Mortal Kombat X Review
Mortal Kombat, that’s one name which signifies the classification of old-school fighting games, and put players into two camps. Those who stuck with the franchise till date and those who decided to move on; especially after Mortal Kombat II. Well, I tend to fall into the class that abandoned the series long before, and rejoined the Tekken Tournaments.
But with Mortal Kombat X, this is the first ever game in the series I spent a significant time with after so many years. This newly invented Mortal Kombat is available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. I received a PS4 copy, and it costs around INR 3499 in India. As an expert in the series, which most probably I am not; still have ideas about Scorpio, Sub-Zero, Mileena, Kitana, Cassie Cage and few more that I forgot the names of; and nostalgia-filled- I am delighted to hang out with these brutal killers once again.
Improved Story Mode
Storyline never make or break the fighting series, especially for me- who just love to mash on buttons. But after witnessing the scenarios in Dead or Alive 5, I believe that sometimes fighting games too need something to push itself forward and keep that interest amongst the gamers. Sometimes, instead of blindly fighting, it gets more important to portray the character’s motivation and missions behind the fight; and bring his/her agenda through gameplay rather than cut scenes.
Compared to Tekken and DOA, I found the story mode put well together in Mortal Kombat X; though it adopts the similar narrative structure of DOA 5: Last Round, where the storyline doesn’t revolve around just one character, instead it becomes one epic cinematic presentation linked together with different fighting gameplay , where the protagonist turns out to be the chapter’s controllable character.
But unlike DOA 5, the story has not been messed up with illogical leaps from one character to another; instead it offers smooth progression everytime in new chapters with different playable characters.
All in the Game
This is the first ever MK series that has been bestowed with best character designs. I have always imagined the Mortal Kombat fighters something similar to the forms that kids scribble in elementary school. The texturing, animations and slickness of the character modelling makes Mortal Kombat X a visual delight. For the first ever time, the visuals look cool and characters offer goofy fun of the gore. Moreover, the background looked interesting and there were lot of details in everything, which all together makes the Mortal Kombat experience up a notch.
The gameplay has never been so fascinating, and with Mortal Kombat X, the battle goes to the next level. Just like Tekken and Street Fighter, this one too relies on similar hit and mash combos, and the famous chain combos. Every character has conveyed their fighting styles effectively prior to previous Mortal Kombats, all thanks to the improved animations.
The game also brings few of the characters from Mortal Kombat 2011; of which few will be available on DLCs and some locked. Also, the game comes packed with a ton of contents that can be unlocked in the krypt using currencies earned in-game. Further, the Mortal Kombat still continues to falter when it comes to sound performance. When sound effects felt crisp and clear, the music got muted.
The latest from the franchise is capable of offering that a fan could ask for, except their favourite characters. The visuals and graphics have been boosted, all thanks to the Next Gen consoles. Mortal Kombat X comes with solid net codes and tons of gameplay modes along with DLCs due in coming months; MKX is one of the best Mortal Kombats made. Moreover, the addition of Faction wars offers an improved layer of polish and storymode felt streamlined compared to previous games.