Violent, full of blood splatters and jaw-dropping moves. What better way to describe Mortal Kombat 11? The new chapter of the homonymous signed saga NetherRealm Studios it has in fact proved, from the very first images, to be able to carry high the banner with the representative dragon of the series, and I will explain why in this review.
The plot behind the shots
Before talking about the plot, we need to remember the nature of the series Mortal Kombat. NetherRealm Studios in fact, he wanted to completely overturn the soul of fighting games, often characterized by a plot that is not worthy of note or just hinted at, opting instead for an idea already seen but capable of developments from a real cinematographic film enriched by a consistent dose of blows.
Mortal Kombat 11 in fact, he focuses all his cards on a simple story, which began with the arrival of the powerful goddess Kronika. She plans to use her ability to control the sands of time to disrupt the time continuum, bringing enormous consequences for the Earth and her inhabitants.
Involved primarily by the situation and with a big target on his back he is Raiden, a character that all fans of the saga have come to know in all its positive and negative aspects, who seems to be the first to be eliminated on the list of the divinity.
From this point the real story at the base of the eleventh chapter begins, which uses the expedient of time control to restore life to different characters seen in the past to give life to a plot so full of twists, but also of inconsistencies.
The temporal changes in fact open up an absolutely variegated scenario of possibilities which, if on the one hand they are interesting, on the other end by escaping the control of the developers and then colliding with each other, in a mixture that turns out to be spectacular and full of shots of scene.
Not just the countryside
In terms of content, with the new chapter NetherRealm Studios did not want to disappoint the expectations of the players: the title offers in fact different modes in addition to the classic story, even if without bringing great breaths of news.
To undergo the most interesting changes, especially in terms of content, is the tutorial mode, perfect for becoming familiar with all the mechanics of the game and enriched with respect to the past, thanks to special courses dedicated to individual mechanics and accompanied by worthy explanations, also ideal to bring newbies to the saga closer.
To support this mode dedicated to both the most experienced and those who wish to take their first steps in the world of Mortal Kombat 11 are other possibilities, including the slightly modified Towers mode and the richer and more interesting Krypta.
This exploration mode, based on an expanded map with which to explore the island of Shang Tsung, is in fact perfectly intertwined with a series of references to past chapters, perfect to give chills to all fans of the series and greatly improved puzzles.
Alongside these positive sides, however, there is the arrangement of the loot, which is completely random and apparently chosen only to push players to the microtransactions present in the shop and perfect for modifying and enhancing their characters as much as possible, through consumable items or perennial benefits. .
Fortunately, to rebalance the situation a little are the Towers which, however, have not undergone many changes compared to the past, and offer only an additional level of challenge and difficulty, especially thanks to the boss battles that are perfect for obtaining sets of rare items. .
Between spectacular moves and blood
Remembering the nature of the series Mortal Kombat we cannot help but talk about the combat system, which in the eleventh chapter does not seem to stray particularly from that seen in the previous chapters, often criticized because it is seen as too simplistic.
To act as the basis of the combat system of Mortal Kombat 11 is a dense combo system that, made varied by the uniqueness of each character's moves and a large roster of characters, finds its flaw in the enormous timing required to complete the individual sequences.
The latter make it necessary to fight at medium distance, going to avoid annoying repetitions of moves at a distance that could prevent hitting the opponent and make the fight boring in the long term.
A similar aspect thus pushes to dose the shots very well, to focus on cunning and on the choice of the most effective and less risky combos, above all due to the presence of an energy bar designed to bring back unbalanced situations more equal, for example through the Krushing Blow.
Similar hits, in addition to representing real news for the series, can be performed only once for each match and only through a very specific series of moves which, if completed, will allow the player to extend combos or inflict an enormous amount of damage.
Have you been hit and have about 30% life left? Do not despair, because you can take advantage of the Fatal Blow! These X-ray-like moves, in addition to being extremely spectacular thanks to the perfect vision of the damage and their cruelty (even anatomical), represent a very useful recovery mechanic which, however, recharges very quickly once the target is hit, making thus losing the desire to exploit them with due care.
Mortal Kombat 11: buy it or not?
Summing up, the eleventh chapter of the signed series NetherRealm Studios has all the credentials to bring every type of game closer, especially thanks to an improved tutorial compared to the past and also useful for newbies in the fighting game sector.
Mortal Kombat 11 It also manages to amaze because, despite the inconsistencies in the plot and the defects regarding the Krypta mode, it is not obvious and proves capable of guaranteeing hours of fun.
However, what has always been the strong point of the series is the spectacularity of the shots which, shown in X-rays, are cruel but certainly imaginative, as well as able to amaze and perfect for venting a bit of the anger of the clash.
To buy or not? It all depends on the object of your interest: if you are eager to engage in a real reasoned combat, where pressing random keys in an attempt to create combinations proves to be counterproductive and with spectacular conclusions, then this eleventh chapter is for you!
Mortal Kombat 11
- Simple plot but full of twists
- Fatal Blow beautiful to see
- Perfect tutorials for every player
- Very large roster
- Unique moves for each character
- Some inconsistencies in the plot
- Difficult combos to manage
- Few changes to game modes
- Krypta mode undeveloped at best