Mortal Kombat XL – Is It Worth It?

There are some amongst you who might have missed out on the gory pleasure of ripping your opponent’s spine from their body, and to those I say this; what’s wrong with you?! 

Mortal Kombat X is one of the best fighting games of this generation, and Netherrealm have brought forth a shiny new XL edition to draw you back into the cacophony of violence. The question is: is it worth it?

Well, it’s certainly attractive for new players, as the XL edition, which includes the meaty original game and all the DLC, is cheaper than purchasing everything separately. Anyone who didn’t get on the hype train at the first station should certainly hop on board now. The train is also picking up horror fans and anyone who’d appreciate the fact that Mortal Kombat XL is now one of the greatest Alien vs Predator games, by virtue of having both Alien and Predator. No, that joke will not get old. Shush.

But if you’re a returning player who didn’t buy the DLC, what are you actually getting? 8 more characters and a bunch of new costumes? Whether or not that’s enough for you would probably depend on how much you enjoyed the original version of the game, because the main game remains largely untouched. Same modes, same story, same old factions. 

What XL does have in its favour, however, is the the upcoming netcode overhaul, which should help to reduce the amount of lag you might encounter online. Certainly, I experienced my fair share of dodgy matches, which drove me away from Mortal Kombat for Killer Instinct, and it’s widely agreed that the original netcode was one of the weaker parts of the game. With this improvement, Mortal Kombat XL becomes one of the most well-rounded fighting games when it comes to content.

Ultimately though, this is a fantastic package for those that missed out on Mortal Kombat X the first time round, or those who sold the game without buying the DLC and are looking to come back. Perhaps with this new release, I’ll make my return. Will you? Or are you already crushing the skulls of noobs? Let us know in the comments below, and perhaps you’d like to read our review of the original game.

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Ashley Bates

Full time bearded man of Xbox One UK, and also a Senior Editor. Self-appointed Fighting Game Hype Man, because no one else on site appreciates the art of fisticuffs. Catch me on Twitter @donovan_ryder.

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