Mortal Kombat X: game review
Title: Mortal Kombat X
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Editor: WB Games
Release date: 14 апреля 2015
Platform: РС / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One
Mortal Kombat probably is the most recognizable fighting on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Released a few years ago the game significantly increased the number of fans of the series. Older people at the mention of Mortal Kombat immediately recall the legendary film and the third part, and younger players Mortal Kombat 9.
The series has quite a thorny path: after the third part it experimented with 3D, has introduced a lot of new characters, many of whom looked very strange, and constantly added many of doubtful features. Each new game was worse than the previous one, the number of fans was reduced, and sales fell.
And in some period of time the developers restarted the series. And it was very cleverly: the sent the god Raiden in back to not allow the events of the previous games in the series. The series came back to the roots and for many was "one of the third part, only with special effects." Thus, the game was introduced to new audience by making everything that happens in the previous eight games irrelevant.
The success was a resounding, and confidence in the series was restored, allowing developers to do a sequel. Did, released and it's very cool!
Despite the fact that Mortal Kombat is a fighting game, the plot plays not the most important role. Fictional game world is deep enough: each character has a rich history and logic of events has a clear pattern.
Of course, you should not wait a serious drama or unmatched scenario, but it introduces new characters, provides new players and entertains the users. According to the practice, the ideal format of scene mean together with friends around a single screen. The campaign takes about 5 hours, which is enough for a Friday evening.
The game takes place after some time after the completion of Mortal Kombat 9 and develops its intriguing ending. You are waiting for fairly high-quality cut scenes, a lot of fights and well crafted plot with a quality atmosphere. Each video is a prelude to a fight.
The minuses include a small amount of arenas and the absence of transitions between levels during the fight: the reception, enjoy an excellent reputation in the Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us, a game released by NetherRealm Studios between 9 and 10 parts of "Mortal Kombat." As a result, in one chapter we have three or four fights with various enemies in the same scenery that still spoils the impression.
The scenery in the Mortal Kombat X is a very important thing. For the first time in the series with the arena you can closely interact: there are boards, braziers, barrels, corpses, animals. And all this by pressing a special button can be used in the fight. One subject of the exterior allows you to be behind the opponent, the other will cause significant damage, the third will stun him and so on. Skills are combine this with normal combos and the result is impressive: the first is to play online against a skilled opponent will end very quickly and certainly not in your favor ...
Of course much depends on your ability to manage a hero. They are 23. Another 5 are bought in DLC, and the latter becomes available at the end of the story campaign. Half of the represented characters is familiar to the general public on the last part of the game, the other are either new or were present in less popular games of the series.
You will learn each free character during the campaign story: you will manage the majority, the rest you have to fight. There are a lot of them: from old rivals of Scorpion and Sub-Zero, till completely new Kotal Kahn. By the way, in the campaign there are several characters that were in previous games, but you cannot play by them in Mortal Kombat X: Barak and Rein.
The key difference of Mortal Kombat X from its predecessors is three fighting styles for each character. Before you start a fight, you choose one of the three features of the hero. Let’s take the beginner series, mercenary Herron Black. It looks like a character in a western film. After select the first style, he picks up a rifle and tries to keep at a distance from the opponent by shooting. After selecting a second you fight by a gun and rests on the middle distance. After selecting the third you grab the knife and goes as close as possible to the enemy.
Each style is characterized by one to four unique special kicks absent in others. The rest (base) spetsudary special kicks are available in all three styles. The idea is really cool. Thanks to it the variety of combat is rising at times, but there is one "but": not all characters have significant differences. Three styles of combat Scorpio or Kenshi makes them three different characters, and the difference between the three styles Milena or Sony Blade you will not even notice.
The game still offers a lot of ways to entertain. Although the main mode is "one on one" in front of one screen, playing alone you won’t be bored. Firstly, there is an online mode, but note: the rival is severe enough, and the game search takes a very long time. Secondly, the mode of stairs, where you have to win the characters one by one, and mode "Try your luck", where random system puts a condition that turns the game into an unpredictable ride.
In addition, it is possible to pay real money. In addition to the DLC, you can buy, for example, the used Fatality. Then for a spectacular finishing you need to press only two buttons. It is not the best solution of developers, but on the other hand, it could be worse.
We should also mention the optimization. In principle, the port is pretty good: firstly, works without crashes and errors, and secondly it is good optimized and runs even on mediocre machines. However, when you play the "high" and "very high" level of graphics settings with a large number of special effects, the FPS sags, which can be critical in a crucial moment. Total amount of settings is five: from "very low" to "very high". In fact, there is not much of a difference between them: beautiful shades, better drawing of background, higher quality of lighting.
Very high graphics level
High graphics level
Medium graphics level
Low graphics level
Very low graphics level
In general Mortal Kombat X is a blameless continuation of the great game. You should definitely play it!