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Mortal Kombat 11 Review

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Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 is a 2D fighting game developed by Netherrealm Studios. Released in April 2019, this fighting game brought together everything fans loved over the 25+ year course of the series. The brutal, bloody Fatalities, the return of Brutalities, the epic character design, and the dark atmosphere all culminate into an epic journey transcending past and present.

 Story

Mortal Kombat 11 continues from the storyline started in the past two games. In Mortal Kombat 9, the Thunder God, Raiden, sent himself back into the past, rebooting the Mortal Kombat series. Mortal Kombat X featured a 25-year timeskip, the battle against the Elder God, Shinnok, and Raiden’s fall into a dark god. Mortal Kombat 11 features a new enemy – Kronika – an elder god who can control time. To avenge her son, Shinnok, and to put a stop to Raiden’s meddling, she intends to fuse the past and present timelines together.

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The storyline follows the formula of the past two games. A few scenes show you what’s going on, then you proceed kick some tail in the ensuing battle. Fight your friends, your family, and massacre them to within an inch of their life before they settle their differences upon the round’s conclusion.

While it follows a well-done plotline, it ultimately ends short. As with time-based stories, it gets convoluted. In this case, the ending left me with many questions. While the developers might have done this to prepare for a sequel, I feel it could have ended better. Fortunately, the Klassic Towers offer individual endings. All of these are well-written and will encourage the player to unlock every ending.

Audiovisual

While Mortal Kombat 11 follows the realistic aesthetic set by past games, the visuals look jaw-dropping in comparison to its predecessor. Notice the facial animation and detail compared to Mortal Kombat X. You’ll quickly note the difference in quality. Furthermore, the costumes all look well-done and suit the fighters perfectly. You can even gather new skins for each fighter.

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On the flipside, Mortal Kombat 11’s sound effects sound as satisfying as you can ask for. Whether it’s classic “GET OVER HERE” from Scorpion or hearing a kick strike an opponent, you’ll feel the impact with each hit that connects. Furthermore, I found MK11’s soundtrack to be the most impressive of the current era.

MK9 featured some classic trilogy remixes, but nothing could beat the calassic Dan Forden music which came ripped straight out of the original games. Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat X had one memorable track. But the latest title features some great music, like in the Shirai Ryu Fire Garden, Black Dragon Fight Klub, Sea of Blood, and the Wu-Shi Dragon Grotto. It might not feature the catchy, memorable melodies of Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue, or SoulCalibur. But it builds the atmosphere nicely and changes up with each round.

Netherrealm Studios has provided their soundtrack online. You can listen to it on YouTube or your platform of choice here.

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Gameplay

Whether you’re a casual fan or a veteran tournament player, Mortal Kombat 11 offers the best possible experience for anyone involved in fighting games. Fans of all kinds will enjoy the Story Mode and Tower Challenges. The latter mode plays like the classic Arcade mode in the original games. Fight new challenges with different augments and challenges similar to the Challenge Tower of MK9. Note that Tower challenges will change every day as well.

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In single player modes, you can also get money and other items. These can be used to earn gear in the Krypt. This fully-fledged, interactive mode allows you to run freely around Shang Tsung’s Island, the setting of the original Mortal Kombat, rebuilt in full 3D! Use this opportunity to unlock skins, artwork, Brutalities, and even die a few times from the many traps within. It’s the perfect nostalgic throwback to the old days and even offers tons of series’ lore.

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Kombat

The fighting seems to run right off the engine of Mortal Kombat X. It feels tight, yet fast-paced and fluid. You have your basic punches and kicks, special moves, blocks, and finishers. The options allow you to customize methods to make it easier for you to play, such as how inputs work. Furthermore, it offers quite possibly the single most extensive Training mode in history. The tutorials themselves will take one or two hours to complete, offering you vast knowledge for both fighting game fundamentals and characters. Finally, you can play online in casual or ranked matches. However, keep in mind Ranked doesn’t search by connection, so you might end up with a lagging opponent and you can’t back out of the match.

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Additionally, it keeps the elements brought from Injustice, such as stage interaction. Regulating “X-Ray moves” to low-health Super moves ,and giving you Offense and Defense bars, gives you new methods to strategize your battle plan. This also balances out your character nicely to regulate when to use Enhanced moves or wakeups without compromising your super meter.

Also, you can customize moves to play around with different specials with your characters. Ultimately, however, you must stick to two default or “Tournament” movesets when playing in ranked matches. For the competitive player, these are designated by a symbol. located in the movesets. when you edit your character. Also, with only two Variations for competition, it removes one from the three presented in Mortal Kombat X. The good point is that a third, lesser-used Variation, will no longer take up a slot. Find and pick the best variation that works with your style.

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Overall

Mortal Kombat 11 offers the complete package for the Mortal Kombat fan. With base roster of 24 characters, Mortal Kombat 11 will continue to expand the roster thanks to upcoming DLC. Additionally, players will find plenty of incentives within the Towers and Krypt to keep them occupied. If you’re looking to battle online, you’ll find plenty of challenge against the world. You can host rooms or enter King of the Hill challenges as well.

The lore remains second to none in the Mortal Kombat series. Even though the ending left on an unfinished note, you’ll find plenty of story in the Krypt and Klassic Towers. You’ll get plenty of action in single and multiplayer. Overall, MK fills the game to the brim with content and modes for all fans of the series!

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Thank you for reading our Mortal Kombat 11 review. Who had your favorite Klassic Tower ending? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Mortal Kombat 11 is the best Mortal Kombat game in the series. It perfects upon the formulas brought forth from MK9 and MKX. I found myself quite impressed with the fighting action, controls, visuals, and content. Players who seek incentives will find plenty to hunt for in this game.
Pros
Vast array of training tools.
Gorgeous backgrounds and animation.
Fast-paced and exciting gameplay
Tons of unlockables and quests in single-player mode.
Cons
Ending feels incomplete.
Ranked mode doesn't sort by connection.

Rango has been gaming since 1993. He loves Action/Adventure, JRPG, and Platforming games the most. When he's not writing reviews, he competes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments.

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