Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Apr 23, 2019
    A stellar fighting game and is one of the best ones ever made in my opinion. The depth and variety it offers are unparalleled, even by the likes of Injustice 2, another NetherRealm creation. There are so many characters to customize and master — with many more on the horizon — which should keep you enthralled for months to come.
  2. May 7, 2019
    Overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is a fantastic fighter. If you love fighting games at all, be sure to check it out. It's going to be awesome to see how this game grows in content as the DLC characters are released and improvement is made on the fighting game engine and existing characters. I feel this game could easily be NRS's Street Fighter that they could update for years to come if they actually stick with it. It would be so nice to see a Mortal Kombat with loads of support like a Street Fighter.
  3. May 6, 2019
    "Flawless Victory" for NetherRealm and Warner Bros in this new installment of Mortal Kombat. The most spectacular and complete of the saga, which places it probably as the best fighting game of the generation.
  4. Apr 29, 2019
    NetherRealm has made Mortal Kombat 11 a must for lovers of the fighting genre. Its incredible gameplay, its great graphic finish and its cinematographic history make it a serious candidate for one of the best games of the genre of this generation.
  5. Jun 19, 2019
    The gameplay is still filled with the gruesome and gory violence that we’ve come to know and love, the extensive character customization is a welcome addition and the chance of pace is something this longtime fan appreciates. Mortal Kombat 11 is definitely something that any fighting game aficionado should add to their Kollection.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 5, 2019
    In some ways there are only marginal and cosmetic differences from Mortal Kombat XL. That’s no bad thing, as fans of the series as well as fans of NetherRealm’s last fighter, Injustice 2, will be comfortable with the feel and mechanics, but those tweaks and enhancements, as well as the excellent story mode, mean that with MK11, Mortal Kombat has pretty much now been perfected. [Issue#178, p.75]
  7. 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.
  8. Apr 30, 2019
    Definitely the best Mortal Kombat so far, and probably the best fighting game around too. Everything in Mortal Kombat 11 is meticulously curated, from the perfect combat system to the awesome graphics and the rich online support. A great buy for any fan.
  9. Apr 26, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 sees the franchise at its strongest yet, with finely-tuned scrapping and an ample amount of content providing one of the most rewarding fighting games of the generation.
  10. Apr 26, 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.
  11. Apr 23, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 is a tale of two games- the one where everything just feels fantastic, the fighting, the story, the visuals. They combine to create one of the best fighting games ever crafted. Then there is the other side where grinding for all the cool stuff the game has is a real chore. I want all my Fatalities and skins, but the game is locking them behind this free-to-play feeling system that really tarnishes an otherwise incredible experience. I hope they clean those parts up, because I feel like this game could last for years as a fan-favorite.
  12. Apr 22, 2019
    If you like fighting games, Mortal Kombat 11 is a must. NetherRealm Studios continues to create great fighting games with compelling stories, even in the goofiest of video game universes. Every minute of my day, I am thinking of how I can improve and perfect my strategies. Whether you’re a long-time kombatant or new to the series, Mortal Kombat 11 is a bloody blast.
  13. 90
    The Mortal Kombat series is truly experiencing a renaissance with the most consistent output since the original trilogy in recent years. Mortal Kombat 11 now continues that trend by giving fans of the series a nostalgia fueled story that somehow manages to mesh perfectly with the present day story presented across the last few games.
  14. Apr 22, 2019
    It’s a rare fighting game that hits just about every note as strongly as Mortal Kombat 11 does. Everything from its methodical and deep combat to its fantastically absurd story mode and its rock-solid netcode, right down to its extraordinarily comprehensive tutorial is absolutely exceptional.
  15. Apr 22, 2019
    NetherRealm continues to evolve its fighting games with each one it makes, and as such, Mortal Kombat 11 marks the pinnacle of what the studio has achieved to date. A flawless victory, then? So very nearly.
  16. Apr 23, 2019
    In terms of mechanics, visuals and the cinemastyle storytelling of the main campaign this is Netherrealm’s masterpiece. Unfortunately spiking AI in the Towers of Time as well as the grindy progression still need to be adressed. Still this is one of the prime fighting games of this generation.
  17. Apr 29, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 delivers on what you would expect from the acclaimed long running series of iconic blood-soaked fisticuffs. The end result, despite a painful grind, offers a solid experience that looks great, feels amazing, and succeeds in keeping the franchise alive and revitalized, yet again. If you’re looking for one of the gen’s next best fighters, get over here!
  18. 80
    With a deep but logical fighting system, heaps of gruesome over-the-top violence and a lovably insane cinematic story mode, Mortal Kombat 11 is an excellent fighting game that should have something for just about every fan of the series, let down only somewhat by a greasy and convoluted customisation system driven by loot boxes and grinding.
  19. May 3, 2019
    Personally, I have a fairly high tolerance for violence between recyclable video game characters who can be eviscerated only to reappear in pristine shape a second later. Even so, there were times that I was left slack jawed by the close-up piercings, stabbings, and guttings in Mortal Kombat 11 … kudos to the developers.
  20. Apr 30, 2019
    Yet this is comfortably the best Mortal Kombat in a long time. Played competitively against another person, it’s great, and the single-player experience is the most accomplished of any recent fighter.
  21. Apr 26, 2019
    A great game that will likely be even better soon, Mortal Kombat 11 offers plenty for any fighting game fan, though it does need some refinement with regards to certain modes and features.
  22. Apr 26, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11’s combat is fluid and intuitive, and even when you’re losing it’s a joy to play. It’s a game that's fun just to mess about with, but once you master its nuances it becomes even more rewarding. Once a gory joke, Mortal Kombat has evolved to become one of the most accomplished fighters you’ll get your hands on.
  23. Apr 24, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 may have loot issues, but the combat has never been more rewarding. You can finish the entertaining story mode in one sitting, but getting the gear for the character you want could end up being more of a time-stealing tale than the one the game tells.
  24. Apr 22, 2019
    Even in a crowded genre that includes awesome fighters like Dragon Ball FighterZ and the Injustice games, Mortal Kombat 11 reigns supreme. From a combat system that's as polished and exciting as it gets to various game modes that offer something for every kind of player, this will be a game that others will mimic and learn from for years to come.
  25. May 8, 2019
    This a fighting game that is enjoyable almost despite the gore, not because of it. It’s bonkers story mode is the highlight here, the great animation and crunching impacts help, but then the Towers of Time throw a spanner in the works at the last moment.
  26. May 3, 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 has some design issues, but overall I enjoyed my time and I can sincerely say I'm looking forward to the inevitable sequel.
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  1. Apr 24, 2019
    The game, just like the last one, is the ultimate expression of what Mortal Kombat can and should be, whatever positive or negative connotations that may imply. It simply is Mortal Kombat. They did it, they’ve done it before, and this game seems like a good indicator that they’ll have no trouble doing it again someday.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 483 Ratings

