Review: Mortal Kombat XL
Mortal Kombat X offered enough quality to its release in April 2015 to make their way to the gates of the biggest tournaments of fighting games, including EVO Championship Series, but also its own Mortal Kombat Cup for now two year. Almost a year after the release of the Vanilla version and just after the release of Street Fighter V, Warner Bros. Interactive and Netherealm Studios launch this Mortal Kombat XL version, available only on console – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is really worth paying for the upgrade? Before we start, this is review will not talk about the core of Mortal Kombat X, but only talks about the differences from the Vanilla and the XL versions.
Now the question that everyone wants to know: is my previous Mortal Kombat X progress safe with this XL version? Well, the answer is yes, and in addition to 13 new achievements and trophies, you have access to all of the downloadable content from last year, and the one coming out in this season. So with Mortal Kombat XL, every character costumes, Klassic fatalities, additional fighters like Goro (the Day One DLC) Jason (from Friday the 13th), Predator, Tanya and Tremor will be available in the game.
Mortal Kombat XL obviously includes the latest Kombat Pack 2, which contains four new character! The first one is Bo’ Rai Cho, a drunken fighter from the old Mortal Kombat and Triborg, a 4-in-1 character, contrary to what its name indicates, since in addition to its 3 variations that are Cyrax, Sektor and Smoke (in a robotic version), there is a hidden fourth variation: Cyber Sub Zero (accessible by pressing Up – Up – Y or Triangle a the selection screen). The last two newcomers, like Jason and the Predator, also come straight from horror film: Nostromo’s iconic enemy Alien, and Leatherface, the crazy Chainsaw-wielding killer! If Freddy, available in the previous installment, is no longer in the game, you must admit that these four characters are a beautiful homage to cinema horrors and continue this sacred crossover.
The most important thing to note is that on top of all these contents, the major technical and graphical update that was launched recently is packed in this version. It contains numerous gameplay adjustments, but also a “new” stage, The Pit, which will remind a lot of old players and fans many memories. With this stage, the “environment” fatalities are back, including the fall to the bottom of the pit filled with sharp peaks!
At the time of testing the original Mortal Kombat X version, I found that the time to search for online opponents was excessively long. Thankfully, this problem is buried, thanks to the last update: 10 to 60 seconds is all it took maximum to find an opponent. Perhaps this is due to the presence of many more Kombatants since the release of the core game and the XL version, but I want to believe it’s just the improved network code that was fixed over the year.
So the question is: what should you do if you have Mortal Kombat X already? Well, If you own Mortal Kombat X without any Kombat Packs and want to update to the latest version of the game, you will just need to pay around $24.99 dollars for the XL Pack. That update to will include Kombat Pack 1, Kombat Pack 2 as well as all the available DLC Costumes and other content released. If you have the first Kombat Pack already, you can just pay then $19.99 for the latest Kombat Pack 2. And of course If you don’t own any version of the game, you can purchase Mortal Kombat XL for $59.99 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Mortal Kombat XL was reviewed using an Xbox One digital version of the game provided by Warner Bros. Interactive. The game is also available on PlayStation 4. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published.
• Great graphics
• New characters
• A great overall minimalist design
• The successful comeback of characters fighting variations
• Content and game modes that are both local and online
• A greatly rebuilt and balanced gameplay
• The possibility of other paid content coming to this XL version in the future.
• The story mode is still as goofy as ever
• The tone of the game is maybe little too serious for its own good