Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
Developer: NetherRealm Studios/High Voltage Software (PC)
Price: $30
Platform: PC
A Steam code for MK:KE was supplied to us

For over a year the only way for PC players to enjoy a Mortal Kombat game was to deal with that horrid Mortal Kombat Kollection port and now PC players will finally be able to sink their teeth into one of the best fighters of 2011.

Being the Komplete Edition, you can expect to get everything that was included in the console versions which are all the DLC characters (Rain, Kenshi, Skarlet, & Freddy Krueger), the klassic skins, and the klassic fatalities. There isn’t anything new for the PC release but that doesn’t really matter since the game is already packed with tons of content; this is definitely something for people who haven’t already played it yet or for those hardcore fans who want it on their computer too.

Now the story is goofy to say the least. Raiden receives visions from his future self and tries to change various events in hopes of getting a future where they defeat Shao Khan. Hilarity ensues. It’s dumb but surprisingly long, clocking in around 5-6 hours. My only complaint is that because of how quickly you’ll be switching between the various characters, by the time you’re finally comfortable with how one person plays you’re already being forced to play as a totally new character. Oh yea, and those 2vs1 fights are still bullshit.

Besides the story mode you’ll also be able to play the challenge tower which will give you various challenges to complete per mission with predetermined characters. There’s also a few more mini-game type modes like Test Your Luck where a roulette wheel gives you or your opponent various effects like rainbow blood, arm-less combat, and more. As you finish any sort of fight in all the modes you’ll earn coins that can be used to unlock various items in the Krypt. You’ll be able to navigate the area to buy things like new fatalities or music. All in all, there’s quite a lot of stuff to do in this game.

Since this is a PC game the default way to play is with the keyboard, but I’d recommend investing in a controller or a fight-pad if you can find one that plugs into a computer; a keyboard just feels really awkward for a fighting game. The frame rate keeps a steady pace and everything is just really polished; I wasn’t expecting much but this really is a well done port. Now I did see many people discussing technical issues like serious lag online, only being able to find empty rooms, the game crashing, and more but I didn’t go through anything serious besides a bit of lag when playing online during a match or two. Something neat the game does is that it auto-optimizes your game settings before you start playing to make sure you get the best performance possible; I would’ve preferred an option to cancel the process since I know what my computer can and can’t do, but it is helpful nonetheless.

The Final Word
The PC release for Mortal Kombat 9 is a great port and should be picked up by any fighting game fans who didn’t already get it on consoles. Hopefully more fighting games release on PC at the same time as consoles instead of making people wait two years for a port.

- MonsterVine Rating: 4 out of 5 – Good