Prepare yourself for the ultimate fighting-game experience
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
High Voltage Software
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is the latest entry in this long-running fighting game franchise, which in previous installments has failed to perform or deliver satisfactorily to its target audience. However, Mortal Kombat Komplete edition towers above its failed predecessors and delivers a well-refined gaming experience. The complete edition of Mortal Kombat is a re-release of its 2011 debut and sports a ton of new features including rebalanced mechanics, all previous DLC to date and also an improved graphics engine for the PC version.
The game goes back to its roots as a 2D game, abandoning its attempts at evolving into a 3D fighter in previous installments. It does, however, use three-dimension models for the characters, allowing for detailed graphical damage representation. The story in this installment picks up almost immediately from where Mortal Kombat: Armageddon left off, but provides a story twist that cuts through almost all previous generations and installments. In the story mode, the main antagonist Shao Khan is still trying to merge Earth realm and Outworld, and proclaim himself ruler of the newly merged lands. In order to prevent this, Lord Raiden must go back in time and prevent certain events from happening, thus effectively rewriting and rebooting the entire franchise.
The battles are interlaced with in-game cinematic cut scenes that do a good job of transitioning you from one battle to another. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition does not lack content in any way, despite the story mode being the biggest attraction of this installment. Feedback was taken from the e-sports community to make the game easily accessible to the competitive and professional gaming scene. The same is true for its online matchmaking system, as it provides incentive to play in the form of ladders and ranked matches.
The introduction of the super meter and X-ray moves is a huge addition to the combat and feel of the game. Fill the meter and unleash devastating X-ray moves that show a detailed close up of bones and organs being crushed, and weapons piercing skulls and spines. Also, animators have made fatalities all the more satisfying. You can finish off your opponents with new and classic fatalities. All in all, the game is well refined, packed with content and features, and brings back the core mechanics that made it popular back in the day. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition has a good chance of becoming a must-have for fighting game fans and a solid addition to any game library.