Mortal Kombat 11: Everything You Need to Know

By Ernest Hamilton , Updated Oct 09, 2019 09:21 AM EDT
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Mortal Kombat 11: Everything You Need to Know
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Since its initial launch in 1992, the Mortal Kombat franchise has taken the gaming world by storm. It has delivered no fewer than 24 different versions and updates, with a total of 26 million games sold worldwide. 2019 see the release of Mortal Kombat 11, a new installment that introduces innovative new characters, game modes, and features. 

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When is it available?

Mortal Kombat 11 from NetherRealm Studios was released in April 2019 for players of Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Since then, two DLC characters, Shang Tsung and Nightwolf, have been released, and Terminator T-800 is available on 8th October for those that purchase the Kombat Pack. 

Warner Brothers will offer Mortal Kombat 11 as a free trial event between October 11-14. Owners of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have access to the first two chapters of the story mode, as well as the Krypt and the new Towers of Time game mode, the base characters, and recently-added DLC characters. 

The characters

The full list includes both returning characters, such as Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, and Sonya Blade, as well as three new characters and two revitalized characters, Frost and Skarlet. 

Making her debut in Mortal Kombat 11 is the main antagonist Kronica, and also the first female main villain. She has the power to play with space and time and summon individuals from any point in history. Along with her is Geras, a wrestling pro who can also create sand structures and manipulate time. Cetrion is another newcomer, a god who can control the elements. The Kollector is a six-armed warrior with impressive strength and a satchel that can store surprisingly large items. 

The game also takes the previous version's Variations system further with Custom Character Variations. This enables users to choose from three character styles and build on them with attributes and moves. Players can also choose clothing items and weapons, and soon will be able to customize each item. 

The story

The story of Mortal Kombat 11 carries on from Mortal Kombat X when the elder god Shinnok is defeated by a team headed by Johnny Cage, Raiden, and Sonya Blade. In the battle. Raiden is corrupted, which causes him to behead and imprison Shinnok. 

But history is rewritten when sorceress Kronica makes an appearance and vows to redress the balance in favour of the dark forces, using her time and space-travelling powers. This allows for younger versions of characters like Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao to turn up.  

Also packed with some astounding finishing moves, the fatalities of Mortal Kombat 11 will not disappoint. They include Baraka tearing off an opponent's face and Sonya Blade shooting up fighters until their heads are sliced up by helicopter rotors. 

Gameplay

Revamped from previous versions, the gameplay has a slightly different feel, with special techniques that are more accessible and more measured pacing. Rather than a super meter that responds to your offensive and defensive moves, there are now two separate meters. 

Crushing Blows are a new feature to Mortal Kombat 11, stronger versions of attacks that can be launched in certain conditions, such as during a counter-hit, or after repeating a move several times.

X-Ray super moves have become Fatal Blows, but they require you to be at lower than 30 percent health, and only one per match is permitted. Also, 'run mechanic' has been removed and 'flawless block' added, to help with fast recovery.

All in all, Mortal Kombat 11 is a fantastic fighting game with hard-hitting action and damage. It is not a fast fighter, but puts emphasis on spacing, and finding the weakness in your opponents. It is accessible for beginners, enjoyable to play, and there is some character development that returning gamers will appreciate. Version 11 is a marked improvement on version X, with some subtle and well-planned modifications, as well as tutorials for each character. Advanced mechanics keep fighting intense for all levels, and the interesting characters, play styles, and story modes mean there is always something to explore. With Mortal Kombat 11, the franchise is definitely worth returning to. 

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