The series is even gorier than ever as the Fatalities in this game are much more gruesome and show a lot more details when a character is mutilated in some shape or form.
The gameplay is overall brutal, fun, and addictive.
The three newcomers, Cetrion, a corrupt Elder God, Geras, a servant of Kronika, and Kollector, an Outworld merchant who is loyal to Shao Kahn, are all very interesting and a lot of fun to play as.
The main villain herself, Kronika, is also an interesting character, and her motivations are pretty decent.
Like the last two entries, this one has guest characters, except it has five of them: those being the Terminator (the T-800 version), The Joker from Batman, Spawn, who was one of the most requested guest characters in a Mortal Kombat game, Robocop, and Rambo.
This game features returning characters who were absent from X, such as Baraka, Noob Saibot, and Skarlet.
Visually impressive graphics, They are so impressive that you would really want to look at them, especially in the Nintendo Switch version.
It's also surprising considering how it ran on the outdated Unreal Engine 3.
This is the first game in the series to feature character customization, where you can alter the head, body, and even the weapon of a character to your liking.
The Aftermath expansion comes with a free update where Friendships, a feature that was only in Mortal Kombat 2 and Mortal Kombat 3, make a comeback.
The characters have pre-fight dialogue before the fight starts once again, except this time, each character has a specific dialogue for one another.
Top-notch voice acting, such as Richard Epcar as Raiden, Erica Lindbeck as Cassie Cage, and Steve Blum as Sub-Zero. And to add to that, Hollywood celebrities like Keith David, Peter Weller, and Sylvester Stallone reprise their roles as Spawn, Robocop, and Rambo, respectively.
And as part of the Klassic MK Movie Skin Pack, actors Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, and Christopher Lambert reprise their roles from the 1995 movie adaptation as Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, and Raiden, respectively.
Very memorable and intense soundtrack composed by Wilbert Roget, II, especially the main theme of the game. It would make you want to try to get it to your head or go to the stages longer to listen to the music, or even go to YouTube and download the music on your computer, phone or tablet.
A lot of very cool easter eggs are present in this game, like when the Terminator makes references to other movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger like Total Recall, Predator, and Jingle All The Way during his pre-fight intros to certain characters.
This game introduces a new mechanic called "Environmental Attacks", where a character can grab a piece of a stage and use it to attack his/or opponent.
Watching Fatalities is very entertaining, because they all go in slow-motion at the end.
A perfect example is that of Johnny Cage, in the first Fatality, you can see Johnny Cage tearing off the body in 2, and suddenly Johnny Cage with the body without legs, makes a quite amusing show spoken as if they were a puppet and then the audience throws tomatoes at him, the second fatality is where Johnny Cage does acting but realistic, where Johnny Cage tries to rip his head off and after many takes, he eventually rips off his head and throws it at the camera.
Jax's, in second fatality, we can see Jax ripping off his arm and then pulling his head out with his arm ripped off and doing like a baseball and his head pops out and the skull is visible.
Kano's, in the first fatality, we can see Kano drinking a beer and after finishing it, he breaks the wrestler's head, and Kano puts his neck on it and Kano does a dance with a wrestler with the broken bottle that is placed on it neck.
The Nintendo Switch version is surprisingly good (except memory and loading screens).
While the graphics can degrade for some people, the graphics look surprisingly beautiful and excellent, which shows the effort to be a port for Nintendo Switch and wow if they did it very well.
Like Rayman Legends and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on Switch, while the frame rate is a choppy, it runs almost perfectly fluid, especially if you're playing it in Docked mode, as starts running at 30 and 60fps but it's awesome.
In addition, it is really enjoyable and entertaining played in 1080p and 720p in TV or handheld mode.
Solid story that while not perfect, it's very thrilling to watch. Plus, during some scenes, you get to choose whoever fights a certain opponent depending on the scene.
Microtransactions are present in this game, and they can be used to skip through certain parts of the Krypt, which is otherwise pay to win. Not to mention that the Krypt can be rather grindy without them.
Speaking of the Krypt, you need to be connected to the internet (Also requiring an Xbox Live account on Xbox One/Series X, A PlayStation Network account on PS4/PS5 and a Nintendo ID account on Switch) in order to access it.
A few other features such as unlockable items and skins also require internet, also applies to leveling up and gathering Koins.
There are a few times where this game panders to SJWs, such as when the female characters have their sexiness heavily toned down, because the developers deem skimpy clothing for women is too "unrealistic". This is also hypocritical, because they think brutally murdering a woman is fine, but giving her a sexy outfit isn't. Thankfully though, the developers listened to the fans' complaints by adding their Klassic outfits back.
Jax is also completely out of character in this game (especially his ending). He has never been focused on race. It also makes him unintentionally unsympathetic as he could have erased a lot of people judging from his daughter's ending when she erased herself from history for her parents. See point 7 for more details.
While the Nintendo Switch version is still surprisingly good, it does have a few flaws:
A perfect example is the memory of the game, since it monopolize more than 100% (32.4 GB), which is absolutely terrible and unacceptable, and to put salt in the wound, and the box says that it takes 20GB, which is false advertising, and worse still, due to the memory of the Switch that has 32GB, you might recommend an SDcard, and it is one of the few from Switch games that has an incredibly full memory.
The Fatal Blows are a weak replacement for x-ray special moves, and is unfair because they can be used when the player's health is critically low, which is basically rewarding them for losing.
While fun, the gameplay is a lot slower than the previous installments were. Plus, dashing was removed for unknown reasons.
Some of the characters are flanderized. For example, Shao Kahn went from a cunning and intelligent villain to a dumb brute who utters cringe-worthy lines like "Let us make Outworld great again!", and Sindel's backstory was completely retconned as it was apparently revealed that she was evil all along and she actually killed her own husband and willingly married Shao Kahn, despite past games showing very clear evidence that she was a very kind and caring person who was under the spell of Quan Chi.
↑The Windows version was ported by Polish company QLOC, and the Nintendo Switch version by American studio Shiver Entertainment.