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If you haven’t already then I would highly suggest reading over official review of the game. The game was deserving of the 9.5 score that was bestowed upon it and it still is. Even though the game came out last year there has been a re-release and that is why we are all gathered here today. That’s right, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is here and it is bigger and badder than the game that came out less than a year ago.
Obviously this won’t be much of a “review.” Instead, I’ll be here to walk you through the content found on this version. As our very own Aram noted in a news article, this is a practice that almost all fighting games go through nowadays. There’s a lot of content in this box that the previous release did not have but the question is simple: is it worth it? Well, let’s take a gander at what all is new. Well, “new” probably isn’t the right word, so instead we’ll just go with what makes this “Komplete?”
No better place to start than the combatants themselves. First up is Skarlet, who many fans will know as the mysterious red alternate to Kitana in Mortal Kombat II. Skarlet may be the most uninspired of the characters because she fights a lot like Jade, Kitana, and Mileena, just red and with a lot more blood spewing everywhere. I like Skarlet, a lot in fact, and think she is a fantastic addition to the cast. Shooting blood balls and performing her crazy fatalities never gets old.
Next up is Rain, the purple ninja from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Again, he may not be classified as original (I mean, he’s the water/lightning ninja to Sub-Zero’s ice, Scorpion’s fire, Reptile’s venom, Smoke’s...smoke) but he’s a blast to play. Fans who plays as any of the ninja characters should give him a shot though I will admit I don’t like his character design. I know, I know, they decided to do something different instead of a palette swap but even on the cover of the game he looks a bit goofy. It almost looks more like a female dancer’s veil instead of a ninja mask.
If you skipped on the 3D releases of Mortal Kombat then it’s highly likely that you missed the introduction of Kenshi. He first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance but instantly became a fan favorite. I’m biased towards the blind man because he was far and away my favorite back on the PS2. His psychic abilities make him a pest to play against but a beast to play as. It doesn’t hurt that his blast can slice through opponents as easily as butter. I would say that Kenshi may actually be my best character in the whole game even with the limited time I have used him. He’s a great character to pick up and with just a bit of practice you’ll be flinging opponents around at will.
When the final character was announced I was surprised. In fact, writing that Freddy Krueger is in the game is still a bit of a shocker to me. Freddy’s bladed gloves make him a quick bugger to go up against. He can break through your long combos with a fast swipe and then start one of his own. Freddy players give me some of the most trouble of anyone because of just how fast he can go on the offensive. Of course, it is a bit satisfying to always beat the snot out of the guy as payback for being scary as crap to me in my childhood.
On top of the four characters, all 15 “Klassic Skins” are present. These, you may remember, were retailer specific pre-order DLC. I remember that I got Reptile’s skin from Amazon and, if my memory serves me correctly, the other ninjas (male and female) were present for places like Gamestop and Best Buy. For most I doubt it would matter much to have Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Reptile look like palette swaps but dammit, that is what I grew up with! Well that and the new Reptile looks kind of crappy (sorry, Ed Boon) and I prefer the old model. Anyway, all of that is present so you don’t have to pay for a handful of microtransactions.
Also included are “Songs Inspired By The Warriors,” a 13 song album. This includes an assortment of character themes and it’s a nice little throw-in. That’s not the only downloadable, though, because the original “Mortal Kombat” film from 1995 is included. As Aram said in the news article, seeing Christopher Lambert playing Raiden again was one of the highlights of this review. Though these seem like a couple of things thrown in so they had more “back of the box fodder” it was a much more pleasant surprise than the original. I mean, would you rather have some free music and a free movie or an online pass?
Is the Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition worth your hard earned cash? That’s a bit of a tricky one to answer. If you bought the original and the DLC then the obvious answer is a resounding “no.” If you bought the original and didn’t get any of the DLC for whatever reason, then it’s murky. Having everything on one disc is convenient and trading in to upgrade is worth it, but then again it is the very same game you already own. This time it just comes with more bells and whistles. Those of you who skipped last year’s release and haven’t played the game have no excuse. There is no better way to jump in than with Komplete and the rebirth of one of gaming’s proudest franchises shouldn’t be missed.