Well it’s time to answer my friends out there that may be gamers and recently I finished playing the story mode of the recently released Mortal Kombat X. I also played a few classic game modes with my favorite characters Raiden, Sub Zero, Scorpion and Reptile. This game has come a long way since the classic arcade days and after years of wanting to see drops of blood come out of characters. This is hands down the bloodiest Mortal Kombat to date with several fatalities and brutalities that overflow the flat screens with gore. The last time I saw this many heads flying every after being cut off was in a classic Kung Fu movie.
Now there’s good news and bad news for religious players of this franchise and the good news is the game play is virtually the same. If you don’t understand then the actions to perform a fireball or lightning strike is the same. The bad news is you can’t have all the moves at the same time because each character has a different class set. For example, Scorpion has three different fighting classes that lets him use different characteristics. One class gives him full access to his fire capabilities and my personal favorite Ninjutsu class gives Scorpion access to his weapons. There are two or three moves that are set between all three but only a few are accessible in each class.
The other bad news is not all of our favorite baddies are back in the newest installment like our favorite all powering emperor Shao Kahn and the fearsome sorcerer Sheng Sung. When you play the story mode it will explain why so there is a new man at the top of the towers to beat. That man is the corrupted elder god known as the infamous Shinnok. The elder god who originally was Raiden’s father and turned on Earth Realm to gain additional power in order to overthrow the other elder gods. In this game they threw the family ties out the window and just made Shinnok a psychopath working with the dark sorcerer Quan Chi.
Now with some good news, there are new additional characters that are attractive and fun to play. There’s a bug queen by the name of D’vorha that is half insect and half human from Outworld. Kotal Kahn, the new leader of Outworld but no relation to Shao Kahn. Kung Jin who is a cousin of Kung Lao and his is part of a task force assigned on Earth Realm’s protection. That task force is led by the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, Cassie Cage. She also leads the group with the daughter of Jax Briggs, Jacqui and the fourth member is Takeda who is the son of Kenshi. While going through the story mode you will find out about each other’s past and how they came to join the task force.
The story itself is very strong with a great opening with introducing the new members but was weak on certain key issues. Now if you’re fans of any particular character then I have to warn you that you may be disappointed because the story mostly revolves around the new characters, you don’t play certain veterans. The game also has a few fights with veterans like Sindel and Baraka while some classic fighters just show up in the story like Fujin, Nightwolf and Stryker. The story was a great way of “passing the torch” to the new characters but die-hard fans may have a problem with the story.
Like every Mortal Kombat before it, there is the classic tournament style game and several different kind of towers to keep things interesting. The more you play, the more “koins” you earn so you can buy graves at the always popular Krypt. Overall, I give this game an 8 out of 10 because it’s a great game for new gamers but if you’re a fanatic then you may have a problem with the style variations and the story. On the good side, the characters look great, the backgrounds look fun with interactive materials and the fatalities are awesome. Really looking forward to the release of their downloadable content because they’re bringing in Predator and Jason from Friday the 13th.