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Mortal Kombat X Review

Mortal Kombat is back and as brutal as ever. Not only that, but there’s more content in Mortal Kombat X then ever before, packing in both a complete Tower Mode, a huge Online presence and more. If you're Mortal Kombat fan then you won’t be disappointed, but then you’d probably guessed that already.

It’s hard to know where to begin with Mortal Kombat X thanks to the sheer amount of content packed into the game, but as you’ll notice the first time you open up the game, one of the first things you’ll be asked to do is join a faction. As you can see in the video I have included, you’ll contribute points to your faction just by playing the game, allowing your faction to become the supreme team of the Mortal Kombat world. This will earn you rewards and more.

Once you get into the game itself you’ll be greeted with plenty to keep you occupied. Starting with the single player, one of the first things I did was play Living Towers, where you move up a tower after beating other combatants until you reach the end. What’s different about Living Towers is that it is online only, so if it wishes, Netherrealm can make changes on the fly. It’s also pretty challenging in that each tower has a set challenge and a game-changing modifier thrown into the mix and you’ll need to complete this task in order to move up the tower to the next fight. If successful you’ll earn koins, which can then be spent on new upgrades and more.

Living Towers is split into three modes: Quick Tower, Daily Tower and Premier Tower. Quick Tower offers five challenges that revolve around a specific modifier; Daily Tower changes ever 24 hours and offers 8 challenges and Premier Tower is less frequently updated, but offers 15 challenges and is built around special events. Given that Netherrealm can mix things up in its Living Tower mode, this should be an area that offers plenty of variety, without getting two repetitive.

Another mode you may spend time in is the Traditional Towers. This is the classic mode which allows you to climb up 10 towers, fighting against other fighters along the way and eventually taking on a boss. There are variations of this, such as the endurance tower which has you trying to snap things in two with your bare hands, while there is also mini-games and the aforementioned Krypt, where you wander around in first person view, clicking on tomb stones to buy them and gaining the rewards inside, which can include the likes of the ability to skip matches, new moves, fatalities and more. Be warned, there are monsters and beasts lurking within the Krypts which you’ll need to take care of for a koin bonus, making crypt mode a little adventure all of its own.

The story mode in Mortal Kombat X is also quite interesting. Generally it consists of you watching a cutscene which is peppered with some quicktime events, before having you fight against the fighters you are currently facing up too. The quicktime events feel a little odd but have presumably been added in to provide a little interaction to the otherwise event-free cutscenes. There are 12 chapters in story mode, so if you do decide to play then you’ll probably complete this in around 4-5 hours.

So plenty of content and that’s not even talking about the online mode, which adds in a whole lot more to proceedings, including a Versus Mode, Team Battle, King of the Hill and Tower Battle. You can even take part in Faction matches, set up your own room to play with friends and a whole lot more.

So now you know about what’s actually included and likely agree that it’s a lot, but there’s more of course, because I’ve not actually mentioned the fighting itself, which adds in something quite interesting in character variations. You see, when choosing a character in MKX you’ll be greeted with three variations, each of which give the character a new special move. It’s like having three versions of the same character, which obviously adds even more variety to the game. In addition to this, there are also new stage interactions, which allows you to use parts of the stage environment to your advantage. This is fantastic in my opinion, having your character picking up all manner of objects to bash into your opponents face, although it’s not all about violence as you are able to swing off tree branches or jump off objects to get away from an opponent, it’s great.

Graphically, Mortal Kombat X looks fantastic, offering fatalities so realistic that you’ll likely not be able to watch them without feeling squeamish. Even if, like me, you always found it hard to pull these moves off, the developer has added in easy fatalities, which are pulled off using just two buttons, so you have no excuse, though you’ll still likely look away.

Mortal Kombat X has a lot more too it than I’ve managed to talk about in these thousand or so words, but you can take it from me that the more time you spend with it, the more you will discover and the more you’ll love it. The developer has done a wonderful job of bringing the series to the latest generation of consoles and at the same time has made it more fun and more brutal than ever.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Packed with content
+ Brutal
+ Looks fantastic


- Only 13 arenas

Edited On 14 Apr, 2015

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Joff's avatar
Joff 2 years ago
Great review, not normally interested in fighting games but tempted to pick this one up!
Joe2120's avatar
Joe2120 2 years ago
Thanks :) I'm not really a fighting game fan either, but quite enjoying this one.
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ANDREW 2 years ago
my mortal kombat never came in the post very unhappy with shopto i preordered it last year im a big fan of mortal kombat and it never came put me off pe ordering big games again
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nick 1 year ago
will they make it for ps3

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