Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Review

Over-the-top, bloody, and bursting with even more content, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition on PC is far and away the best version of this excellent fighting game.

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It's been a long time coming, but the PC version of Mortal Kombat is every bit the focused, gruesome, and ludicrously over-the-top fighter as its console counterparts, not to mention the best looking. It pushes the boundaries of taste to the extreme with eye-popping attacks that see you ripping your opponents in half, impaling them on spikes, and stamping on their chests while their internal organs bounce around like tetherballs. And, thanks to the inclusion of all the game's DLC to date, it's jammed full of great new content and challenges.

Most fighting games have some kind of narrative backing up the action, but few do more with it than bookend their arcade modes with a few cutscenes. Not so in Mortal Kombat's Story mode. Each fight you have is punctuated by in-engine cinematics, taking you on a journey that reboots the narrative from the first three Mortal Kombat games. The story picks up where Mortal Kombat: Armageddon left off, with Thunder God Raiden under attack from Shao Kahn, an evil emperor hell-bent on merging Outworld with Earth Realm--a process that threatens to end all life on the planet. It's all a bit cheesy, but the story fits well with Mortal Kombat's outlandish action.

That action makes a return to the single-plane 2D fighting that the series is known for, albeit with 3D models in place of digitised sprites. You're given the usual range of kicks, punches, and special moves to perform, as well as a combo system that lets juggle your opponents by knocking them into the air and following up with additional attacks. Pulling off such moves is tricky, but responsive controls and a simple control scheme mean that you're only ever a few hours practice away from an impressive combo.

If you're used to playing the likes of Super Street Fighter IV, though, then the feel of Mortal Kombat does take some getting used to, because the animation is less fluid. Moves don't string together as smoothly, so if you try to perform a combo that isn't in your character's repertoire, there's a delay between each attack, which feels jarring if you're not used to it. This doesn't make the game any less fun, though; it's just a different approach.

New to Mortal Kombat is a super meter, which gives you few more options during a fight. Most notable are devastating super combos called X-ray moves, which treat you to a slow-motion X-ray view of your opponent's bones and organs being crushed in an excessive display of blood and guts that even the most hardcore of sadists will appreciate. Skulls are smashed, spines are broken, and knives are thrust into eyeball sockets, all accompanied by flying shards of bones and chilling sound effects that crunch and splat just right.

On the surface, then, subtlety and sophistication aren't Mortal Kombat's strong points, but spend some time diving into the underlying mechanics and it soon becomes clear there's a lot of depth to its combat. For example, you can integrate X-Ray moves into your existing combos--nothing screams pro more than launching your opponents into the air, landing a combo, and then, while they're completely helpless, smashing their skull with your boot in glorious X-Ray vision. And while X-ray moves are powerful, they're not unstoppable; some can be blocked if they're not performed as part of a combo, and others can be dodged.

If you really want to impress--or give your opponent the ultimate middle finger at the end of a match--you can unleash one of the many Fatality finishing moves on offer. They're certainly not for faint-hearted, though: skin is ripped off opponents, their bodies are sliced into quarters, and they're turned into vapor with a barrage of explosive rockets. There are also stage fatalities that let you use the surrounding environment to kill opponents, such as by punching them into a pool of acid or dropping them onto a set of spikes and seeing their guts spill out. Yes, it's all very juvenile, but a hell of a lot of fun too.

Traditionally, these moves have been difficult to perform, requiring complicated input commands and precise placement. Mortal Kombat makes things easier with simplified commands, some of which are the same for different characters. There's also a useful fatality training mode that shows you exactly where to stand and displays the button commands onscreen along with an input display, so you can see any mistakes you're making.

A wide range of modes mean there are plenty of places for you to put your new moves to the test too, and make Mortal Kombat one of the most content-rich fighting games out there. There's the usual array of arcade-style tournaments and tag team modes--complete with a madly frustrating final battle against a cheap, spammy, and expletive inducing Shao Kahn--but a mode called Challenge Tower offers so much more. It acts as an extended tutorial, teaching you different strategies via a series of fun challenges and minigames like having to perform eight-hit combos, or fighting without the ability to block.

It's engrossing stuff, and it's easy to see the hours fly by as you practice each minigame to perfection. Still, like any fighting game, taking on other players provides much of the fun. Offline multiplayer offers up standard one-on-one versus modes, as well as a tag team Ladder mode for up to four people. Online, there are even more options to choose from, including a great mini-tournament called King Of The Hill, where 10 people compete in a mad, blood-filled dash to the top of the leaderboard.

Sadly, the online system could do with some tweaking when it comes to performance. While some matches work fine, others suffer from unplayable lag. There's also an issue with the matchmaking system, which sometimes takes an age to find a game. These problems don't happen often enough to be a total deal breaker, but when they do it's mighty frustrating.

Whether you fight online or offline, and in all but the offline versus mode, you're rewarded with coins for your victories. They are used to buy your way up the Challenge Tower if you're stuck on any particular challenge, or purchase new content in the Krypt, which is a virtual graveyard-cum-shopping-mall. There's so much to discover in the mall, that you can end up spending a lot of time in there. Items such as concept art, character costumes, and music tracks can all be unlocked, as well as more practical things such as new fatalities and Kombat Kodes, which unlock new game modes such as Headless Kombat and No Blood.

