Mortal Kombat X
Developed by NetherRealm Studios
Published by Warner Bros. Interactive
*You just got…CAGED*
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
The game spans the course of 25 years with the game picking up 2 years after the events of Mortal Kombat (9) and the defeat of Shao Khan as some of Earth’s mightiest warriors have fallen in battle including Liu Kang, Kitana, Scorpion, Sub-Zero & Jax. Fighting to save the planet and their friends are Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Kenshi, Raiden & (While not playable) Fujin who prevent a catastrophic event by saving the planet from Quan-Chi and Shinnok and rescuing the lives of Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax.
20 years later, A new set of Earth’s finest warriors are in training by the saviours of the world with the team consisting of Cassie Cage (Johnny & Sonya’s daughter), Jacqui Briggs (Jax’s daughter), Takeda (Kenshi’s Son) & Kung Jin (Kung Lao’s Cousin) as they are instructed on how to fight and avoid ending up on the opposite side of a Fatality however there training soon ends up being thrown into a whole new adventure as a treaty with Outworld is on the verge of being broken as new emperor; Kotal Khan battles to stop Mileena from taking over.
As these new recruits are soon about to realize though, Mileena’s plan could bring about the end and Shinnok will rise again.
As a huge fan of the Story mode in Injustice: Gods Among Us and of course; Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat X had a very well written plot and it tied up a few loose ends from the previous game making this story the perfect successor.
Mortal Kombat X has fantastic gameplay elements to it by bringing back the majority of the features that made the previous game so enjoyable. The one thing which is definitely noticeable in terms of new additions is the ability to choose between 3 different classes which affects each character in different ways granting the characters different abilities and fighting moves depending on the style chosen. Out of the original elements from the previous games; one noticeable return is the iconic X-Ray moves which inflicts very heavy damage on the opponent in a brutal attack which sees the fighters smashing bones and muscle tissue in attacks which (in reality) should kill these people. Also returning to this entry are the now iconic Fatality finishing moves which are just as gory and graphic as previous games in the series with some of the finishers including turning your opponents jaw into an ash tray, quoting The Shining and of course for the modern generation; Taking a selfie.
One thing that is very noticeable in the Fatality section as being new is easy fatality tokens which are unlocked in the game by completing missions and exploring the Krypt (Unless you buy into the easy unlock route and buy the tokens with real money). Basically the easy fatality tokens are used to perform the deadly moves with ease instead of having to perform all the regular button combos which can be useful if you want a deadly finisher as the timer ticks out. Another new addition in the fatality section is the faction kill fatality which fits in with the new online mode (which I will go into very shortly); Basically you will perform a very special kill which classes as a special kill towards your faction’s overall score earning you points towards helping your team win the rounds in the online modes. Finally in the fatality section is the return of Brutality moves which are essentially Fatalities for gamers looking to master the combo’s since a Brutality move occurs when the player follows certain instructions going into a long combo which performs a brutal finisher and end to the combo.
So as I mentioned earlier; The online mode now has a new and interesting incentive to it called Faction War in which you pick a certain faction to fight for and as you play through the game on both single player and online multiplayer; You earn points towards your factions overall rank across the world. To me this adds a whole new element to the series creating a fun and interesting rivalry between different groups of people every few months. The Online mode does seem to run a lot better than that of the previous game however there is still quite a few issues in terms of the online gameplay including very unfortunate lag which really makes the game harder to play which to me was very disappointing. The Krypt returns aswell for Mortal Kombat X where the game takes you through creepy locations in first person perspective including A Graveyard, A Demon Realm and A Spider Cave which unfortunately for me featured jump scares (I have Arachnophobia) but overall from a review stand point; this was a brilliant concept since it works as the player is not expecting anything. The only way to attack the monsters is through a quick time event (Which Story mode also utilizes brilliantly).
