I am kind of new to console fighting games. I play some at the past, but didn’t gave to much attention to it. A few years pass and I thought that it’s a good time to give it a second chance, and what better way to do it than buying Mortal Kombat X.
I try to put the hype aside when deciding which game to buy next. But let’s admit it, it’s fun diving into this big hype, but at the same time you can get really disappointed if the game fails to exceed your expectations. My first issue with Mortal Kombat X is that it’s only 1 vs 1. I really enjoy playing multiplayer games, and most of the games that I but I make sure they have at least a partial multiplayer mode. I love playing with friends and against them, I love the ego that is involved and I prefer that than playing against an AI NPC.
Mortal Kombat X doesn’t bring tag team mode, and I’ve got this information after viewing an interview with Ed Boon, the creator of Mortal Kombat and the creative director of MKX. To be completely honest, I only own a PS4 gaming console, but before I bought it I thought about buying the Wii U because of Super Smash Bros. The multiplayer fighting mode really appeals to me, and I really wanted something close to that on the PlayStation 4. If there was at least 2 vs 2, this would certainly made the game much more interesting. Just imaging how it would feel playing with your friends against two other people?
So that’s something that put me off a bit, but it’s not a deal breaker, not something that will make me skip the game, not at all.
As a gamer, I always search for games that will challenge me, games that have high replayability, ones that won’t get me bored after a few days and those who you need skill to defeat your opponents (hard games you can call it). If Mortal Kombat X falls into this category, it might be the perfect game for me to spend lots of hours on in the next couple of months (or even more). From what I’ve heard and read, MK series was always very challenging, especially for new players. It’s very punishing when playing online against more experienced players, and people told me that the story will get me a good kickstart, so I can learn all the moves and get familiar with the each fighter mechanics.
So it’s nice to know that Mortal Kombat X does have a story mode which you play alone, and then you can move on playing against other people online. But that’s not all, MKX has many more exciting features like Living Towers and Fractions War modes, all of these are aimed to keeping your busy and engaged with the game for a long time. This is very important for me, because I always look for the social element in any game that I purchase, regardless of the fact that you can always chat in party with other PlayStation players.
There are also many characters to choose from. This means that if you are fed up playing with one character or your are not satisfied with it, you can move on and try another character. Also each character in Mortal Kombat X has three different variations, each one with its own set of moves. This also adds more depth, especially if you usually stick with one character and try to be the best with it.
I was also impressed with the visuals. The game look really nice on PS4 and Xbox One. I have to admit that I was expecting a bit more considering the small stage and what I’ve seen that can be achieved in other game demos. Having said that, it’s a big jump visually compared to the Mortal Kombat 9 on the PS3. I really like the arena surrounding, and there is also an ability to use some object and use them to your own advantage while fighting.
I did watch the new trailer today, and to be honest it was actually quite bad. However, I really enjoy watching the fatalities videos and character introduction videos, those were nicely done. Mortal Kombat X is getting lots of media attention prior to launch, and I try to follow every piece of information as I can to make sure that I am making a smart buying decision and won’t spend the money on a game that I’ll play for a very short time.
As for the moment I am leaning to buy it. Most of the big AAA titles that I want to buy will be released later this year, somewhere near November. I also want to try something different. I had enough playing Battlefield Hardline and Destiny, I really want a different game. I think that if I give Mortal Kombat X enough time and get good with it, it might be very addicting. Especially when you fight against other experienced players and also take part of a large fan-based community. I remember meeting lots of amazing people when I played Destiny, and it was because of the game that I am in touch of them now. I enjoyed playing lots of hours with them and I do hope that it will happen again when and if I play Mortal Kombat X.
Mortal Kombat X is not like Destiny thought. Destiny has a much better social elements because you can play in up to six players in a fireteam. This helps to strengthen the social connections between players, and in Destiny and it’s actually necessary to build a good communication channel in order to finish raids successfully. I don’t think it will be that important in Mortal Kombat X, but having fractions will at least will give me the feeling that I am not playing just for myself. Having the option to contribute to something larger than just yourself is something that I really enjoy in games. In Destiny it was helping others to finish a raid, helping friends to farm for specific exotic rifles, etc.
Indeed, Mortal Kombat X doesn’t have an open world environment, it doesn’t have a tag team mode, social interactions aren’t really that necessary because you play 1 vs 1 in multiplayer, so I just hope that I won’t feel disconnected from the community in such a away that it would seem like I’m playing by myself most of the time.
I think that Mortal Kombat X has the right ingredients to be a great game in general. One that can be very fun and addicting to play. I hope that there is more than meets the eye and not everything was revealed, and maybe they are more surprises waiting for us. I’ll probably buy the regular edition when it gets out. My other option is to get The Witcher 3, but I already made up my mind to skip it. I always leaned towards multiplayer games.
So if you felt a sense of solidarity with what I’ve said, I think that Mortal Kombat X will be a well worthy game to buy this month.