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  1. Apr 23, 2019
    What a disappointing entry in the MK franchise!

    A lot of fan favourites are missing (Mileena, Rain, Sindel, Smoke...). The story is
    What a disappointing entry in the MK franchise!

    A lot of fan favourites are missing (Mileena, Rain, Sindel, Smoke...).

    The story is abysmal, makes no sense at all and effectively destroys the entire lore of the last 27 years. Also pushing you personal political agenda with certain tower endings is just disgusting. The developers lied about certain aspects (all characters in the story will be playable, there will be unlockable characters, they will listen to the fans and include all the fan favourites...)

    Most importantly however: The developers showed how much they disrespect/hate one of the biggest fan favourites (Mileena) and her fanbase. They didn't include her in the game and mocked/ridiculed her fans for telling NRS how much they want their favourite to be a part of the new installment.

    Don't buy games from developers who lie to you, mock/ridicule their own fanbase and put wokeness above character consistency.
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  2. Apr 23, 2019
    This is a disgrace for a Mortal Kombat game, always online micro transaction hell with terrible voice acting, character designs are ugly toThis is a disgrace for a Mortal Kombat game, always online micro transaction hell with terrible voice acting, character designs are ugly to look at and has social justice nonsense.
    It has the grind and the monetization of a F2P game, the Krypt is one giant lootbox, the game has lots of grind wall, especially with the time and character towers, they sell time kristals, which are just the game´s premium currency like it was a cheap mobile game.
    Also, forcing your personal political agenda has no place in a MK game or in any game for that matter. Some tower endings are just the wet dreams of SJWs. Funny how MK, the game that helped to create the ESRB has fallen into censorship, killing and decapitation is good, bewbs are evil.
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  3. Apr 23, 2019
    Absolute garbage, pay2win, a total waste of money. Why?
    1. Predatory monetization: Extremely grindy in an unfair way designed to make you
    Absolute garbage, pay2win, a total waste of money. Why?
    1. Predatory monetization: Extremely grindy in an unfair way designed to make you spend real money.
    2. Missing fan favorite characters like Smoke, Reptile, Mileena etc.
    3. SJW/Feminist/Political agenda forced into the game.
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