So I’ve been meaning to write about the new Mortal Kombat game for a few days now, but life has gotten in the way. I also wanted to play the game a bit so that I could talk about it with at least some amount of time played.
So here’s the thing, the last mortal kombat game I enjoyed was Mortal Kombat 3. I don’t remember much about it other than it had a large roster of characters. I did play one of the later games in the series, one that tried to use full 3D environments similar to games like Soul Calibur and Virtua Fighter. I absolutely hate trying to do fighting games in 3D. So when I heard there was a new Mortal Kombat game coming out I was a bit apprehensive. I hear MK9 is very similar to MKX, so I will probably go back and play it at some point.
So let’s start off with what the game has to offer. The truth is there is quite a lot to do here, which impresses me cause I don’t think of fighting games as having things other than, well, fighting. Not that there is much other than that here, but there is some.
There are a few main modes of playing:
Single Player which consists of your standard story mode, as well as challenge towers that have been in pretty much every game in the series that I know of. There are also Living Towers, which are the same as the challenge towers except that they have random modifiers that are there to screw with you. There is offline 2 player mode, which is just there to fight your friends, or in my case, turn on your second controller to get some easy trophies.
What the game really kind of pushes you towards though is the online multiplayer. You will find that there are a lot of trophies/achievements/etc.. for completing certain things online. Things like playing 200 matches, or winning 10 consecutive matches (which I will never ever get). Online mode also includes player factions. As far as I can tell these are only there to add competition among players. There are trophies for leveling up in a faction, and switching factions, but other than that it seems fairly pointless to me.
To be perfectly honest, online mode is one of the things that I think needs improvement. I don’t tend to play until later in the evening, and I rarely get online. When I do it is an exercise in tedium. Maybe this will improve, and it might have already. I haven’t played in a few days, but who knows. The first issue is that at least online versus mode seems to take FOREVER to find an opponent. I know this is different if you are challenging a friend, but I have not tried much else online. The second thing that annoys me is that after every match it kicks you back to the main menu, where it has to reconnect to the server and then find another opponent. It literally took me 5 minutes to get in to a match the other day. Maybe it is just the time of day I’m playing, there seems to be a large number of people playing but I always seem to have issues. The last thing is matchmaking. It’s pretty bad. It doesn’t try to match you based on your win/loss ratio at all. This means you might get matched up with someone who has 400 wins and 20 losses, which happened to me the other day. I’m not the best player, and I’d like to actually have a chance to win sometimes.
That being said, the game looks amazing and it controls very well. Honestly, I remember MK games being a lot harder to pull off combos or fatalities than the way it is now. The controls can be brought up at any time to view, even while fighting online, though I don’t know why you would. This helps if you have a couple seconds at the end to look up a fatality or something, but not something you would use in the middle of a fight.
There is plenty to unlock in this game too. During play you obtain “Koins” which are used in the “Krypt” to unlock things like concept art, costumes, or a variety of other things. You need a lot of coins (I can’t call them Koins) to get everything. And I mean you need A LOT. That or you can pay them $20 and unlock everything right away.
That is the one thing I am upset with about this game. There is a cash shop. Now, this doesn’t give you any type of advantage, but it is still annoying. The cash shop allows you to do things like buy one button fatalities or some other type of token (for single player). It is also where you buy the costumes. Calling it a cash shop is a bit misleading as all it actually does is take you to the PSN store. I just think if you want to unlock things you should actually earn it, but that’s my opinion.
If you’re up in the air on this all I can say is look at some videos. If you played other recent Netherrealms games like MK9 or Injustice you should be fairly familiar with how this game would be.