The final part of the gameplay section I need to cover is the general towers that are available at the players disposal including towers such as Test Your Luck & Test Your Might however the Test Your Might tower is extremely frustrating as the button tapping in the tower gets progressively harder to the point where you think it’s pretty much impossible. Even our editor, Jonnie (Who is a master at button tapping) couldn’t pass this tower and the tapping even blistered his fingers. Another quick part to add to the gameplay section is the use of the stage interactions (Which were heavily present in Injustice) with many things being usable in this games stages including Frozen Tree Branches and even Little Old Ladies.
Overall, The Gameplay in this game is brilliant apart from a few slight issues.
Mortal Kombat X has a phenomenal score which suits the traditional style of the series as it goes for a sort of Shaolin Warriors style theme while also including a slight toning of rock music. The game pretty much has the same style of music as all the other games however with a lesser focus on the rock music and more focus on the Warrior style music. The game has some pretty memorable tracks that play in stages such as The Destroyed City & The Dead Woods. The Voice Acting in Mortal Kombat X is top notch also featuring a very nice mix of veteran voice actors and newcomers including Steve Blum (Sub-Zero & Reptile) , Phil LaMarr (Kotal Khan) , Tara Strong (Ferra) , Johnny Yong Bosch (Kung Jin), Ashly Burch (Cassie Cage) , Troy Baker (Shinnok & Erron Black) , Andrew Bowen (Johnny Cage) and Vic Chao (Goro & Kenshi) to name just a few. Overall, The sound section is incredible and all voice actors are on par with each other with some of the best voice acting the series has seen to date.
The Visuals in Mortal Kombat X are incredible and are easily the best looking graphics in the series to date. The amount of detail that has went into the look of each and every character on the roster still amazes me and the stages look gorgeous with a lush visual style that combines bright colors with incredible and often naturalistic stages. The fatalities in this game are extremely detailed (As could be expected with the power of this generation of consoles) and to be fair look so realistic in terms of gore that quite honestly I’m surprised the game isn’t banned (Thank God that it didn’t) with each intestine that drops out looking like it was pulled straight out of a Saw movie and the parts involving the organs inside the body (including the Brain & Heart) being incredibly detailed down to the last pumping vein. To be quite honest; The brutality and gore of the fatalities in this game are so intense that it actually makes you think what the fatalities that NetherRealm turned down were like. (One can only dream).
Mortal Kombat X has plenty of hours worth of content to keep players occupied with the story mode lasting over 2 hours alone (At least when I played it). Other obvious modes to really get your money’s worth and the replay factor is through the online mode which as mentioned now also has the faction war which really makes the online play all the more fun since you really want to try and compete against your rival factions to be the overall victor. There is also the many towers that are available such as Test Your Might which as I mentioned is frustratingly difficult and will more than likely keep players occupied for a while (and skilled gamers pleased with a challenge). Add in the multitude of trophies/achievements for hunters to collect and the incoming DLC for the game which is adding in new characters including Horror Icons; Jason Voorhees & Predator and you have yourself a pretty loaded game.
Overall, I am very happy to say that Mortal Kombat X has definitely lived up to all my expectations which I had going into the game and in actuality has even surpassed them. The Story is incredibly well written with technical yet simplistic gameplay, a phenomenal soundtrack and stunning visuals however as I mentioned what really lets down Mortal Kombat X is the difficulty of Test Your Might aswell as the lagging issue with the online mode.
My Score = 9/10
- Brilliant Storyline
- Very Brutal Fatalities
- Attention to detail in Visuals
- Brilliant Sound Score
- Great Voice Casting from Everybody
- Krypt having jump scares
- Plenty of Replay Value
- Majority of the Gameplay Features
- Faction War
- DLC (Jason Voorhees)
- Test Your Might is extremely difficult
- Online mode has issues including Really Bad Lag
Mortal Kombat X is available now from all good retailers for PS4, Xbox One & PC and is coming soon to PS3 & Xbox 360. Thanks go out to Warner Bros. Interactive for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.