'Mortal Kombat' returns with new installment

By Reuben Gonzales - Video Game Warriors

The fate of Earthrealm is in jeopardy, and the only way to save the realm is through Mortal Kombat.

NetherRealm Studios' latest installment of their highly successful franchise Mortal Kombat will return with a corrupted Raiden after the events of Mortal Kombat X.

Raiden plans to save Earth-realm by stopping all of its enemies through any means necessary.

In the shadows, the goddess Kronika pulls strings to bring order back to the universe after Raiden's previous meddling with past events.

Mortal Kombat 11 was announced at the 2018 Game Awards. The release trailer shows a grittier, bloodier com- bat that showcased the new Fatal Blows and Krushing Blows.

Fatal Blows will be very reminiscent of Mortal Kombat X's X-ray moves. They deal a massive amount of damage with the only drawback being they can't be used more than once and only when the enemy's health is below 30 percent.

Krushing Blows are similar to Brutalities in other installments in the series and show off the very detailed gory move in a special cinematic.

Another addition will be the Gear system from Injustice 2. Not too much has been shown on this other than some slight outfit customization to the character.

Players will have the ability to create a custom move set for each playable character on the roster allowing for a more stylized move set to the player and not the character. Players will also be able to customize their characters with taunts and victory scenes, as well as Brutalities.

Mortal Kombat 11 features over 24 playable characters -- 21 fan favorites return alongside three new characters: Cetrion, Geras, and Kollector.

Cetrion is the daughter of Kronika and the sister of Shinnok. She has the ability to use the powers of nature and the elements to harm her foes.

Geras is a sidekick of sorts to Kronika. This allows him to take seconds off the match timer and stop time mid-battle. He can also control the sands around the arena creating pit traps to damage enemies.

Kollector keeps the theme of multi-armed fighter in the series with six arms to pummel your foes with what's not to like?

MK 11 features an all-new story that takes place over multiple events in the MK timeline.

Johnny Cage performing green shadow kick in the lastest installment of the Mortal Kombat Franchaise, 'Mortal Kombat 11."

The game features fan favorite characters returning in past iterations to help their current selves.

Kronika is a series' first female main boss, who has been around since the dawn of history in the shadows.

Mortal Kombat 11 is not without controversy. The developers took a social media beat down after the first trailer release of the game had what some fans deemed unfit for the game tone.

Then after the game was announced, a majority of the long- time voice actors from series made a public statement that they would not be returning to voice their characters for the new installment. Some said that the politics in gaming is affecting casting via twitter or other social media posts. Some fans were upset at the news.

While no real reason has been given, fans were upset at the news.

The game will be released in three variations coming with a multitude of digital and physical goodies.

The game also comes in the Standard Edition for $60 that comes with the base game and if preordered unlocks Shao Kahn as a playable character.

Premium Edition, $100, comes with main game; Kombat pack, which includes six new download content characters; one week early access to DLC characters; seven exclusive character skins; seven exclusive gear sets; and Official Steel Book for physical copies.

Kollector's Edition, $300, comes with everything in the Premium Edition, along with exclusive Steelcase and Magnets; 1:1 Scale Scorpion Mask; and the Kollector Box.

Get ready to defend or destroy Earthrealm from your enemies. Mortal Kombat 11 arrives April 23.

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