After getting burnt out and completely disappointed with Bravely Default II, I decided to switch gears completely and play something totally different. And what's more different from a slow, systems heavy JRPG than Mortal fudging Kombat? Nothing!
It's hard to believe, but we haven't gotten a Mortal Kombat game on a Nintendo system in quite some time. The last one would have been Armageddon on Wii going way back to 2006. Though we did receive Injustice: Gods Among Us on Wii U, which kind of counts, given the DCU crossover stuff. But it's a bummer that Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 didn't find their way to Wii U or Switch. And given such a long lull, it was actually quite the surprise when Mortal Kombat 11 was announced for Switch.
Now I'm far from the biggest Mortal Kombat fan, but then again, looking at the list of games, I did play ALL of the games since Armageddon on other platforms... Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe and "9" on PS3, X on PC, and Injustice 2 on Xbox One. So maybe I am at least more than the casual fan that I thought I was. But I am selective. The original game is impressive for the time, but also pretty janky. Really it's Mortal Kombat II that would be my favorite of the early games. And for newer titles, I really enjoyed X and Injustice 2.
At any rate, Mortal Kombat 11 seems like a quality release. The fighting is sound, assuming you like MK games. Truth be told, I tend to lean way more towards Smash and Street Fighter these days. And even the Injustice series is a bit more endearing to me than MK given the DC characters. But, I can't help but have some nostalgia for this silly mess of a series.
There's a wealth of content here. I started with the tutorial mode, and didn't play through all of it, but found it a good starting point for someone who's been out of the MK mix for a while.
Currently I'm playing through the story mode, which I really like. I have to say that when I was younger and super into fighting games, I would have ignored a story mode and jumped right into playing online with friends. Nowadays, I really appreciate the single player content. And the story is ridiculous in an awesome way. It's like, y'know how there's so much 90' s nostalgia happening in pop culture now? Well, they've figured a way to merge the 90's with now, and the juxtaposition is solid. (Spoiler: it's time travel).
So far, my favorite characters to use in story mode have been Cassie Cage, Scorpion, and Kung Lao.