Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath (DLC) Review

Kevin "Berserker" Hall
In Short
Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath gives us three new characters and more MK11 plot!

Player(s): 1
Extra Features: Online Co-op, Online Multiplayer, Leaderboards

Around this time last year, Neatherrealm Studios (NRS) released Mortal Kombat 11 and now we have its upgrade entitled Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. Aftermath marks the first time that an MK has ever expanded its story mode. Along with the story expansion, we have three new characters to enjoy as well. Even though story is usually an afterthought when it comes to a fighting game, MK usually soars when it comes to story and with Aftermath, the story add-on is actually better than the original MK11 story.

The story expansion takes place after the original MK11 story mode. The new story involves all of the current MK DLC characters. If you’re a fan of the MK movies, then you’re in for a real treat since Shang Tsung is basically the star of the MK Aftermath story mode and he is voiced by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who does an excellent job. The MK DLC characters take priority over the original MK11 character in the new story for the most part. All of the DLC characters (including the added 3 and Shao Kahn) have their own (or a shared) chapter of the story. The new story is actually better than the original MK11 story. It involves time travel and takes us back to key moments of the original MK11 story to experience new and old plotlines.

The best part about the new story is that it mainly focuses on a small group of characters. Rather than trying to fit every MK character into one story, it focuses on a smaller group and gives them all equal screen time. It helps to flesh out the new characters and give them more personality. The new story is around 4 hours long and it has the same level of quality as the original MK11 story. The added story brings an end to the MK11 storyline in a very satisfying way – it actually has two endings.

Along with the new story mode, Fujin, Sheeva, and Robocop join the cast. Fujin is the wind god from MK4 and MK: Mythologies and possibly one of the most asked for of the returning characters. He is extremely flashy and well animated. Once again, he is armed with his crossbow and the powers of the wind which can allow him to literally run across the air above his opponent. Sheeva, the female shokan from MK3, joins the fight as well. She has grab-based gameplay and has quite a lot of mix-ups in her overall gameplay. Add her unblockable jumping attack to all of her mix-ups and grabs and you have one very scary character. Robocop serves as the guest character. He can zone players with his guns and bombs. He has a very clunky overall animation style, but that actually matches his overall look and movement from the movies that he was in. Overall, I have to say that these three characters are some of the best DLC characters yet. They are all fun to play and very well animated.

As a part of Aftermath, MK11 has also received Friendships, new stages, stage fatalities, and balance changes in a free upgrade to the base game. The new stages are fantastic. The Retrocade features big screens that display classic MK background while you fight. The new acid pit is by far the best design for the acid pit yet – the acid glows and, yes, the stage has a stage fatality for knocking your opponent into the acid. NRS has no equal when it comes to backgrounds! If you’re a fan of MK11, then you should already have Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, but if you’re still on the fence about it, the added story is great and the three new characters are some of the best so far, so it’s definitely worth a pickup.

The Good:
+ The new story content helps to give DLC characters more personality
+ 3 new characters
+ Cary Togawa’s voice for Shang Tsung belongs in an MK story

The Bad:
- Only three stage fatalities? We want moar!

Final Rating: 85%

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Transmitted: 2/22/2024 1:58:17 PM