Has Mortal Kombat outstayed its welcome?
Mortal Kombat X, where to start? The ultra-violent fighting series has been running for around 20 years, which has to mean something. It’s lasted so long because of how different it is compared to other popular fighter series such as Tekken and Street Fighter – the main difference being the intense violence and brutality when it comes to the big finishing moves known as ‘Fatalities’.
The first thing I did was play the story mode, well if you can call that a story mode. I mean I played the story for a considerable amount of time and the first thing that I thought was: “Why I am doing this to myself?” The story is boring and the voice acting and cinematics made me want to cry.
If I were to explain the story in one word it would be “yawn”. It follows on from the previous game leaving Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade as the main protagonists, probably the two most annoying characters in the franchise. Essentially their mission is to prevent the end of the world. They bring back an old villain called Shinnok. Well that’s what the game suggested although I can’t actually remember Shinnok from the previous games.
Oh yeah, and you can skip fights if you find them too difficult, yes skip them with no catch.
Which begs the question, what’s the point of event playing the story if you can just skip it?
The game prides itself on bringing new fighters to the mix however they are mostly the spawn of previous characters, and to be honest they seem to play the same too. The new fatalities are well displayed and animated, however they aren’t as satisfying as they are basically handed to you on a silver platter, perhaps to show off their new flashy gore textures. Not to mention the fact that you can purchase even easier fatalities (yes, micro transactions, this practice makes my skin crawl)!
The graphics are really crisp and nice – worthy of next gen perhaps, though I’ve seen far better. The fighting is good, as you’d expect, but not challenging. I felt I could play the game just as well by repeatedly smashing the game pad across the wall…
I admit I wasn’t a big fan of the previous game, but if you were then you may enjoy Mortal Kombat X, but I feel they are ruining the franchise now. They have essentially added more useless ingredients to the already burnt stew. The older games are good, in fact I’m a massive fan, but the latest two additions to the series are poor.
So if I were to judge all of the aspects of this game, I would say that the story is diabolical. I would then say the gameplay is good, it works but as I’ve said I’m not a massive fighting game fan. Finally the presentation, the presentation is there but it is neither good or bad. If you like Mortal Kombat you will either love this game or hate it. Quite frankly I hate it.
By Ben Hardy
SCORE – 6/10
Reviewed on PlayStation 4