Mortal Kombat XL – PS4 – Review

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Mortal Kombat X,  developed by Netherealm studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is the tenth installment in the main Mortal Kombat series and was released originally on April 14 2015 for PS4, Xbox One and Windows. Like previous titles in the long running series, Mortal Kombat X pits either two players or one player and one CPU fighter against each other in a fight to the death. Also like previous titles it is deliciously gory like Mortal Kombat games should be and was met with critical acclaim, being praised as one of the best games of 2015.

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Now Netherealm studios have created Mortal Kombat XL which is the truly definitive edition of Mortal Kombat X. All the downloadable content that has been released for purchase since Mortal Kombat X’s release is included in Mortal Kombat XL and we mean everything. All the characters, all the skins and variations, all unlocked for your enjoyment. Not to mention the added area ‘The Pit’ which all Mortal Kombat veterans will recognise.

The gameplay remains unchanged. The combat is tightly tuned,fast paced and just feels solid. Like in typical Mortal Kombat fashion the roster is full of strange characters ranging from ninjas to Jason Voorhees from the ‘Friday The 13th’ franchise. But each character feels balanced which in games that boast rosters full of characters with special abilities can cause balancing issues, however the developers have done a great job here. Also unlike many fighting games it gives each character variations that can be chosen before each fight which changes how the character plays when in combat and this honestly makes all the difference. When playing other fighting games I would play as a character and if I did not like the moves list I would probably stay away from that character at all costs but in MKX and MKXL it gives me the opportunity to try the variations and use characters that I would never have used before.

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As previously stated the combat is ridiculously gory which is to be expected with blood and guts flying all over the place. In the Mortal Kombat series the blood and guts go together like bread and butter and there is no exception to MKX with fatalities, brutalities and Xray moves galore. The game sports some of the most gruesome ways to die to date for the Mortal Kombat Series and many times it had me gasping in a kind of disgusted delight at the gruesome sceptical.

The graphics are great with the environments, characters and cut scenes being extremely well made. The main story modes’ cut scenes are also sharp and kept me enthralled as the animations are brilliant and it is like watching a movie at times. The narrative and story can come across a little stiff and cheesy but none the less they do a good job at presenting Mortal Kombat X/XL’s story unlike many fighting games in recent generations which typically have a throw away story. There is plenty to get your teeth into in Mortal Kombat X/XL from the various modes to play through and the persistant online war which doing anything in Mortal Kombat X/XL counts towards. Then there are just the straight up online battles you can test your might fighting against players from all across the world. This is really well made here and other fighting game developers should take notes.

In the end Mortal Kombat XL is the definitive Mortal Kombat X experience and if you are a fan of the fighting game genre this honestly is one of the best fighting games of all time. Even if you are not a Mortal Kombat fan, Mortal Kombat XL will definitely not disappoint.

9/10

 

 

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