Game Review: Mortal Kombat X takes its absurdity very seriously

The biggest reason that modern Mortal Kombat is able to be more than a laughable artifact of ’90s shock culture is its self-awareness. Mortal Kombat is and always has been a dumb mishmash of puerile ultra-violence and action movie cliches, but its developers learned to embrace the silliness a long time ago. Netherrealm Studios’ goofy love for the series is earnest and infectious, an attitude the developers harnessed to great effect in its 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot. That game was a tribute to (and modernization of) the series’ roots. The follow-up, Mortal Kombat X, isn’t as transformational, but it takes the reboot’s formula and expands it in ways both subtle and spectacular. It’s a maturation, but it’s by no means mature. That’s the way it should be.

The evolution of Mortal Kombat X‘s fatalities might be the most telling. Powered by modern game machines …

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