Mortal Kombat 11 Xbox One Review

Jari Välimäki

Mortal Kombat 11

It only seems like yesterday or not that long ago that I played Mortal Kombat
in the local arcade, and what do you know.. it’s more than 25 years ago since I
first played the iconic fighting game, time truly flies when you are having fun
and dishing out fatalities & brutalities.

25 years on and +20 Mortal Kombat games later, here we are now with the new
title Mortal Kombat 11 which is larger than ever, more brutal than ever, and more
fun than ever.. even for me who is notoriously bad at fighting games in general.

So what is Mortal Kombat you ask? Mortal Kombat is now a 2.5D fighting game,
meaning you can only move 2.5Dimensionally with your moves, so no side steps as
you might have experienced in some other games, but with destructible enviroment
and gruesome finishing moves. Mortal Kombat features a set of Original characters
from throughout the years, and some new characters introduced recently.

Mortal Kombat 11 comes with 25 initial characters, and if you have purchased the
season pass additional characters will be added onto the roster later on.
These characters can also be purchased separately when they launch.

Mortal Kombat has a bit of a complex backstory to it, and I’ll share a bit of it
but won’t go into detail about Mortal Kombat 11’s story as I do not want to spoil
something for you that you will enjoy (if you have played Mortal Kombat X you
perhaps can guess where the story is going).

So the Mortal Kombat universe is set in a fictional universe consisting of 18 realms
(Earthrealm included) that were created by the Elder gods, each of these realms could
only conquer another one by defeating the realms greatest warriors in tournaments.
Some of the realms consider order and structure above everything, and some chaos,
which leads to a diverse set of characters in the game, good and bad by nature.

Mortal Kombat 11’s story pits Raiden vs Kronika, and that’s all I will tell.

But back to Mortal Kombat 11, I’ve played this game on the Xbox One X. And have to say
that it’s jaw dropping gorgeous with it’s 4K enhancements (HDR) and runs flawlessly,
the controls are instantaneous for an enjoyable gaming session, and the music / voice
acting is just perfect for the game.

The cutscenes in game are some of the most gorgeous I can remember seeing lately,
and really makes me wish we could see a proper CGI Mortal Kombat movie one day.
(yes the last MK movie was not that great COUGH!)
To add to that enjoyment, you might recognize some of the voice actors/actresses
behind the characters in game, such as Ronda Rousey, Richard Epcar Ron Yuan and
many more.

So is Mortal Kombat just a fighting game that features a story mode and online fighting?
Nope, it’s more.. alot more.. Let’s talk about everything that the game features

Once you’ve finished the story mode, there is a ton of things to discover and do
in the game, if you have played Mortal Kombat X you are aware of Towers,
And MK11 features modes as Towers of Time an ever-changing rotation of challenging towers
and classic towers to unlock character endings and other rewards.

By playing the different modes the game offers, you can earn a variety of Skins,
Gear, Special Abilities, Intro and Victory Cinemas, Taunts and Brutalities.

Then there is the Krypt, where you can explore the world of
Mortal Kombat, and trade in your hard earned coins for cosmetic items (loot chests)
The Krypt is large, and makes it feel like almost it’s own game within MK11.
To unlock certain parts of the Krypt you need to solve a series of puzzles to
proceed deeper in and gain access to items.

The Krypt also features an forge, where forging items will benefit you
when fighting in the Towers for more rewards.

Forging items can be expensive, costing you your hard earned items and I suggest
you look up the forging recipes online as it’s quite complex to know what
goes with what, so you don’t end up wasting resources (wrong recipes will cost you).

I love the fact that game also has an extensive learning mode baked in,
where you can choose from Practice, Tutorials and Fatality Training.
This way you can sharpen your skills (I know I need to!) against AI bots on various
difficulty levels or locally against your best friend.

Mastering all the moves/finishers is no easy task for each character, but with
the training mode you can atleast be one step closer.

The fatality training is my favorite here, who doesen’t love to see some gruesome
finishers? I know I do!

Verdict

Mortal Kombat 11 is a massive game, that will require you to invest a lot of time
into it if you want to collect everything and experience everything. But also
It’s friendly to new people that want to get into the fighting game genre with it’s
many modes to choose from. Even a total noob like me can enjoy what the game offers,
and a Mortal Kombat veteran will find challenge in it.

From stunning visuals (see above screenshots) to an enjoyable story, hillarious and
gruesome fatalities/brutalities to exploring the krypt. Mortal Kombat 11 brings
it all to the fighting table with this game.

Game is available now on PC , Xbox One , PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Review code provided by Developer.

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