I don't normally do this at all. I think the last time I reviewed something was years ago when I did a review on youtube about some tripod or some bullshit but I feel very strongly about this and I want to put it to digital paper. So I've been on the "hype train"(gawd I hate that term) for MK11 for the past few months. I was so onboard that I actually preordered the game, which is something i never do, not even Smash Ultimate got that treatment(then again I didn't own a Switch when it came out). The first trailer with Scorpion and Raiden sucked donkey(fuck that choice in song) but the other one with Ice Cube's "Check Yo Self"? Holy shit! That basically sold the game for me! Everything was looking peachy for April 23rd, 2019.
I prepared for the release of this game by reading up on all things MK on TV Tropes and playing MK9(didn't like MKX). The more I saw of MK11 though the more I realized that maybe I should've retracted my preorder. Release day came and the wait was over though... so I thought. Waited for several hours until 1PM yesterday for the game to finally work... only to have to install a 3-4 hour update once it finished even though the game was pre-loaded. After that I finally got to play. I goto the Klassic Kombat mode and am greeted with a very bland looking character select screen with the menu music still playing. They don't even show a portrait of the character you are highlighting unless you are playing Versus mode. In-between every match is a bunch of social media nonsense and you will find yourself pressing X to skip over it in order to see the glorious result of the Fatality only to realize that it will stay there indefinitely... Oh and apparently you must be online all the time for this game even if playing offline. Thank god I didn't buy the PS4 version cause I don't have PS+.
The Krypt is kinda ridiculous. At first it seems cool being greeted by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Old Shang Tsung but then it becomes another chore to do. Call me old but I liked it better in the PS2 era or MK9 where you just moved from tombstone to tombstone in a row buying coffins with your koins. Now you have to control this random 3D avatar in order to slowly run from area to area to unlock random goods... except most of the time these goods are just konsumables or icons and you have but a small chance of getting a costume or gear. I haven't felt the full extent of this madness yet but others are lamenting over the fact that you have to grind for hours to get good stuff. And then there is the Tower of Time which is just a whole nother batch of nonsense. Impossible challenges that basically mean you need the right konsumable which you probably won't have at the time unless microtransactions. Oh yeah, microtransactions are a thing now as well in MK.
I could go on more but I'm going to sum it up. The game looks nice, albeit too realistic, but fatalities look amazing. Problem is the game feels like like a Mortal Kombat game and more like a glorified mobile game made by some other developer. You have microtransactions, online all the time, social media bullshit, long as fuck loading times(even on retry), very small text bordering on Dead Rising 1 levels of smallness, slowdown on some stages and to top it off random crashing. And this is only the first 30 hours or so. I'm not even going to get into the whole "making female characters less attractive and making them look more boring or manly to appease" bullshit they have going on. Fuck NRS for that but I can tell you that even if they went back and MK9ed all the females the game would still have its slew of other problems. I mean, when Smash Ultimate came out i couldn't physically put the game down for a week or more unless it was to goto work. This game? I stopped playing and went to be around 11pm last night. Game seems very soulless and made with greed in-mind but I had similar feelings when Dead or Alive 5 first came out. After a few revisions its become one of my favorite DOA's. I'm hoping MK11 is similar and future updates will make the game more fun. I'm also hoping that maybe this is some big April Fool's joke from NRS and the real MK11 will release... but it's long past April Fool's Day... godammit. I guess I'll go back to editing photos now cause MK11 sure ain't doing its job of keeping me preoccupied. Lesson learned, never jump on the hype train for modern games.. should've learned my lesson with Dissidia.