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Mortal Kombat 11 Review


Game title: Mortal Kombat 11

  • Available on PS4, Xbox1, Switch, PC. Stadia (Reviewed on PS4)
  • Release date :

WindowsPS4Xbox One

  • WW: April 23, 2019

Nintendo Switch

  • NA: April 23, 2019
  • EU: May 10, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 is so stuck in the early 90’s it makes me want to boot up my Hummer H1, drive to the nearest Tower Records, and pick up a copy of Kurt Cobain’s newest song on cassette tape.

Everything from the outdated fighting mechanics to the overabundance of in your face shlock, and dialog and humor that is so on the nose it would make even the jolliest of players cringe, MK 11 is a difficult game to recommend to anyone that is not a hardcore fan.

First and foremost, this is a fighting game, so you may think that the story and dialog shouldn’t matter that much; however, there are over 3 hours of cutscenes.

If you’re going to have enough cutscenes to where it could be its own movie, I am allowed to critique the story.

I liked the whole time travel plot at first, but as it progressed, it was obvious that the writers were just using it as a ploy to bring dead characters back to life.

Characters like Shao Kan, the series’ main villain who added personality to the previous two entries, have been shoved into the backburner in favor of a new Generic bad guy who’s characteristics were forgettable throughout about 85% of the game.

Characters are so in your face and eccentric in the way they behave; it’s almost as if they don’t care that the fate of the world is at stake.

I understand that Mortal Kombat’s story has never been high art and that it has always been over the top, but there is a difference between over the top playful, and over the top stupid.

Anyway, onto the fighting.

The fighting is fairly similar to the last two entries, except now you have two energy bars for your character—one for attacks and one for guards.

These energy bars recover quickly by themselves so unlike in previous entries where you had to carefully land your blows to charge up your energy bar and be frugal with your special attacks, here the game encourages you to go all out with your special attacks as often as possible.

This kind of feels like a cop op, but I can understand the developers wanting to make the game easier for newcomers.

When your health reaches 30% or lower, you will be able to use your Fatal Blow; an attack that, if successfully landed, can deal major damage.

On top of this, there are X-ray attacks that look cool, but after three games in a row, they just don’t feel interesting anymore.

There are only so many times I can land a hit on someone, and it shows an X-ray of their bones and vital organs getting crushed before it gets boring.

This may have been cool back in 2011 on seventh-gen hardware, but now as we near the tail end of Eith gen console hardware, I would like to see more.

Wouldn’t it be cool if the X-ray attacks had gameplay affecting qualities?

Maybe if you broke an opponent’s leg, during an X-ray attack, they would walk 25% slower, and if you broke both their legs, they would move at %50 speed.

Maybe you could have it where if you broke an opponent’s limb, and they hit you with said limb, the attack would do less damage than if it wasn’t broken.

Or maybe have a feature where if you puncture someone’s vital organs, they slowly lose health over a short period of time.

The fighting may be fun in short bursts, but to me, it just doesn’t have the longevity of Netherealm’s previous entries.

Another thing that makes this game feel as though it could have come out back in the early ’90s is the lackluster wifi connection.

About 30% of the time I played this game online, the framerate dipped into the single digits.

I felt as though I was playing with a 14K modem from 1991.

Just about the only thing about this game that doesn’t feel archaic are the Microtransactions and let me tell you there are a lot of them.

You have to constantly pay real money to acquire one-time use boosters to help you out in the challenge towers. However, many of the challenges are random, so you have no idea what you should equip before entering a challenge.

This makes the challenge tower damn near unplayable.

After an infuriating 8 to 9 hours on the Challenge towers, I just gave up.

This is coming from the same guy who spent over 180 hours on Mortal Kombat 9’s Challange tower trying to complete all 300 challenges.

I can’t believe anyone thought that this was a good idea.

Sure the fighting may be fun in short bursts, and the gore factor may be fun eye candy, but this game felt as though it didn’t have any care put into it outside of the basic fighting controls.

Score 5.5/10

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About Spazzzh20one of us since 9:46 AM on 10.09.2018


I am an avid fan of art, literature, and history. I live in New Jersey and am currently a student at Seton hall. I have always been a fan of Anime since I was six and I was first introduced to Dragon Ball Z. I have always wanted to start a blog but was afraid that I would never be able to update it as often as I wanted to. Anyway here are some basic things you should know about me

My Favorite cartoons (American) The Simpsons, Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Transformers Armada, Sonic Sat AM. Ed, Edd, And Eddy. Dexters Lab, Power Puff Girls, Megus XLR, basically anything from Cartoonetwork 1998-2004. Hey Arnold, Rug rats, Cat Dog. Rocket power, Southpark, Family Guy, Cubix Robots for everyone, Jakie Chan Adventures

My Favorite cartoons (Japanese Anime) Toonami, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Elfen Lied, Clannad, Mezzo DSA, Nightwalker the midnight detective, Fist Of The North Star, Berserk, Pokemon (First 3 seasons) Digimon (First two Seasons) Ruroni Kenshin Episodes 1-65 (Everything after that was just filler) Yu Yu Hakusho, Yugioh, Sonic x (Japanese Dub Only) Naruto ( Not Shipudden it completely destroyed everything that the first series established).

Favorite books. Star Wars, Lord of the flies, The New Police Man, Maze Runner ( Soon to be a Feature Film) Goosebumps (Series) Ender's game.

Favorite Films (Not Animated): Star Wars, Terminator 2, Dead Poet Society, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, Back to the future 1, and 2, Indiana Jones trilogy, Good Will Hunting, The Wolverine, 300, Skyfall, Casino Royale, Goldeneye, A view to a kill, Tomorrow never dies, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, The world is not enough. Die Hard 1-4

Favorite animated Films: Akira, Children who Chase lost voices from deep below, End of Evangelion, Buddha The Great Departure, The Evangelion Rebuilds (Not 3.0 that movie sucked) Berserk the golden age ark films. Toy Story trilogy, How to train your dragon, transformers (1986) The Hunchback of Notrodome, Disney's Aladdin.

Favorite Manga: Detective Conan/Case closed, Evangelion, Evangelion Shinji Ikari Raising Project, Berserk, Ruroni Kenshin, Fist of the north star, Dragon ball Z, Change Guy, Change 123, Elfen Lied, Akira, and Yugioh.

Favorite Shows: Breaking Bad, Law and Order SUV, The Twilight zone, New Amsterdam, The new outer limits, 24, The angry video game nerd Web series.

Favorite games: Sonic 3 And knuckles, Sonic adventure, Bioshock infinite, Rayman 2 the great escape, Super Mario 64, Mario galaxy 1 and 2, Mario kart 64, Metal gear solid series, Golden sun 1, and 2, Skies of Arcadia, Dark souls, Resident evil 4, uncharted 2, The last of us, Max Payne 1, 2, and 3, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, GTA 4. Call Of Duty 4, Zelda Majora's, mask, Super Smash Brothers (Series) Metroid prime 3, Super Metroid, Mega Man 2, Ecco The dolphin, Soul Calibur, Tech Romancer, God of war Series, Castlevania (The good ones) Killzone 3, Halo 2, Amnesia the dark descent, Age of Empire2, gone home, FTL, X-com enemy unknown. Singularity, Star Wars Jedi Knight 3 Jedi Academy,

Well, that's the basic just of me, I do hope to write journal entries more often.