This spine-crushing fighter is just the best in the series yet.
Flexing on the long-standing franchise of blood-spilling and bone-crushing, Mortal Kombat 11 is every bit of Mortal Kombat as blood is every bit red. So for long stated fans of the series, it’s a must play and for everyone else, Mortal Kombat is frankly the easiest gateway to picking up a controller and getting hooked to one of the best fighters around.Easy to get into and tough to master, Mortal Kombat 11’s has just about everything for everyone, even your button-mashing cousin and cosmetic enthusiast Kylie.
Mortal Kombat 11: Break time
NetherRealms Studio cannot steer clear of tickling the interest of time travel and introduces past, present and future characters as quickly as nostalgia hits. The itch is as strong as starting words with K instead of C and the story is as subtle as a pack of elephants. So you can easily soak up a few fun hours from the story mode and enjoy a really good storyline in the process as well.
Most people who want to speed through for the sake of knowing what happens next should stick to the easy mode. Unless you want to get your characters insides and ego mopped off the floor in hard mode.
It’s also good for coin collection (koin kollection, sorry) too. The story mode rewards you handsomely for just playing through meanwhile the koins can be used to unlock new kosmetics in the Krypt which we’ll come to in a bit.
Mortal Kombat 11: Kollector
There’s an endless collection (kollection, sorry again) of cosmetics to dress and make your character look unique. Safe to say, your online battles will not look like two Scorpions fighting even if they spark the same flame in battle.
Kombat can be modified too but very slightly. You can swap in a few moves from the list that best suits your fighting style. For instance, I like to keep my distance when using Scorpion. So my custom character has an ability to charge up the kunai and then use two kunai based attacks from a distance.
The Krypt’s new location is Shang Tsung’s island and you switch to a third person over-the-shoulder camera to rummage around opening chests using coins (koins! Our Editor is getting frustrated with this) and solving puzzles to unlock new sections of the Krypt. Rewards are random in the chest so you can either get something as exciting as a new Fatality or just an artwork. Albeit, the grindy curse on video games to get in-game currency is very well present in MK11 too.
Mortal Kombat 11: Killer Kombat
MK11 has one of the most fluid combat systems till date. Once you understand the sequence of buttons to execute a combo, the movement just flows to naturally. You’re not handed a spreadsheet of combos like Tekken which might make it feel underwhelming but Mortal Kombat lets you string together multiple moves to execute satisfying combos.
Your annoying cousin can button mash his way to victory but if you spend time in the tutorial, it’ll brush up your skills faster than any guide or online demo. It has one of the best tutorials in any fighting game we’ve come across. Even a casual noob fighter like myself can rip opponents in half with any character.
Online matches play buttery smooth and if you’re looking to earn some extra dosh of in-game kurrency (we finally got the hang of this) then the Tower mode is specially crafted to enjoy some single player matches with interesting modifiers that affect the game. For example, one level had blood-stained rockets homing on our character after every five seconds or so. Another level had fire jetting out from the ground at random.
Processor: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X; Liquid cooled by Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X399-A
RAM: 32GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB
CPU Case: Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB
Keyboard: Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite RGB
Power Supply: Corsair AX850
Mortal Kombat 11: Verdict
Mortal Kombat 11 is probably the most fun fighters around and if you’re jumping into it to learn every move set and combo then it’s a delight. Especially because the tutorial is there to hold your hand and walk you through them all.
However, it’s also infested with the most bothersome problem in the gaming industry - MICROTRANSACTIONS. Grindy koin kollection and having to buy two in-game characters as DLC from the first day of release is worrisome. Especially when the roster isn’t as big as Tekken 7 or Street Fighter V.
That said, beautiful graphics and fluid combat is just the best in business here. Each blow lands with a satisfying crunch and the audio elevates the experience further. Even the story mode is well scripted and acted. It’s a worthy fighter from NetherRealm Games.