Published on June 12th, 2020 | by Zorbz
Review – Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
Now to start this off I’m going to say this will be treated differently to our regular reviews as the paid expansion only covers an extended story mode and 3 new DLC characters. So I figure I will jump into what you get as paid content and then the free content that came alongside the Aftermath update.
In a nutshell as I mentioned, the paid portion of the DLC nets you an epilogue to Mortal Kombat 11’s already stellar story by providing roughly 2 – 3 hours of story content that heavily features Shang Tsung, voiced by the legendary Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa from the original Mortal Kombat movie, as well as Nightwolf who was part of the previous fighter DLC pack and Fujin who is included with Aftermath. The added story content is great and doesn’t feel like a half ass job, but is on par with the polish of the main story of MK11. It features some amazing cutscenes, voice acting and truly gorgeous visuals. It’s just a shame that for $69 it’s over so soon, but what is here is definitely engrossing and of course had me wanting more.
On top of the story content you also gain 3 additional characters, with Fujin, Sheeva and Robocop…That’s right, ROBOCOP!
Robocop is more of a gimmick as I felt with the terminator being added but I still think it’s really cool he is included. Gameplay wise he is quite slow but has some powerful attacks. Sheeva plays like you remember her from the original Mortal Kombat 3 with her amazing stomp maneuver which you can spam to kill almost anybody. Lastly there is Fujin who I would say is the most impressive to play as then the other two characters as he has a more fun fighting style with great special moves, but of course this is all personal preference. I will say that Sheeva has one of the absolute best Fatalities in the game as it is just down right brutal and almost a little cringe-worthy and definitely not for the squeamish.
Now this is where the paid content ends and for such a steep price point i’m really confused, it essentially costs what MK11 did at launch in some stores, but for not even a quarter of the content. Had it have been $30 I would say buy it in an instant. The strange thing is some of the best features to come with aftermath are actually part of the free update.
The new features included in the free update are Friendships being added for all characters and damn are some of these just simply amazing with my favourite being Kitanas! You are also granted new stages which are locations used within the Aftermath story as well as this cool level that sports backgrounds from classic Mortal Kombat stages and changes each time you play. Last but not least you get the inclusion/return of stage fatalities. I just wish we had a Pit level as these were always my favourite, but what is on offer is still pretty cool.
Overall if you haven’t gone back to MK11 now is the perfect time with the additional free content, but if you aren’t starving for more story content I would say hold off until a price drop, unless you want to be nice to Netherealm for giving so much great content for free.
Now to anxiously await either more new characters being added or the eventual reveal of MK12 on next gen hardware.
Until then i’d be happy with some remasters of the ps2/gamecube/xbox era MK games, and i guess MK 4 if we have to.