“Mortal Kombat X,” the tenth installment in the criti­cally acclaimed fighting game series, launched last January on PS4 and Xbox One, and now Netherrealm is launching the XL edition of the game. “Mortal Kombat XL” is now available for Xbox One and PS4, sporting more content than ever before. But is it worth the purchase?

“Mortal Kombat X” was among the most critically ac­claimed of last year’s releases, sporting a very diverse cast of characters with exceptional powers and abilities and vary­ing fighting styles to allow nu­merous ways to control even a single character. This ver­satility keeps fresh, unique, and stylized gameplay while still being comfortable and fa­miliar to longtime fans of the series.

Unlike most other games in the genre, “Mortal Kom­bat X” offers something that most fighting games don’t. The game features a deep, immersive, narrative driven story mode, picking up where its predecessor left off. The story chronicles Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, along with many others, in their attempt to defeat the Elder God traitor known as Shinnok. The story features full motion captured cut scenes, and some spec­tacular sequences, translated into quick time events which makes even the cut scenes somewhat interactive.

Perhaps the thing that this series is most well-known for is its impressive amount of sheer brutality and gore. “Mortal Kombat X” is one of the most graphic games avail­able right now, not sparing any quarter when it comes to showing exposed intestines, spinal columns, and much much more. This game is not for the faint of heart, and should be approached by the squeamish only with the ut­most caution.

“XL” offers quite a bit more in the way of content. All Downloadable Characters are included with the game, as well as extra costumes for your playable fighters. Characters like Triborg, Jason, Predator, and even Goro are playable.

For players with less in­terest in the downloadable content in this game, perhaps purchasing the original might be more preferable. This also affords the player the oppor­tunity to only purchase cer­tain characters if they see fit. For any player who would like to be considered a “Mortal Kombat’ super fan, “Mortal Kombat XL” might be a game worth trying. “Mortal Kombat XL” is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.

Mustapha R. Price
Mustapha R. Price is now an alum of Southern New Hampshire University, pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts with the new Genre Fiction program. An advisor for COCE students, Mustapha has a history of game journalism behind him and a bright future sharing his stories with the world.

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