Yup. Emotions are great, they help us and are a part of us, but knee-jerk reacting, or obsessing, oft leads to serious issues in real life.
I didn’t mind the new characters. Mortal Kombat X came out in 2015, and the last game in the franchise to have new characters, as I recall, was Mortal Kombat: Deception in 2004! It’s been a while and some fresh blood is not a bad thing.
Interesting tidbit for those who don’t know: Midway had actually gotten tired of the same old characters game after game after game, so with Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, the plan was to kill everyone off so they could start completely fresh with the next game.
Midway got into financial trouble though, and they ended up partnering with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment to make Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe instead. While the game was not well received, it was still good enough to entice WBIE to purchase the franchise and to hire on the development team when Midway went bust, and thus we now have NetherRealm Studios.
They had to restore franchise faith, and shifted to proper competitive play and design, for Mortal Kombat (2011), so they went with the supreme klassic roster, but for Mortal Kombat X, I truly believe they were testing the waters with many of the new characters to see if they could replace some of the old timers.
The game was set 25 years later, characters like Johnny, Sonya, Jax, Kenshi, etc. were older, and many of the “wonder kids” I believe were set to take their place. Since only a few of the new characters were praised though, I believe NetherRealm decided not to follow through on this.
For the story of Mortal Kombat X, some of my beefs, as I mentioned, are the plot holes. For example, we never find out how Mileena got the Amulet of Shinnok. It’s said Rain stole it for her, but then it’s implied that Kano did. At one point Raiden is remote communicating with Sonya while investigating the Amulet’s supposed vault, and he mysteriously has to cut communication as if he’s about to be in trouble, and that plot line is completely dropped and not followed up again! There’s more, but stuff like that was just a head scratcher.