for example. This is because you earn Koins, Hearts, and Time Krystals by playing, in-game currencies that you can later use to buy new stuff to customize your character. The problem is that, being the most valuable currency in the game, Time Krystals are so hard to get that you probably will drop the grind after a few hours, knowing that only the best skins are worthy of your time. If you want to speed up the process, then you'll notice that most items in the Premium Shop have scandalous prices when translated into real money... thus the outrage in the community. While it kinda makes sense, the need for an internet connection just for playing what otherwise would be an offline mode is not the best idea either, so those are two big no-no’s in our book.
All in all, Mortal Kombat 11 is a great game that will make every fan of the franchise very happy, unless they main one of the characters that were excluded, like Mileena, Shang Tsung or Goro, to name a few.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Fanservice done well.
- The ending to the main story feels satisfying, and it leaves a lot of room for future experiments.
- Fatalities are brutal as always!
- You should not depend on internet access to play the main offline modes.
- Micro-transactions are awfully implemented, and some may hate the grind…
- We missed some classic outfits and characters, but that’s a personal one.
Honey's Final Verdict:
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