Mortal Kombat 1: A Strong Entry in the Franchise
By [Your Name], Gaming News Writer and Expert
Before we begin, let’s make like Liu Kang and clean up the timeline a little. Mortal Kombat 1 review code—sorry, ‘kode’—dropped mighty close to the early access period dangled in the not-inexpensive premium edition. To the more suspicious observer, that could have signified some sort of damage kontrol on an undercooked product—a growing industry practice that can feel shadier than a Noob Saibot mirror match. Fortunately, I can confirm that is absolutely, one hundred percent not the case here.
Mortal Kombat 1 Editions and Platforms
Mortal Kombat 1 is available in two editions:
- Standard Edition: Out on 19/9
- Premium Edition: Out Now
The game is available on the following platforms:
- Xbox Series X
- Nintendo Switch
Note: Preordering any version of the game grants access to the playable character Shang Tsung.
Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector’s Edition
Sadly, the Kollector’s Edition of Mortal Kombat 1 is not available locally in Australia. However, it can be purchased through import routes. Limited availability overseas, so act quickly if interested.
Mortal Kombat 1 offers a bold universe reset, introducing a colorful cast of old characters. The narrative is an uppercut above expectations, making it the perfect entry point for new and curious fans.
The timeline has been rewritten, with Raiden and Liu Kang switching roles as Earthrealm’s protectors. Many of the iconic villains have been given lackluster destinies, resulting in unexpected twists and turns.
Notable character relationships include Johnny Cage and Kenshi’s bromance, Raiden’s rivalry with Kung Lao, and the sympathetic portrayal of historically darker characters.
The roster consists of 22 kombatants, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kitana, Mileena, Smoke, Rain, Tanya, Baraka, Geras, Reptile, Sindel, and General Shao. DLC characters are also expected.
Mortal Kombat 1 introduces new gameplay mechanics and changes to the combat system. Jump cancels, breakers, enhanced moves, and air combos are bound to a single meter. Non-metered techniques can also deliver significant damage.
Wake-up rolls, wake-up attacks, character variations, krushing blows, and fatal blows with invincible start-ups have been removed. The focus is on the new kameo system, a tag-in mechanic that allows for strategic partner assists.
The kameo system provides a seamless and visually appealing way to incorporate tag mechanics. It adds depth to the gameplay and encourages players to strategically pair characters to exploit their strengths and cover weaknesses.
The tutorial mode in Mortal Kombat 1 is best-in-class and helps players master the game’s subtleties. However, the Story mode could benefit from providing more character-specific guidance.
Invasions Mode and Progression System
Mortal Kombat 1 introduces the Invasions mode, a unique combination of Towers of Time, The Krypt, and RPG elements. It offers themed battles, tower fights, minigames, and rewards for successful clears.
The progression system in Mortal Kombat 1 rewards character monogamy and provides various unlockable content, including skins, taunts, gear, brutalities, and fatalities. The fatalities in this game are particularly gruesome and satisfying.
Visuals, Performance, and Modes
Mortal Kombat 1 features sumptuous visuals and delivers a relatively flawless performance in terms of framerate and netcode. The Kombat League and King of the Hill modes provide engaging multiplayer experiences.
However, matchmaking in other modes is currently unavailable, which may be a downside for some players. On a positive note, the new Invasions mode adds depth and replayability to the game.
Mortal Kombat 1 is a strong entry in the franchise, offering a bold universe reset, engaging gameplay mechanics, and a rewarding progression system. With its impressive visuals and seamless performance, the game is sure to satisfy both new and longtime fans of the series.
Whether you’re a fan of the classic characters or excited to explore the new roster additions, Mortal Kombat 1 delivers a satisfying and brutal fighting experience.
Adam Mathew has been a fan of MK since he played the arcade OG in the early ’90s. There was sub-zero chance of him not playing this one.