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April Video Game of the Month: MORTAL KOMBAT X

As the monthly reviews kontinue, no other game could take April’s slot than Mortal Kombat X. Netherrealm Studios takes the best of what was learned in MK9 (Mortal Kombat 2011) and Injustice to make a solid game that may just be the best game in the entire Mortal Kombat series.

Reasons to Play

  • New “towers” that change periodically
  • A new cast of characters that feel natural in the MK universe
  • Fatalities never looked better
  • Krypt is no longer simply a place where you unlock things and is an interactive map you can explore
  • Faction Wars

Characters

Netherrealm took a chance with this roster. With almost half the roster being entirely new characters, they risked having fans reject the game entirely. What we got was characters that are blood-related to the veteran characters that return to this title and feel like natural fits for Mortal Kombat such as Jaqueline Brigs, Cassie Cage, Kung Jin, and Takeda. Because of this, the story takes some chances as well and while it comes off questionable at times, seeing how the devs set up a story that takes place several year after the events in Mortal Kombat 9, is worth at least one playthrough that is overall enjoyable.

Returning from older titles are the different styles for each character. Each character has three different styles of play, which changes how you use said character dramatically. This essentially makes for three different versions of each character as opposed to one character that can switch styles on the fly, as seen in the PlayStation 2 Mortal Kombat titles. This makes a already impressive roster seem that much bigger, and it will grow even more with current and future DLC.

Towers and Faction Wars

Some saw the Towers mode in MK9 as quite the turnoff due to crazy hard difficulty as you go on. Tower mode in this game offers something known as “Living Towers”. This allows for different experiences each time you go in to play. Some towers you enter may have a theme of sorts, such as fighting the cast from the original Mortal Kombat or playing the game at a much faster speed.

Living Towers are divided into tiers. “Quick Towers” give you five fights and will are updated every few hours. “Daily Tower” consists of eight fights and is switched out every day. “Premier Tower” offers fifteen fights with increased difficulty. This one is also switched out from time to time and usually features a theme as mentioned earlier, or will switch out if an event for MK is going on.

The Faction Wars allow you to pick from five groups based on the MK universe. Picking a faction allows for bonuses for simply playing the game. You build up faction points along with everyone else who plays. The faction that comes out on top after a given amount of time receives special in-game perks such as costumes or new finishing moves.

Graphics and Fatalities

While Mortal Kombat is next-gen graphics is enough eye candy for any rabid fan or otherwise, the Fatalities this time around are some of the best and most gruesome seen in the entire series. We won’t speak too much about those because spoilers but each character has two along with different Brutalities as well. Brutalities are alternate ways to finish off an opponent by meeting certain in-game criteria during your match.

Mortal Kombat X is one of the best games the franchise has to offer and is a very solid sequel to the reboot that did so well back in 2011. For any fan of Mortal Kombat, this is a must buy. For any fan of the fighting game genre, you are treated to a very rewarding and technical game. For casual gamers, enjoy killing your friends in various ways easier than ever with “Easy Fatalities”. There is something for everyone here and that is why it is a very easy recommendation to anyone and everyone.

 

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Author:Victor Vellon

Victor has been gaming since his early childhood and plays many games. From retro to modern, his gaming knows no bounds. When not writing or playing games, he can be found engaging conversation on the Twitterverse as well as managing Video Gaming Hard Corps and it's many outlets.

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One Comment on “April Video Game of the Month: MORTAL KOMBAT X”

  1. 05/05/2015 at 4:49 PM #

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