Perfect Legend’s Mortal Kombat X wishlist: part 1
Before I begin I want to note that this wishlist is 100% going to be about the competitive side of Mortal Kombat. I might sprinkle something in here for the casual side of me but this is going to be focused way more on the competitive side of Mortal Kombat.
This will be to one make it so players have access to getting better at the game and understanding how to improve and get to a competitive level without relying on hoping they get to find out about a website that will open their eyes to the world of it.
Also this may be a bit long winded so bare with me.
With Mortal Kombat X on the horizon this series has the popularity that is rivaled by no other fighting game series worldwide. It however doesn’t have the biggest competitive scene in comparison to Street Fighter which is by far and very deserving of holding claim to having the biggest competitive fighting game scene in the world.
My main goal is for Mortal Kombat to flourish and become as big or bigger than that and it has the power to do so but there are things mechanically ingame that will need to cater to growing the player base.
From playing League of Legends (btw yes ptodael is my LoL account) a lot in recent weeks I couldn’t help but notice when you turn the game on the splash/title screen does it best to notify you about all of the major tournaments/leagues and also highlights players. If NRS/WB were to implement something similar for Mortal Kombat X this game will grow astronomically. When Mortal Kombat 9 released they held the National Tournament with PDP promoting the tournament with the release of the Classic Mortal Kombat Arcade Stick which was very successful. The tournament had a great turnout and it grew the scene. Had they kept up on momentum it would’ve grown a lot more.
Creators of Dead or Alive and Killer Instinct do a very good job of this. They all notify the community about major tournaments and even congratulates winners upon winning on the splash screen of the game.
This isn’t to say that companies don’t interact with their playerbase because they all are very interactive social media. Most of them come to events in person to spectate and congratulate the winner. However there is a big base of players that aren’t on social media but will see things on the splash screen. The whole point of this is to reach out to the entire playerbase and grow.
A very key thing that goes without saying to teach players how to play the game is a great tutorial and practice mode. This is where players who don’t just want to go online and mash buttons or play with their friends decide they want to take it to the next level. A lot of tutorial modes are good but very rarely are they great. To this day Virtua Fighter 4 for PS2 still has the greatest tutorial mode of all time. It covers all the scenarios and situations that present themselves in a match. It also has a good exercise mode and combo challenge mode for each character in the game. I feel the game that has replicated this the best is Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.
Give Mortal Kombat a proper tutorial/exercise/combo challenge mode and you now have a bigger competitive player base cause everyone knows how to play.
The main reason Street Fighter is so big despite its extremely long history of competitive play…….people know how to play the game at high competitive levels. Also it has deep roots internationally competitvely as well.
With that said this concludes my MKX wishlist part 1.
Stay tuned for part 2