Written by Jon Scarr
Whether you are just starting out, or you are an experience player, there are many ways to fight an opponent in Mortal Kombat XL. You’ll encounter a wide variety of players all with varying skills sets, so you are going to need to be on your toes at all times. Here’s 4 tips to becoming a better Mortal Kombat XL player.
Truth be told, becoming a competitive Mortal Kombat player takes a lot of work and dedication. If you’re having trouble taking your game to the next level, then here are some tips to help you become a better Mortal Kombat XL gamer.
The absolute best way to become a better Mortal Kombat XL player is to play the game as much as you can and not give up. Play against opponents with varying skill levels, you can always improve your game and learn from your opponents. The more time you spend playing Mortal Kombat XL, the more familiar you will become with your character and the characters your opponents choose.
Online play in Mortal Kombat XL is virtually the same as playing against someone right in your living room. So don’t be afraid to take on opponents online, in fact you can probably find a larger pool of opponents online than you can locally.
Let’s be honest, if you are continuously playing opponents who you can steam roll over—you aren’t going to become a better Mortal Kombat XL player. In fact, you will learn more from losing than you will winning.
I’ve seen a lot of gamers get upset, or even claim that their opponent is cheating when they lose. Don’t take it personal. It’s imperative to find opponents who are better than you. If you continuously use the same gameplay tactics over and over again, what would happen if you played against yourself?
If you don’t play against opponents who beat you, you’re not going to become a better player. If you are continuously getting beat by a certain tactic, you are going to have to figure out how to get around it.
Think of it this way, your opponent is only doing what works best for them. Change up your gameplay and stop them. You’ll either force them to play differently or start winning against them.
This is a common eSports term, but a lot of people either don’t know what it is or don’t know how to incorporate it into gameplay. Essentially, footsies are a zoning tool used in order to keep the perfect distance in between you and your enemy.
This is done to either take advantage of baiting your opponents into using their attacks, or utilizing the length of your attacks. For example, lets take a look at Scorpions Ninjutsu variation. On this variation, Scorpion has an extended length on his blades for his rush down attacks.
Because of this, there is a perfect distance to stay at where Scorpion can attack his opponent, but they cannot reach him to attack. This doesn’t just apply to Scorpion, there are many characters in Mortal Kombat XL that this applies to. Here are two ways in order to effectively utilize footsies.
The first way is to simply poke your opponent by pressing down and O on the PlayStation 4 controller. This will kick your opponent in the shin, causing them to take a few steps backwards. In turn, this puts your opponent at that perfect range to strike.
The second way to utilize footsies is by simply moving backwards. While it may sound easy, there are a few key moments when you are going to want to do so. The best time to either jump or quickly dash backwards are after a knock down or before your opponent attempts to get off a combo.
If you have followed the first three steps and still are having problems, then it’s time to head to the game’s training mode. Ensure that you have combos in your arsenal for every possible situation that you could be put in.
Have combos to combat an air-to-air attack such as a jump punch, combos from a low and overhead combo starter, and combos in the corner where its most likely to maximize damage to your opponent. Learn these combos like the back of your hand.
My rule of thumb is this, practice each of your combos until you can do them 10 times each successfully in succession. When you in the middle of a match, it is going to be quite a bit harder to pull of a combo if you’ve just learned it. It all comes down to muscle memory, the more muscle memory you have, the easier it’s going to be to instantly pull off those important combos.
Here is a neat little strategy I use when I continuously get beat by my opponent. In the training mode, I choose the character whom I am having trouble against and set the AI to record my action. I then play the same way as my opponent did with the particular character.
With the pressure off of a heated battle, I then take control of my character and figure out strategies that work against this. Whatever the winning strategy might be, your best chance to figure it out is in training mode.
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.