After turning the difficulty down at bit and running through the tutorial in Mortal Kombat X, I’m having a far more pleasant experience in getting through the story mode. I’ve played a lot over the last few days, and while learning some of the new characters’ abilities is fun, whenever a chapter stars a character I used a lot way back in the day, it feels like putting on a comfortable shoe. Even though I’m not playing these characters on a similar game device and the combos are not the same, for whatever reason, I’m far more comfortable playing as Subzero, Sonya Blade, and Kitana than any other characters.
I just slip right into their special move repertoire and can easily repeat the button presses. For any other character, I’ll try my own combos, see something cool, and then I can’t recreate it or find it in the move list. I can’t find it most likely because I don’t follow what they name certain moves.
I haven’t worked my way through the entire story yet, so there are plenty of characters I haven’t played as. I could find a new character that I love more than Sonya Blade, I’m sure this is possible. But for now, I feel as comfortable with her as I did over 20 years ago with all of those hours playing Mortal Kombat on my Game Gear. It was unreal how easily I just slid right into her move set without even looking over the complete list first. Kitana was the same way, and so was Subzero. I suppose that’s why I’ve seen Subzero dominate my leaderboards in the Faction section. Well, that and he’s crazy popular; always has been.
I also picked up a fightpad to play the game with, and I like it, but the location of the L1/R1 buttons is taking me a long time to get used to. I did try to go back to the DualShock 4 controller, and that suddenly felt way too heavy. So bizarre.