More blood. More combos. More characters. More Kombat!

27 years ago, the champion of fighting games (that’s right, we said it) was released, Mortal Kombat. With outstanding characters, insane fatalities, an actual story and fluid combat, Mortal Kombat is not only the reigning champion, but also manages to raise the bar in the fighting game genre with its latest incarnation.

With the release of Mortal Kombat 11 approaching faster than you can throw a kunai, we decided to peek behind the curtain by playing the closed beta.

In the beta, players are given a total of five characters to choose from. The fan favourite hellfire ninja, Scorpion (Sub Zero is better…), the emerald warrior Jade, the Tarkatan Baraka, the hook bladed warrior Kabal and the blood ninja Skarlet.

Mortal Kombat 11

This entrée of characters gives us a little taste of what’s in store when the full game releases. The combat – sorry, “kombat” – is as smooth and fresh as ever. Playing as Scorpion, fans of the series will note that all of his signature moves are there, as well as some cool new ones. After characters enter the arena and throw some shade, we’re treated to the voice porn that is, “Round 1… FIGHT!” The sound, controls and atmosphere are also outstanding, but nothing compares to what Mortal Kombat is known for, Fatalities! Warning, these are not for the squirmish (or children), but damn are they creative and impressive!

We also get a tease of Mortal Kombat‘s new addition, “Kustomization”. Players can now completely alter their fighters. Do you, for some reason, want Scorpion to be green and red with a hint of yellow? (Well for starters why? Scorpion is yellow!) or give Kabal some tribal hook blades? Well, now you can. You can also change your fighters Fatalities and abilities to your preference. The customisation is so full on that players can even change how their fighter enters and leaves the arena. Not only is this mechanic adopted from Injustice 2, its improved so much so that we can’t wait to see what Netherealm does next.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23 on PS4 and Xbox One, with a Switch version coming at a later date.

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