I knew that I was going to love Mortal Kombat X from the moment the game was announced. Why? Not only because of what the team at NetherRealm did back in 2011 by rebooting the series, and that was one hell of a reboot, but also because of what the team did for the DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. They took what worked from the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, added in some more cool fighting elements, like interactive stages and items, and made a well-balanced roster of fighters for gamers to choose from.
Even before the first Mortal Kombat X trailer was released I knew that these features would be incorporated into the game. How could they not be? These features helped make Injustice an amazing fighting game. So when the first cinematic trailer was released for Mortal Kombat X, and some of these features were hinted at in the trailer, I started getting all giddy with excitement. Then the gameplay trailer debuted at the Sony press conference…
Man, was I freaking happy to see that the gameplay elements that made Mortal Kombat and Injustice such great games would definitely be included in the newest installment of the series. All new bone-shattering X-ray moves would find their way back into the game (and these happened to be my favorite new Mortal Kombat elements from the last game) and the interactive stage items from Injustice would also be incorporated into Mortal Kombat X. These are the things that fans of the developers were hoping to see in the new game and NetherRealm certainly didn’t disappoint. And, I know this is more for the gore fans and sick and twisted gamers out there, but the level of brutality and violence in the game seems to be amped up as well. Looking at the fighting in the gameplay demo, it looks like every move and every impact is made to look more punishing and devastating than ever before.
I can just hear the detractors now: the violence in the game is making our children more unhinged and desensitized to real world violence. One, this game is not for children; this game is a definite, very emphatic M for MATURE. MATURE GAMERS ONLY! Two, if you are letting your kids play this game, I would more likely take a closer look at you and your parenting skills than I would the child’s mentality. And three, seriously, this game is NOT FOR KIDS! Okay, sorry for my little rant there…
But seriously, as a hardcore Mortal Kombat fan, even sticking it through some of the bad years and bad games, this is a real win for fans of the series everywhere.
Mortal Kombat X is due out in 2015 and is scheduled to be released for Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.