I decided to try MK11, figuring it was a major enough series it would be nice to fill a blind spot in my experience, and that the expansion launch and announcement for EVO made it an opportune moment to jump in. But I wound up refunding it after two hours. The PC port felt pretty rough, with some random slowdowns, a crash to desktop, and screen resets when it dropped in and out of HDR mode. The netcode felt pretty good, though definitely a clear step below KI. I didn’t really get a solid feel for the mechanics, but wouldn’t mind giving it another shot at some point, maybe with a console version. Though after two hours I was already kind of tired of the non-interactive cutscenes sprinkled around each fight to show off ridiculously over-the-top gore sequences as a “reward” for doing something well.
Went back to KI for a while and had a couple of really satisfying matches in the ranked queue with the one rare non-expert. Unfortunately, they were followed by a dozen straight level 50s where I was lucky to get a single combo in. Really liking the game, and it looks and plays great, but it’s looking like a lot of beating my head against the wall to get somewhere approaching competitive.