Mortal Kombat 11 reviews on Metacritic do not paint a very good picture of the game, which just came out today. However, you might be pleased to know that the reviews are mainly the product of review bombing for a variety of reasons. These reasons include microtransactions and supposed “SJW propaganda”.
Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest in the very long line of Mortal Kombat games, and focuses around various timelines converging after they split during Mortal Kombat 2009. Mortal Kombat X was the start of this new timeline, and Mortal Kombat 11 has a new threat, a time-wielding being named Kronika who wants to set things back on what she sees as the “Correct” course of history.
However, the Mortal Kombat 11 reviews don’t deal with any of that, as gamers are wont to do especially on a website that mainly focuses on user-submitted reviews. Some of the reviews deal with “SJW propaganda” like with Jax’s ending in the Tower mode, where he decides to use time travel to remove slavery from history, or the women now wearing more realistic, less-revealing clothing.
Another, more reasonable cause for the low reviews is over the game including microtransactions and various in-app purchases that cause players to almost be forced to make use of items bought with in-game purchases in order to complete various Tower endings. Excessive grinding has also been a sticking point for professional reviewers, with many believing that it’s a way to get people to just bite the bullet and use microtransactions.
NetherRealm Studios has already reacted to many of these claims, saying that the next patches will make items easier to obtain and will lessen grind and Tower difficulty, so that’s at least one aspect of the game dealt with. Hopefully, these Mortal Kombat 11 reviews (particularly the ones from butthurt fans screaming about SJWs) won’t impact the rest of the game’s performance.
You can currently play Mortal Kombat 11 on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, but will have to wait until May 10 to get it on the Nintendo Switch.