•     Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
  •     Developer: NetherRealm Studios
  •     Release Date: April 14, 2014 (PS4)
  •     Retail/Digital
  •     Multiplayer: Yes

Mortal Kombat X, is pronounced Mortal Kombat EX not the Roman Numeral for 10 but is the 10th installment in the highly successful and gory franchise. MKX follows the events of the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot and then carries on 2 years in the future. Along the way franchise regulars will bump heads with all new warriors including the offspring of some of the franchise’s most beloved characters. The games includes 29 announced playable characters. 23 are available from the start however one character is unlocked for completing story mode and Goro is playable via pre order bonus or as DLC. Four additional characters will be playable via DLC.

Here is the full announced roster:

  • Cassie Cage
  • D’vorah
  • Ermac
  • Erron Black
  • Ferra Torr
  • Goro
  • Jacqueline Briggs
  • Jason Voorhees
  • Jax
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kano
  • Kenshi
  • Kitana
  • Kung Jin
  • Kotal Kahn
  • Kung Lao
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Predator
  • Quan Chi
  • Raiden
  • Reptile
  • Scorpion
  • Shinnok
  • Sonya Blade
  • Sub-Zero
  • Takashi Takeda
  • Tanya
  • Tremor

 

Story

NetherRealm Studios has taken everything that was great in MK9 and improved upon it even further this time. The fighting is fast paced, brutal and on the PS4 absolutely gorgeous. The new Story Mode is a huge improvement or the previous game and reveals the consequences of the altered time line from MK9. This time around Raiden and his warriors go to war against Shinnok in events that slightly mirror those in Mortal Kombat 4. We also get to witness a civil war in Outworld stemming from a power struggle between Mileena and Outworld’s new emperor Kotal Kahn. The narrative does a good job of standing on it’s own but there are events and relationships that will make more sense if you have read through the Mortal Kombat X prequel comic book ahead of time. During the course of the story many fan favorite characters make cameos either in cutscenes or as fighters you must defeat to advance the story but I won’t spoil who they are.

Factions

Aside from Story Mode, Mortal Kombat X has a ton of content and options to keep fun going. The most notable is the new Faction system. Once you boot the game up for the first time you are given a brief introduction to Factions and then you must join one. The Factions include: Lin Kuei, White Lotus, Brotherhood of Shadow, Special Forces and Black Dragon. Once you pick a Faction and begin playing in any mode you start to earn points for your selected faction. As you rank up within your Faction you unlock new content and items including the all-new Faction Kills. Faction Kills take the place of stage fatalities in Mortal Kombat X and there are five of them for each Faction. The five kills are Faction specific so if you want to earn the kills of another Faction you will have to leave the one you are currently in. At the end of each week the Faction with the most points is declared the champion of the Faction War and all of it’s members will earn rewards.

Towers

Next up we have the Towers.  Towers are the same as Ladders in previous Mortal Kombat games but some of them have a new twist this time around. The Klassic Tower is Arcade Mode. You choose your character and fight your way to the final boss to see each character’s individual story. Test Your Luck and Test Your Might also return. Then we have Endless where you fight as many battles as you can without losing and Survivor which is similar to Endless except your heath carries over to the next fight. Where things really start to get interesting are the Living Towers. These towers constantly change (one hourly, one daily and one weekly. Some add modifiers similar to Test Your Luck which add an extra layer of challenge (such as fighting while also losing health every second). There are also Tower Challenges. These challenges put you in a random Tower and once the Tower has been completed, you can send a challenge to up to 16 of your friends to have them take on that Tower.

Fighting

Mortal Kombat X brings even more new additions to the actual fighting. This time around every character has three different variations and you must pick one of them once you select your character. Each variation adds new attacks and special moves in addition to each character’s signature moves. For example every variation of Sub-Zero has his trademark freeze attack and slide, However his Cryomancer variation gives him the ability to form weapons out of ice while his Grandmaster variation allows him to create (and throw) an ice clone of himself. Each variation can make the character you choose play and feel very different depending on which one you choose. This makes learning what each variation offers crucial especially when playing online because the last Scorpion you fought may not be the same one you fight next. The arenas also weigh heavily into your strategies this time as they now feature interactive objects like the one found in Injustce: Gods Among Us. You can now jump off of background objects to get yourself out of the corner, throw objects at enemies and even slam opponents into walls and statues. The X-Ray moves make a return from the last game and some are some devastating they should have been made Fatatities.

Finish Him 

Let’s face it we all play Mortal Kombat for the Fatalities and this game has the most disturbingly realistic scenes of death in the history of video games. No Friendships or Babalities here. Mortal Kombat X is about seeing as much of your opponents internal organs as possible. MKX also marks the return of Brutalities from MK3. This time you dont pull of a long combo string until your opponent explodes. Here you must meet certain requirements and then finish your opponent with a specific combo or special move to perform a Brutality. The game has over 100 Brutalities with each character having 5 or 6.

Mortal Kombat X is the most engrossing game in the series to date. It makes me wonder what they may have in store for Mortal Kombat XI and if they can top what they have accomplished this time around. Check out our new Mortal Kombat X Wiki for more information on the game including the Fatalities and Brutalities

Final Score: 9.5/10

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