Month: September 2017

The mobile version of the Mortal Kombat X is a hard topic to tackle. We’ve been asked for a number of times to shed some light on this game and show some of our thoughts with our readers so we are going to do it right now. Want to keep this short so, don’t expect an in-depth review of the product.

 

It’s mostly a TCG (trading card’s game)

Basically, it is a Mortal Kombat themed game rather than an actual installment of the series. At least, that’s how it feels to us, the veterans. Instead of unlocking characters you are unlocking cards. Technically, this is a trading card game rather than a 2D fighter. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no fighting involved in this game’s core play, no.

 

Souls and Koins:

Whenever you wind a match, you will be awarded with souls. They are the games premium currency and they’re used for pretty much everything. There are other currencies as well, some exclusive to PVP while others are premium. You will want to have as many souls, alliance points and coins if you want to have the best possible team that you can. Additionally, you may option to use Mortal Kombat X generator for unlimited koins and souls since obtaining these involves a a lot of time.

 

Strategy phase:

You have a roster of familiar and beloved characters from previous games to unlock and play with. You assemble a team of three fighters and you enter the Mortal Kombat tournament. The trick is to try and make it so that the character abilities (both passive and active ones) are complementing each other. This is the strategic part of the gameplay but there is one more aspect of the game that you should know about.

 

Battle phase:

Even though this is not a pure 2D fighting game like the previous installments were, there is still some fighting to be had here. Although not as in-depth and diverse as we’re used to from the MK series, fighting is fighting.

You attack by tapping on your screen. Blocking can be done by holding two fingers on the screen at the same time. If you manage to land a combo or a couple of consecutive hits on your enemy, you may trigger a special move. These are mostly contextual and they will ask of you to do a series of QTE’s (quick time events) and, depending on your precision, speed and general success of your inputs, you charge your damage output.

Progression:

Once you finally get your hands on a fighter that you’ve been after for a while,  you’ve only begun unlocking that character. To be more precise, unlocking the character only allows you to add him (or her) into one of your teams. If you want to reach that characters full potential, you will have to “re-buy” that character for nine additional times and upgrade him (or her) by doing this. It’s weird, yes but as we’ve said, this is mainly a trading card game.

 

So there you have it. We are not going to recommend this game or say that you shoul skip it. It’s an entry in MK franchise and although non-canon, it can still be fun. It is especially good to have something like this if you don’t own the PlayStation/Xbox or PC version of the game. It could be a fun pastime but it should not be taken seriously as other games.

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Details

Paul W.S. Anderson (director) / Kevin Droney (screenplay)

Cast:

 

Christopher Lambert …. Lord Rayden
Robin Shou …. Liu Kang
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa …. Shang Tsung
Linden Ashby …. Johnny Cage
Bridgette Wilson …. Sonya Blade
Talisa Soto …. Kitana
Trevor Goddard …. Kano

 

This Paul W.S. Anderson’s movie gained more success than anybody probably imagined. It’s a movie based on a videogame and one of the most successful of that kind. That’s the fact but we wouldn’t call it a good movie. We probably shouldn’t go that far. Maybe it has some potentional but this theme could have been used better. First of all, it’s a little silly to imagine this story as a movie plot. It’s hard to relive the story while watching the movie. There is Outworld as a parallel dimension to Earth and battles between those two worlds. It’s clear that it is more a videogame material. It probably should have remained that.

 

What’s Not So Great about the Movie?

Where to begin with the bad sides of the movie? We mentioned that silly and a little cheesy storyline. That’s one thing. Let’s go further. What the acting is like? To be honest, it’s pretty bad. Terrible is the better word maybe. What’s up with the Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa’s (Shung Tsung) acting? He kind of went too far with all that evilness. Something’s wrong with his facial expression. When it comes to fighting, they probably should have tried some martial arts classes. It’s an action movie involving fighting. It’s a necessity. Robin Shoue is the exception. He’s the only bright light in the tunnel called martial arts in the Mortal Kombat movie. The Hong – Kong actor should have taught his colleagues a move or two. Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage) and Bridgette Wilson (Sonya Blade) look pretty silly compared to his action moves.

 

Another confusing part of the movie is the location. How big Shang Tsung’s island actually is? There’s a variety of locations which bring only confusion for viewers.

 

Good Parts

It’s not all bad with this movie. It’s far from the disastrous movie. We have seen the worse videogame – inspired – movies. Trust us. Robin Shou’s action moves are actually pretty good and entertaining. Also, Talisa Soto’s beauty won’t leave you indifferent. The soundtrack is awesome. Keep in mind that Mortal Kombat was released in 1995. It aged well when it comes to its visuals. If you were a teenager at the time and a big fan of the Mortal Kombat games, you probably did like the movie back then. Watching it from this perspective, we wouldn’t call it so great.

 

So, there are some perks of watching the Mortal Kombat movie. You should give it a go, especially if you’re a big fan of the game franchise. You won’t be amazed, that’s for sure but you’ll have fun while watching it. If it still is not enough for you, maybe you should think twice about watching this movie. This is for true fans only.

