Mortal Kombat X - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

14 April 2015

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.


Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation with all new gameplay. For the first time, players can choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. This latest release is the most challenging instalment of the iconic beat ’em up series yet, and one in which you’ll be launched into a persistent, bruising online contest against players on PlayStation Network. Choose from multiple versions of each character to influence your strategy and fighting style, and then step into a brand new story that places such illustrious fighters as Sub-Zero and Scorpion centre stage.

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  • Developer(s):
    • NetherRealm Studios
  • Publisher(s):
    • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date(s):
    • 14 April, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 18+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1-2
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-10
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series::
    • Mortal Kombat

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 31.2GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 37 Hours
  • Sound Engine:
    • DTS Digital Surround
    • Dolby Pro Logic II
  • Engine:
    • Unreal Engine 3
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Mortal Kombat X on the PlayStation 4 is a simulation fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is the tenth installment in the Mortal Kombat series and was released on April 14, 2015.

Mortal Kombat has been one of the most legendary fighting games in the history of the medium. In fact, we can look to the MK series as the father for everything that goes on in those 2D fighting games. With the PlayStation 4 now one of the most popular consoles on the market it only makes sense for us to check out the newest entry in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X developed by Warner Bros. If you are a fan of blood spilling fighters with intense graphics, nostalgic characters, and new wrinkles -- then you better keep on reading. Mortal Kombat X is in the early running for most necessary purchase for the new console generation.

If you are a fan of the franchise then you understand that Mortal Kombat has never had to fight to find what it was trying to do. The game has never splintered of into other genres and it has never tried to be more sophisticated than it needs to be. Mortal Kombat X is a continuation of that rock solid brand identity, filling your screen with more blood and brutality than at any other point in the history of the series. With that being said, Mortal Kombat X is a natural progression in the series. Ed Boon and the rest of the team have used the past couple of decades of work to reach this next level and fans should be thrilled.

While the story to the Mortal Kombat series has been largely inane, we still feel compelled to share the backbone of Mortal Kombat X. In this game we focus on the former Elder God, Shinnok. Shinnok's amulet, which caused so much conflict between the Earthrealm and Outworld, is on primary display here. The evil that flows through Shinnok has corrupted former heroes in Liu Kang and Kung Lao and they have been raised from the afterlife by an evil sorcerer. This crew of undead evil names are put together in the form of a Special Forces squad. The story itself is told through gorgeously animated cut scenes and expounded upon by quality voice acting. Quick time events during these sections keep you paying attention. While the story itself lacks a lot of depth it is more than enough to set the stage for the game going forward.

Mortal Kombat X uses everything that the PlayStation 4 has to offer in terms of the hardware department. The game graphically looks better than any other entry in the series and it is competitive with the other big name fighters (Arkham, for example) on the market. Facial animations make a high point for the game due to how expressive every character is. You see facial movements down to the smallest detail and they really bring the game to life. It's great to see some nostalgic characters revitalized with this overahauled graphic engine. Classic customizations are all here, with key note characters like Sub Zero and Scorpion looking as good as possible.

Perhaps the strongest suit for Mortal Kombat X is the fact that the roster is so big and diverse. The game comes with 24 different characters you can choose from. Characters also have alternate designs that change the way that they act and behave. There is also a five character DLC pack available for download if you are into that kind of thing. The depth of play styles is as wide sweeping and broad as ever. The design alterations don't change just the looks of the character, they also change how they play. So definitely take some time to experiment with the different options that are available.

Keeping the theme of characters alive let's look at a few new ones that make their way into the series. Jaqui Briggs and Cassie Cage headline the 'next generation' of fighters that make their way into the game alongside of their parents. Takeda and Kung Lao's cousin Jin are also in the game. Though there are a whole bunch of new characters we did have an issue with only a few of them. Caassie Cage isn't very notable due to her uninspiring skillset and her boring personality. assie plays like a mix of Sonya Blade and father Jonny Cage.

D'Vorah and Erron Black will probably quickly become fan favorites for new gamers to the series. The gunslinger andinsect-humanoid options are definitely fun when you feel like messing up your friends with unique finishers. We did have some issues with the characters not available at the release of the title. There are titles within the campaign mode that you cannot unlock for play, such as Baraka and Sindel, or even Nightwolf. Perhaps they will be released later as DLC.Seeing Goro inaccessible on the character selection page with a 'Purchase to make available' icon was deeply unsettling. Fortunately the rest of the game doesn't rely on paying to get content. You can also spend money to purchase easier to perform fatalities. But you can earn those benefits as well, so this wasn't a huge deal.

One of the more engaging modes in the game is the Krypt Mode. Through this mode you can earn different unlockables that are buyable with Koins. You can find your way to the store to purchase costumes, brutalities, power ups, and so much more. Fortunately this Krypt mode is primarily for aesthetics and it doesn't change or break the game in any way. The mode keeps the content packed in and having you work toward something.

Online competition is primarily where most players will spend their time. You can play the simple versus modes or spend some time in many of the bigger modes. King of the Hill, Tower Battle, Team Battle, and Test Your Luck are a few other game mode options for you to play. When we tried the online mode out the connections were quick and bug free, though sometiems it took a little bit of time to find an opponent to play with. We're not sure if that's a game issue or a game population issue.

If you are a fan of fighters or Mortal Kombat, then you owe it to yourself to check out this game.

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