Fight! The eleventh Mortal Kombat rendition was released in April last year. Developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Games, the game promised to be better than ever. As the base game would not be enough, the complete version of it saw the light of the day on the 17th of November 2020. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate so features all of the content available up to this point for the game, and be prepared – you will might want to lick your fingers, so keep your hands clean.
You’re next! And, oh, am I so glad I am! We have been waiting for the next Mortal Kombat release for four years (more than five, if we count the edition that is reviewed here) now, and it has been too long. Now, the skullcrushing-eyespopping-brutalityinducing series finally returns, and let us start at the beginning – the tutorials. They are a welcomed feature for everyone, so the newcomers as the ones who might have forgot how to play during these four (five) years. There are four different tutorials – Basics, Advanced, Strategy, and Character tutorials. The Basics tutorial lets you know about basic movement and attacks, blocking and throws, environment interaction, special moves and kombo attacks, fatal blows and basic kombos. Since I do not want to use all my words on describing them, you will have to find out the details of others by yourself. I am just going to tell that you also receive the in-game currency (1000 Koins) for each completed lesson, and if you complete every lesson in all of them, you unlock the Shao Kahn Announcer Voice that can be turned on in the audio section of the main menu options. Besides the tutorials, there are two more features in the “Learn” segment of the game – Practice and Fatality Training. In the first you can practice your skills on inactive opponents, and the second one is (also) self-explanatory.
After going through the very, very thorough tutorials, my next move on latest Mortal Kombat is starting up the Story Mode. It is very fun to play if you are more single-player oriented like myself, since it does not represent losing to a bunch of more skilled players online. The story begins with you fighting as Cassie Cage against… against her own mother, Sonya Blade. It might does not make sense, but it completely does with the situation you are in. The Mortal Kombat 11 story ends after approximately five hours, with you… I will not spoil that, you have to play the game by yourself. All I can say is that the Aftermath add-on adds a second part to the story that otherwise is not available in the game – that adds a couple of hours of content. Besides the Story Mode, there are two more fighting options in the “Konquer” segment. Those are Towers of Time, an ever-changing rotation of challenging towers, and Klassic Towers, where you unlock character endings by defeating a tower of your choice. Your options here are Novice, Warrior, Champion, Endless and Survivor, and the towers differ by the count of opponents you have to beat to complete it. The last option in Konquer is Krypt, where you explore the world of Mortal Kombat and collect treasures by opening chests with spending your koins on Shang Tsung’s Island. The next segment in the game is “Fight”, where you have the options to fight 1v1 against a human or CPU opponents locally, fighting a human opponent in a tournament, battle online against other (probably more skilled) players, and to send your team of customized AI fighters to battle other players’ team. Last but not least, the “Kustomize” segment allows you to create custom variations for your fighters, and your possibilities here are endless or damn close to that.
Content of returning characters from the Mortal Kombat lore features all of your favourites and also the ones you might not like as much. The base roster features 25 characters and in alphabetical order they are Baraka, Cassie Cage, D’Vorah, Erron Black, Frost (which is unlockable by playing the Story Mode), Jacqui Briggs, Jade, Jax Briggs, Johnny Cage, Kabal, Kano, Kitana, Kotal Kahn, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Noob Saibot (yum!), Raiden, Scorpion, Shao Kahn, Skarlet, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero. There are also three completely new characters, those being Cetrion – Shinnok’s sister and Kronika’s daughter, Geras – Kronika’s primary underling and enforcer, and Kollector – six-armed tribute collector who served as an enforcer for Shao Kahn. In Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate there are also additional playable characters that were added with the Kombat Pack 1, Aftermath and Kombat Pack 2 expansions. Kombat Pack 1 adds Nightwolf, Shang Tsung, Sindel and three guest characters in forms of The Joker, Spawn and The Terminator. Aftermath completes the roster with Fujin, Sheeva and guest RoboCop, while Kombat Pack 2 finishes up with Mileena, Rain and another guest character, John Rambo. May the Terminator versus Rambo fights commence!
As far as the graphics go, Mortal Kombat 11 looks beautiful. Character and environment details are plenty and well polished, and the blood splatters taste sweeter than ever. Animations are all well made as the movement of characters is very fluid. I have also not encounter any bugs or similar glitches during my time with the game. The gameplay is damn near perfect, as your fighters immediately respond to every of your inputs during battles. Brutalities feel powerful to perform, and the fatalities are more over the top than anything you have seen in previous games of the series. Replacing the X-Ray moves in Mortal Kombat 11 are Fatal Blows that similarly deal a large amount of damage, but they only become available when the health drops below 30%. If you are already familiar with what to expect in terms of gameplay from predecessors, you will love it. If you are a newcomer to Mortal Kombat and the gameplay will not feel like your cup of tea, I am sad to inform you, that nothing else in this game will make you love it, since it is the core of the title. In my opinion, NetherRealm makes a strong return with another near perfect, if not actually perfect, Mortal Kombat title, and I look forward to seeing what else there can possibly be in store for them in their upcoming game. One of the best, if not the best fighting game available on the market. Flawless victory.