Generally favorable reviews - based on 81 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 81
  2. Negative: 0 out of 81
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  1. 100
    Mortal Kombat X is easily the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat, building on every improvement the series made in 2011, adding depth to the main fighter and delivering advancement to the modes that only NetherRealm could offer.
  2. Apr 16, 2015
    The combination of sticking to the core values of the Mortal Kombat franchise, while also adding just the right amount of new makes this latest entry more than worthwhile...It does a great job of not relying to much on nostalgia, and giving plenty of new while still remaining recognizable.
  3. Apr 28, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is a mechanically clean and visually grisly release that comes highly recommended for all fans of the fighting genre.
  4. Apr 23, 2015
    Easily the deepest in the series, in terms of both story and combat mechanics.
  5. Apr 13, 2015
    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.
  6. Apr 22, 2015
    If you were satisfied with Mortal Kombat 9, then Mortal Kombat X will blow you away.
  7. Apr 20, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X takes this franchise to totally new levels of entertainment with amazing next-gen graphics and revamped gameplay that truly separates this current game from its predecessors.
  8. Play UK
    Jun 1, 2015
    In a series first, this is actually an accomplished fighter as well as being a gruesome theater of punishment. [Issue#257, p.66]
  9. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 26, 2015
    Boasting looks that kill, a fresh-faced roster, and a pleasing amount of post-story content, MKX is the new fighting game champ to beat. [June 2015, p70]
  10. Apr 26, 2015
    After the Mortal Kombat reboot and Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios again delivers with a jam-packed fighting game with interesting characters, a fantastic combat system and a truly enjoyable story mode. Keep up the good work, please.
  11. Apr 17, 2015
    The combat is rock-solid, and offers a technicality that may surprise those with a low opinion of the series.
  12. Apr 17, 2015
    It's a bloody, gory bout of glory with intricate controls, a varied and balanced roster, and a ton of ways to play both online against peers or alone on the couch.
  13. 90
    Building upon everything right with its predecessors, Mortal Kombat X takes the series another step forward with an insanely fun story that is surrounded by well fleshed out characters and gameplay that takes the best of the past while infusing it with brand new mechanics.
  14. Apr 17, 2015
    This sucker is just as nasty, fun, and addictive as ever. It’s just that now the face-eating moves are more beautifully animated to keep up with new technology. What a time to be alive.
  15. 90
    Mortal Kombat X is the biggest and boldest entry in the series, pushing the boundaries on gruesomeness, offering an abundance of content, game modes and unlockables, and altogether bringing the franchise forward into the current generation.
  16. Apr 16, 2015
    Easily the best fighting game on the market today. MK X takes all of the lessons learned with the 2011 release and turns it up to 11: content, gameplay, and overall fun. If the developers can improve the netcode a little bit, this could be a major contender on the fighting game scene for years to come.
  17. Apr 14, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is the most successful episode in Ed Boon's series in almost 20 years. NetherRealm took advantage of the powerful PS4 and Xbox One to offer gamers a beautiful game, enjoyable for beginners and experts at the same time.
  18. Apr 13, 2015
    Despite the extreme and often cringe-worthy violence, Mortal Kombat X is quite beautiful in its own way; like visiting a museum exhibit on the human body and all the ways it can be destroyed. And like a museum, there’s plenty to see and do here, including a surprisingly intimate story, one-on-one battles, endless challenges, and a competitive, socially-connected metagame.
  19. Apr 13, 2015
    Bloody, brutal, "komplete", spectacular ... If you like fighting games, don´t miss Mortal Kombat X.
  20. Apr 13, 2015
    Not only is this the highest quality story NetherRealm has ever put together, it’s perhaps the best fighting game story ever. Character Variations aren’t the game-changer NetherRealm was hoping for, but do little to detract from how good the core gameplay mechanics already are.
  21. Apr 13, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X offers the best story mode I've ever personally seen in a fighting game. Its cohesive plot and extended cinematics makes you feel much more like a participant in a film than a player on the couch. The fighting is frantic, fluid, and dynamic, with the glorious goriness of the X-Ray moves often turning the tides of battle.
