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you’ve just gained entry into the Kookie Koliseum, the grandest arena of Outworld! Welcome, all to the Game Gush Show, featuring your latest champion, Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate edition! Sit tight and keep your hands and feet inside at all times. Disclaimer: Kookie Koliseum is not subject to liability for blood or other bodily fluids on audience members. Alright, let’s get down to business!
What is Mortal Kombat 11?
Mortal Kombat 11 is an action fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. MK11 is the eleventh installment in the Mortal Kombat series and was released in 2019 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The initial MK11 roster consists of 25 base characters. I’ll talk about the story plot and characters a little further ahead.
What is Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate?
MK11 Ultimate contains the base game plus all downloadable content including the Aftermath story campaign, bonus skins, and additional guest characters featuring Milena, Rambo, and Rain.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Story Elements
Firstly, the MK11 campaign starts with Raiden snapping similarly to what Superman does in the DC Injustice timeline. Raiden goes full-power elder god mode on all other realms. He seals his fated path forward by decapitating Shinnok and then aids Earthrealm in the destruction of Liu Kang and Kitana’s castle which resides in Outworld.
Kronika, the Keeper of Time, seeks to undo the past and restart the timeline from the very beginning, albeit without the existence of Raiden because he killed her son, Shinnok. A majority of the game has Earthrealm fighting enemies to obtain allies and to learn knowledge on how to stop Kronika.
Now, I know we’ve had our fair share of entertainment outlets use time-bending to support a storyline, but I don’t dislike the idea here. The Mortal Kombat franchise has witnessed a lot of events since its first release:
- Shinnok and the First Earthrealm War
- The Outworld Reign of Shao Kahn
- Origin of Mortal Kombat tournaments and the Outworld threat posed to Earthrealm
- Shinnok’s Second Earthrealm War
- The Deadly Alliance of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung
- The rebirth of Onaga the Dragon King
- LITERALLY ARMAGEDDON
- Raiden calling to himself in the past to change the timeline and prevent Armageddon
- Altering to another dark timeline where Liu Kang dies
- Shinnok’s, yet again, third invasion of Earthrealm…
- And finally, we end up here in Mortal Kombat 11, where Kronika attempts to reset history altogether due to the death of her unruly son.
More MK Events
Those events are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s an abundance of world lore that can be followed by reading books, watching films, and listening to interviews with the creators of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, and John Tobias. I know I wouldn’t be able to develop a better story, but it does make me wonder where they go from here. Maybe Raiden has been the protector of Earthrealm too long. Maybe it’s time for him to shift to evilness, or have someone else rise to the power of elder god. Most people only care about the violence, gore, and combat mechanics anyway. But if you know me, oh yeah, you know I can’t get enough of storytelling!
MK 11 Complete Character Roster
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate features a total of 37 characters:
|Johnny Cage||Sonya Blade||Cassie Cage|
|Jax Briggs||Scorpion||Noob Saibot|
|Liu Kang||Kitana||Kung Lao|
|Downloadable and Unlockable Characters|
|Shao Kahn||Frost||Shang Tsung|
|Kombat Pack 2|
Kung Lao and D’Vorah are my all-time favorite characters to play. Kung Lao has razor-sharp hat skills, martial arts training, Shaolin discipline, and the ability to teleport. He’s a worthy adversary and a close friend to Lui Kang. D’Vorah is so different because she’s the last known survivor of the Kytinn—a species of colonial insects that bond together to form humanoid bodies. It’s fun hurling flies and spiders at opponents. She’s also only the third character in the franchise that can fly! Instead of babbling all day about them, I’ll just say both characters are awesome and leave a screenshot of their fatalities.
Favorite Character Skins
Mortal Kombat 11 allows for a lot of customization in regards to gear and appearance sets. Thankfully, these have no effect in matches and are for cosmetic purposes only. Loads of fun skins have been designed, like the Ninja Mime for Johnny Cage and Hellspawn for Jacqui Briggs, but my favorite list of skins are influences of the DC Comics universe!
Killer Krok Baraka
Harley Quinn Cassie Cage
Batman Who Laughs Noob Saibot
There are two more DC Elseworld skins in addition to my three favorites above: Catwoman Kitana and Darkseid Geras! Although I love DC Comics, there are over 10 skins for every character so you’re bound to find one that fits your style.
Moving on to combat mechanics—they’re really solid in MK11. The tutorials do a great job at teaching you the ropes and there’s a practice mode to hone your kombos, fatalities, and krushing blows. MK11 introduced a new flawless block system that reduces incoming block damage when timing a block at the perfect time of an attack. To turn the tide of battle, you can enhance the flawless block with an invincible counterattack, but the timing needs to be perfect or you will definitely be punished. I honestly love that the fatal blow is only allowed once per match because it changes the rules of when you should use it. Last, but not least, every character has Fatalities, Brutalities, and Friendships which dramatically increase the level of fun when playing! All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoy the dev’s hard work on creating the combat for every character and overall gameplay.
Mortal Kombat 11 has a great lineup of characters, two engaging stories, and glorified bloodbaths. But wait, there’s more! Not only is there the main campaign and the Aftermath story, connecting online gains access to the Tower of Time which are variants of the traditional towers. There are different elements to be aware of and konsumables to aid in your tower ascent. Completing these towers grants all types of rewards: koins, souls, hearts, skins, gear, konsumables, and augmented gems!
If you’ve shed enough blood in the towers, you can take your winnings and unlock more content in the Krypt aka Shang Tsung’s Island. Make your way through chest after chest after chest of valuable unlockables and Mortal Kombat lore. And then of course, once you run out of koins and souls (trust me, you definitely will), you can continue the cycle of towers or try your bets online in player versus player kombat!
I covered everything that’s fun and exciting to me when I play Mortal Kombat 11. Yes, the fatalities do make up a large portion of why fans love the game, but there’s a deeper layer that goes past the lobotomies, heart attacks, and limb removers. I hope you enjoyed my game gush for Mortal Kombat 11.