FINISH HIM for good in Mortal Kombat XL…with all new content and all the DLC packs…


Mortal Kombat X first appeared around about a year ago when it originally dropped and brought a whole new generation of fans to the long running fighter series. With the over the top brutality and the classic characters looking better than ever on the new consoles, it was an enormous success and as such, we’ve got a brand new edition of the game, bundled with a whole lot of goodies. Can you stomach Mortal Kombat XL?

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You can look at Mortal Kombat XL in a couple of ways. One, it’s the ‘second wave’ of Mortal Kombat X, bringing along with it Kombat Pack 2 and a new title update reintroducing ‘klassic’ stage fatalities and brutalities along with four characters brand new to the game. Well, seven if you can count Tribog as four (who unocks Cyber Sub-Zero along with Sektor, Cyrax and Smoke under the variations of the characters).

There’s no doubt that XL feels more complete than X. With damn near everything unlocked you’re able to experience the game at your pace. Triborg enhances the game to damn near another level. With a whole new skillset and moves, Cyrax’s sawblade in his chest, Smoke’s harpoons and teleportation, Sektor’s missiles and Cyber Sub-Zero’s icy abilities, it’s a fan service that is in line with the original release. Celebrating the old and embracing the new all at the same time.

The new characters variations, namely Leatherface has three new looks and move sets that accompany them, Xenomorph comes in three different breeds. Character variation is a highlight of the game as a whole, and you’ll have a blast getting to know them all individually and find out which one works best for you. They’re all rather ridiculous and that makes them all the more terrific. This is Mortal Kombat, after all (Alien vs. Predator. Yes, you can make it happen).

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Talking of Alien, they’re fatalities are as gruesome as you could imagine and probably my favourite in the game due to their impeccably twisted nature. We’re talking puncturing holes in skulls, chestbursters and more. It’s brutal, bloody and brilliant and exactly what you want from Alien in Mortal Kombat.

The introduction of Leatherface seems something incredibly natural in this series. The character just fits into this twisted  world perfectly and is like he should have always been there in the first place. His utilities like his hammer and his chainsaw are used to great effect, as you would imagine.

His inclusion isn’t second rate, either. Each variation is remarkably different. His ‘Pretty Lady’ version can throw the chainsaw across the whole screen’ with his Butcher version being brilliantly agile, giving Jason the ability to leap across the screen with an enormous mallet. If you can imagine Leatherface dressed up as Harley Quinn perhaps you can glance at what they’re going for here. Or not, but that’s what came to mind. Leatherface’s ‘Killer’ variation unlocks a ‘berserker’ stance, which allows him to charge at enemies with his chainsaw.

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And then you have Bo’ Rai Cho. He’s a drunken munk than can spit fire. His variations include the ‘Bartitsu’ which lets you use his kane for spinning strikes and diving kicks. Then there’s ‘Drunken Master’ which is just off-the-wall madness that include flying headbutts, projectile vomit and plenty of extra additions I’m sure the five year old in you will find entertaining. Me? Not so much, I’d much rather fight with Xenomorph than bother with his rather stupid features again. I guess it’s all part and parcel with the game as a whole, and it’s probably expected, but it’s not particularly welcome.

Gameplay wise, stage fatalities with the new characters during the Klassic Tower can unlock new Trophies, which also include checking out new variations and moves from the latest characters. Thankfully there’s very little grinding in comparison to the main games Trophy hunting. The Trophies added encourage exploring new characters and abilities rather than endless unlocking and completion.

You won’t miss out on the extra content if you already own Mortal Kombat X. You can download the XL pack which offers all eight DLC characters and a ton of variations. Or if you already have Kombat Pack 1 you can download Kombat Pack 2 which include the four new characters along with Goro and every skin pack.

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With the inclusion of a ton of new Kontent (lolz) and some great new characters, Mortal Kombat XL is a definitely worthy of a purchase. Behind the new additions is still perhaps one of the best fighting games in years and though it may have succumbed to the glory of Street Fighter V overall, XL is a completely different beast with enough to offer that they can easily stand next to each other in the fighting genre. There’s very little competition when the experiences are so vast. XL as a package offers terrific value, with hours upon hours of content and genuine fun to be had, so long as you aren’t too squeamish. The fatalities are brutal and sickening, but mostly hilarious.

Mortal Kombat X is a true celebration of everything that makes the series so great and is a testament to how its survived for so many years. There’s simply nothing like it, many have tried to elevate itself to the dizzy heights and failed, and that’s what makes XL so compelling.

Play it with a bunch of friends on the biggest, loudest TV you can find and you’ll have an absolute blast with the definitive version of the ultimate Mortal Kombat experience.

nine/10


 

MORTAL KOMBAT XL

Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: WB Games

Mortal Kombat XL is out now on PS4 (reviewed) and Xbox One (£49.99)

Disclaimer: In order to complete this review, we were provided with a review code from the publisher.
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