Since its debut, Mortal Kombat’s cataclysmic stakes made its in-universe tournaments stand out from the pack. Winning a trophy or gaining a sense of purpose are great prizes in other fighting games, but do they stack up against saving an entire plane of existence from being annihilated? The problem has been that Mortal Kombat’s storytelling ambition has been hindered by a variety of technical constraints. And let’s face it – single-player campaigns aren’t traditionally the go-to place for fighting fans looking for a good time. With Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm may very well change that perception.