Time and time again, it’s been stressed in the past to separate video games with political agenda. The last thing you’ll want to see when you’re going into an escapist fantasy is a reminder of the real world. This was the case in Mortal Kombat 11 when they tried to get woke and hit broke instead. At least that’s the case according to the Mortal Kombat 11 Metacritic reviews.
For those of you who haven’t played the game yet, I’ll be talking about some minor spoilers. They aren’t story mode related though, only arcade.
The first order of business is the Jax ending for the towers. Towers are the arcade system of Mortal Kombat games which involve ascending to the top by beating multiple enemies. After beating everybody including the final boss (Kronika in this case) you unlock a unique ending associated with the character that you used.
Since the victor gains power over the control of power and time itself, what do you think Jax did with the power he was granted?
He turned back the sands to prevent the slavery of his African ancestors and overall produce an alternate timeline where they prospered on their own instead.
While the idea of bright what-if scenarios are nice, people really didn’t like the inclusion of this real-world issue in MK 11. And they’re not to blame, as I said before, video games are never the place to push political agendas.
Another more minor complaint was regarding Shao Khan using the line of making Outworld great again which people have deemed a reference to Donald Trump.
Mortal Kombat 11 is already facing a hefty amount of backlash over the game’s economy but this criticism is on another level. The trend of review bombing games has been on the rise recently and this time, fans have shown their anger with NetherRealm Studios by sharing negative Mk 11 reviews on Metacritic. It’s a shame that a solid fighting game is plagued with such issues.
Once again, I have no qualms with how bloody, gory, violent and explicit you make your game, but don’t shove any political agendas into them. The more you connect fiction to reality, the more magic your creation loses. Hopefully, the Mortal Kombat 11 Metacritic reviews prove my point.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out right now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Nintendo Switch version will be available on the 10th of May.