Mortal Kombat X review: The best fighting title available for next-gen consoles

NetherRealm Studios know what makes the series popular and worked on the few weaknesses it had earlier, delivering the best Mortal Kombat game to date.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Written by Shayak Majumder | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2015 2:31 am
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Publisher:Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developers: NetherRealm Studios, High Voltage Software
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Android, Microsoft Windows, iOS

Mortal Kombat X is here to please. NetherRealm Studios understands what makes the series popular and worked on the weaknesses it had earlier, delivering what is the best Mortal Kombat game to date.

A smoother, fine-tuned combat mechanism (which lets you choose your fighting style), beautifully detailed level designs and eight new characters helps MKX knock-out all other fighter titles in the market.

Story: Breaking New blood

Hardcore gamers don’t take to changes very well. So, when NetherRealm announced eight new characters, we were a little worried if they would stand a chance against legends like Kenshi, Sonya, Sub-Zero or, our favourite, Scorpion. We happily admit that we ended up playing more with the new characters than the returning ones.

Clearly, the new favourite is Takeda Takahashi. Takahashi is the perfect killing machine, who has an array of weapons like explosive Kunais, tele-portation, plasma swords, bladed whips and more. In a nutshell, he has all the best moves Mortal Kombat has to offer.

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The only disappointing aspect MKX is its story. It is simple and it may remind you of Bollywood drama. MKX picks up from the events of the last game, 25 years after Shao Kahn was defeated by the Earthrealm. Most of the original Kombatants are now left dead, so its time for the new generation to step up.

The plot sets a comfortable base for the new characters, who are descendants of the original Mortal Kombat lineup. That’s all there is to the story. Then again, who cares about the story in a fighting game? Let’s get to the sweet stuff right away.

Gameplay: Fight! Fight! Fight!

What I like best about the Mortal Kombat series is the no-holds-barred violence squished into every punch and kick you lay on your enemies. MKX is no different. The fighting mechanism has been tweaked to perfection. So, your characters walk faster and the jump and dash moves only adds to your combat style, rather than being just another animation.

Mortal Kombat Fatality is delightfully gory. For the poor souls who are still unaware of what a Fatality is, here is a small example. When you play as Kenshi, if you suck out your enemies’ health to just the right amount and hit the right button combos at the right time, Kenshi will lift his opponent in the air with his telekinetic powers.

He also throws his Katana (sword) in the air, which starts rotating like an ominous helicopter blade. Then, Kenshi slowly pulls his enemy towards the rotating blade. What happens next? Exactly what you may imagine, only a lot bloodier. There is an odd satisfaction in watching your opponent get diced like a salad (that too, in high definition details). This, dear reader, is a Fatality. Of course, each character comes with their own unique Fatality styles, each one gorier than the other.

In MKX, you get to choose three different playing styles for each character. This option appears on the Character Selection screen, where you can decide what your strategy will be for the upcoming fight. You can decide between three fighting styles, which simply means three different power-up modes. You can choose whether your player gets an extra-healing ability, or a more ferocious attack style. So, you can mix, match and experiment with the different styles, making each fight an unique experience.

Unlike MK9, MKX doesn’t let you tag between characters within a fight. Even though this was a little disappointing at first, the swift new fighting style will make you come back for more.

If you are still unsatisfied with all the gore, the X-ray kill cam is there to meet your needs. Special X-ray combos let you see just how you broke your enemy’s bones, in near-surgical details. The heavily amped up graphics of the next generation consoles live up to the challenge, detailing every bloody fist down to its gruesome glory.

Verdict:

As we mentioned earlier, MKX is the best fighting title available on next generation consoles now. It tugs the right strings and never feels overwhelming. While combat is made a lot easier for the new players, the challenges are tighter, thus satisfying seasoned veterans. So, pick a fight with another player online or just go head on against the CPU, the choice is yours. No matter what you do, the end will always be bloody and satisfyingly so.

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