While Mortal Kombat 11 is getting generally favourable reviews from critics, its user score on Metacritic is being tanked by players. Its user score on PlayStation is just 2.5, meanwhile it's even lower on Xbox One, with a score of 1.8. Why? Because of microtransactions and Jax's ending.
The main problem appears to be the difficulty of the game's Towers Of Time. These combat stages are naturally designed to become more difficult as you progress but players are reporting that they're more difficult than they are fun. In part this is because offscreen projectiles are knocking them out of the fight, something that is very hard to defend against.
You can progress through the Towers more easily if you are willing to buy equipment with real money but that's kind of a kick to the shin. A lot of cosmetics are either locked behind microtransactions or grinding the tower for in-game cash.
Warner Bros and the game's director, Ed Boon, have both come out and said that there will be patches coming to improve the Towers and adjust the economy to remove some of the grind.
However, while microtransactions come up in many reviews, so too do complaints of the "SJW agenda". This largely refers to one particular ending in the game.
If you can reach the top of the Towers Of Time then you're rewarded with a unique, non-canon ending for the character you're playing as. In Mortal Kombat 11 your final fight is with Kronika, a villain who can control time. Once you defeat her, your character of choice gets to alter something in history, and this forms their unique ending.
If you complete the game with the special forces cyborg Jax then he uses his newfound powers to travel back in time and end slavery.
As Jax puts it in the video above:
"If I think only about helping myself, what kind of officer am I? What Kind of man? I've been lucky. My family and I have lived the American Dream. But most people who look like me haven't had that chance. I owe it to them to put things right. And I'm not waiting centuries for people to get woke, when I've got the power to speed things up.
"I don't get it right the first time. Or the second. Or even the third. But eventually, I knock it out of the damn park. My family's back. The world's a better place for everyone. Turns out you CAN have everything. Anyone who says you can't, needs to dream bigger."
This ending has annoyed people for apparently pushing a political agenda. Presumably they would have preferred him to use the power to travel through time to travel back in time and have a fight with William Shakespeare or eat a dodo before they went extinct.
While the negative response likely isn't from all or even the majority of the Mortal Kombat players, there's enough motivated people to have completely tanked the game's score on Metacritic.What would you do if you could travel back in time? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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