Game review: Mortal Kombat XL

Game review: Mortal Kombat XL

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Fans of Mortal Kombat, today is the day you should have been waiting for! Mortal Kombat XL review.

Last year saw the release of the most polished and best looking Mortal Kombat ever. Introducing fresh themes and new gameplay elements, Mortal Kombat X was a great success. Now Netherrealm Studio’s, developer of the gory franchise, are looking to build on the hype with a new expansion pack.

Mortal Kombat X pioneered a new type of gameplay formula for the series. Players could now choose from one of three character disciplines to suit their play style. The new formula not only increased the tactical variation of gameplay, but also added more depth to the characters. Having unique move sets, dependent on the chosen discipline, made the characters feel more like veteran martial arts masters.

Mortal Kombat XL adds several new characters to the roster as well as a host of new skins. The skins, while aesthetically pleasing, are not the real justification for the pack. The characters however are worth every penny. For the Mortal Kombat X players who missed the last DLC pack, Mortal Kombat XL includes all the new downloadable characters: Alien, Jason, Predator, Leatherface, Tremor, Goro, Tanya, Triborg and Bo’ Rai Cho.

These new characters are hugely exiting, adding new play styles, Kombo’s to master and of course, new fatalities to enjoy. New fatalities are not only reserved for new characters, included in the pack is new fatalities for existing characters like Sub-Zero.

Pick of the character litter must go to Leatherface. Using his patented chainsaw as a main weapon and hammer as its backup, Leatherface is a serious adversary.

Netherrealm have captured the essence of the character very well in his animations. His jittery movements and demented grunts all pump up the fear factor, not to mention that mask. Leatherface also has a brutality worthy of the name, viciously beating the opponent to death with repeated hammer blows to the head. Now that’s some Mortal Kombat XL goodness!


Alien has got some pretty sweet looking moves in its locker, most notably a brutality that involves a baby Alien erupting from the defeated players stomach. This loving nod to the definitive scene in Alien does not feel like a cheap rip off, but will satisfy sci-fi and Mortal Kombat fans alike.

Bo’ Rai Cho is the ugly duckling in this cast of beautiful swans. Simply put, there are just too many disgusting bodily functions. From all of the fluids spilled during a game of MK, excessive sick is not one that really hits the spot.

All in all, Mortal Kombat XL is a great expansion. It is sure to be a big hit with horror and sci-fi fans and it is easy to see why. £19.99 is a relatively low price to take control of the extra characters. For the first time you and friends can finally settle the debate of who would win, Alien or Predator? While the pack does not break new ground, it is a good incentive to jump back into the Kombat.



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