With all that content, an in-depth Story mode, and a wide range of modes to play through, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is one of the most complete fighting games around. It looks fantastic on PC too, and while there aren't a lot of graphical options to tweak, even those with less than cutting edge hardware will have no trouble running the game smoothly. The return of fatalities and the addition of X-ray moves mean fans who have craved the return of gore after the toned-down Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe will have plenty to keep them amused. Likewise, the return to 2D fighting and a substantially tweaked control system have made the game more accessible for newcomers, seriously fast, and lots of fun. Plus, no other fighting game lets you knee your opponents in the groin and proceed to tear their bodies in half. And really, isn't that what Mortal Kombat is all about?

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The Good
One of the most in-depth story modes to grace a fighting game
Revamped control system makes it easy to pick up and play
Even more content to unlock
Challenge Tower minigames and challenges are lots of fun
Viciously brutal moves
The Bad
Online play suffers from occasional lag and slow matchmaking
Shao Kahn is still incredibly cheap
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biokrysty
biokrysty

awesome game but you need a good rig to play it

absochamp
absochamp

Great news for PC gamers, finally fighting games are coming back!

absochamp
absochamp

The best Mortal Combat ever, or even the best fight game ever.  I Liked many things in this game. Interface of the game was really old school, but that did not hurt the game. The fighters in the game are huge which is very cool. One thing that bothered me a bit that the background was too bloody, too much ugly bloody bodies, hanged dead people everywhere.

outlawst
outlawst

Couldn't be better ,10 of 10.

falcoxfm
falcoxfm

Patch needed!, please gamespot, check the steam forums and make some call to wb or high voltage to see the mess with this bad optimized game. i,ve got i from day 1 and icant enjoy the game yet because of the slowmotion. :U_U

alterechoxii
alterechoxii

Just finished the game. The story plot was simply amazing. How they connect the start and the end events. The ending was totally unexpected! Awesome game!

As for Shao Khan, yes, he is cheap. Its as though he applied a cheat code. If you know his Komplete tricks though, he becomes very easy.

maki206
maki206

I LOVE THIS GAME SOOOOO MUCH WHEN I PIUUUH BUUM SCORPION WITH SUB ZERO AND DUM DUM PAFFFF HIM ON THE FLOOR I GET SOO EXCITED THAT I WANNA TRASH SOMETHING AND THEN I TAKE MY CHICKEN AND A COFFE MUG AND TRASH THEM INTO EACH OTHER OSADBFOČUBH IT'S SOOOO AWESOME

Ainezz
Ainezz

This is definitely something to try

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grbolivar
grbolivar

Yes! now I can play this in all its 1080p 60fps glory!

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

If only the Online Multiplayer would work better...

Zack_Gaito
Zack_Gaito

Komplete minus Kratos (he's owned by sony), still getting this thou

IgorSteinberg
IgorSteinberg

When I already thought this won't happen, they do this, and actually bring this to PCs! And it also costs half the price of a game, so here's another reason to buy it.

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

Great news for PC gamers, finally fighting games are coming back! Now I will wait for WWE 2K14 PC version. 

loudbill13
loudbill13

Great review. Mortal Kombat will always be my favorite fighting game

dr_Mabuse
dr_Mabuse

Already trainers out... Sweeet!

I guess to some its a sore topic. To others its "X, R'uGs and Rock & Roll" or 'Trainers, Torrents & 100%savegames"

Happy gaming to ya' from Texas!

/Dr. Mabuse

I - a pirate of the 1000 seas.
I get my games free of fees.

I play on the latest rigs.
That is, unless they'r siezed by the pigs'.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

Nice review! I'm not the biggest fighting games fan but I think I will pick it up though.... :)

dr_Mabuse
dr_Mabuse

I'm just dl'ing it but so many ppl in cue...

Anyone one knows if that version works?

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Color me surprised, High Voltage didn't screw up a port like they did Zone of the Enders.

Killer_73
Killer_73

I was waiting to release it on PC they have been late on this but now everyone will enjoy XRAY


nait2k4
nait2k4

Thanks for the review Mark,. sounds like this will be taking up residence next to SF4 on my shelf pretty soon.

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

abacabb, mortal monday, so many memories. of course i'm getting this for pc!

Nomad987
Nomad987

I love this game. It bring back memories of Sega Mega Drive 2 and all time i have spent playing it U JUST HAVE TO GET THIS GAME ITS AWESOME

gp3tron
gp3tron

This is a game you HAVE to get, even if you are remotely interested in PC Fighter games, this, and SSFIVAE. I have never seen so much options in a fighting game, the evolution since the first, original game, is astonishing, I hadnt, as a PC gamer, played since MK 3, so I am just floored by this Incredible, jaw-dropping, awesome entry to the franchise, and best of all, on the PC with increased resolution, etc. What a great port, if you have an Xbox 360 controller, it feels like it was made for the pc, it just feels right, couldnt ask for more,

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Even though there are a ton of other games to get this holiday, I WILL make room for this one. Somehow. Don't care how.

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

Best fighting game ever! Period! PC gamers should never miss it!

dr_Mabuse
dr_Mabuse

?? Hmmm... My copy doesnt have multiplayer ?!

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

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Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game alongside all previously released downloadable content.
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