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    Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath review: One of 2020’s best action films (and a pretty good fighting game)

    “Cease your magic, before the hourglass shatters!”

    [Note: This is a review of an expansion. Expect spoilers. Like, in the very next sentence.]

    When final we left Mortal Kombat 11, Liu Kang had saved the world. Having been granted the powers of a god by Raiden himself, Liu Kang defeated the time-bending deity Kronika and prevented her from remaking the Mortal Kombat universe in her personal picture. It could be Liu Kang who reshaped the timeline as an alternative, ushering in a kinder and (maybe) much less kombat-filled world. Roll credit.

    Or don’t. It’s on this second, as Liu Kang prepares to reset the timeline, {that a} warning reverberates by Kronika’s chamber. A portal seems, and out walks Nightwolf, Fujin, and perennial Mortal Kombat antagonist Shang Tsung.

    Mortal Kombat 11 wanted an after-credits stinger, and it will get one with this week’s Aftermath expansion. A 3-hour after-credits stinger.

    Marty, now we have to return!

    There was no actual want for AftermathMortal Kombat 11 advised an excellent story, begin to end. Balancing the fan service of the Mortal Kombat 9 reboot with the advances from Mortal Kombat X, it made good on dozens of plot threads and characters—all whereas telling one of the crucial formidable and entertaining tales within the collection.

    Hell, one of the crucial formidable and entertaining tales I’ve ever seen in a combating recreation. As I wrote final 12 months in our overview:

    “It’s proof as soon as once more that partaking storytelling stems from characters. Mortal Kombat’s supply materials is surface-level dumb, completely. This is a collection about individuals drafted right into a mystical battle membership to guard Earth from demonic invasion. It’s undeniably silly. But NetherRealm’s spent almost three many years—almost a decade with this trilogy alone—constructing these characters and their relationships, and it pays off right here.”

    The authentic ending(s) of Mortal Kombat 11 gave NetherRealm a clear slate. Wipe the universe. Start over, or don’t. While we are going to undoubtedly get extra Mortal Kombat sooner or later, the ending of Mortal Kombat 11 may’ve simply as simply been an ending for all the collection. It felt clear and satisfying and tidy in a manner that few video games ever accomplish.

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