When the credit roll on the finish of Mortal Kombat 11’s wonderful story mode, the slate has been cleaned. After a wide range of entertaining time-travelling hijinks, everybody’s second-favorite Shaolin monk, Liu Kang, has ascended into godhood and is able to start writing an all-new chapter in Mortal Kombat historical past. It’s as near an ideal ending as you may get to the just about 30 years of convoluted lore this sequence has. But now, there’s Aftermath, Mortal Kombat 11’s optionally available growth that tacks on a handful of recent chapters to that narrative. And whereas the thought of a narrative-focussed add-on to this combating recreation is an thrilling prospect–and it actually has its excessive moments–when the credit roll for the second time there is not that very same sense of gratification.
At the start of Aftermath, which instantly follows the top of Mortal Kombat 11, Liu Kang is interrupted by the nefarious sorcerer Shang Tsung. Along with the righteous wind god Fujin and badass indigenous shaman Nightwolf, the trio stops Liu Kang from continuing together with his rebuilding plans with the warning that they want to return in time, once more, to retrieve a MacGuffin to be able to cease the method from going to shit. Over 5 chapters and a cinema-acceptable two-and-a-half-hour working time, the 5 Mortal Kombat characters which have now been launched to MK11 as publish-launch content material get to make their mark within the story. The chapters cowl the hijinks of Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and the banshee queen Sindel from the Fighters Pack 1 DLC, in addition to two characters newly launched in Aftermath: Fujin and the 4-armed Sheeva.
The comparatively transient working time of the entire thing permits it to be principally stuffed with nice moments. The blockbuster aptitude current within the authentic story mode is once more in full pressure, as is the wonderful combat choreography that makes you wish to leap out of your chair. There’s nonetheless that bizarre disconnect when an extravagant combat cinematic transitions into the extra inflexible nature of the sport’s precise one-on-one fights, however there are some good moments that lie within the gameplay parts too, just like the handful of battles the place you’ve an help character to name on.
The absolute spotlight of the story–and most likely the entire Aftermath package–is undoubtedly Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa’s efficiency as he reprises Shang Tsung. He is deliciously evil, and the truth that he is aware of each different character is extremely cautious of his inevitable betrayal solely feeds his playfully conceited ego. Great facial animations and expressions, together with the amusingly unscrupulous timbre of his voice, assist to essentially nail key moments here–his sly, smirking grin positively left a giant impression on me.
Shang Tsung is an absolute treasure, and the general story is usually entertaining all the best way through–the exception is Sheeva’s chapter, by which the plot barely strikes ahead. But I could not assist however really feel a bit ambivalent when all of it was stated and finished for the reason that story primarily leaves the sequence lore in the identical place. That’s a giant reduction, in a manner, and I’m glad the 5 new characters managed to get a while within the spotlight–this is a good roster. But that comes at the price of taking away a few of the grand prospects of limitless chance that we had been left with final time–a new ending teaser positively appears to slender the scope considerably.
Superfluous story apart, the opposite content material included within the Aftermath growth are three new characters–the aforementioned Sheeva and Fujin in addition to particular visitor character Robocop from the basic 1987 Paul Verhoven movie (which is the one Robocop film that exists, so far as I do know). Sheeva is a heavy-hitting grappler with some nice advancing choices, finest characterised by her flying stomp the place she disappears off the highest of the display screen earlier than crashing down on her opponent. Fujin is an extremely flashy and distinctive character who is great at controlling area with ricocheting crossbow bolts, able to pushing and pulling his opponents in every single place with the ability of wind, and in addition has the pleasant capability to run by way of the air and strike from above. I like each of those new characters, although your enjoyment might fluctuate relying in your most well-liked playstyle.
Robocop, then again, I did not fairly gel with. He’s a hold-away character who primarily focuses on preserving opponents at bay with plenty of projectile and knockback choices, a method that feels in keeping with the character. It is usually a killer technique you probably have endurance and the flexibility to learn your opponent’s actions nicely, however it’s sadly not one thing I excel at, and in consequence, I did not discover Robocop to be as attention-grabbing of a personality, film homages apart.
The launch of Aftermath additionally sees Mortal Kombat 11 get a serious replace that provides new brutality finishers for each character and new phases in addition to the introduction of stage fatalities–the Retrocade stage, by which an in-universe projector beams out basic Mortal Kombat phases accompanied by a interval-acceptable soundtrack, is one among my private favourites. But Friendships are the numerous new addition–instead of ending your opponent by mutilating them, every character now has the choice to point out off their playful facet with weird performances of unabashed pleasure, although some are actually much more impressed than others (Jax’s saxophone solo is a transparent frontrunner, and Shang Tsung’s rainbow backyard is on the opposite finish of the size). It’s slightly terrifying to see the Mortal Kombat characters smile so onerous, however they’re positively a worthwhile inclusion.
But the Friendships, new phases, and new finishers are freely obtainable for house owners of Mortal Kombat 11, and the one content material unique to Aftermath are the extra story chapters and three new characters. Though that is a really welcome decision–free is good–it makes Aftermath much less compelling when thought of particularly by itself phrases. Mortal Kombat 11 stays among the finest combating video games of this console technology, and the current free replace makes it higher. Aftermath introduces a few nice characters, and the expanded story positively has its highs, however it’s not important to your enjoyment of an already excellent recreation.