Generally favorable reviews - based on 85 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 70 out of 85
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  1. 100
    One of the best fighting games we’ve seen in years.
  2. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t just a fantastic entry into this long running franchise, it’s a stunning example of how much value and content developers can pack into the fighting game genre.
  3. 95
    Stuffed with masses of modes and a veritable avalanche of stuff to do, Mortal Kombat 11 is the best the series has ever looked, sounded and most importantly, played. Oh and it doesn't hurt either that it just so happens to have one of the best story modes ever made, too.
  4. Apr 26, 2019
    It’s fun and I feel like I get something out of playing every time. I also love the presentation; technically it’s an impressive feast for the eyes in 4K HDR. Framerates are silk; animations are great, maybe a bit too cartoonish on the blood at times, but to be sure it’s a great looking game. The audio package is excellent.
  5. Apr 25, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 has all it takes to be the new king of fighting games. A must-have for both veterans and new players.
  6. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a culmination of so many great features from across the franchise. Offering a blockbuster narrative with seamless transitions, real character development, incredibly helpful tutorials and a varied roster to choose from.
  7. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is probably the best entry in the series. It’s a fantastic game, that plays and looks wonderful, and even if still has some issues, it’s a must-have for fans of the franchise.
  8. Apr 23, 2019
    Overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is a game I wasn’t excited for until I played it myself. Since then I haven’t put it down yet and don’t see doing so for some time. Twenty nineteen is shaping up to be a great year for existing franchises.
  9. Apr 22, 2019
    It is incredibly clever how NetherRealm can make such an old series interesting all the time and even delivers one of the best Mortal Kombat games ever with Mortal Kombat 11. I almost had to force myself to write this Review ... In my head I hear Scorpion "Get Over Here" all the time and I will respond to it again!
  10. May 15, 2019
    Apart from being uninterested in the grind to unlock everything, I’ve got no complaints about Mortal Kombat 11, and I could go on and on about the highlights like the jaw-dropping graphics or an incredibly comprehensive tutorial mode that’s robust enough to take a complete newcomer through the ranks and turn them into a competitor who can hold their own — every aspect is polished and tuned, there’s a mountain of Kontent to dig into, and the whole thing is just cool as hell thanks to strong designs and on-point aesthetics. This game is a far, far cry from what it was back in 1992, and if there was such a thing as a quadruple-A game, Mortal Kombat 11 would be it.
  11. May 2, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 offers the same gory, over-the-top violence that we've come to love from the series. The story is interesting, meshing past and present together in a fun way. Several modes offer replayability, but the grinding resources for the Krypt may get tedious.
  12. May 2, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 may catch some deserved flak for its microtransactions and Ronda Rousey’s bland voice acting, but the core fighting is so entertaining than those issues will hardly to matter to most. Mortal Kombat 11 is simply full of things to do and will keep fighting game enthusiasts busy for quite some time.
  13. May 1, 2019
    Streamlined mechanics keep the act of fighting furiously exciting no matter what your skill level, and comprehensive tutorials encourage you to dig into the nitty-gritty. There's a diverse roster of interesting characters and playstyles, and the story mode is an entertaining romp. The randomization of Krypt rewards and the odd issue with the game's always-online nature can occasionally chip away at your patience, but Mortal Kombat 11 absolutely hits where it matters.
  14. Apr 30, 2019
    An easy to learn yet hard to master fighter with a feature rich package and plenty of content to keep players busy for tons of hours.
  15. Apr 30, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11’s toned down yet more tactical play gives it its own style that also remains true to the heart of the series. Although the franchise has been all about ripping out beating hearts, MK11 thankfully knew to leave that heart intact.
  16. Apr 29, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a very solid new iteration in the series that does change quite a lot in the gameplay, favouring a more strategic approach. The game is still filled with content, and an instant fun, and the best looking fighting game out there. Really a no-brainer.
  17. Apr 26, 2019
    If the grind gets cut back and maybe the internet restrictions relaxed, it could end up becoming one of the most solid and beloved entries in the series.
  18. Apr 26, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 feels amazing to play, with plenty of depth and individuality in each fight. The Krypt's randomness of unlocking gear is annoying, and some Towers of Time challenges are unnecessarily difficult, but this is still a must have for fighter enthusiasts.
  19. Apr 25, 2019
    We finally have little to complain about in Mortal Kombat 11, which managed to reconcile us with the series. Thanks to its varied cast of characters, its technical but accessible gameplay and its content that does not take players for monkeys, the new MK has the arsenal to satisfy the fans hungry fro fighting games. However, beware of micro-transactions and Tour mode whose construction is dangerously close to mobile free-to-play games.
