Mortal Kombat 11 Is Coming Out Very Soon
Mortal Kombat 11 is coming out on April 23 of 2019. As a result, now is the right time for interested individuals to play through some of its predecessors in preparation for its release. Something that is particularly true because of Mortal Kombat 11‘s storyline.
For those who are unfamiliar with what has been said, Mortal Kombat 11‘s storyline is set to feature time travel. Granted, this isn’t the first time that the basic concept of time travel has come up in the Mortal Kombat universe, seeing as how Raiden sending visions to his past self was how NetherRealm Studios explained the 2011 reboot. However, Mortal Kombat 11 is promising something much more spectacular in nature.
In short, a new character named Kronika has been revealed to be the Keeper of Time. Based on her position, some people might expect her to be one of the Elder Gods. However, Kronika isn’t one of those. Instead, she is what is being called a Primordial God, who is said to be beyond the Elder Gods. Moreover, Kronika is the mother of not one but two Elder Gods, with one being Shinook and the other being Cetrion, a nature-themed newcomer to the Mortal Kombat cast.
Regardless, Kronika has become concerned by Raiden’s choices, which in her opinion, has caused an imbalance that must be corrected. Apparently, she seeks to do so by creating a new timeline, which for whatever reasons, involves her bringing characters from both the past and the present together. In some cases, this has resulted in a fair amount of amusement, as shown by the present Johnny Cage’s sense of exasperation at his younger self.
In other cases, well, suffice to say that Liu Kang and Kung Lao aren’t too thrilled about their undead future. It remains to be seen exactly what Kronika has in mind for the new timeline that she wants to create. Moreover, it remains to be seen what sides there will be as well as which characters will join with which side. By this point, seeing this should be no more than a short time into the future, meaning that interested individuals don’t need to wait much longer.
Which Mortal Kombat Games Would I Play in Preparation?
Instead, those who are finding themselves getting worked up about the imminent release of Mortal Kombat 11 might want to its predecessors a play-through. Of course, different players are going to have very different priorities for this kind of thing, meaning that they are bound to follow very different courses.
For instance, there are bound to be some people who are planning on playing through the entire Mortal Kombat series in preparation for Mortal Kombat 11. Even assuming that there means just the main installments while leaving out the three action-adventure games plus that one DC crossover, that is still a considerable challenge because there are ten main installments that have been released on a wide range of platforms.
Certainly, it is doable, but it is going to take up a fair amount of time to say the least. Something that is particularly true if people are planning to play through every single detail of these games instead of just getting the general gist of things before moving on.
With that said, there are some upsides to the “play everything” approach. For instance, the Mortal Kombat universe has one storyline that has been running throughout the main installments, meaning that this should provide interested individuals with the best idea of how matters have resulted in the events of Mortal Kombat 11. Furthermore, the Mortal Kombat games have seen a great deal of change over time, meaning that this kind of experience can be very useful for giving them a better perspective on how the series as well as the video game industry as a whole have changed over the course of more than two decades.
Still, chances are good that even if people are planning a replay in preparation for Mortal Kombat 11, they are going to go for something much more reasonable in nature. One excellent example would be playing both 2011’s Mortal Kombat and 2015’s Mortal Kombat X, which should be more than enough to provide interested individuals with a good idea of what is going on in Mortal Kombat 11.
After all, Mortal Kombat was the game in which Raiden received the visions courtesy of his future self following the end of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, while Mortal Kombat X was the game that introduced a number of new characters such as Cassandra Cage who are expected to play important roles in the upcoming follow-up. Moreover, it should be remembered that these are the most recent main installments in the Mortal Kombat series as a whole, meaning that they should give interested individuals a general idea of what to expect in Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay-wise.
Of course, other potential examples range from people playing through whichever Mortal Kombat games that they like the best to people playing through whichever Mortal Kombat games are most accessible to them at this point in time. For that matter, there have been movies, TV shows, comic books, and more in the Mortal Kombat franchise, meaning that interested individuals have plenty of other options if they are planning on playing any video games while waiting for the big release.
Speaking bluntly, there is no right or wrong answer for which Mortal Kombat games interested individuals should and shouldn’t be playing in preparation for Mortal Kombat 11. This is very much a personal question that should be answered using nothing but personal preferences because the whole point is to have some fun beforehand. As such, if one person wants to do nothing but play the Game Boy port of the original Mortal Kombat on a system that they have managed to dig out of their storage while another person is planning on hosting a small tournament with some of their closest friends, both of them are doing what they should be doing so long as they are happy about it.