'Crushing Blows are a calm version of Street Fighter 5's Crush Counters' - Justin Wong offers his opinions on Mortal Kombat 11's game play

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Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 23, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. PST

There's no doubt Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the most gorgeous looking fighting games to date, but how will it stack up with other titles come tournament season?

Justin Wong was able to attend NetherRealm Studios' special reveal event and got some hands on time with the current MK11 build. As such he was able to come away with a plethora of notes about the game's unique fighting system.

As far as similarities to Mortal Kombat X go, Justin states that there are really only two gameplay consistences: three variations for each character and then commitment to strings. That's about it.

From there, Justin details a good handful of new traits that set MK11 apart from its predecessors. Especially since there's no longer a run mechanic, combos are relatively shorter this time around. That said, Wong states that they still do a lot of damage.

The fighting game pro also discusses the new Crushing Blow mechanic, which he loosely compares to Street Fighter 5's Crush Counter. If certain requirements are met (which vary from character to character) your fighter will perform an enhanced version of their move that doles out extra damage.

From widened throw tech windows to Flawless Blocking, there's plenty more to delve into. Hear what Justin Wong has to say in the full video below.

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