GAME NAME: Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
PUBLISHER(S): Warner Bros. Interactive
RELEASE DATE(S): 2 March 2012
The 2011 released Mortal Kombat exemplifies the rare occasion when the end-product as hyped by its developers (in this case, the co-creator of the MK franchise Ed Boon) actually deliver the promised goods. The pre-release build-up to the ninth installment never reached the status of a Molyneaux-like faux-pas, nor was it an endless recitation of hyperbole setting up unattainably lofty expectations. Boon simply promised to take the series back to its ultra-violent roots, retelling the stories from MK 1 to 3 while making the combat system simultaneously accessible enough for newcomers but with enough depth to keep even the most hardcore MK-veterans satisfied. The result was a return to glory for the MK franchise, and certainly the best title in the series since the 1995-released Mortal Kombat 3.
Fast-forward a few months, and the game has seen a few downloadable content packs being released, which is the raison d’être for the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition. Our original review can be read here, and since the base game has remained unchanged the remainder of this review will focus on the extra content packed on the disc.
It has become a somewhat predictable trend for fighting games to receive ‘complete’ editions, sometimes only a few months after their initial release. Mortal Kombat is the latest to fall victim to this rather unscrupulous method of cash-cow milking and while many other re-releases may offer pretty substantial additions to the core game, the same cannot be said for Mortal Kombat.
The additional characters initially offered up as DLC are present here (Freddy Krueger, Rain, Skarlet and Kenshi) while the always-snarling PS3-exclusive character Kratos completes the roster. The classic characters are a welcome bonus but the stand-outs are undoubtedly Krueger and Kratos, both with surprisingly solid move-sets that manage to highlight their own brands of violence. These characters are selectable in all the modes within the game, barring the story mode.
The only other addition is a Klassic Skin Pack, which offers classic skins for some of the characters, and Klassic Fatalities for Scorpion, Reptile and Sub-Zero. Calling these additions bare-bones would be somewhat of an understatement. With no additional modes, no changes to the story mode or any other change to the base game, this becomes an extremely hard sell for those who’ve already picked up the game. Put simply, it’s a shoddy re-release, a missed opportunity and hardly necessary.
Mortal Kombat is a fantastic game – a blood-soaked homage to the franchise’s peak in the 90’s – but this Komplete Edition feels like nothing more than a lazy, slapped-together effort. It’s a great place for complete newcomers to jump in, while everyone else will be better served spending their hard-earned pennies elsewhere.