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10 Kick-Ass Things to Do in Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X

Warner Games

The latest and quite possibly greatest Mortal Kombat entry just hit shelves and we’re loving every bloody minute playing it. Although we’ve only begun to scratch the service of this surprisingly deep and somewhat daunting fighting game, there’s much to report.

Feel free to blast this scorching-hot track whilst reading our list of 10 kick-ass things to do in Mortal Kombat X.

Choose Your Destiny

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When you first boot up the game, you’ll be prompted to align with one of five Factions: Lin Kuei, White Lotus, Special Forces, Black Dragon, or Brotherhood of Shadows, represented by Sub-Zero, Raiden, Sonya Blade, Kano, and Quan Chi, respectively. From here on, everything you do in any mode will go towards your Faction (and every player who’s chosen to be in it) in the form of points. At the end of each week, the winning Faction will be rewarded with goodies like a new type of Fatality called a Faction Kill.

Perfect Your Kombos

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Before officially throwing down in any of MKX’s myriad sectors, we recommend hitting up Training Mode to learn the basics and, more importantly, perfect your “Kombos.” If you’re coming from a different fighting game, don’t expect to master this one instantly—there’s an entirely different input rhythm than, say, Street Fighter. Just keep practicing and you’ll be pummelling your opponent into a bloody pulp in no time.

Play the Kampaign

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Not only is MKX’s story mode more narratively ambitious than ever before, it takes a substantial chunk of hours to get through. If you’re remotely invested in the game’s universe, this time-shuffling tale offers plenty of amusing backstory, rife with romance, double crosses, and, of course, bloodshed by the gallon.

Fight With Old Klassics

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The full original MK roster is back with new and old abilities. Other playable old-schoolers on tap include Reptile, Ermac, Jax, Kitana, Kung Lao, Mileena, Quan Chi, and even a downloadable Goro. Rest assured knowing you’ll feel right at home from the very first uppercut.

Master New Kontenders

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Some of these newcomers are a unique amalgam of other fighters (Cassie Blade is Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade’s daughter), while others are wholly original (Ferra/Torr is a sassy young girl atop a hulking masked brawler). Other fresh additions include a venomous bug lady, a mercenary gunslinger, an Aztec warrior, and crazy-cool downloadable guests like Friday the 13’s Jason Vorhees and Predator.

Take the Kombat Online

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Once you get bored of ripping AI apart limb to limb, take the action online for ranked or unranked standard matches, King of the Hill Mode, Team Battle, and more. Five players facing off in one-on-one brawls against five other players for a best-of-five mini tournament is even more fun than it is difficult to say five times fast.

Klimb the Living Towers

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If you like randomized challenges, this mode is for you. The Living Towers frequently changes the rules and modifiers in some conventional (reduced health) and unusual (flipping the stage upside down) ways. Why would you subject yourself to such agonizing torture? Read on!

Kollect Koins

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Almost everything you do in MKX will earn you currency in the form of “Koins.” From performing special moves, to nailing Kombos, to overcoming ultra-hard challenges like The Living Towers, you’ll want to keep earning Koins, because you’ll need lots of them to take full advantage of what’s next on our list.

Krawl the Krypt

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Once you’ve amassed a sizable chunk of Koins, click on Krypt Mode, a first-person dungeon crawling experience where you can blow up tombstones to unlock essential swag like new Fatalities and Brutalities, and smaller treats like costumes and concept art. There’s actually a lot to this section, which contains several disparate environments featuring their own unique challenges, enemies, and puzzles. If you’re too lazy to earn all the gruesome goods on your own, you can pay a fee to unlock them all. But we will judge you.

Make ‘Em Bleed

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With its wide array of X-Ray attacks, Fatalities, and the welcome return of Brutalities, MKX is easily the most delightfully gory game ever created. If your thumbs can’t handle the more elaborate button schemes, you can also pay to unlock simple two-button Fatalities. Then again, it’s far more satisfying to mutilate your opponent without the training wheels on.

Mortal Kombat X is currently available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, and is slated to arrive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year. Here’s a whole bunch of gnarly Fatalities to put you in the mood:

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