  20. Apr 24, 2019
    Excellent gameplay once again, a decent story, highly customizable characters and fantastic gameplay tweaks ensure this franchise isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The online multiplayer is awesome as we've grown to expect from Mortal Kombat. The number of new characters might be a little sparse but don't let that keep you away from yet another fantastic game. A must buy for fans of the franchise.
  21. Apr 24, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 arrives to become the new spearhead of the franchise. The new playable mechanics, the immense amount of content and the updated graphics are its primary virtues.
  22. Apr 24, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 deserves the honour of being one of the greatest Mortal Kombat titles in series history. A great and new battle system, an interesting new chapter in the annals of the warriors of the Earth and lots of new accessories and skins to unlock in the new Kript.
  23. Apr 22, 2019
    The combat is the most fluid it’s ever been, seamlessly flowing from one move to another. The huge number of attacks and play-style options make it feel like the ideal choice for dedicated fighting game community members while the game-changing Fatal Blows help to make newcomers feel more welcome to the genre. The story mode heightens gameplay with gorgeously-shot cutscenes and the numerous modes will keep you busy for weeks after you’ve finished it. It’s safe to say that the series has long exited the shadow of competitors and that Mortal Kombat 11 stands as the pinnacle of this ascent.
  24. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is simply great. With a massive load of content, its new gameplay mechanics and stunning realization, it’s a great fighting game that only suffers from the complexity of its loot.
  25. Apr 22, 2019
    I have no doubt that Mortal Kombat 11 is the best game in the series thanks to the incredibly deep combat mechanics, customization options and addictive addictive extra activities. Not the mention that game brings new meanings to the word “bloody.”
  26. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 could be fighting game perfection: the mechanics are a brilliant step up from the past iterations, the story mode is spectacular and exciting but we're appalled by the Krypt: a dispersive and boring mess, that hides most vanity items under hours of tedious grinding.
  27. Apr 22, 2019
    Whether you just plan on stopping by for the story and messing around with friends locally every once in a while, or plan on going hardcore into online play, you’ll have plenty to do, and you’ll have plenty of fun doing it until whenever the next Mortal Kombat game comes out some time in the next generation.
  28. Apr 22, 2019
    A bone-breaking blast of bloody fun, Mortal Kombat 11 is a celebration of ultra-violence that pushes the franchise forward to gloriously gory new heights.
  29. 90
    Mortal Kombat 11 is both joyful and frustrating. It’s far and away a superior game to Mortal Kombat X where it truly matters - the roster is strong and varied, the visuals are phenomenal, and the flow of battle is as sharp as ever. If you play with friends, solid online offerings will deliver in droves. If you’re thinking of playing solo, although Story mode is some of Netherrealm’s best, the grind to unlock everything beyond that is sobering. It’s this grind that means Mortal Kombat 11 stands besides Mortal Kombat X, and not above it.
  30. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is the best game in the 27-year-old series thanks to deep, methodical new mechanics and fun story.
  31. Apr 22, 2019
    NetherRealm did an outstanding job, pushing the graphics and the systems really close to the technological border of the eighth console generation in order to produce what is arguably the best installment in the series.
  32. May 1, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the best games of the franchise and will surely become the best fighting game of this year. The new features that have been added to the gameplay, make each game is highly tactical, forcing the player to stop a bit and think about what he is going to do in his next move.
  33. I think players who like fighting games will be satisfied with the game. Although you don't have much to do with fighting games, you can have fun with the story of Mortal Kombat 11.
  34. Apr 22, 2019
    New evidence of Netherrealm's expertise. It surely shows some lack of new ideas, but everything that's included in the game is really well done.
  35. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat returns after four years of absence, flooding our screens with an incalculable amount of blood and ultra-violence. The eleventh chapter of the saga signed by Netherrealm and published by Warner Bros. Games is a concentration of new mechanics and classic elements, masterfully united under the sign of an above-average production.
  36. Apr 22, 2019
    A Mortal Kombat with great customization possibilities and lot of single player content, even sometimes grinding could be avoided. We loved the more tactical gameplay that leaves to the player much more control over the simple combo connection.
  37. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 doesn't change many things. The series of Ed Boon and NetherRealm is still alive. This new game is deep and it is full of content. The Fatal Blow is a good idea, and visually he continues to be brutal and spectacular, although it is running in Unreal Engine 3. The new characters and modes are great.
  38. May 13, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is not just another game in a cult franchise, but also a brave step into the new future for the series.
  39. 85
    Mortal Kombat 11 is the best-looking, best-sounding, and best-playing Mortal Kombat game to date.
