PS4 Review: Mortal Kombat XL


Last May saw the release of Mortal Kombat X, the best MK entry in years. I reviewed it for the Xbox One at the link below:
Mortal Kombat XL is essentially the same game, but with all available DLC added to it, including fighters like Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th fame, Predator, the Xenomorph Alien and Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, among others. The question is should you pick up the XL version? I’d say yes, providing you haven’t played Mortal Kombat X and haven’t picked up all the DLC.

All Mortal Kombat X’s content is intact in the XL version, with all the improvements made since launch via patches. It’s still the killer game it was back in May, but obviously the content has increased and it’s actually a pretty good deal with the XL addition, providing you haven’t picked it up before. Essentially, that’s the long and short of it…there’s nothing really else to this re-release, which I can’t help thinking should just be called Mortal Kombat X Game of the Year Edition.
I haven’t really played Mortal Kombat X since I finished it last year, but I can see the improvements made since then. Joining matches online seems a lot smoother than before, plus I love the ability to finally pit Alien against Predator, even if the Xenomorph model is a little on the strange side. The new fatalities that these new fighters have are brilliant and brutal as you would expect from the series. Mortal Kombat X was the fastest selling entry in the franchise, so it’s no surprise that they would want to recreate that success with a compilation pack, which is essentially what XL is.

The Verdict

Mortal Kombat XL is the best Mortal Kombat game in years, provided you haven’t already bought Mortal Kombat X and all it’s DLC. It’s a great collection of all X’s DLC for those who haven’t played the original, but those who have will have no real reason to pick this up. For those who are new to the game, this is the best way to join and start learning combos for deadly moves and brutal fatalities.

Score: 8.5