Australian Review: Mortal Kombat X – A bloody good time

Mortal Kombat X continues the series' longstanding tradition of pushing the envelope, asking the question "what is an acceptable amount of violence to feature in a video game?" It seems that developer NetherRealm Studios is not far off the answer with its latest instalment in the franchise.

Please note that Mortal Kombat X is rated R18+ for "high impact violence, blood and gore". As such, the screenshots featured in this review may not be appropriate for readers under 18.

Mortal Kombat X continues the series' longstanding tradition of pushing the envelope, asking the question "what is an acceptable amount of violence to feature in a video game?" It seems that developer NetherRealm Studios is not far off the answer with its latest instalment in the franchise.

After winning my first fight with Ermac – my favourite character from the previous game – I watched as he pulled my opponent’s gastrointestinal system out of their body, and was horrified. It's easy to dismiss the fatalities in the series' previous games as comical, but Mortal Kombat X toes the line between ultraviolent spectacle and utterly disgusting.

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