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No Recommendation / Blank
Apr 19, 2015

That's Mortal Kombat in a nutshell: looking cool, even if there's not that much going on behind the curtain. Mortal Kombat X has some new tricks on offer, but the fun of the game is in its blood-splattering finishers and cocky jokes.

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69 / 100
Apr 21, 2015

Fine fighter with an enjoyably daft story, marred by wobbly port to PC.

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8.4 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2015

Great new characters, and sharper gameplay hooks make Mortal Kombat X the best game in the series.

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Apr 13, 2015

Mortal Kombat X has tons of polish, unique mechanics, and the genre's best story mode, but it doesn't do enough to keep players invested if they weren't already planning on it.

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8 / 10
Apr 13, 2015

The best new Mortal Kombat for years, with a fighting game experience that's as generous with the content as it is with the gore.

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9.3 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2015

Brutally satisfying and enjoyable in its absurdity, Mortal Kombat X carries the franchise's flag high

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8 / 10
Apr 16, 2015

Mortal Kombat X successfully continues the tradition of mixing a fighting game with gore-laced slapstick.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2015

After a bumpy initial roll out, the Faction Wars component seems to be mostly working as intended — though the reward for participating in faction-based battles feels like little more than a well-meaning distraction. Faction Wars just doesn't add a compelling reason to invest more time in Mortal Kombat X beyond the game's other competitive fighting modes.

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Yes
Apr 22, 2015

Mortal Kombat X deftly adds new characters, features and options while maintaining its signature over-the-top appeal.

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Apr 12, 2015

Mortal Kombat X moves forward with a snappier version of the previous game's fighting and some cool new characters, but the story and other features around the edges feel a bit rough in spots.

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Apr 12, 2015

Mortal Kombat X offers everything a fan could ask from except possibly their favorite character. The graphics and animations received a huge boost thanks to the power of the new consoles, and while not perfect, the net code is vastly improved over previous NetherRealm fighting games. The story mode has been streamlined to make it shorter, but it still retains the cinematic flare fans have come to expect. Faction Wars add an additional layer of polish, even if they aren't as impactful as NetherRealm intended, and Test Your Luck will provide hours of fun for more casual players.

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Apr 12, 2015

Both the integrated gameplay and the polished presentation set a high standard for the fighting genre, and the replayability of the towers system along with the dangling carrots in the revamped Krypt will ensure that Mortal Kombat fans have plenty to sink their teeth into. In fact, it's roasty-toasty.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2015

Mortal Kombat X's impact isn't as explosive as 2011, but it's well polished and a worthy successor. I think with a more reliable netcode it will grow into one of the biggest fighting games of 2015, and as more DLC characters are added to the roster, it will become even more enticing for that Komplete Kollection purchase.

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8.4 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2015

Mortal Kombat X is another superb entry in the franchise. Balanced combat is at the forefront of this beautiful fighter, and it offers a variety of ways to play. Brutal fatalities, and the promise of crossovers like Jason Vorrhees and Predator on the horizon ensure Mortal Kombat X will be a champion for the foreseeable future. Regrettably micro-transactions tarnish the experience even if they don't present any real competitive advantage. Still, when battling it out in story mode, towers, or with friends, Mortal Kombat X is a premier fighting game that shouldn't be missed.

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9 / 10
Apr 17, 2015

Mortal Kombat X is an excellent fighting game, with a wide and varied roster, that'll please series fans and newcomers alike. The combat is rock-solid, and offers a technicality that may surprise those with a low opinion of the series. Netherealms has crafted something that is enjoyable on a number of levels, and whilst the squeamish need not apply, anyone with an interest in fighting games should check it out, despite some questionable practices over downloadable content.

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Erik Kain

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2015

It may not do anything spectacularly well, or bring anything too new or innovative to the genre, but what it does it does well, bringing gamers a solid fighting experience that can appeal to relative newbs like me as well as more stalwart fans.

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8 / 10
Apr 13, 2015

The new characters, stages, and gory Fatalities all maintain the same Mortal Kombat feel we've come to expect since the previous game. Variations give characters more flexibility and dimension, while the interactive stages play as much into fighting strategies as combos and special moves. There might not be any Friendships involved, but this is Mortal Kombat at its bloody best, and it's a blast to to tear opponents open.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2015

Shiny new visuals and plenty of content, MKX's story is a riot with great gameplay to go with it. But there are worrying signs within.

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Apr 16, 2015

Building upon everything right with its predecessors, Mortal Kombat X takes the series another step forward with an insanely fun story that is surrounded by well fleshed out characters and gameplay that takes the best of the past while infusing it with brand new mechanics.

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8 / 10
Apr 12, 2015

Absurd, gruesome, ridiculous fun.

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