  22. Apr 13, 2015
    The new chapter continues the work started with the previous reboot of the saga. This is a marvelous and violent beat-em’up.
  23. Apr 27, 2015
    In short, Mortal Kombat X brings the series to a whole new level.
  24. Apr 20, 2015
    An excellent fighter and another superb addition to the series, MKX kicks ass.
  25. Apr 14, 2015
    It has some aspects we'd like to see improved (the netcode, extra modes...), but apart from this, it's the best episode of the franchise. Fun and brutal, as it should be.
  26. Apr 13, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X has solid mechanics and is a good evolution in NeterRealm System. Rich in content and good visuals, it's the first serious challenger among Next Generation fighting games.
  27. Aug 12, 2015
    The violence is way over the top, so it can't be and shouldn't be taken seriously. Otherwise it's a very solid game with demanding fights.
  28. Apr 15, 2015
    Good gameplay, tons of modes, in the lovable and unique Mortal Kombat style. Another very good job from NetherRealm Studios.
  29. Apr 23, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X does a lot brilliantly, and the game has brought back in more non-fighting fans to the fold and forsaken MK fans than really any other MK game or fighting game before it. It’s really too bad that a few poorly-put together ideas keep it from being a flawless victory.
  30. Apr 17, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is full of gory fun. It’s fiercely fast, wildly engaging, and wonderfully diverse. Not all modes are equally strong and I still say more could’ve been done with the promising story, but it’s nice to have such variety.
  31. Apr 13, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X offers content enough to satisfy the most exquisite gamers, as well as many game modes, both for those who like to play solo as well as online or local multiplayer lovers. Not every new character has the old ones' charisma, but the work of NetherRealm Studios is absolutely remarkable.
  32. Apr 30, 2015
    By delivering the best graphics ever seen in a fighting game, rich content, superb gameplay and some great new fighters, MKX is a bold and successful new step for the franchise.
  33. Apr 29, 2015
    After a bumpy initial roll out, the Faction Wars component seems to be mostly working as intended — though the reward for participating in faction-based battles feels like little more than a well-meaning distraction. Faction Wars just doesn't add a compelling reason to invest more time in Mortal Kombat X beyond the game's other competitive fighting modes.
  34. Apr 20, 2015
    Gloriously gory, rich in kontent and featuring a robust selection of characters to choose from. Mortal Kombat X is back, and ready to duke it out as one of the finest fighting games of 2015.
  35. 85
    Mortal Kombat X is set to be 2015's fighting game of the year, with its robust story mode, immense character variation and tons of content.
  36. Apr 14, 2015
    NetherRealm and Warner have scored a hit. It has some flaws, especially with the story and concept. But it's a provocative and surprisingly deep game that offers many options to have fun.
  37. Apr 13, 2015
    Intuitive, faster than in the past and enriched by the brilliant idea of the 3 styles, Mortal Kombat X remains well-anchored to the foundation laid by Netherealm, but manages to improve them and to remain one of the most spectacular and exciting fighting games.
  38. Apr 13, 2015
    The Kombat is back, and you'll notice improvements on what the previous chapter did wrong. It's versatile and fun, and if you like its unique gameplay, it will offer you many hours of entertainment. Shame for the short story mode and a roster that should've been much more populated.
  39. Apr 13, 2015
    Another example of how to upgrade an already excellent game (fighting in this very case) with neat ideas, game modes, actions and game modes. Mortal Kombat X is one of the best beat ́em ups out there.
  40. Games Master UK
    Jun 16, 2015
    No longer eclipsed by mere technical competitors, this is brash, brilliant, and brimming with extras. [July 2015, p.68]
  41. Apr 16, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is another superb entry in the franchise.
  42. Apr 15, 2015
    Story only matters so much in a fighting game. Combat is king, and there’s a ton of depth to mine from Mortal Kombat X.
  43. Apr 20, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X has great animations, a solid online gaming experience and smooth controls. The best thing about this game still are the bloody Fatalities, which is exactly what we want in a fighter like MK. It is a pity the single-player story mode is a bit limited.
  44. Apr 14, 2015
