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WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Overall Grade for Mortal Kombat X: 1.6 (DON’T PLAY IT)
Grade Summary: The gore alone in this game won it a “do not play”. The actual score of a 1.6 is thrown off by the low sexuality and play time. This game does not have redeeming value for your gamer.
- This game has a high “My parents don’t want me to play this” draw to it for younger gamers. It feels like you’re getting away with something. Ask your gamer which of their friends play this game.
- Discuss the “why” behind not playing this game. Some good starting points:
- The violence
- your mindset when enjoying these acts
- images you can’t unsee
- actions against others that are unecessary. Fighting for survival is one thing; taking pleasure in it is another.
- Have a conversation about the specific aspects of this game that do not fit with “whatever is pure, whatever is lovely” is important for raising an educated and discerning gamer.
- Violence & Gore: 0 (grotesque)
- Sexuality: 2 (fairly safe)
- Profanity: X (none, but irrelevant)
- Spirituality: 1 (deeply concerning)
- Length of Play: 4 (practical)
- Theme: 1 (deeply concerning)
Game Summary: In Mortal Kombat X you are a merciless fighter entering a tournament to fight your opponents to the death. You face off against numerous opponents whom you will attempt to slaughter in extremely violent and intensely graphic ways. The storyline really isn’t the point here. The point is killing, and specifically the multiplicity of ways to go about killing. The incredible graphics allow players to have an unparalleled experience of gore and gristle, show the killing and the infamous Mortal Kombat “finish him” executions, in detail that is definitely larger than life. They’ve even added some gruesome “brutalities” executions to this edition.
Violence & Gore: 0
- I thought about going negative for this score. I cannot emphasize enough that this game is grotesquely, obscenely, violent. You sever limbs, decapitate, disembowel, punch holes through people, cut people in half and kill them in dozens of other terrible ways. To think this is done as entertainment when it is done in reality by terror groups today should give us pause. There should be little to relish here.
- Some examples are:
- You can hold your opponent still while your partner cuts them in half.
- You can rip your opponent’s face in half, then use the lower part of their mouth as an ash tray.
- You can stab your opponent through the throat (or open mouth, or eye, or any number of other places)
- There is plenty of skin to see on characters, but nothing explicitly sexual. Sure the characters don’t have enough clothes to make it through a winter storm, but it is an improvement over previous versions. Compare Kitana from Mortal Kombat 9 and her character in the most recent Mortal Kombat X.
- It doesn’t matter if there is profanity, let’s be serious. You won’t hear it over the screams of your dying opponents.
- There is use of magic to destroy, electrocute, rip apart, melt, consume and otherwise barbarize your enemies. Your character directly controls this magic and there are certain moves which include voodoo or other incantations to summon horrible demises for your foes.
Length of Play: 4
- An average battle is just a couple minutes, although playing for just a single battle is not a realistic goal for gamers who want to play this game.
- The storyline takes about 5 – 6 hours to beat and can be done one battle at a time.
- Multiplayer can be done on the console and online. Battles still take about the same amount of time.
- Fighting to the death, executions and torturous attack combinations set the stage for a game where the entire goal is to win at all cost.
- Brutalities, moves that kill opponents who still have life left, and fatalities, which execute exhausted, vulnerable enemy, drive home the message that mercy is a weakness.
- Killing in horrendous ways is glorified cool and seen as a crowd pleaser.
DLC (Downloadable Content)
- Expansion sets can be purchased with more characters and storyline. These purchases can be made through the console, so going to the store is not necessary. They generally run for about $8-$12.
BELOW ARE GRAPHIC IMAGES OF SOME FATALITIES.
IMAGES DEPICT GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND DEATH PORTRAYED IN THE GAME.
THESE ARE NOT THE MOST GRAPHIC EXAMPLES, BUT THEY GET THE POINT ACROSS.
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These are actual screen shots from the game.