‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Review: The Best Installment Yet, But the Grind Is Real!

We know that Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the biggest instalment in the long-running franchise. It has never disappointed its fans till date, thus it is the best franchise to date! The game was announced way back in December of 2018 at The Game Awards, and since then we have seen many leaks. When you combine the leaks and official details that have been revealed by the team at NetherRealm Studios, it should come as no surprise that this is the best entry in the series that is steadily approaching its 30th anniversary.

Here is our Mortal Kombat 11 review:

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Gameplay

When we talk about the narrative side of things, Mortal Kombat 11’s Story Mode is the biggest yet. The playtime comes to a total of 8 hours, which is roughly three more than what was featured in 2015’s Mortal Kombat X. Mileage will vary depending on the player and the difficulty chosen. But, personally, I’m not looking for a challenge in Story Mode. So I kept it on medium in order to get through the tale without much resistance. Speaking of which, the premise of old meeting new because of Kronica’s mischievous time-based actions plays out well in the Mortal Kombat universe. While the story itself isn’t exactly groundbreaking, it does offer up the usual charm one would expect.

  • Customisation

We have plenty of returning characters on the roster as well as a few new combatants. The game offers a number of ways to dole out the damage in glorious fashion. Each fighter features their own movesets as usual, which can be swapped out and changed around to a player’s liking. That’s not the only that can be tweaked, of course, as customization options are aplenty in Mortal Kombat 11. The new Custom Character Variation System is top-notch for those looking to mix things up. We can change from a plethora of skins for each fighter to various weapon styles, taunts, intros, and many more. But there is always something that can be said for that simple, classic look.

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(Mortal Kombat 11 Customization)

If you ask how do all of these custom characters look like? I would say Spectacular!

Mortal Kombat 11 looks incredible on the PlayStation 4 Pro. With the fights having a fluidity that is consistently appealing, the gameplay is as smooth as it can be. Even hanging out in King of the Hill and watching others fight is simply satisfying. It’s the best-looking Mortal Kombat yet, and one that fans will surely enjoy looking at, whether they are in on the action or not.

The combat in Mortal Kombat 11 is better than ever. The mechanics feel well-tuned and will be familiar to experts of the series while still being easy to pick up for newcomers. Each fighter offers up plenty of moves that can be strung together for devastating combos. Easy Fatalities, which were introduced in the previous instalment, have returned to offer more casual players an opportunity to experience the thrill of dismembering their opponent in beautifully gruesome fashion without the difficulty.

  • Online Gameplay

While playing online against other players, even when the ping appeared to not be the greatest, no lag was noticeable. Finding casual matches was quick and easy. Once inside, it felt as if I was playing against somebody that was sitting next to me. With plenty of options for those looking to face off against others such as ranked fights, King of the Hill, casual, AI Battles, and more, there is no doubt that many players will be spending a good chunk of time here testing their might against other combatants.

  • The Krypt

Mortal Kombat 11 – The Krypt

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The Krypt is also back for players to collect various items by opening chest after chest. All you need to do is smash all of the pots to add more Koins to your balance. It will help you be able to open even more chests. What is found in these chests will assist you in customizing your favourite characters as well as help out in fights that may be a bit tougher than others. Also returning are the Klassic Towers, which players can fight their way to the top in order to unlock character endings.

  • Towers of Time

(Mortal Kombat 11: Towers of Time)

The Towers of Time offer various challenges that are constantly changing. It is one aspect that will keep players coming back for more. Players are offered rewards for completing challenges in the Towers of Time. While many of these are worthy of a player’s time, they can vary wildly in quality and value.

The players can go to the Character Tower to unlock specific gear and items that pertain to their favourite fighters. Initially, you’ll need to pay Koins to unlock the towers for each character. After doing so, you’ll be presented with a handful of towers and challenges that will feel as daunting as ever. But the loot is just on the other side of the grind. Some of these fights will be challenging, others will feel impossible and will likely turn a controller or two into a projectile. But it is all in the name of unlocking glorious skins, taunts, and much more. Konsumables and Augments certainly come into play during this, as defeating some fighters without them will be beyond challenging and seemingly not in the realm of possibility.

Ultimately it comes down to the player if they choose to take on the Towers of Time. The mode is in no way necessary to enjoy Mortal Kombat 11. It is simply a means to unlock more loot to customize your preferred fighter even further. But the grind is rough and might discourage some players.

Mortal Kombat 11 – Final Verdict

Mortal Kombat 11 is a blast from the past with the addition of seasoned characters and their former selves, while also being something for the modern age. It is stellar gameplay, both mechanically and graphically. It is easily the best the franchise has ever seen. While there may be an issue when it comes to the Towers of Time, everything from its Story Mode and incredible Custom Character Variation System to the Klassic Towers and going toe-to-toe with players online provides a fighting experience that is unmatched and worthy of being picked up by any combatant, old and new alike.

Here is the official launch trailer of Mortal kombat 11:

(Source: ComicBook)

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