Note: This hands-on is based off of gameplay on the Playstation 3 platform with material supplied to Vagary.tv from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This game is also available on the X360 platform.
In case you missed my review of the ninth installment to the Mortal Kombat franchise (you can read that here), I praised the game for not only bringing the series back to its gory 2D figher roots, but also for adding a truly entertaining story. NetherRealm Studios capitalized on the success of Mortal Kombat with the recently-released Komplete Edition, offering players the opportunity to buy both the full retail game that was released last year and the accompanying DLC that was released afterwards.
The included DLC content includes four characters that can be used in both single-player arcade mode and multiplayer. Drastically different in visual style, the four new characters offer more to the table than just broadening the selection screen. The DLC fighters, also available for purchase for those without the Komplete Edition, are Freddy Krueger, Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain. Let’s face it, half the fun of Mortal Kombat is seeing the fatalities and these don’t disappoint. While the normal characters have to unlock their other fatalaties in the Krypt (where you use your koins to unlock various in-game rewards), you have instant access to the DLC characters’ full repretoire of moves.
Each character even has their own story as to how they get wrapped up in the tournament, though this is seen only at the end of Arcade mode after finishing it with one of the DLC characters. Freddy Krueger, whom you may think to be an unfitting addition to the Mortal Kombat cast, has a very convincing story. Shao Khan began stealing Earthrealm’s souls, which Krueger deemed to be his to prey on. I’m pretty sure you can gather what happens next.
Along with new characters, you’ll also get “Klassic Skins” of some of the original characters, such as Reptile, Scorpion and Sub-Zero. So if you don’t fancy their new threads, you have the option to turn back time a decade or so and see them the way they were originally introduced to us in previous Mortal Kombat games. There are 15 of these skins included, so a bulk of the characters can be re-skinned to your fitting.
As an “entertainment bonus,” this Komplete Edition allows you to download the original Mortal Kombat movie (probably one of the only video game movies made that is worth owning, in my opinion) digitally. You also get a code to go on your computer and download the accompanying soundtrack.
Mortal Kombat has a rich and entertaining story alone, so with all of the little additions, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t still a valuable package despite its $60 USD price tag. If for some odd reason you skipped over this bloody treat a year ago, don’t hesitate to grab it now.