Mortal Kombat X brings in a lot of crowd-pleasing controls, bone-splintering X-Ray attacks and more gruesome Fatality moves that make you taste the blood.
Mortal Kombat will always be the franchise that changed the fight game genre forever. MK’s gory, blood spilling, graphics and the signature kill move, Fatality, simply took the game to a new level. After being the undisputed kings in this genre, the game makers decided to make Mortal Kombat simpler to play and put more focus on the characters rather than add on features like mini games. The new Mortal Kombat X focuses on both its story line and makes the gameplay refined with a variety of moves without making it a complex affair. After all, there are 24 players to choose from in X, so only by making the controls user friendly will gamers want to explore all the players and find out their special fight moves.
As mentioned earlier, X has 24 fighters, some next-generation fighters like Kenshi and Jax, descendants of Johnny Cage and Sonya and the icons — Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage and Liu Kang. And then you have some serious characters from the Outworld — starting from the warrior emperor Kotal Kahn, insect-spewing D’Vorah and the double team, Ferra and Tor. If you think that was awesome, then hold on to your gaming controller as things only get better as each character has three different avatars and each has a specialised fighting mode. Now you can come across a player that is more suited to your fighting style rather than you adjusting to the player. But this also means you have to spend a lot of gaming hours and do research before you come across that numero uno fighter.
Coming to visuals, X is by far the most spectacular title in the Mortal Kombat line as attention to detail to each character is far superior than any other MK game. A special mention, therefore, has to go to the presentation of Kotal Kahn, whose design has somewhat may have been inspired by Aztec, especially his beautifully crafted helmet, which looks like the Aztec eagle warrior. But the graphics lack consistency as characters like Sonya and Johnny Cage look like they have been picked up from a game a couple of generations old. Unfortunately, they stick out like sore thumbs and kill the mood.
Mortal Kombat continues to have a variety of playing modes. In single-player mode, there is Towers, where players improve their status by winning one-on-one fights. There is Living Towers, which offers challenges, where you are fighting upside-down or at twice the speed, or even dodging explosions while you are fighting your opponent.
If you really want to test your skills then you need to come online and try different competitive modes like one-on-one fights, team battles and King of the Hill. The ultimate test of a true fighter is the King of Hill where up to eight players can get together and fight till the last fighter is standing.
Mortal Kombat X is undoubtedly the best game in the franchise. The extreme graphic like Fatality and bone crunching X-Ray shots, the beautiful locations with life like sound effects and fluid movements of the players, not to mention a variety of fight modes, has made the X a serious game to reckon with. It is simply a must buy.