When the credit roll on the finish of Mortal Kombat 11’s glorious story mode, the slate has been cleaned. After quite a lot of entertaining time-travelling hijinks, everybody’s second-favourite Shaolin monk, Liu Kang, has ascended into godhood and is able to start writing an all-new chapter in Mortal Kombat historical past. It is as near an ideal ending as you will get to the virtually 30 years of convoluted lore this collection has. However now, there’s Aftermath, Mortal Kombat 11’s elective growth that tacks on a handful of latest chapters to that narrative. And whereas the thought of a story-focussed add-on to this preventing sport is an thrilling prospect–and it definitely has its excessive moments–when the credit roll for the second time there is not that very same sense of gratification.
At first of Aftermath, which instantly follows the tip of Mortal Kombat 11, Liu Kang is interrupted by the nefarious sorcerer Shang Tsung. Together 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 with a view to cease the method from going to shit. Over 5 chapters and a cinema-appropriate two-and-a-half-hour working time, the 5 Mortal Kombat characters which have now been launched to MK11 as post-release 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 four-armed Sheeva.
The comparatively transient working time of the entire thing permits it to be largely full of nice moments. The blockbuster aptitude current within the authentic story mode is once more in full pressure, as is the superb 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.
Absolutely the spotlight of the story–and most likely the entire Aftermath package–is undoubtedly Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa’s efficiency as he reprises Shang Tsung. He’s deliciously evil, and the truth that he is aware of each different character is extremely cautious of his inevitable betrayal solely feeds his playfully boastful ego. Nice facial animations and expressions, together with the amusingly unscrupulous timbre of his voice, assist to essentially nail key moments here–his sly, smirking grin undoubtedly left an enormous impression on me.
Shang Tsung is an absolute treasure, and the general story is generally entertaining all the best way through–the exception is Sheeva’s chapter, wherein the plot barely strikes ahead. However I could not assist however really feel a bit ambivalent when all of it was mentioned and finished for the reason that story basically leaves the collection lore in the identical place. That is an enormous reduction, in a means, and I am glad the 5 new characters managed to get a while within the spotlight–this is a good roster. However that comes at the price of taking away a few of the grand prospects of infinite chance that we have been left with final time–a new ending teaser undoubtedly 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 superb at controlling house with ricocheting crossbow bolts, able to pushing and pulling his opponents everywhere with the ability of wind, and in addition has the pleasant capacity to run by way of the air and strike from above. I really like each of those new characters, although your enjoyment could fluctuate relying in your most popular playstyle.
Robocop, alternatively, I did not fairly gel with. He is a keep-away character who primarily focuses on preserving opponents at bay with various projectile and knockback choices, a mode that feels in step with the character. It may be a killer technique you probably have persistence and the flexibility to learn your opponent’s actions nicely, however it’s sadly not one thing I excel at, and because of this, I did not discover Robocop to be as attention-grabbing of a personality, film homages apart.
The discharge 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, wherein an in-universe projector beams out basic Mortal Kombat phases accompanied by a period-appropriate soundtrack, is one among my private favourites. However 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 aspect with weird performances of unabashed pleasure, although some are definitely 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 is slightly terrifying to see the Mortal Kombat characters smile so exhausting, however they’re undoubtedly a worthwhile inclusion.
However the Friendships, new phases, and new finishers are freely accessible for house owners of Mortal Kombat 11, and the one content material unique to Aftermath are the extra story chapters and three new characters. Although that is a really welcome decision–free is good–it makes Aftermath much less compelling when thought-about particularly by itself phrases. Mortal Kombat 11 stays among the finest preventing video games of this console era, and the current free replace makes it higher. Aftermath introduces a few nice characters, and the expanded story undoubtedly has its highs, however it’s not important to your enjoyment of an already excellent sport.