Review: Mortal Kombat 1 explained to parents (Preview)

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What parents need to know

Mortal Kombat 1 is the newest game in the iconic franchise, and its release is scheduled to be on September 19, 2023.

True to the concept that made the franchise so successful, Mortal Kombat 1 is a 2D fighting game with themes that are largely inspired by Chinese mythology and martial arts movies. The game will featurea story mode, the ability to play online, and an offline game mode. When the release date was announced, it was revealed that players will be able to play as new versions of Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Johnny Cage, Mileena, and Kenshi. A new mechanic called Kameo Fighters introduces the possibility to team up with supporting characters during combat. The supporting characters can be chosen from a separate roster.

Very little is known about the story, except that it takes place in a new age created by Liu Kang after his apotheosis at the end of the previous game, Mortal Kombat 11 (2019).

Due to the graphic, realistic and fantasy, violence that this game presents, it is considered appropriate for a mature audience.


Release date: 19 September 2023
Developer: NetherRealm Studios, QLOC, Shiver Entertainment, Saber Interactive
Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
Available on: Steam PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series
Available format: Physical and digital
Game genre: Combat, Action, Arcade, 2D, Multiplayer, Single Player
Themes covered: Martial Arts, Fighting, Adventure
Text languages: German, English, Simplified chinese, Traditional chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian,
Voice languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese,

Number of online players: 2

Level of experience required

Age 3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+

It is a fighting game in which characters exchange blows and use bladed weapons, firearms, and powers related to the elements. There is a lot of graphic violence: blood splatters are often seen and some attacks are represented by slow-motion X-ray views of the characters’ bones breaking. The various coup de grace (fatalities, brutalities) can show the mutilation, dismemberment, and decapitation of characters.

Some characters have revealing outfits.

The characters often exchange provocations, threats, and insults. Obscenities appear in the dialogue.

It’s a combat-centric game. Although the characters are diversified, the degree of violence makes it difficult to find a positive message.

There are a lot of combos, and they can be difficult to learn and to execute. It is a game that requires good reflexes to be able to counter the actions of his opponent, to strike a blow at the right time, and to triumph.