  40. Apr 25, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is one half perfect fighting game, one half exploitative mobile game. It’s worth playing despite its flaws, but it easily stands as an example of how even the best games can be ruined by questionable monetization practices.
  41. Apr 24, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is the best modern Mortal Kombat to date, in both gameplay as the (completely insane) story.
  42. Apr 23, 2019
    The fights are more enjoyable and accessible than in MK X. The brawls are fun, the attacks feel brutal, as it should be, and this time the even more exaggerated Fatalities set the whole course on the crown. I will spend a lot of time with this game.
  43. Apr 23, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a first-class fighting game experience, featuring rock-solid core mechanics, impressive production values, and a story that wouldn’t be out of place alongside the summer’s biggest blockbusters. Of course, the game also suffers from some of the drawbacks of big-budget game development, including grindy customization and tacked-on microtransactions, but that stuff is largely superfluous. Beneath the triple-A fat, Mortal Kombat’s bloody heart still beats as strong as ever.
  44. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is not just a sequel to Mortal Kombat X, it's an entirely new genre of fighting game that no one has experienced before. New and veteran players alike will love the new tutorial system as well as the new fighting mechanics that makes every match tense and exciting from beginning to end. The finishers are more brutal than ever and the story mode will make you feel like you are watching a big budget movie. Single player content is quite poor, repetitive and grindy but overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is a huge and fun fighting experience.
  45. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a major improvement for the franchise in all of its departments. The story mode is both appealing and fun for the player, and the fights are much closer than they used to be. It is, indeed, a delightful experience for the fighting game aficionado.
  46. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is probably the best chapter in the entire saga. Visuals, soundtrack and gameplay have reached an astonishing level of depth. Unfortunately, being forced to be always online and a progression system that seems a bit too random prevent this fighting game to become the masterpiece it deserves to be.
  47. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is the biggest fighter in the franchise yet. The story is rich, the cast is great and the focus on eSports is great. The game is not perfect, with the biggest flaw in the in-game currency. When it comes to fighting, perfection is neared.
  48. May 2, 2019
    Must-play for fans and newcomers looking for an in-depth fighting game with shamelessly over-the-top violence, time-travelling shenanigans, and creative ways to beat foes to a bloody pulp.
  49. Apr 23, 2019
    The Story Mode is not as a good as it thinks it is: why is that stupid block button still there? But still, Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the best, refined versions of a fighter that has definitely claimed its place in the genre.
  50. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 31, 2019
    If is the eleventh installment really is the last Mortal Kombat for at least some time, then the developers part with it with dignity. Large number of fighters, great possibilities for editing them and great gameplay make the game one of the best fighter games of recent years. [Issue#295]
  51. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 28, 2019
    Gorgeous visuals, accessible combat, and a gleeful sense of humour make this one of the most unabashedly fun fighting games around – and it’s packed with content. [Issue#163, p.93]
  52. May 6, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a solid and well made fighting game. There is a lot of fan service for those who’ve followed the series through the years, while at the same time being welcoming for new players.
  53. May 3, 2019
    As it stands, Mortal Kombat 11 is violent and extremely brutal but at the same time insidiously sexy and suave. Its more grown-up take on matters enhances its cast’s appeal and that’s all the personal preference I need to keep up with often unfair gameplay.
  54. May 3, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 caters to the hype as far as its combat is concerned, managing to expand on the series' trademark formula and provide an entertaining story mode to boot. In a truly admirable feat of game design, every character manages to feel fresh despite some of them being around since 1992. Long-time fans and newcomers alike will have plenty to enjoy with this title. The only thing holding Mortal Kombat 11 back is its convoluted gear system, but with NetherRealm committed to continually improve upon its creation, that is subject to change. As it stands, this is a great fighting experience.
  55. May 2, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is so close to being the best all-round fighting game package, but falls just short due to an aggressive need for currency grinding to unlock content.
  56. May 1, 2019
    With every new Mortal Kombat release, NetherRealms makes more and more additions into the battle system trying to create another esports discipline. However, in practice, we get the same fighting game, that we had before it. It's just a simple change of the addends. That being said, Mortal Kombat 11 is a high-quality game that can entertain for many hours, if you are not overly sensitive to violence and have a healthy stomach, of course.
  57. 80
    At its best Mortal Kombat 11 is everything we want. It's enjoyable, deep, violent and funny and it has enough content to keep players entertained for way longer than the usual fighting game. When it's doing what it should, this is the best Mortal Kombat yet and up there with Mortal Kombat X as the best fighter of this generation. Unfortunately, the other stuff the game does is an issue. The customisation is locked behind a lot of random grinding and the multiple in-game currencies complicate the experience enough to spoil the party a little.