    With not much other competition out there at the moment, and a few solid years of hype behind the game, Mortal Kombat X couldn't have been released at a better time. With a new generation of kombatants, updated and refined gameplay, and enough content to keep players busy for weeks, fighting game fans won't be disappointed.
  45. Apr 16, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X’s foundation is rock solid and it’s an absolute joy to play. Unfortunately it lacks diverse single-player content and its deplorable DLC makes the whole package feel a bit cheap.
  46. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 1, 2015
    Fall[s] just a tad short of greatness. [June 2015, p.82]
  47. May 28, 2015
    There is so much material packed into Mortal Kombat X that even with a $60 price tag, there is value for the cost.
  48. May 26, 2015
    So then: it’s Mortal Kombat, improved. It’s an evolution and not a revolution, and that’s what fans would have wanted.
  49. May 23, 2015
    It admirably builds on that already impressive accomplishment, and makes for a solid entry in the series.
  50. May 22, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is the best game in the franchise. Loads of fighters to choose from, both old and new with a great blend of fighting styles. The game is packed with features and game-modes, and the visuals and gore are better than ever.
  51. May 18, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is the best in the series so far. It offers lots of things to do and a game mechanics that are easy to learn but difficult to master. Also the executions are more spectacular then ever before.
  52. May 1, 2015
    Consider Mortal Kombat X your first essential fighting game of the new generation of consoles.
  53. May 1, 2015
    The part of the game that matters, the brash, bold fighting game that is Mortal Kombat X, is an impressive romp for anyone whose inner adolescent is looking for a cheap, satisfying, bloody thrill, and proof positive that Mortal Kombat's particular brand of violent fun is virtually timeless.
  54. Apr 27, 2015
    Underneath the blood and guts is a self-assured, generous and thoroughly modern fighting game.
  55. Apr 27, 2015
    Mortal Kombat arrives on current generation, bringing a refined and gory battle system with additional depth with the implementation of character variations, refreshing and cool new characters, another solid story and plenty of content, but the best improvement is the smoother fighting engine with better animations that no longer look awkwardly wooden.
  56. Apr 23, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is many things. It is mechanically refined and stylistically muddled; it has a sometimes unpleasantly violent, sometimes charmingly hammy commitment to the traditional fighting game template. It has thrust the series forwards and succeeds in delivering nuance while offering a welcoming genre gateway for inexperienced players.
  57. Apr 22, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is as violent, outrageous and over-the-top as its predecessors, but somewhere hidden behind the brilliant new Fatalities and wince-worthy X-Ray moves is a fighting game with actual depth.
  58. Apr 21, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is the best beat'em up game for current-gen consoles but it's not as good as the previous installment. You'll like Faction Wars, a new way of activating brutalities or some story-wise improvements and you'll miss some characters (the new ones not always rise up to the challenge) or the challenge tower. It's good but could be great.
  59. Apr 20, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is polished and engaging - a good choice even for players new to the series. New fighters and modifications keeps the game fresh.
  60. Apr 20, 2015
    Misplaced microtransactions sully the experience slightly – but this is still only a few scratches short of a flawless victory.
  61. Apr 17, 2015
    Although you can't escape it, Mortal Kombat X's violence doesn't come at the cost of great gameplay design; it's either your punishment for failure, or your reward for mastering the art of kombat.
  62. Apr 17, 2015
    This is the current-gen Mortal Kombat we all wanted: it’s smooth, mechanically sound, unbelievably gory, and looks great.
  63. Apr 15, 2015
    Shiny new visuals and plenty of content, MKX's story is a riot with great gameplay to go with it. But there are worrying signs within.
  64. Apr 15, 2015
    The finishers in Mortal Kombat X are more gruesome than ever.
  65. Apr 14, 2015
    I’ve had a lot of fun with Mortal Kombat X so far, but as I said, my experience with the game is limited. The longevity of the game will largely be based on its online modes and new content, which as I said before was locked out at time of writing. But I can say that Mortal Kombat X is built on a very good base. It’s easily better than Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
