Though Mortal Kombat is old news overseas, its release here in Australia brings a smile to fighting game fans as it is the first time gamers can legally pick it up. rawDLC marks the occasion with a review of the newly expanded R18+ release.
This is an amazing package, bursting at the seams with gore and fun. If you missed the game the first time around due to its availability on import only (as it was originally refused classification then you must experience it at least once. NetherRealm studios has pushed the complexity of the fighting game to new places with their reboot of this aging franchise.
At its core it is still very much Mortal Kombat. All of the expected classic costumes and fighters are in play with more attention on the things usually left lacking in this genre, such as story and decent training simulators. Gamers still have all their favourite characters, each with almost all of the moves still there. But NetherRealm has spent tireless hours creating a great sense of balance between the fighters. None feel overpowered, each has strengths and weaknesses.
For example, Smoke is insanely fast but limited to mainly light hits. Jax is strong but slow to strike. Each fighter has a strategy which must be learned and using the same system as seen in the more recent Injustice: Gods Among Us, you’ll get ample time with most of the characters as you switch up as the story requires. This forces you to go outside your comfort zone and experiment with other fighters.
Besides the awesome story mode, Mortal Kombat comes with the traditional arcade mode as well as a stunning array of extras modes to play. There are tag modes (up to four players), mini games, a challenge tower mode and fatality training, each offering a different type of gameplay for those wanting more after finishing the story mode. The Komplete Edition also comes with all of the downloadable characters including Rain, Skarlet, Kenshi, Kratos (on PS3) and of course, Freddy Kruger and all of the skins and other content available.
Mortal Kombat – Komplete Edition is one of the best fighting games on the market and at the measly $35 here in Australia, you would be mad not to snap up a copy. The gameplay is fast, brutal and challenging. Once you have the hang of the basics this savvy fighting game has hours of entertainment packed into it and its cinematic nature is as enjoyable to watch as it is to play. Mortal Kombat – Komplete Edition is a great party game and serves as an exceptional stress relief for those bad days at work. For the fighting aficionado, this is a must own title.