Mortal Kombat For A New Generation

User Rating: 9 | Mortal Kombat X PS4

Warning: Spoilers

Mortal Kombat X (a.k.a. Mortal Kombat XL) is the first Mortal Kombat released for the Xbox One and PS4 (last gen ports were planned, but cancelled due to difficulty getting them to the same quality as the versions released).

The story mode for the game takes place after the events of Mortal Kombat 2011 (or Mortal Kombat 9 to some), as the first chapter takes place two years after, and has Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, and Kenshi aid Raiden in protecting Earthrealm's jinsei from Shinnok, the fallen Elder God, and the game's main antagonist. After the chapter, the game skips to 25 years later, as Johnny Cage has assembled a team of new fighters, which includes his daughter, Cassie, as they are soon sent to the Outworld to resolve a civil war involving Mileena and the realm's new emperor, Kotal Kahn, unaware that more sinister events are about to unfold.

So, for this game, they have a mix of returning faces like Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden alongside new faces like the gunslinger Erron Black, Kung Jin, the cousin of Kung Lao, and Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. Also, there are nine DLC fighters, the first being Goro, who was a pre-order bonus at first, along with horror icons like Jason Voorheese and The Predator, and returning characters like Tanya and even Tremor.

For gameplay, each character has three variations to choose from. Each one comes with different movesets and abilities, requiring you to learn each one and see which one fits your playstyle. X-Ray moves make a comeback from MK2011, and this time, they are in living color.

And it's not Mortal Kombat without some finishing moves. Fatalities are in, as always, and this game, they are more graphic (like Scorpion slicing his opponent's face off after leaving a hole in their chest, with the brain popping out like it was spam, or Kenshi using telekinesis to rip his oppenent's ribcage out from their back and lifting them up, like a puppet before cutting the strings with his sword). Also returning are Brutalities, but instead of being the ridiculous combos like in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, as now, they are done with certain special moves or combos under certain conditions (like holding a certain direction or performing a special move a certain number of times). Also new are Quitalities, which are exclusive to online matches, and happen to characters whose players rage quit.

What makes this far from perfect is The Krypt, which while it still has unlockables, there are now chests that only appear at a certain time. That, and the mode has jumpscares that function as QTEs the can be done to win extra koin. Otherwise, it's an awesome game.