Oh Mortal Kombat. Back when I was still a little kid I played you to death. It was an absolute epic experience discovering the arcade version while getting my ass kicked by the locals at the yearly city fair. I remember playing on my GameBoy till my fingers started to bleed and was almost lured into paying the equivalent of 5 euros for the legendary blood code. It was my very first experience with fighting games and I was hooked. Many years and growing up later we have arrived at MK11 and it’s time for this nostalgic man to check if the latest version of his old love still hits the sweet spot.
Now, let’s get it out of the way first. After all those years I still suck at fighting games. There was a time I thought I was decent, but that idea was punched out of me quickly by fighting some more skilled players. That’s what you get from playing against AI all the time!
Anyway, I decided to dive into the Story mode first. NetherRealm has built up quite a reputation over the years and man … do they deliver! Sometimes I got a little impatient during the cut scenes wanting to be plunged into playing again, but that’s just due to my impatience rather than the plot. In general the story mode is quite gripping and keeps you wanting to play more. This might just be the best story mode ever presented in a fighting game, an honor which, in my opinion, used to belong to Injustice 2. Talk about setting a high standard.
“Towers of Time are the meat and potatoes when you want to unlock stuff or earn Kredits you want to spend in The Krypt”
As far as single player content goes you might as well test your might in Towers of Time or Klassic Towers. While Klassik Towers offer a more classic approach (what’s in a name), Towers of Time are the meat and potatoes when you want to unlock stuff or earn Kredits you want to spend in The Krypt (to unlock even more stuff). The biggest difference is you’re getting random power ups thrown at you during a fight making it more of a challenge. I don’t like the randomness of it, bit unfortunately it is the way to expand your gear.
If you’ve been following the game you might have noticed opinions are divided on the grindy aspect, but things are better post patch. Still I pity how much time it would take to unlock everything, in case you’re a real Kompletionist (huehuehue/toasty!).
“I’m a sucker for the old-school skins”
Then again, you do want to free new costumes in this game. Some of these unlocked designs look way better *cough* Liu Kang *cough* than the skins you get at the beginning. Yes, I’m a sucker for the old-school skins. Don’t @ me.
Quick tip. You can create an AI and make it do some part of the grind for you. Just Turbo Button through the towers to earn some extra Koins. You can also monitor and Kontinue your farming operation using Remote Play or Steam Link on your tablet or phone. Play it like a mobile game … or just get a better mobile gaming device like to Nintendo Switch to really play it on the go.
“you still got a lot of options to think about and react to so old man reflexes alone just won’t cut it”
Okay okay, but how does it play? Well … Awesome! I like the fact that gameplay in general is a bit slower than previous editions putting the emphasis more on the neutral game. Rest assured, you still got a lot of options to think about and react to so old man reflexes alone just won’t cut it. Besides, if you don’t like all these new mechanics and pacing you can still fall back to your fuck neutral move.
Regarding multiplayer there’s really not much I can say. Netcode is great, matchmaking is fast at the moment and I like the little indication whether my opponent is on WiFi or not. But next to all of that, as far as online goes, I’m getting my ass kicked and handed to me plenty of times. And that’s just in round one.
“I’m being pulled into the game wanting to work on and improve my setups, combo paths, special move cancel confirms and just my game in general”
Thing is, I’m being pulled into the game wanting to work on and improve my setups, combo paths, special move cancel confirms and just my game in general. Best advice if you really want to improve is to find your community and support their locals (quick shout-out to FGC Belgium!), but rest assured: MK11 does offer a great training mode to get you started on you own. Flawless Victory!
Concluding, Mortal Kombat 11 is a bloody good game with more than enough content for everyone’s taste. And this is just the beginning with more Kombat packs on the horizon. Komplete is definitely spelled with a Kapital K!