Mortal Kombat 11 has been in the wild now for three months and gamers have gotten a chance to explore every nook and cranny and know what's what.
We've had lots of time to find out which gear is the best for each fighter, what we dislike about the micro-transactions and which stages we like to throw down in. We've also got to know each character like the back of our severed hands. As such, it's time we take a hard look at the roster and make some serious judgements.
While Mortal Kombat 11 is, arguably, the best pure gameplay experience in the entire series, it's not without its faults. In fact, the roster itself is a little wonky. Some of the fighters are pure bliss to play with and perfectly balanced, while others are best avoided at all costs.
So let's stop beating that proverbial bush into a bloody pulp and get down to the list. Don't say we didn't warn you next time you try to play online with one of these inept fighters.
It's with a heavy heart that Baraka makes this list.
Everybody's favourite blades-for-arms hell spawn made his big return in Mortal Kombat 11 and it's fair to say fans were excited. Baraka is, or at least should be, the epitome of what makes Mortal Kombat fun to play: fast, violent, gory, and disgusting.
Yet Baraka in Mortal Kombat 11 just felt a little... samey. His move-set was largely similar to previous games in the franchise and he just wasn't very exciting. NetherRealm has done an incredible job of continually reinventing its series and part of that is down to taking characters away, bringing others back, and introducing new ones. However a game away didn't seem to do anything for Baraka.
He's slow, his moves are uninspired, and his potential for racking up a huge combo is low. Yes, he still has his cool blades and they do good damage, but ultimately this was a straight-forward return to form. Considering the fan love for the character and his over-the-top design though, it's disappointing how basic this comeback was. Baraka deserved more and so did we.