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The Last Number – How Mortal Kombat 11 brought an era to a glorious end

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FINISH HIM!

Two words that don’t just define an era of gaming, but hold so much more value beyond their immediate association with the bloodiest fighting game ever conceived. It’s a rallying cry, a mantra of excellence and everything that fans loved about a certain franchise that would rise to the top of its genre and go beyond those limits to deliver the most delicious gameplay possible.

Mortal Kombat was, is and forever will be the video game that never shies away from what it wants to be at any given time. It’s an all you can eat buffet, multiple slices of flavour suitable for any stomach that can handle its unique taste. During its first few years of life, it was a poster child for video game violence gone unchecked, revelling in controversy and scoring more converts with a balance of pitch-perfect mayhem and fatalities.

A few years later, it was proof that evolution was real, advancing its numerous hot slices and taking full advantage of new hardware to deliver visual slobber-knockers. But in the 2010s? Mortal Kombat was a fighting game with heart. Evolving once again and carrying over some remnant DNA from previous glory days, the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat was its eleventh and ultimate form, fresh out of the oven and perfected under years of expert cooking.

Carnage dialled up to 100 and hellbent on creating an experience that would stand the test of time, Mortal Kombat 11 tasted like a greatest hits collection of everything that made the series so great. Fluid combos that could be dialled in to deliver massive damage, unrestrained violence that only it could get away with and an eye on keeping the fighting field as fair as possible through the use of custom characters and constant fine-tuning by developer chefs whose work was never done.

Above all that, Mortal Kombat was a love letter to its fans. It was a farewell to a saga that began in the 1990s and grew with each successive game, never losing sight of where it came from and hurtling towards an end that paved the way for a new era of kombat. In an industry that firmly believes that all fighting games have rubbish stories with which to justify the fisticuffs happening on the screen, Mortal Kombat exists as the sole exception that delivers a gourmet uppercut of contrary opinion to that school of thought.

Almost a year old by now, Mortal Kombat 11 is better than ever before. Worldwide tournaments keep the flame for NetherRealm’s glorious brawler alive, players are constantly devouring new killer builds with favourite characters and earning a living as the next big stars in the fighting games esports circuit. Its gruesome theatrics between combos is as gorgeous as a Debonairs Triple Decker Pizza with its scrumptious R149.90 price tag and free delivery, it wears its heart on its sleeve and it proudly embraces its finest hour and cheesiest moments whenever given a chance.

The sum total of 27 years of fighting game excellence, Mortal Kombat 11 still operates like it’s just getting started with its current plans for fighting game world domination.

Last Updated: February 24, 2020

15 Comments

  1. Yeah well at least with Debonairs you get a whole pizza, not half a pizza with the rest being locked away behind season passes. They took something that was magical and monetized it too hell while trying to squeeze it into the esports scene. I’d rather stack 3 triple deckers on top and die from cholesterol than buy this game.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      February 24, 2020 at 14:16

      And don’t forget how unfortunate all the women (except one or two) looked… I had to reinstall Injustice 2 to experience the pleasure of a beautiful and powerful woman.

      Don’t forget Supergirl… !!

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      February 24, 2020 at 14:16

      And don’t forget how unfortunate all the women (except one or two) looked… I had to reinstall Injustice 2 to experience the pleasure of a beautiful and powerful woman.

      Don’t forget Supergirl… !!

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      • Stoompot

        February 24, 2020 at 15:04

        I don’t own the game so I wouldn’t know. I’d Google it but I don’t want my phone full of pizza grease.

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          February 24, 2020 at 15:10

          Injustice 2 is the finest fighting game that was ever developed by Netherrealm. The first one is ok – a bit average, but the sequel is fantastic. It’s like a fine pizza dripping with cheese, while the ham seductively touches (and caresses) the pineapple.

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          • Guz

            February 24, 2020 at 15:10

            Wow sexy pizza who’d have thought xD

          • Son of Banana Jim

            February 24, 2020 at 15:16

            All good pizza oozes sex. It’s the bad ones that leave you all alone in the corner with a belly ache and tears in your eyes…. A great crust should melt in your mouth. The cheese should drip suggestively on your plate, and the toppings should leave you rubbing your nipples with glee.

          • Guz

            February 24, 2020 at 15:25

            Hahaha, now I really want a pizza, also I’m not a fan of debonair’s I prefer the local restaurants’ pizza, they taste “fresher”/not mass produced.
            I don’t know just not a fan of debonairs, their toppings are not great and have probably been sitting in a fridge for a week

          • Son of Banana Jim

            February 24, 2020 at 15:35

            I don’t consider what debonairs offers as pizza. There’s a local place (within walking distance from me) that makes the most amazing pizzas in their wood burning pizza oven. That’s it Guz, I know what I’m getting for supper tonight. 😛

  2. Guz

    February 24, 2020 at 15:10

    Nope Finish Her first….

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  3. MBII

    February 26, 2020 at 06:02

    Didn’t this game deliberately make the females less sexy? And haven’t the recent MK games been full of social justice propaganda? So what exactly are you celebrating

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      February 26, 2020 at 15:23

      It’s weird to think that this game came from Ed Boon. The guy who literally flipped senators the bird back in the 90s (when the religious right were trying to destroy everything from music, TV and video games)… and now he’s gone soft in the head. There must be something in the drinking water.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      February 26, 2020 at 15:23

      It’s weird to think that this game came from Ed Boon. The guy who literally flipped senators the bird back in the 90s (when the religious right were trying to destroy everything from music, TV and video games)… and now he’s gone soft in the head. There must be something in the drinking water.

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      • MBII

        March 2, 2020 at 01:25

        It’s because he doesn’t have the balls to go after the fanatical left.

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  4. Tbone187

    February 26, 2020 at 13:36

    I still say the actual game mechanics got really boring over time. It looks great but you essentially still playing MK2.

    They would be better off evolving into a Tekken style mechanic.Each button being a limb. I know they tried 3d movements and failed but I still think it could work.

    I though MK 4 was cool actually. Better than those that came after it. It just needed a proper polish.

    And who the hell still eats Deboniars these days? All their pizza’s taste the same with that horrible sauce.

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