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About Mortal Kombat X

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Genre: Fighting | Publisher: WB Games | Platform: PC
Mortal Kombat X is the latest installment in the long running fighting game series by NetherRealm Studios. You can choose from a wide variety of ninjas, soldiers and demons and pull off complex combos in a visceral one on one battle system. 

Players returning to the franchise will be surprised at the twists on old favorites, as well as a host of new foes to contest against. New players will enjoy the customizable control scheme that allows those familiar with Street Fighter and others in the fighting game genre to pick up and play naturally.

The game is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions scheduled for release by the end of the year.

Story

Mortal Kombat X picks up from the alternate timeline of the last game, reworking various elements from the narrative of Mortal Kombat 4. You will jump from character to character over the course of the five-hour campaign, in which the Special Forces, led by General Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, must suppress the hordes of Outworld and the looming threat of the fallen Elder God Shinnok. Along for the ride are four younger warriors, each related in some way to characters from the arcade original. These include Cage’s selfie taking daughter, Cassie, and Takeda, pupil of Scorpion’s Shirai Ryu clan.

Mortal Kombat X: Core Challenges

Whether you’re climbing a challenge tower or taking the fight online, Mortal Kombat X is all about mastering a unique fighting system that rewards precise timing and air control. Mortal Kombat X players may be brought in by the over the top fatalities the game uses to encourage skillful play, but there are three hurdles every player must overcome in the course of learning the difference between a flash kick and a spear.

Timing Tests: Executing moves in Mortal Kombat is all about timing. Stringing together different moves into combos can easily overwhelm an opponent, but waiting too long allows for the same to happen to you. Some of the combos in the game can be tricky to execute for beginners, especially with the default controls. 

Underestimating Uppercuts: The uppercut is one of the more reliable attacks in any character's arsenal, often doing a large chunk of damage and leaving opponents stunned and ready to be hit again. It may be considered poor sportsmanship among some players to rely on the move too often, but it can be a vital shortcut to victory in harder arcade fights.

Fighting Styles: Each character in Mortal Kombat X has three fighting styles, each accentuating a different part of that character’s arsenal. For example, Scorpion can use his Ninjitsu style to utilize his swords more frequently, or use the Inferno style to summon flaming clones to attack foes. Each style plays differently enough that it will take some trial and error before deciding which version of your favorite character is right for you.

What We Like About It

Expansive Campaign: The story mode in NetherRealm fighters are always second to none, and Mortal Kombat X builds upon its prequel, and Injustice, to deliver an entertaining journey through Earthrealm and beyond. You play as most of the playable characters on the roster one after the other, making it an excellent way to get a feel for who you’d like to learn more about. In addition, characters from past games make cameo appearances, and new forms appear as unlockable costumes as you complete chapters.

Challenge Towers: In addition to the main campaign, MKX has a wealth of single player options. There are various arcade ladders to play through which will unlock fun noncanonical endings for each character. Many of these ladders also borrow fight modifiers from the returning Test Your Luck mode, making sure that things never get stale. 

Faction Wars: If you’re ready to head online, Mortal Kombat X has you covered. At the beginning of the game, you choose to align yourself with one of five groups taken from MK lore. Everything you do in the game, online and off, then feeds into this system. There are also special online events where you team up against a certain challenge tower, or fight specifically against another factions. Simply put, there is plenty to do besides going one on one.

Top User Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Mortal Kombat X

How does the PC version of the game compare to the console version? 
For the most part, the PC version of the game is a fully functional and competent experience. There are a few frame rate issues going from fatality animations back to standard gameplay, and a few of the stages do cause performance glitches even on more powerful machines.

Are there micro transactions in this game? 
Yes, there are a few things that do demand a little extra investment. Unlocking the alternate fatalities and costumes in The Krypt can be quite a grind unless you’re willing to shell out $20 for the unlock everything DLC. In addition, there are Easy Fatalities that can be earned through gameplay or purchased that let you bypass the complex button prompts required for the gruesome finishers. You can get 30 of those tokens for $5.

Which DLC characters are coming? 
Available now are Jason from Friday The 13th and Tanya, a character who originally appeared in Mortal Kombat 4. A Predator and Tremor, an earth based ninja from Mortal Kombat: Special Forces will eventually join them. The $30 Kombat Pack will unlock all four of these characters as well as classic costumes for the existing fighters.

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