OPINION: Mortal Kombat X proves story can have a place in fighting games

NB. Do be aware that there may be minor spoilers within.

Making story a focus in certain types of games can be something of a contentious issue. We see it all the time in genres like racing games, fighting titles, sports series and more. But there's a difference between trying to shoehorn in something where it doesn't belong, and using narrative to provide compelling content – and Mortal Kombat X manages to fall into the latter camp.

There are plenty of new characters in Mortal Kombat X, and it's clear that the overall mission of Netherrealm has been to create a game that delivers something of a regeneration cycle for the series, both in terms of gameplay and content. It makes sense – after all, this is the first title in the series to appear on the new generation of consoles, and the desire to capture the attention of newcomers as well as series stalwarts has obvious benefits.

COMPETITION | Win Solarix – 30 keys up for grabs

When it coms to scary games, are you someone who creeps around stealthily to hopefully never attract the attention of the horrors within, or do you like to grab the nearest weapon/bashing device and try to eliminate anything that jumps out at you?

Well, Solarix is a game that tries to cater to both approaches, and we have 30 keys to give away!

Double Dragon Trilogy – Playfire Rewards Friday


Available until Friday, 1st May 2015 @ 23:59 UTC:
    Don't have Double Dragon Trilogy in your library yet? Buy it here (with 30% off until Wednesday) >>

    Staff Picks: 24th April – Victim of Zen, Rush Bros, and Urja


    Friday is here, the weekend looms, and that means new Staff Picks for you!

    Introversion Weekend Deals – up to 80% off Darwinia, Uplink, Multiwinia and more

    Introversion's classic titles are fantastic. There's something incredibly appealling, for example, about sitting on train (or in another public place) playing Uplink and pretending like you're taking down massive multinational banks and the like.

    A nosy passenger once asked me what the hell I thought I was doing because they thought it was actually real. It felt pretty badass.

    Anyway, enough about that, we've got up to 80% off on the classic Introversion games this weekend!

    Which Marvel IP would you most like to see given the Telltale treatment?

    Big news, superhero fans! Last night, at an event in San Francisco, Telltale announced a partnership with Marvel Studios that will see them teaming up for a game series to roll out in 2017.

    Omerta: City of Gangsters – Playfire Rewards Thursday


    Available until Thursday, 30th April 2015 @ 23:59 UTC:
      Don't have Omerta: City of Gangsters in your library yet? Buy it here (with 80% off until tomorrow afternoon) >>

      Tommo Deals – Up to 75% off Sid Meier's Pirates!, Slave Zero, Hyperdimension Neptunia and more

      Happy Thursday, folks! 

      We've got another publisher sale kicking off today, his time with 75% off on a range of classic Tommo titles, with 50% off on the crazy JRPG Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1.

      Top Five... Best Star Wars Games

      It's a trap! This list was agonising to make. Only having five slots made this an incredibly difficult process. Words were said. Tears were shed. But we finally managed to reach a consensus that we're happy with.

      Sort of.

      Apologies right now. But the question came down to what games we considered to be the most seminal titles. The five Star Wars games that you medically need to play before you die. As always, let us know what your favourites are!

      Warhammer, WWE, and winning hearts – Morning Roundup


      A lot of stuff happened yesterday. New games, fresh announcements, reams of deals, trailers flying everywhere. So, just in case anyone missed it, here's the lowdown on a whole bunch of news from the past day or so.

      Probably one of the worst-kept secrets in gaming, this one has been coming for a while. The limitlessly deep and rich universe of Warhammer heralds a new era for Total War. Gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power take their place on the battlefield, alongside thousands of warriors clashing in real-time tactical battles.

      Killing Floor 2 (Early Access) – Playfire Rewards Wednesday


      Available until Wednesday, 29th April 2015 @ 23:59 UTC:
      • Killing Floor 2 – unlock You Can't Fight In Here, This Is The Control Room (£0.10)
      • Killing Floor 2 – unlock Fear Is for The Zeds, My Little Lord (£0.40)
        Don't have Killing Floor 2 in your library yet? Buy it here >>

        What's the scariest gaming moment you've ever had? #GMGasks


        The Evil Within: The Consequence released yesterday and it got us thinking about the scariest gaming moments we've experienced.

        With that in mind, today's #GMGasks is this: what's the scariest gaming moment you've ever had?

        Killing Floor 2 Early Access – now available for purchase on the GMG Store


        Killing Floor 2 is now available for purchase on the GMG Store. Click here to jump into the Early Access now and get blasting!

        Tripwire's brutal, bloody shooter is back, and it looks fantastic.

        Tropico 5 – Playfire Rewards Tuesday


        Available until Tuesday, 28th April 2015 @ 23:59 UTC:
        • Tropico 5 – unlock Heir and Now (£0.10)
        • Tropico 5 – unlock The Great Mogul (£0.20)
        • Tropico 5 – unlock In Seventh Heaven (£0.20)
          Don't have Tropico 5 in your library yet? Buy it here (75% off until Wed afternoon) >>

          Competition Winners: The Last Express

          Thanks to everyone who entered in our recent competition to win The Last Express. Jordan Mechner's mystery title is an absolute classic, and one of the finest adventure games ever made.