Gameplay: 9.5 / 10
Graphics: 8 / 10
Replay Value: 10 / 10
Sound and Music: 9 / 10
Thanks to Warner and NetherRealm, the controversial poster child for ultra-violent fighting games, Mortal Kombat X, gets a ‘Game of the Year’ edition with all the DLC skin packs, fighting arenas, and characters, including Jason Voorhees, Predator, Alien, Tremor, Goro, Tanya, Triborg, Bo’Rai Cho and Leatherface. With a strong emphasis on horror characters, this might be the most brutal title in the series yet.
Mortal Kombat XL retains the exact same gameplay and content of the base game, Mortal Kombat X. The story mode (12 chapters long) is still fairly short and the combat is still as tight as ever. MKXL is a technically impressive and inventive title with a polished presentation that combines the best of past success (showers of blood, gory fatalities, a larger roster of characters, various sorcery abilities, grim backdrops and plenty of mini-games) while introducing all-new characters and multiple fighting style variations.
It’s difficult to recommend the extra content to those who already own Mortal Kombat X. A few new ideas or story chapters or towers might have sweetened the deal. However, the real highlight here is the DLC content – which suprisingly does make the game a hellavalot more fun. The Lui Kang skin pack, for example, makes the character cool again. He now mimicks Bruce Lee to the T. Those irritated with the new outfits also have the option of selecting the ‘classic’ skins. Believe it or not, this does make the game more fun. I found myself replaying a lot of the story and completed all the towers with the new skins. Maybe there is a sense of nostalgia about Mortal Kombat XL, but it really takes a good experience and makes it even better.
As always, NetherRealm managed to pull a rabbit out of a hat by introducing Alien, Predator, Jason and Leatherface. They manage to add even more gore to an incredibly gory game. Leatherface, for example, uses his patented chainsaw as a main weapon and his violent hammer swings as a backup. His fatalities are gruesome enough to make even hardcore horror fans squeemish. And when you put these horror icons in a room together you’re bound to have endless fun.
For those who haven’t gotten their hands on MKX, this is a no-brainer. This is a fighting game worth owning. Think of the possibilities of playing Alien vs Predator and Jason vs Leatherface. For that alone, Mortal Kombat XL deserves a place in your collection. If that doesn’t convince you, you can read up about the game in our review of Mortal Kombat X: