So far, it looks great for MK1.
Early Access was smooth. The patch updates worked out nicely. Most importantly, fans look happy.
But what’s cooking is the all-new Mortal Kombat 1 Invasion Mode.
It’s replacing Krypt and Towers from previous versions or should we say timelines.
What is Invasion Mode?
It’s a board game where you move from one space to another, completing different challenges and winning items ranging from skins, finishers, taunts, skill points and Talismans, a form of in-game currency only for this mode.
Progress is from one Story location to another. Some locations can come with unique modifiers like reverse gravity, sawblades, and surely more.
The mode starts with you choosing a playable and a Kameo character from the Mortal Kombat 1 roster to win different challenges.
Invasion Mode: Building Blocks
Challenges in the Invasion Mode bring Test your Might challenges from previous versions as well as Towers.
Random fights will be shown including special secret fights that reward whole chests of treasure.
Each character gets stat cards that can be upgraded to increase battle strength and even unlock signature MK1 brutalities.
These are pure RPG elements and Nether has even allowed stats additions across characters. You can take upgrade points earned by Kitana to boost Mileena’s.
The openness extends to pre-battle character selection as well. Shift between all MK1 characters before a battle.
This is where the Element system comes into play though.
MK1 brings a whole new table of preferred elements for each fighter, playable or Kameo.
The idea is to help you choose your characters based on buffs or upgrades made and target your enemy’s weaknesses based on their elemental setup.
Looks to me like Nether’s built a platform to drop a whole lot of characters over the coming years.
To go deeper down, Talismans and Relics are rare rewards from the Invasion Mode.
They will come in handy to give your character unique in-battle upgrades like shields, more damage, regen, special stats and more.
You can upgrade even your Talismans and Relics for more advantages going into battles. The Invasion Mode includes shops and forges to gain from stacking rewards from the fights.
Invasion Mode will continue to get loads of new content now and then. MK1 is starting with Season 1: The Spectre, focusing on the Scorpion, and even includes a Season special Scorpion skin.
Mortal Kombat 1 Invasion Mode Early Review
This new mode looks like a backdoor into MK1 for the devs. They’ll keep adding new content and benefitting from an already improved combat style to keep us gamers coming back for more by also throwing in RPG features that are well-received too. Nether’s done everything right. MK1 is pushing GOTY.