  66. Apr 14, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X's impact isn't as explosive as 2011, but it's well polished and a worthy successor.
  67. Apr 14, 2015
    A great fighting game with a good number of new mechanics. The addiction of the stamina system, along with the three fighting styles for each character, have improved the original gameplay.
  68. 80
    It’s not perfect and has some thematic inconsistencies that let it down, but it is a gorily beautiful game, and as far as I’m aware, it’s the first one to have exploding testicles.
  69. Apr 14, 2015
    Despite some online issues (mainly a lack of matchmaking's optimization and long waits between fights) and a too user-friendly X-Ray, this Mortal Kombat managed to deliver deep and rich gameplay. The whole experience is really worth a try. Especially the online features.
  70. Apr 13, 2015
    The best new Mortal Kombat for years, with a fighting game experience that’s as generous with the content as it is with the gore.
  71. Apr 13, 2015
    If we had just one word to describe the new Mortal Kombat, that would be "excessive". The violence is always over the top (sometimes even a little bit too much so), and the various game modes and unlockables will keep you busy for quite a long time. A must-have for all the kombatants out there.
  72. Apr 13, 2015
    Between the extra Fatalities, dozens of Brutalities, and match modifiers locked up alongside costumes and art in the interactive Krypt, players should be prepared for a long grind before they can unlock the "entire" game.
  73. Apr 13, 2015
    Both the integrated gameplay and the polished presentation set a high standard for the fighting genre, and the replayability of the towers system along with the dangling carrots in the revamped Krypt will ensure that Mortal Kombat fans have plenty to sink their teeth into. In fact, it's roasty-toasty.
  74. Apr 13, 2015
    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.
  75. Apr 13, 2015
    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.
  76. Apr 13, 2015
    When it comes to the gameplay, Mortal Kombat X is a solid fighting game, but a small roster and shoddy story hold it back from being a complete experience.
  77. Apr 28, 2015
    Not NetherRealms finest, but still a solid fighter.
  78. Apr 16, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X is a great game which offers a lot of modes. The Fatalities and Brutalities are gory as ever and you can enjoy the game for hours. Too bad it has microtransactions and sidetracks from its roots.
  79. Apr 13, 2015
    Mortal Kombat X has tons of polish, unique mechanics, and the genre's best story mode, but it doesn't do enough to keep players invested if they weren't already planning on it.
  80. Apr 17, 2015
    In other ways, I really can’t find an enjoyable groove in the fighting system itself, which is the most important part of the experience. I’ll admit that it’s partially my fault. I like my mind games to have certain things going on, which maybe isn’t compatible with Mortal Kombat X. But part of the blame is definitely on NetherRealm Studios, with strange system decisions and move animations that are implemented poorly.
  81. Edge Magazine
    May 20, 2015
    Netherrealm has taken a number of welcome steps forward with Mortal Kombat X, but no momentum is gathered, because it's stopped in its tracks by an avalanche of needless distractions, some miserable netcode and - oddly, for a game so obsessed with death in all its grisly forms - poor execution of decent ideas. [June 2015, p.106]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Apr 14, 2015
    I didn't intend to write a review, but then I read some really stupid s... A dude was like "Liu Kang is not playable - 1/10." Let me start outI didn't intend to write a review, but then I read some really stupid s... A dude was like "Liu Kang is not playable - 1/10." Let me start out by saiying that Liu Kang is indeed playable, so do your research next time, please. Now for the review. Mortal kombat is awesome in every way. There is so much content i this game. I am new to the whole Mortal kombat stuff, but I have totally fallen in love with this franchise. The characters are unique and exciting, the story mode challenges modern Hollywood movies and the x-rays and fatalities are so disturbing and fun to watch. This is one of my favorite Fighters of all time. I can only recommend it to everybody! Full Review »
  2. Apr 14, 2015
    Hearing the broken bones, skulls and watching the most over the top fatalities done by some of the most iconic characters in gaming historyHearing the broken bones, skulls and watching the most over the top fatalities done by some of the most iconic characters in gaming history again is an awesome feeling. Mortal Kombat X is finally here and it looks and plays better than ever.

