There's been a real dearth of fighting games on the PlayStation 4 – with Injustice: Gods Among Us and Guilty Gear Xrd Sign the only names that immediately spring to mind – so Mortal Kombat X is arriving right on time. In addition to some tasty combat mechanics, NetherRealm's promising all of the features that have made its franchise a favourite over the years – including a complete campaign, even more outrageous fatalities than ever before, and a DLC road map featuring the Predator. Is it any good, though? We're not quite ready to share our verdict just yet, but here are a few choice critiques from around the web.
Game Informer - 9.25/10
Mortal Kombat X is a fantastic successor in every sense. The mechanics may be similar to 2011's strong release, but with so many new modes and features permeating every part of the experience, it's a worthy upgrade. Mortal Kombat X is more than the continuation of NetherRealm's successful vision for the franchise; it's one of the best fighting games in years.
Polygon - 9/10
Mortal Kombat X is friendly both to casual players who want to experience its rich suite of single-player content and knock around with some friends, but deep enough for competitive players who want to plumb its roster and variations. It's a robust, feature-rich competitive fighting game that hones what's worked for NetherRealm Studios in past games, and even shows hints of restraint and maturity amidst the gory hyper-violence. Paired with an ambitious online meta-game, Mortal Kombat X is one of the best fighting games in the series.
Video Gamer - 8/10
Overall, however, Mortal Kombat X is the most entertaining fighting game on next-gen. It's bonkers in the best possible way, serving up some eye-watering kills (Cassie Cage's X-Ray move will make every man wince, every time) and entertaining matches that don't require great skill to create. Depth lies in learning each character as the story introduces them, which forms a springboard to use them in other modes that surround it. Story mode is engaging enough to keep you plodding through in short bursts, the Krypt offers content that will make you want to earn the Koins to unlock everything, and all other modes change up the combat enough to keep you interested. This is the best Mortal Kombat game, and also the most hilariously brutal.
USgamer - 4/5
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.
Games Radar - 3.5/5
As a whole, Mortal Kombat X is a rock-solid fighting game that owes a lot to the power of its presentation. The story mode is unparalleled in terms of sheer entertainment, but MKX has a way to go in terms of teaching the player how to get the most out of its core systems. Once you've wrapped your head around the many variations and found some actual people to play against, the blisteringly fast back-and-forth matches really start to open up. If you're not willing to make the commitment to seeking out challengers and learning beyond the basics, though, this fighter definitely has a shorter life expectancy.
Will you be picking up Mortal Kombat X this week, or do you find its bonkers brand of brutality a bit unappealing? Hit us where it hurts in the comments section below.