The past year and half has been disappointing to me as a gamer. With the launch of the new consoles, everyone became starry eyed at the concept that gamers without PCs could become closer to that visual fidelity on big games that PC users had become used to. We were treated with trailers of what was to come: things like 'The Witcher 3', 'Batman: Arkham Knight', 'Assassins Creed Unity', 'Halo the Master Chief Collection', 'Titanfall', 'The Division', and the much hyped: 'Watchdogs'. These all had bombastic announcements, and the fanfare exuded such confidence into the new generation of gaming that it was hard not to get caught up in all the excitement. Well as the the year passed, my starry eyes slowly began to dull. Titanfall came out with a collective 'meh', watchdogs released at a completely laughable resolution and controlled like garbage, Batman and The Witcher pushed back about a year, Assassins Creed buggy on release, and then the final straw: Master Chief Collection utterly broken on multiplayer and continuously plagued with bugs to this day. I was starting to loose that love of video games I had when I was a kid. Thankfully 'Helldivers' and 'Dragonball Z: Zenoverse' kept me going until my first anticipated game for the year came out: 'Mortal Kombat X'. This game reminded me of why I love video games, and proves that: "The game is all about the game".
Mortal Kombat's timely honed gameplay is left intact, but also very much improved. Past Mortal Kombat games could feel bulky at times, sometimes leaving you with a sense that your fighter was a bit brickish. This was largely due to arcade pad controls, but also to the limited FPS of past generations. With the added improvement of 60 FPS and characters with a large variety of moves, gameplay is now fast and intense. With in your face combos, grabs, X-Ray super attacks, fatalities and brutalities; it's never been more fun to kick your friends' asses.
Story mode also makes a welcome return, as it is largely as good as the first. It misses a few marks in the drama dipartment, but if you can recognize it as a solid B-movie experience, I think you can appreciate the cheesy lines and ridiculous plot. It also functions as a pretty good tutorial, and it gives you a basic understanding of a characters feel. The only misstep is that it doesn't let you choose between player varation styles in story mode, and as those who have played know, that can make a huge difference in how a character plays later on.
The various challenge modes are also available, and it can offer some true insanity if you do the more crazy modes. Online multiplayer is also passable, as once you are in a match(matchmaking can take a while) the match itself is largely lastly free. The only mode that I truly found missing, was the tag battle mode. While not most egregious exclusion, I do find myself missing the great co-op between friends that MK9 offered. The only real problems I find with this game at all, has to do do with their crass usage of DLC. An all too common problem these days, day one DLC with Goro was a bit like dangling a carrot from a string to the player. Every time you boot up the game it tells you that you should download Goro on the main menu, and I can see how irratIng that would be if you didn't do the preorder. The truth is though, that while the DLC is an annoyance, the reason Mortal Kombat X is so great is its core gameplay. Every time I played the game, I wasn't playing to try and unlock some new thing(though it does offer unlocks), I was playing to play it. A game where you get to fight your friends on the couch and collectively do the 'oh damns!' while throwing a dude through another person's stomach as a fatality, is a game that I must recommend. Mortal Kombat X has taken hours of life away, and I was more than happy to give it. This game is fun, addicting, competitive, and simply the closest I've gotten to gaming nirvana in ages. A buy at any price!!!!!!