Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest victim of review bombing on MetaCritic - a practice where a flood of users give a game the lowest score possible as a means to protest something about it. Mortal Kombat 11 review bombers have offered a number of reasons for why they are rating the game so low, and they range from political reasons to complaints about the game's microtransactions.
Right now, Mortal Kombat 11 has an abysmal 2.9 score on MetaCritic. Most users are giving Mortal Kombat 11 scores of 1 and 0, with many citing "SJW propaganda" and the game's "political agenda." They seem to mostly be referring to the Jax Tower ending (spoiler warning for Jax's Tower ending), where he decides to use time travel to eradicate slavery in the world.
"Also pushing you [sic] personal political agenda with certain tower endings is just disgusting," said user LittleEmber. "Once again the sjw propaganda destroyed a game. Stop making everything political," said sylar50. Other complaints about "SJW propaganda" seem to be aimed at the women's clothing in Mortal Kombat 11, as female characters like Jade wear less-revealing outfits in the new game.
There are two other reasons that commonly appear in reviews by Mortal Kombat 11 review bombers. One is the game's use of microtransactions and its excessive grind. Mortal Kombat 11's grind has been complained about by professional reviewers as well, as some feel it's purposefully unrewarding as a way to get people to purchase microtransactions. NetherRealm Studios has responded to these complaints, and it has said that it will be re-balancing MK11's grind and progression rewards in the future.
The second often-cited reason for the Mortal Kombat 11 review bomb is the game's lack of fan favorite characters. NetherRealm decided not to include Mileena, Reptile, Smoke, and some other characters that fans were looking forward to in Mortal Kombat 11. Some took even greater offense to the lack of Mileena in Mortal Kombat 11 when it became apparent that her move-set had been given to Kitana instead.
It will be interesting to see if NetherRealm responds to any of these complaints, and if makes an effort to change the minds of those that have decided to review bomb Mortal Kombat 11. Meanwhile, the game has earned quite a bit of praise for its core gameplay, and those looking for a solid fighting game should still find one with MK11.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.