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Mortal Kombat 11 Review: Gloriously Gory

by Kegan Mooney

For years Mortal Kombat had started to go a little stale, that is until the last few installments, in which the game suddenly started building momentum, Mortal Kombat 11 continues pushing the series to be the true king of fighters.

Mortal Kombat has always been known for its gruesome gameplay, which over the years has evolved, becoming more graphic and violent with each release.

Mortal Kombat 11 continues this trend with multiple fatalities and brutal special moves, which often decapitate enemies in some of the move innovative ways possible.

Mortal Kombat 11 Jax Fatality
Jax Briggs's Ultra-Violent Fatality Finisher

While you would expect Mortal Kombat 11 to be a quick fighter, its actually quiet the opposite, with combos and special attacks which require some practice and a good memory to master.

This removes the old button mashing way of playing, in favor of a much more skill based game, but thankfully they have included one of the most detailed training modes I have ever seen in a fighting game.

The training also includes a fatalities tester, which shows you how to do all the fatalities for each character, including where to stand and which buttons to press.

Having a slower and more combination based gameplay feels rewarding, actually learning the correct sequences to attack makes you feel like you have achieved something, not just pressed the buttons on your controller quicker than your opponent.

Mortal Kombat Game Modes

As Mortal Kombat has evolved over the years, it has developed more fun and exciting game modes, with each installment including much more to do than the last.

Fight Mode

The standard fight mode lets you play against either a local player, AI, or against an online opponent, this is your standard Mortal Kombat fighting experience.

Of course, once you have unlocked some new fatalities and skins in the other modes, you can use these in the fight mode.

There is also a huge selection of new characters which can be bought from expansion packs and used in fight mode, these include external fighters from outside of the Mortal Kombat universes, such as Rambo and RoboCop.

If you’re not too bothered about new characters, wait until there is a kombat pack sale on, where you will get the characters a little bit cheaper.

Krypt Mode

The Krypt mode allows players to explore Shao Kahn’s island and open chests, each of these chests contains items that can be used inside the other game modes.

The Krypt game mode isn’t the most exciting game mode to be honest, but at least you can unlock some new skins and other items.

Tower Modes

The Tower Modes are the most exciting game modes in Mortal Kombat 11, and with the latest installment seeing a new tower mode, there is, even more to do now.

The classic tower number faces you against a different number of enemies, depending on the difficulty you choose.

  • Beginner – There are 5 enemies to defeat
  • Warrior – There are 8 enemies to defeat
  • Master – There are 12 enemies to defeat
  • Infinity – This mode features a continual wave of enemies, and keeps on going until you decide to quit
  • Survivor – In survivor, you must take on 25 enemies, and after each fight your health remains the same, making this the hardest of all tower difficulties

As well as the classic mode, there is also a new Towers of Time mode too, the new tower mode works much like the classic mode, except that the characters, objectives, and attributes shift per tower, making it a truly unique experience.

Story Mode

The story mode is simply a series of fights, split into several acts, during each of these acts, you will play as a character and face multiple opponents, one at a time, until you move onto the next act.

Mortal Kombat’s story mode includes fan favorites such as Cassie Cage, Shang Tsung and Liu Kang, and many more.

My only issue with Mortal Kombat 11 is the lack of story in the story mode, each fight starts with the character saying a line or two, but with no real backstory behind it.

I understand that its a fighting game, but considering Mortal Kombat has had several movies behind it, they could have made a detailed story to accompany this mode.


Mortal Kombat 11 has taken the series to the next level, making it a brutal and entertaining ride, for a series that should have great difficulty evolving, Mortal Kombat seems to be doing just that, with ease.

The game has been subject to recent review bombings, but it’s very unjustified, with reviewers on Metacritic making some very odd political reasons for their poor reviews, which have little to do with the actual game itself.

Many of these poor reviews have been around the Micro-transactions, which have only cosmetic effects on the game, and in honesty, do not harm the gameplay in any way, and therefore shouldn’t really warrant a poor review.

Mortal Kombat 11 has brought back some of my passion towards fighting games, with a unique blend of classic fighting and some new modes to explore too.

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