Even though Mortal Kombat 1 is seeking to bring players to a new era in the franchise, it's still retaining many of the classic features that have made the series infamous. This includes the ability for characters to finish off their opponents in one swift Brutality move without the need for a Fatality combo.
While these don't require the timed response like the Fatalities, you'll still need to make sure that you're hitting your opponent at the right moment. Getting a Brutality with any character in Mortal Kombat 1 is easy once you know the right combo and when to use it.
How To Perform A Brutality In Mortal Kombat 1
Currently, the only Brutality that's been revealed is "The Klassic," and it's accessible on every character. In order to get it, you'll need to press Down + Back Punch, which is usually some form of uppercut, when your opponent is one hit away from dying. The uppercut will send the character's head flying, with a piece of the spine still attached.
Like fatalities, a Brutality is a flashy way to end the fight, but it also shows an extra level of style when used on purpose. Even when it's not, players might accidentally send an opponent's head flying, which feels even better than when you do it on purpose.
During the pre-order beta in August, The Klassic was the only Brutality, but more will likely be unlocked through a similar currency unlockable system as the last game. There are likely to be more character-specific fatalities than brutalities, but they give the player options.
As far as Brutalities go, The Klassic is one of the most iconic in the series, dating back to the arcade cabinets. It's unclear if all of the Brutalities will apply across characters and we likely won't know until the game fully releases next month.