    The game starts of by introducing you to the new faction wars mode in which you will be given 5 factions to choose from. Lin Kuei, Black Dragon, Brother Hood of Shadows, Special Forces and White Lotus. I chose the White Lotus, A secret organization with powerful martial artists formed by Raiden and Shaolin. Faction wars is an online experience in which everything you, do whether it is in the single player or multiplayer will earn you faction points, rewards and will improve your leader board position.

    The first thing you will notice is how beautiful the graphics are. The fighters themselves look impressive while small touches such as the sweat, blood and the way they move makes the fighting feel real.

    The varied of levels are done with a lot of care. Everything around you is moving. Each of the 13 levels is like a theme of its own such as the Kuatan Jungle and the refugee camp in which you fight as caged refuges helplessly watch.

    You can use your environments to your advantage such as throwing an innocent person at your opponent or using objects to jump to the other side. Getting to know each level will give you the advantage. Mortal Kombat X is filled with content. The single player includes the story mode, towers, single fight and test your luck mode.

    Test your luck is one of the most entertaining challenge modes where 1 to 7 of the countless modifiers can be chosen such as dashing disabled, infinite timer, and lighting strike that will force you to use different strategies to beat your opponent. This mode is so exciting that I just came back for more because each fight felt different

    The traditional towers are back; however, what I spent most of my time on was the living towers that are divided into 3 sub modes. Quick towers, is like the classic towers from previous Mortal Kombat games but with extra conditions that improve on the experience. These conditions are always updated, so each fight might have different conditions than the previous fight. Daily tower changes every 24 hours and offers new challenges and then there is the premier tower that offers the most challenging fights. I enjoyed playing the living tower mode because it added tons of reply value.

    The Krypt mode makes a return. The more you fight the more koins you earn which allows you to unlock rewards and secrets.

    When it comes down to the gameplay, Mortal Kombat X does a great job. I was impressed by how solid and deep the game mechanics are. You get to choose from 3 variations for each fighter. Each variation has different abilities and attacks. This helps in choosing the strategy you prefer depending on your opponent. For example, choosing Ninjutsu for Scorpion gives him deadly swords that he can use during battle.

    You will fill up a super meter that is located on the bottom left every time you execute a normal attack or special moves on your opponent. The better you perform your combination the faster the bar will get filled. The first bar is the EX bar that allows you to do powerful moves when activated. Once the super meter is filled the X-ray becomes available. The X-ray is the strongest and most devastating move in the game.

    Learning the different techniques during a fight is key because each move counts. Delaying your character to get up after a knockdown is a useful technique as it confuses your opponents timing.

    There are also training rooms to do fatality practices and improve your skills. The controls are easy to pick up to perform all sorts of combinations and fatalities.

    The story caught me by surprise it was like watching a big block buster that kept me entertained and wanting more the whole time.

    The story spans 25 years following the last game and it is split into chapters that are filled with fights. Each chapter focuses on a single character. For example, chapter 1 focused on Johnny Cage, chapter 2 on Kotal Kahn and so on.

    It was interesting to see how the story unfolded; you really get to learn more about the characters as you feel each one has a unique personality. The elders have lost power to Kotal Kahn and it is up to our heroes to take back control. During the journey, you will come across many characters from previous games and you will also be introduced to new ones as well.

    The cut scenes are very good with many quick time events that allow you to interact with the game. The cut scenes were a bit long but I never felt it dragged on as they were entertaining. I was hoping that the main campaign would be longer as I completed it in only around 5 hours.

    The roster features 25 old and new characters so far, each of them feels different with their own personalities. The new characters such as D’Vorah and Erron Black are great but my personal favorite was Ferra/Tor; 2 different characters but fight together during battle. Ferra is the small warrior who sits on the back of Torr, a beast who shows no mercy.

    The fatalities are back and more blood and gory than ever. There is something special about performing a fatality, it just feels satisfying. There is a new easy fatality feature that allows players to do a fatality much easier.

    With good soundtracks, and excellent gameplay Mortal Kombat X reminds us of what made the series so captivating in the first place. Whether you are a veteran or a new comer, Mortal Kombat X will give you a great time.
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  3. Apr 14, 2015
    Day one DLC makes this game great. Sure they could have included the costumes but why? when they can ask for money? The game is a strippedDay one DLC makes this game great. Sure they could have included the costumes but why? when they can ask for money? The game is a stripped down version of MK9. No classic costumes. They made new characters that aren't really designed all that interesting. Instead of reinventing some of the better kombatants from past games. Story mode is where this game lost most of its budget instead of adding more locations to fight in + kombatants. NRS manages to put the entire Cage family in the game instead of anyone interesting. Oh and microtransactions plague the game and are on every screen. After you do the fatalities your will be bored quickly. The color palate is so bland. Would it kill to aske for a little more color on the fighters to make them pop? Stripped down version of MK9 and even injustice. NRS could have done better. Full Review »