Mortal Kombat X

MKXTitleThe latest Mortal Kombat game is a fun experience. It does martial arts combat (or is that “kombat”), story, and, of course, blood ‘n gore well. But like most of its kind, Mortal Kombat X is decidedly too limited in gameplay scope to be particularly great.

Plot: 8 out of 10

Some have criticized the Story mode of this game for its shorter length than the 2011 game. Thing is, that game only had a long Story mode because as a reboot of the series, it went over the plots of the first three games all over again. Besides, the Story mode does prove interesting in the about two hours that it lasts. In particular, I liked that they advanced time forward so that the mortal portion of the traditional cast is about forty and partnered with younger people who will presumably be the new generation of kombatants. Not unlike the younger gamers checking out this series for the first time.

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Yep, Cage and Sonya had a kid.

And if you prefer, you can get a good ending for the character you chose in the traditional Tower of computer-controlled opponents.

Graphics: 8 out of 10

While the backcgrounds and character models aren’t perfect, the Fatalities are the best they’ve been in a long time.

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In a word, ugh!

And let’s face it. This is a series that thrives on gore!

Sound: 7 out of 10

Music and voice acting are reasonably well-done, but not remarkable. There’s no particularly memorable music and while good, the acting isn’t great.

Gameplay: 7 out of 10

Like the 2011 relaunch of the series, this is a 2D fighting game. There’s special moves, runs, and combos. As usual, cheap tricks are everywhere, both to be used and fallen victim to.

Weird and scary as Quan Chi looks, you'd think he'd be the main villain, not Shinnok.

Weird and scary as Quan Chi looks, you’d think he’d be the main villain, not Shinnok.

I’d say the game plays well, but no new ground is broken. There is, alas, no revolution.

One warning for haters of downloadable add-ons bought from Xbox Live or Playstation Network: there’s some characters that you have to pay for to use with possibly more in the future.

Challenge: 4 out of 10

The difficulty is inconsistent. It’s easy the vast majority of the time until the last few fights, when it becomes fairly challenging. This is true even of the Story mode. You’d think that given its length, a gradual difficulty increase would be no problem but no.

No, I won't be making a lame ice joke. What am I, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin?

No, I won’t be making a lame ice joke. What am I, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin?

Overall: 7 out of 10

Good but by no means excellent. To be fair that makes Mortal Kombat X a typical MK. Fact is, this is not an excellent series. But it’s fun.

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