It’s always an interesting sight whenever a video game series approaches their tenth iteration. Few are able to achieve this milestone in their franchises, and not all are able to perform the task well. In Mortal Kombat X’s case, there are a few good reasons that the franchise has a tenth title; it adheres to the values that its early audience appreciated while reinventing what it’s known for as we enter the next generation of gaming. It’s a game that every kind of fighting game player could enjoy.

Upon booting Mortal Kombat X on the PS4 for the first time, you must pick one of the five factions that occupy the universe. All game modes allow you to accrue faction points that are calculated in the universe. At the end of the week, whichever faction has the largest amount of points wins and earns items.

An optimal way to earn some points for your faction is to complete the towers; these are timed challenges in which you try to quickly defeat several opponents in a row. Luck towers will change up the environment, sometimes benefiting or putting the player at a huge disadvantage.

These extra modifiers might put you at a major disadvantage — for instance, you may not be allowed to dash or may take more damage per hit than your opponent — the rewards you’ll earn at the end are more than worth completing each type of tower once a day.

Once you enter the Krypt for the first time, then you can see the true beauty behind Mortal Kombat X. There is much more detail in a part of the game that is basically just a menu of unlockables. In first person, you navigate the Krypt and unlock new in-game rewards in different areas. Some areas are blocked off until you acquire certain free items in the Krypt.

It might be tempting to keep looking around to admire the amount of work that went into the environment of the Krypt, but keep an eye on your entire surroundings; periodically, you’ll get attacked by a random beast in the Krypt, requiring you to press the on-screen button to avoid getting damaged. Getting damaged won’t do much to you, but thwarting the beast’s attack earns you some coins.

If there is any complaint to make about Mortal Kombat X, it is the fact that there isn’t much in the way of unlockable characters. It’s also somewhat disappointing since you’ll fight several classic characters that cannot be unlocked. On the plus side, the roster does offer 24 different characters, with the option of Goro as a free pre-order bonus or paid downloadable content, but it’s still unfortunate to see some old favorite characters on the screen without any way to use them. Still, this is just a minor complaint for an otherwise brilliant game.

Mortal Kombat X shows its fans why they’ve stuck with the franchise over time. It does an excellent job not focusing too heavily on nostalgia as it offers new features.

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