Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) is unapologetically bloody and fans love it.
The days of blood censorship is long gone, but Mortal Kombat 11 has taken it to a level that flips off previous bashers of the violent franchise. With additional characters comes brutal fatalities (also known as finishers) that push the limits of its mature audience rating.
Mortal Kombat was first introduced in 1992 and sparked controversy for its extreme violence and gore using realistic digital graphics. As a result of parental and federal government pressure, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) conceived the game rating system and required ratings to be displayed on game packages. The franchise continued to release successful games and two movie adaptions before the end of the 90s.
In recent years, the Mortal Kombat franchise has only gotten bloodier regardless of parents and the government still proclaiming video games induce violent behaviors. MK11, released in 2019, upped the ante in gore. With additional characters being introduced comes new over-the-top fatalities.
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The most recent release features The Joker. The Batman villain is known for his brutality, so it was only fitting for developers to incorporate The Joker’s disturbed humor into the MK11 universe.
With Mortal Kombat 12 set for release in 2023, the arcade action fighting franchise will only get bloodier from here. We can only imagine what kind of barbarous fighting combinations and fatalities developers will introduce.