The Mortal Kombat franchise has long been a classic of good fighting games and a benchmark for the genre’s quality. Games in this series, which have been released since 1992, are famous for their cruelty and violence (even in comparison with other representatives of the genre), and brutal fatalities – colorful finishing moves have long been the hallmark of the game. The MK series itself has come a long way over the years, with both vibrant and memorable games and rather controversial projects. The games in this series have changed both the developer and the publisher, but the franchise has always been true to its roots, which is why it has acquired an army of fans. What has the new part of Mortal Kombat prepared for us and can it surprise both loyal fans and those who just want to play a good and brutal fighting game?
Everything is very confusing
If we talk about the plot in one sentence, being a person who either did not play, or superficially remembers the events of past games, then this sentence is most suitable for describing the plot campaign. However, this does not mean at all that the story mode in the game is only possible for those who have been playing MK since 1992. The events of the new part continue the history of Mortal Kombat X, and one of the main characters of the game – Raiden will have to save the world from the hands of evil again with the help of his loyal friends. In the plot, many unexpected moments and interesting events await you, such as the fact that due to the temporary portal, some of the heroes will be both young and old at the same time. It makes no sense to talk about the whole plot, because, firstly, you want to avoid spoilers, and secondly, it is very confusing and difficult, so it is much easier to delve into it yourself and plunge into the thick of events. If we talk about the single-player campaign in the new MK 11, then if you belong to that rare category of gamers who love a good plot in fighting games, then this game will definitely not disappoint you, well, plus you will always find out something detailed about your favorite characters in the series. interesting and pleasant.
It is pleasant to beat enemies as always
The plot is the plot, but many understand perfectly well that the basic foundation of any good fighting game is a convenient combat system. Over the years, the Mortal Kombat series has regularly worked on this aspect and has always added something new to the game. In Mortal Kombat 11, the developers have made the gameplay enjoyable and convenient. You can always study in detail various techniques of your favorite character and try out various combinations and special techniques (such as a standard Scorpion harpoon or freezing Sub-Zero). In addition, various combo attacks and special moves are easy to do in battles. Even a person who picks up a controller for the first time and plays for the first character he comes across can easily make a couple of simple combo attacks by pressing everything. However, the game is well suited for experienced players, because it has a huge number of different combinations and, having mastered some of them perfectly, as well as not forgetting about defense, the player can compete well not only against bots, but also with other players in multiplayer. In addition, the game has the so-called “Fatal Blow” – a fatal blow performed when your opponent has less than a third of his health. This technique looks very colorful, but it can be performed only once per fight.
The famous fatalities are also mentioned in the game. The developers are well aware that it is this brutal and colorful finishing move that has already become the famous calling card of the series, and the word itself has firmly entered into everyday life even for those who do not really play fighting games and have not even heard of Mortal Kombat games. What about fatalities? The developers, as always, did not disappoint the players and you can watch the bright, brutal and colorful finishing off opponents forever. Each character has two different fatalities and all are equally vibrant and effective. Numerous videos with fatalities of MK 11 characters have long been viewed and actively discussed, but as you can imagine, it is a special pleasure to do such an action yourself after a difficult victory over the enemy. In addition to the usual fatality in the game, you can also perform Brutality – applying a large combination of punches and colorful finishing blows with a hand or foot, as well as Stage Fatality – finishing off during which one of the characters finishes off the enemy using the environment where the fight takes place (for example, throws from a height).
This aspect is relatively new for the MK franchise, however, apparently trends are making themselves felt and now in the new part you can dress your favorite hero as you want, creating his own style and choosing the necessary items of clothing. Earning money, you can buy certain items of clothing, of which there are a great many in the game. I would like to note that the clothes in the game are purely cosmetic in nature and do not in any way affect those or other abilities of the character in battle. Probably, for most fans of the series, this will not be a particularly important element, however, its presence should still be considered as a plus, since, albeit quite a bit, it brings variety to the gameplay.
Who can you play here?
Probably, after gameplay, good and interesting characters are another essential aspect of any fighting game. The Mortal Kombat series has always been fine with that. In the new part there are, like everyone else’s familiar heroes like the same Scorpio, Sub-Zero, Barack, Johnny Cage, Kano, Sonya and others, as well as new characters like Geras, Collector and Centurion. The presence of a large number of good old heroes (though not all) will delight fans of the franchise, but new characters bring variety to the game and can also gain popularity among players. As you might guess, each hero has his own arsenal of combos, special moves and, of course, fatalities. In total, several dozen characters are available, but most likely, with the release of new additions and updates, their list will expand. In general, there is definitely someone to choose from.
What about the new Mortal Kombat 11? This game has kept its original concept well, but at the same time has introduced a number of elements that significantly improve the gameplay. The new part has great graphics and stunning animation of the heroes’ movements, which gives reality to what is happening. The gameplay both in the story mode and in the ordinary passage of the tower or in the confrontation with a live player pleases and can drag on for long hours. The music and sound effects in the game are also great and can give dynamics to the game. As a result, we have a good and worthy franchise, which not only preserves its traditions, but also constantly develops, bringing something new and wonderful to the world of fighting games, and the current Mortal Kombat 11 is a clear example of this statement.
LID2PRO reviewer verdict
It is still pleasant and interesting to hurt your opponents in the new MK, and this process can captivate you for a long time, regardless of the chosen mode and character. And this is the most important thing in a fighting game.
Colorful locations, well-crafted characters, animation of movements and magnificent special effects ranging from a bright fireball to another torn head in fatality – all this attracts the eye and completely absorbs the player, taking him to his cruel virtual world with a sea of blood and violence.
The soundtracks and voice acting in the new MK are still great. Some of the soundtracks may not be very good, but in general, in terms of the sound of the game, it is difficult to find fault with anything. So the game will not disappoint music lovers and owners of sensitive ears either.
When you are tired of battles with monotonous bots, you can safely go online for a new portion of violence and drive. Everything here is much more complicated, but no less interesting. Except for purely technical issues, there are no complaints about the multiplayer in MK 11. Therefore, if you have strong nerves and good skills, then you are welcome.
Although it is initially difficult to understand the intricate plot with time travel and many different characters, over time you become imbued with the events in MK 11, and they draw you in quite well. If we take into account the genre and the presence of many more good modes, then the campaign in this game deserves every respect.
There can be no complaints about the game here. As already mentioned in the review, even the one who first picked up the controller will be able to perform a couple of basic combinations by pressing all the buttons and thereby get pleasure from the game.
An excellent fighting game and a worthy continuation of the cult franchise. Is there anything else to say about this game.