Blood is thicker than water.
Republished on Wednesday 29th September 2021: We’re bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of October’s PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows.
Mortal Kombat X knows what it takes to keep you engaged. Cast your mind back to the early 90s, and series creator Ed Boon’s garish pretender was the grubby chip shop time waster, while Capcom’s vastly superior Street Fighter II gobbled up competitive coins in nearby carpeted arcades. There’s always been a gulf in class between the two series: Midway’s former brand made its name through violence and vulgarity, while Ryu and crew showed a bit of restraint and class. But the PlayStation 3’s excellent Mortal Kombat reboot proved that the franchise was capable of more than just tabloid headlines: it stripped back years of fighting game fiction, focused the roster, and fashioned a fighting system that toed the line between accessible and deep. This latest PlayStation 4 foray from NetherRealm Studios very much follows in its predecessor’s wake – and just like its forebear, it’s no flash in the pan.
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