The Mortal Kombat series dates back to the very origins of the fighting video game, and its latest incarnation has 3 important innovations.

Before you start playing the game, you will be asked to choose between five character: Lin Kuei, Black Dragon, White Lotus, Special Forces, or the Brotherhood of Shadow. Your choice of character will influence whether you are prepared to be good, evil, or a mixture of the two, writes Chris Burns of Slash Gear.

Mortal Kombat X

Online gaming drives new content

The new content is largely driven by online play, with new competitions which introduce a lot of new content, but if you’d rather you can still play purely offline. If you choose to do so you will miss out on Faction War, in which the different factions compete against each other for a set period of time, with members of the winning faction receiving rewards.

Long term fans of Mortal Kombat will surely remember the towers, where combatants can choose from small, medium, or large towers, with levels of difficulty ranging from novice to Champion. Other tower options include “Test Your Might,” “Endless” and “Survivor,” but the major innovation is that towers will adapt and change.

Online content will see your towers change based on your level of skill as well as the changing nature of online battles, with the online feature adding a dynamic element to the towers that Mortal Kombat players have not previously experienced.

Mortal Kombat X: Epic plot

Mortal Kombat X also breaks new ground with its story mode, which Direct of Art Steve Beran says “is just amazing.” He later adds that “it’s a blockbuster movie within the game itself.” The plot does not unfold over a period of hours or days, as is the case with most games, but instead follows your character over the course of 25 years.

The creators of the game have created a video called “Mortal Kombat X: Next,” in which they tell you more about the game and the storyline. Watch the video above and find out what they have to say for themselves.