(Editors note: This is not a full review of Mortal Kombat. Since we reviewed the game in full upon its release last spring, this is more of a summary of what is new for this edition of the game. For the full review, please point your browser to http://www.gamingexcellence.com/xbox360/games/2342/review.shtml)
Ahhh, Mortal Kombat. If not for the superlative experience of Batman: Arkham City, I may very well have given this superlative, campy, cheesy, gruesome, and fast paced fighting game my personal nod for my game of the year. The good news is that almost a year later, the game remains every bit as fun, challenging, and frankly hilarious as it ever was. But is this komplete edition really worth it?
Depends on whether you picked up the game already or not. If you haven't, than this is certainly the edition to get. Jam packed with all the modes (including the brilliant challenge tower and wonderful story mode), characters, levels, and moves from the original, this komplete edition tosses in four new characters and 15 skins for various characters throughout the game. As far as gameplay goes, that's pretty much it. If you buy the game new, you also get a copy of the game's soundtrack and the first Mortal Kombat movie (which is still a campy nostalgic delight) for download. One caveat though, I bought this edition new, and the download code for the MK movie refused to work on the PSN.
That's really not enough content to justify a full release, but as someone who played countless hours of the first release, it was certainly fun to take the new characters for a spin, especially since they slide right into the balance of the game nicely. New to the fray is a female ninja named Skarlet who bathes in the blood of her opponents; a water-controlling ninja named Rain who was last seen in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, the blind swordsman Kenshi, and my personal favourite, Freddy Krueger. Freddy makes a wonderful addition the game and fits the mythos perfectly. His inclusion does make me wish that the developers would have added Jason Voorhees as well, but oh well.
Anyway, that's pretty much all she wrote for new content. Previous owners of the game would obvious be better served by simply paying the little bit extra for the extra content for DLC. On the other hand, if you're a fighting game fan who has yet to take the plunge into the realm of outworld, this edition is the way to go, and now is the perfect time to do it.