  58. Apr 30, 2019
    It’s easy to recommend the game because all the RPG elements and Towers of Time nonsense aside, it is a fantastic fighter at heart, albeit one that teases how it could’ve been better still.
  59. Apr 22, 2019
    A fantastic game with rich yet accessible combat and a great story. It's also mired in grind and randomness in the post-game and causes concerns about real money transactions.
  60. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat continues to excel in areas that other fighting games ignore, with a new sequel that impresses in terms of both visuals and gameplay.
  61. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 adopts a slower strategy-based fighting style that targets more advanced players. Along with the variety of modes it provides, this game is what fighting game veterans are looking for.
  62. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is everything that we expected from NetherRealm Studios. The combat is as intense and bloody as ever, and the story is more than what you'd expect from a fighting title. The only downsides here would be the extreme need for grinding in order to unlock new items and some bad character acting, which prevent MK11 from becoming the ultimate fighting experience.
  63. Apr 22, 2019
    All in all, Mortal Kombat 11 is a solid addition to the franchise. It has arguably the weakest story mode in the new MK trilogy, but even that mode has one of the better fighting game story modes on the market. The gameplay is solid, satisfying and fun, with a lot of potential depth. There's a lot of good single-player content for those who like beating up various characters, in addition to the online multiplayer that is genre-standard. Mortal Kombat 11 is everything that a Mortal Kombat game should be, and it's something fans should enjoy.
  64. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a nice send off to the 25+ year story of the series and it's NetherRealms best fighting game to date. It's just unfortunate that almost all of the single player content had to be filled with ridiculous amounts of grinding, RNG loot drops and unfair, unbalanced challenges.
  65. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is yet another great entry in NetherRealm’s fighting series. The story mode is all too brief, but delivers a frantic action blockbuster that unashamedly hurls fan service all over the place, and is all the better for it. An increased focus on cosmetic loot and player customisation hasn’t come at the expense of excellent combat design, which feels tighter and more rewarding thanks to some subtle yet clever changes to what we know and love.
  66. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a very beautiful and enjoyable fighting game, and has a lot to give. Fans of the franchise and newcomers will a find something very technical and deep, with a lovable campaign plenty of game modes and even some quite interesting tutorials. A serious contender in its genre for 2019.
  67. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11's story mode, along with its gameplay, is the most intense and gripping narrative in a fighter that I've played in years.
  68. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is uncomfortable. Outlandish. Campy. Combined with the game’s complex, precise gameplay, it’s a damn good fighting game.
  69. May 7, 2019
    In the end playing through the story and standard 1-v-1 competitive stuff will be more than enough for some. But for completionists or Mortal Kombat super-fans then perhaps the stingy nature of ‘unlocking everything’ will take its toll.
  70. Apr 29, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is in a strange place. It's odd to see a game get so much right but also undercut itself. The push for more customization both cosmetically and with character abilities is a wise one that feels like a natural extension of the ideas presented in Mortal Kombat X. The story is also strong, and additions to the core fighting mechanics are immediately easy to appreciate. It's just unfortunate that some aspects are overly designed creating a brutal grind that can't help but taint the experience.
  71. Apr 30, 2019
    Those that can turn a blind eye to Mortal Kombat 11’s grind will have a good time turning their opponent into meaty bits. The core fighting engine powering this title isn’t drastically different compared to previous entries, but there’s no point in fixing what isn’t broken.
  72. Apr 26, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is still one of the most entertaining games of the year to date. Maybe even the best Mortal Kombat game, game-wise. Unfortunately, not many of us will even see half of the unlockable content without opening the wallet. Too bad, because otherwise we would have had a game worthy of the name "Ultimate Mortal Kombat".
  73. Apr 25, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is packed with content, the fighting system is as rich and enjoyable as ever and the graphics are some of the best we've seen. But, in the end, it all seems like a different skin of Injustice 2 with little to no innovation.
  74. Apr 23, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a great fighter tarnished by Warner Bros.’ willingness to test the limits of customer satisfaction using nickle-and-dime tactics. It’s truly an embarrassment for the franchise and one I hope is truly corrected soon. Come for the fighting, be dismayed about all the cosmetic stuff.
  75. Apr 23, 2019
    With improved visuals, overhauled mechanics and exciting strategic potential, MK 11 offers a brilliant fighting experience. Unfortunately, the overall fun is bogged down with miserable modern-day business practices that frequently pump the brakes on your enjoyment. The Fight is the thing, however, and as long as the fists are flying, then Mortal Kombat 11 packs a helluva punch.