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Mortal Kombat X is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

 

With Mortal Kombat 9’s great story, gameplay and modes, Mortal Kombat X was expected to be as good as its predecessor and even better. It wasn’t a small task for the creators. In spite of the pressure they were under, creators of MK series had succeeded. NetherRealm Studio hasn’t disappointed anyone. On the contrary, they’ve done a pretty good job.

 

Characters

Mortal Kombat X is missing some of the fan – favorite’s characters but we can still enjoy in plenty of great old characters. Also, they added some new interesting and playable fighters who blended well with the game.

 

Every character is smoothly animated and a real pleasure to play and watch. There are many perfectly fitted details. This segment is almost flawless.

 

Picking a favorite character is not an easy task anymore. It will be hard to choose just one you like the best. There is something for everyone. They added many variations. There are new weapons and move sets for every fighter. No matter what you like, you’ll be able to choose between wide set of options available.

 

Although there are new characters, they’re not entirely unknown to the franchise. Many of them are somehow related to the old one. For example, there are Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage’s daughter Cassie, Jax Briggs’ daughter Jacqui, Kung Lao’s cousins Kung Jim, and Kenshi’s son Takahashi Takeda. They represent a new vision but also dedication to old Mortal Kombat series.

 

The Story

The story of the Mortal Kombat X picks up 25 years after the last one. It’s a solid story. It’s not innovative but it’s playable. Story mode could have been more exciting but we wouldn’t characterize it as bad. We may call it decent. Not as great as the previous one, but still good. Smart thing is that there are far less chapters. It’s good for learning fighter’s move sets.

 

 

Mode Selection

If there are any flaws in the story, the mode selection will make up for that. Mortal Kombat X offers many modes. Players can choose from variety of modes. Great addition is the Test your lack mode which enables different experiences. There are plenty of interesting things modifiers bring to the game. Some of them punish, some buff, others make some crazy battle changes. They all together brought more fun to the game and made it more exciting.

 

Living Towers

Mortal Kombat X brings us some new experience with the Living Towers. Challenge Towers remained the same but the Living Towers are the fresh innovation to the game. They come in three different forms and change constantly. The change comes every hour, every few hours, or every day.

 

Conclusion

If you’re a fan of Mortal Kombat 9, you’ll like this one. Actually, every Mortal Kombat franchise fan will be pleased with this game. It has some small flaws but they are compensated with some other great qualities. Play the game and enjoy in another great Mortal Kombat adventure.

Gamers Corner

We made a review of 1997 John R. Leonetti’s movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. If you haven’t seen this ‘90s game adaption, feel free to read our critic and decide is it worth your time.

 

Characters

Here is a list of the main characters of the movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

 

Liu King, starring Robin Shou;

Kitana, starring Talisa Soto;

Rayden, starring James Remar;

Sonya Blade, starring Sandra Hess;

Jex, starring Lynn “Red” Williams;

Shao Kahn, starring Brian Thompson;

Shinnok, starring Reiner Shone;

Nightwolf, starring Litefoot;

Jade, starring Irina Pantaeva;

Sindel, starring Musetta Vander.

 

Story

In order to preserve peace on Earth, Liu King and other chosen Earthrealm fighters must fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament against the forces of Outworld. The rules are simple. If the Earthrealm warrior wins, that prevents Shao Kahn from invading Earth. Outworld needs to win ten tournaments for getting a chance to invade Earth. The movie makers apparently understood those rules differently. That’s the only explanation of the fact that no matter of the Earthrealm winning, Outworld managed to invade Earth anyway. Something’s not right there. That is a huge disappointment at the very beginning of the movie.

The invasion itself comes with interesting choice of effects. Fortunately, our heroes get to escape that and come out alive. The way they do that is a little strange, mildly said. They discover secret underground network and travel through that. Well, their choise of vehicle is also pretty strange. They travel via big metal balls.

 

Rayden’s Soap Opera

While Rayden seeks answers from the Elder Gods, Liu King and Kitana are looking for Nightwolf. Of course, nothing goes smoothly. Many villains attack them and finally take Kitana hostage. The group enters the Outworld with a plan to kill Shao Khan and free Kitana. While doing some major action, a touch of soap opera is brought in. Rayden opens his heart and talks about some tough moments from his past. That’s not exactly something Mortal Kombat fans are looking for. That definitely is not the time or the place. It all looks like he’s having a midlife crisis.

Did we mention another soap opera/romantic part of the movie? There is a part of something going on in the romantic department between Liu King and Jade. Is there a place for that in the middle of fighting for Earth’s destiny? I guess heart wants what a heart wants. We shouldn’t meddle in it.

 

The End

Every nice thing has an ending but luckily for us, bad things end as well. There is a final battle. The battle is between good and evil, Earthrealm and Outworld. Well, they failed to make even final moments interesting. In spite of our expectations, Rayden gets himself killed. That’s a shame. Wait, is he really dead? Of course he isn’t. He dies in the battle but then comes back to life as an elder god. They all return to the temple from the beginning of the movie. Sidel is also freed from her evil masters. And they all lived happily ever after.

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