Mortal Kombat 1 – Review

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Mortal Kombat 1 is the latest game in the long-running Mortal Kombat series developed by Netherrealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. It is the twelfth installment in the main series. It is a direct sequel to Mortal Kombat 11 and a soft reboot of the franchise.

Following the events of the “Aftermath” DLC in Mortal Kombat 11, Liu Kang uses Kronika’s hourglass to create a new timeline and attempt to create a more peaceful universe for all realms. He manipulates time and ensures that past events that led to chaos and conflict are altered. Liu Kang then attempts to use the hourglass to prevent the long-standing conflicts between the kingdoms from occurring, but doing so creates new unforeseen consequences.

After Lui Kang created a new timeline and reshaped the history of Mortal Kombat, the Fire God uses Kronika’s hourglass to recreate a new universe. However, during this new timeline, Lui Kang also altered some of the characters’ fates, especially villains like Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. To make sure they don’t threaten the new timeline. But a mysterious figure helps them escape their miserable lives and pushes them to become the villains they always were. This threatens Lui Kang’s new timeline, and he must do everything he can to stop this new threat and prevent past events from happening again.

The gameplay of Moral Kombat 1 is similar to the previous installment but with new combat mechanics that contribute to the evolution of the gaming experience. Players can combine a series of attacks and special moves to create combos. Combos vary from character to character and can cause significant damage when executed correctly. Each character has a unique set of special moves, such as fireballs, uppercuts, and teleportation attacks. These moves use specific button combinations and are essential for offense and defense.

Fatal Blow returns! The feature was introduced in the previous entry, Mortal Kombat 11. They can only be executed when a character’s health drops to 30% or less. It’s a cinematic attack, meaning they trigger a special animation sequence showing the devastating move. This adds to the dramatic style of Mortal Kombat’s combat. If a player misses a fatal blow or is blocked by his opponent, he suffers a 10-second cooldown period before he can attempt to use it again. This prevents movement spam. Additionally, players can only use a fatal blow once per match. This limitation ensures that the measure retains its impact and meaning.

The Kameo system is a new mechanic where you can choose a second character to help you, block, grab, attack and extend your combos, adding depth and variety to the game. Each Kameo character is unique and offers different play styles and combo possibilities, making it fun to experiment with various combinations.

One notable concern is the movement restriction when using a Kameo character, which differs from MK11 and Injustice 2, where players have more control over their main character. Sometimes they stop responding and completely ignore my comments. This aspect could need improvement.

I also want to praise how good and easy to navigate the menu layout of Mortal Kombat 1 is. It’s not cluttered or overdone like the previous game. The simplistic design makes it easy to choose between story, invasion, or online play.

The menu is separated by game modes such as:

History mode: A full cinematic campaign in which players follow a written narrative with characters, dialogue, and plot developments, often accompanied by cutscenes or in-game events.

Invasion: A new feature to the series that replaces the “Krypt” from previous games. Invasion mode is a minigame where you go to different worlds, and it’s like a board game where you move one square at a time, and each space you land on teleports you into a fight. Enemies or stages will gain advantages, such as the stage will have random rockets that will hit you, enemies will have armor, or you will face three different enemies per round and other challenges. You get seasonal rewards like costumes, currency, talismans, kills, etc.

Towers: Klassic Towers returns where players choose a specific character and compete against AI-controlled opponents. Each character usually has a unique tower with a short story or narrative elements related to that character’s journey or goals.

Rewards: The tab where you can spend earned money on in-game rewards such as cosmetics, team brutalities, and kills. Replaces the complicated “Krypt” system. It uses a less complicated system where you can redeem your well-earned credits from the main menu by melting coins in the “Sanctuary” menu to get your rewards instantly.

Local and online play: Players can participate in both local (offline) and online play, providing several ways to enjoy the game and compete against others.

The visuals of Mortal Kombat 1 are amazing and better than Mortal Kombat 11. The game has beautiful particle effects, fire rendering, and background effects. The particle density is higher than in the previous game. The lighting effects for Raiden’s attack, the fire effects for Scorpion’s flame attacks, and Sub-Zero’s ice attack look much better than those used in Mk11. The gory effects have been expanded and the X-ray attacks from Krushing’s hits also look much better.

Mortal Kombat 1’s visuals and overall presentation are a significant improvement over its predecessors. Game developers often strive to improve graphical fidelity and visual impact with each new entry in a series, taking advantage of technological advances to deliver a more immersive and visually stunning experience. Stage design and environmental details also play a crucial role in creating an engaging and immersive gaming environment.

The concept of resetting the timeline can offer developers the opportunity to reimagine and update the game’s stages, characters, and narrative, providing a new experience for long-time fans and new players. The visual aspects of Mortal Kombat 1 highlight the importance of graphics and presentation in modern games, as they can contribute significantly to the overall enjoyment of the game. Mortal Kombat 1 has made significant strides in this regard to create a visually captivating and immersive experience for players.

This game runs smoothly on a PS5 and I didn’t encounter any issues throughout the entire game. I experienced a few bugs in Story mode, such as Kung Lao’s hat floating across the stage or Sindel’s hair covering her face. Performance-wise, the PS5 has no problems running the title.

The minor bugs and glitches I mentioned in story mode are relatively common in video games and, as I said, are often fixed and fixed in future patches or updates. Game developers actively work to improve and optimize their games, and player feedback is crucial in helping them identify and resolve issues. It’s also worth noting that story mode glitches, such as floating objects or character model quirks, usually don’t significantly affect gameplay and can sometimes even add humor to the experience.

Mortal Kombat 1 is a welcome addition to the franchise. The gameplay is fun and the Kameo system is one of the best mechanics they added to the game. Invasion modes, where I take on a series of challenges and earn rewards for my efforts, can add a layer of long-term engagement and motivation to a game. If you are a fan of Klassic Mortal Kombat or new to the series, I recommend this game. I had some problems with the third act of the story. It was very out of character for me and the story would be better if they went in another direction. But overall, the gameplay, new modes, online play, and performance are excellent.

Mortal Kombat 1 – Review

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When a game’s problems are undermined by its greatness, then it’s something to invest in if you have some to spare.

Advantages

High performance

Enhanced images

Game mechanics

Great menu design

Cons

Minor errors

Failures

Kameo button input

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