  76. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a very good game that could have been great.
  77. Apr 22, 2019
    There's a lot to love in Mortal Kombat 11. It's a fantastic fighter with a roster of 25 varied characters, tons of customization options, beautiful graphics, and one of the best story modes in a fighting game. It's a shame that modes like the Krypt and Towers of Time inject annoyance and tedium into what was an excellent experience. The progression is complex and obtuse, when it should be easy and straightforward. MK 11 could been an all-time best, but it's just a contender.
  78. 70
    Mortal Kombat 11 is arguably the most enjoyable entry in the long-running franchise. It's visually incredible and a blast to play. However, questionable design decisions -- namely, a grind-heavy approach to progression -- hold it back from true fighting game greatness.
  79. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 isn't the ideal MK package and may not even be the best MK package to come along in this console generation. Still, it's a strong package and one that still proves fun to play alone or with friends. It's not a flawless victory, but it's still a victory, nonetheless.
  80. Apr 22, 2019
    Structural foibles detract from the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 is an excellent fighter with lots to offer. Those yearning for the gore-soaked days of old will find plenty to love, and newcomers will be enthralled by its excellent story and deep fighting system.
  81. Apr 22, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 provides a solid if unremarkable cast of characters to choose from and plenty of ways to customize them. It’s just a pity that much of the activities and rewards revolve so heavily around grinding and microtransactions.
  82. Apr 22, 2019
    This game is the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat action. Fights are fluid, weighty, and gorgeous to look at. Unfortunately, that tightly-designed gameplay is bogged down by a grindy system of loot and consumables that only serves to artificially extend your playtime in the most tedious ways imaginable. There is so much heart and care put into this game, from the combat to the gorgeous visuals and memorable story, but that effort feels nullified by the desperate attempt to twist an iconic video game franchise into just another endlessly online service game.
  83. May 2, 2019
    The sole saving grace is that the game’s beating heart—its combat—is so well-executed. Mortal Kombat 11 is at its most entertaining and gleeful when it is, indeed, just Mortal Kombat. It’s at its most utterly repellent when it’s trying to be Mortal Kombat Mobile.
  84. Apr 28, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a top-tier fighting game that deserves to be rated much higher - but locking 90% of the content behind gates that require thankless, constant grind has left us with a rather sour taste in our mouth.
  85. Edge Magazine
    May 23, 2019
    Like the grisly cutscenes, Mortal Kombat 11 is fun as long as you don't think too hard or look too closely at it - but that's exactly where the real joy is found in a fighting game. If Mortal Kombat wants to elevate itself, it's time to start overhauling the skeleton underneath all that flesh. [Issue#333, p.110]
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  1. May 3, 2019
    MK11 is a mixed package. The presentation is great, but the animations can get a bit tiring, and the over-the-top violence can get numbing. The gameplay is really solid, but the grind to get the cosmetics and upgrades feels even more tiring and numbing. Hopefully the grindy parts are adjusted, and the long animations aren't a deal breaker, just an annoyance.
  2. May 1, 2019
    The grind is an ever-present frustration, but it is also something I am willing to power through - like Shao Khan's hammer to my opponent's head. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    Whether you’re a longtime fan or just looking for a story mode to grind, or even just interested in learning a little more about fighting games outside of simply mashing the buttons, there is something for everyone in Mortal Kombat 11 — or at least, everyone who can stomach the extreme violence and gore.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 2116 Ratings

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  1. Apr 23, 2019
    Always online single player game with microScamactions and a built in casino. Sorry, 'kasino'.

    Yay for promoting child gambling!
  2. Apr 23, 2019
    Money Money Money .... never enough, after buy premium edition at 80 € you need to pay more and more because a wall of grind it's just aMoney Money Money .... never enough, after buy premium edition at 80 € you need to pay more and more because a wall of grind it's just a shame.
    Stop those microtransaction stop the "loot box" in the krypt, enough is enough
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  3. Apr 23, 2019
    Grindy trash... thanks WB.
    I don't like to give a 0, but the singleplayer is the only part I'm interested in, but it's completely destroyed
    Grindy trash... thanks WB.
    I don't like to give a 0, but the singleplayer is the only part I'm interested in, but it's completely destroyed in this game, which makes the whole game completely useless to me.

    Of course, the devs wanna fix it, but it seems to be part of a plan.
    They have bad grinding in mind, but put in terrible grinding.
    So they just change the extremely terrible grinding to the bad grinding, they already had in mind.
    Which won't turn the game into a good game.

    So yeah... f*ck you WB.
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