There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.
But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.
Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Geras.
Who Are They?
Geras is a big buff sandman. Specifically, he’s a being crafted from the sands of time by Kronika, the ultimate villain of Mortal Kombat 11. She created him as a fixed point in time, a being who can’t die but only gets stronger and stronger to serve Kronika’s will throughout all possible timelines. He’s also as smart and arrogant as you’d expect for an immortal being.
Geras is a new character in Mortal Kombat 11. While Kronika isn’t playable, Geras lets players sample a bit of her wacky time powers, time powers that really drive Mortal Kombat 11 as a whole. He’s also an appreciated additional swole grappler in the cast.
With his sand aesthetic and ancient vaguely ethnic wisdom, my Geras looks like a magical Egyptian bodyguard, which is pretty much what he is. I also like to keep an even split between his time powers and sand powers. He can summon quicksand traps, bash enemies with a big sand fast, summon sand simulacrums, and pick people up to slam them into slam walls. However, thanks to Mortal Kombat 11’s fun new flexible meter mechanics, with enough patience my Geras can also freeze foes in place for free hits as well as reverse time in his favor. Other variations even let you meta mess with the timer.
How Gross Is The Fatality?
You’d think Geras’ fatality would somehow use time travel to blow your mind while also just grossing you out. But no. He’s such a big guy he can simply punch your heart out of your chest and slap your face off of your head without any special magic. Why waste the effort for anything fancier?
Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.