Mortal Kombat has been a staple in the fighting game community for decades. First entering the scene in 1992, Mortal Kombat captured the attention of fighting fans by offering a gory, bone-breaking experience not offered in other fighting titles or even the video game scene overall at the time. Since then it has continued to evolve and remain fresh in the minds of players and has been the subject of films, a television series, and endless streams of merchandise.
Mortal Kombat 11 is a continuation of the successful series. It introduces two new characters that players haven't seen in previous instalments of the game: Geras, a time-manipulation wizard of sorts, who is able to slow and speed up battles at his whim and conjure up various objects and powers to ensnare his enemies. Geras is joined by Kronika. According to Mortal Kombat lore, Kronika is the true controller of the Mortal Kombat realm and has been in control of the timeline since the very first game. However, Raiden's defeat of Shinnok in Mortal Kombat X drastically alters her timeline for the world. This has now forced her to intervene in Mortal Kombat 11 to make things right in her mind.
The graphical display of Mortal Kombat 11 has received a much-needed facelift as well. There are no longer any shared meters, but instead the variety of special moves including breakers, x-rays, and enhanced attackers are split into their own independent displays within the bottom corners. X-ray moves are now known as “fatal blows” and can only be dealt with a player's health is below 30% and can only be used once per fight. This requires strategic thought in order to successfully use it. Any miss of a fatal blow will enter a long-winded cooling off period, which usually takes the entire duration of the fight.
X-ray moves have taken the form of “Crushing Blows”. These can be dealt by following certain sequences, like executing the same attack three times successfully or countering a jumping attack repeatedly. These can also pose a strategic effect as a Crushing Blow attack will usually immediately return the opponent to a standing position, which can further lead into additional combinations or other attacks with a near seamless transition between the blow and standard attacks.
Mortal Kombat 11 also offers players a series of character variations, which allow them to customize the basic move set of their fighters in order to make them more useful to the player. While the core move sets will all be present for each fighter in its standard form, there are various attacks and strikes that can be added or removed to suit a player's personal preferences against specific opponents. This can lead to much faster, rapid-action arcade fighting that the series is well-known for.
It's hard to find fault with MK11. The game has been around for nearly three decades and has consistently managed to stay fresh in the minds of gamers. Mortal Kombat 11 is no exception to this rule and provides an excellent fighting experience that players will enjoy throughout their time spent in the game. It's also pre-equipped with all of the gruesome acts of horror that have only become more horrific over the years. This game is the most horrific yet!