If you remember correctly, Mortal Kombat was released for consoles all the way back on April 19th, 2011. Its release was met with immediately jubilation as everyone realized that NetherRealm had finally done it, they created another fantastic Mortal Kombat product. That product then received some pieces of DLC as time went on, most notably some new characters. Now, a whole 2+ years later, WB and NetherRealm have released the Komplete Edition (featuring all the DLC) on our nice personal computers. How does this PC version stack up? Or better yet, does this two year old game still impress like it did upon release?
This Komplete Edition on PC is not only a re-release, it’s also the first time the game has appeared on computers. Always a nice little inclusion, NetherRealm makes the game search for optimal settings once you boot it. Once I started the game, that was my early indicator that NetherRealm was actually doing their best to make this PC version worth your bucks. Sadly, the video settings don’t expand past your typical texture quality, anti-aliasing, and anisotropic filtering options. While this isn’t exactly a big negative, it’s always appreciated when a game goes all out and lets you adjust the settings no matter how miniscule or confusing they may be.
What’s more important than the settings is the visual product they actually produce, which is far from disappointing. Mortal Kombat was absolutely
Now for the actual game, which still continues to be a powerhouse of a product. Apart from the DLC characters, the actual roster is quite fantastic as well. The variety is unparalleled and simply put, the game features Smoke so I’m one happy camper. The characters are quickly put to use in the games much beloved story mode. Upon its release a few years back, I thought the story mode was by far the best one I had ever seen in a fighting game. That sentiment still holds true the second go around as the well-executed cutscenes and character moments continue to impress.
If you’re new to Mortal Kombat or the fighting genre, the game obviously features its version of a tutorial in the form of training mode. The mode is far from spectacular but it does its job well enough to warrant some attention from new players. One of the best uses of it is for learning new characters and the wide set of skills they possess. The perfected fighting game training mode still remains an elusive characteristic, not even the current top dog Mortal Kombat could achieve that feat.
The one issue with the Challenge Tower comes in the form of having to play as other characters in order to advance up the tower. Don’t get me wrong, I know that’s one of the ways they achieved the aforementioned variety, but that doesn’t make playing as Nightwolf any more fun. I’m sure many people have their own character or two they hate playing as and when that character appears in the Tower, it makes you want to exit out and go to the story mode instead. In the grand scheme of things, the Challenge Tower is still a great idea and one that’s implemented fairly well. If only it would let me tell them I never want to play as Kano.
A vital part of every fighting game, be it on the PC or console, is the online. Most people use online to extend the life of their game and one negative thing
The positives introduced in this PC port of Mortal Kombat are definitely noticeable, but are they worth the thirty dollar price tag? This is the question I continued asking myself throughout my time with Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition. Even after spending many hours (and nights) with this installment, I still don’t have an answer. On one hand, Mortal Kombat is a fantastic game and you should own it no matter what platform you have. But on the other, is this PC version better than the console versions of the Komplete Edition? It definitely looks better, but the matchmaking hiccups are unsettling for most. In the end, that’s the decision you have to make. One thing is for sure, if you don’t own Mortal Kombat, you need to go out (or go online) and rectify that immediately. Even two years after its original release, Mortal Kombat remains one of the best fighting games ever made.