We originally reviewed Mortal Kombat X almost a year ago, and gave it a 9/10 for it’s amazingly fun gameplay and large amount of content on offer. A lot of updates have happened since then, and it’s why we are here today with the “XL” version of Mortal Kombat X. With Mortal Kombat X already reviewed by us, we will mostly focus on the post launch content that is on the XL disc.
The biggest addition by far with Mortal Kombat XL is the brand new characters that have been added. Altogether there have been 8 characters added to the game, and they are Jason Voorhees, Tanya, Predator, Tremor, Alien, Bo’ Rai Cho, Leatherface, and Triborg. Being the huge Mortal Kombat fan that I am, I was quite disappointed with the selection for additional characters. I feel there is too many characters from other franchises and not enough actual Mortal Kombat characters with some great character being snubbed for the likes of Leatherface. I understand that it’s cool to have 1 or 2 of these characters, but four of them are just way too many.
The stand out character that was added to the game has to be Triborg who is technically a “new” character… kind of. The character allows you to play as Cyrax, Sektor, and Smoke (Sub Zero is a sneaky secret option) via the variations options for characters. It was a smart way to feature 3 (4?) old characters, but put a new twist to it with the Triborg concept. As expected all these new characters come with a wide range of fatalities, brutalities, and their own endings once you have beaten the challenge tower with them.
Mortal Kombat X was already stacked when it first launched last April, but the team at Netherrealm went even further with the release of Mortal Kombat XL. Since the release of the original game a wide range of features have been added over time, and added to this one big package called Mortal Kombat XL. These features include stage fatalities, the classic Pit arena, classic fatalities, new stage brutalities, secret brutalities for characters, a lot of new alternate costumes including classic and new designs, and to top that off a brand new enhanced online that improves the netcode for online fights.
I was really happy with the added content compared to what the original disc had at launch, mostly because I remember how disappointed I was when I found out there wasn’t any stage fatalities in Mortal Kombat X. I have to give credit to the excellent team at Netherrealm Studios for listening to the hardcore fans of Mortal Kombat like myself, who asked for these classic features to return. One of my other issues which I actually did mention in the original review was there was a major lack of arenas in the game.
Now I love The Pit arena, it’s a Mortal Kombat classic that really should be in all games now. It sadly was the only arena that was added in this Mortal Kombat XL package. That only boosted the arena count to 13 which is really disappointing when a PS2 game that you may have heard of called Mortal Kombat Deception had close to 25 arenas. We are now in the era of PS4’s so we’re at least expecting close to that number and not half of what we had 12 years ago. If there is more DLC in the future, please Netherrealm could you add some more arenas in the game while you’re at it, thanks!
Now that I’ve already talked about pretty much everything that is added to Mortal Kombat X via the Mortal Kombat XL disc, lets briefly mention what you also get in the original game. You have a story mode, multiple tower modes, the krypt, multiple online based modes, mini games, and a lot of secrets to be found whilst having a huge roster to kill other fighters with.
The Final Verdict
I once said Mortal Kombat X is one of the most stacked fighting games of all time, I can now say Mortal Kombat XL is the most stacked fighting game of all time. The content, the quality, and the lasting appeal in this game is just incredible. I honestly think this is almost the perfect Mortal Kombat game ever, to the point were I would be happy if Netherrealm would just keep on supporting the game until the next gen of consoles. If you didn’t manage to pick up Mortal Kombat X last year, then now is the perfect time to invest your money in one of the best fighting games you will ever play. Go buy it!
+ Fun gameplay
+ Ridiculous amounts of content
+ The addition of classic content for the fans
+/- DLC characters are hit and miss
– I still want more arenas…
Final Score: 9.5/10