It is hard to believe it has been two years since NetherRealm Studios rebooted one of my favorite franchises of all time. Mortal Kombat has stood the test of time, had its ups and downs and most importantly remained faithful to its audience. Now for the first time in ages, the series gets a proper PC port after clamoring from fans. High Voltage Software takes the reigns to deliver probably the most definitive version of the game. All of the DLC is here and unlocked from the start, but is all of this too little, too late?
If you want to see a full breakdown of the original game; you can check out my full review of the features and modes in my original review of the game.
Porting games to PC after release is usually not the most ideal situation, especially when that game is of the fighting variety. Let’s be real honest here, fighting games and PCs haven’t exactly been the best of friends over the years. The lack of proper controllers is one of the biggest issues. I tried playing MK on the PC with a keyboard; trust me I wish it simply just wasn’t supported. I also tested out the Xbox 360 gamepad, which worked great outside of the d-pad, and finally a Genius fight stick, which fared the best out of all three. Those coming in fresh need to be aware that the Xbox controller is required for any type of enjoyment.
The biggest question on my mind though was just how good can MK look running on a high-end PC. The answer is pretty amazing. Maxing out the settings and setting the resolution to 1920×1080 delivers a silky smooth 60 FPS experience that I fell in love with. Seeing the highly detailed backgrounds rendered in that resolution was amazing. It showcases how much NetherRealm put into the original game that is just now being fully realized. It almost feels like an HD remake, which would in essence be ridiculous, but that is the best way to describe how much better it looks than consoles.
As far as content goes, everything is jam packed into this version. This is the Komplete Kollection, which includes all four DLC characters, as well as the bevy of costumes that were made available after launch. All modes are also here including the Challenge Tower and even local multiplayer for up to four players. As anyone can imagine Kratos is omitted as he was a PlayStation exclusive, and of course the Vita-only Challenge Tower and costumes for the DLC characters are also absent. Still for $30 it is hard to argue the sheer value in this package.
Online play is also here, and the original MK was known for its fantastic King of the Hill mode, and eventually its smooth game play. The PC version is definitely experiencing growing pains at the time of this writing. I played several matches, with some being full of lag. The online is also sparse, which means finding games might get harder as time goes on. The community is definitely not as robust as the console was at its peak. I hope the development team takes the time to patch the online to get it up to speed, but with such a small community, it might not see a fix in the immediate future.
It’s hard to argue that MK for PC is a solid purchase. For the price there is an ample amount of content to be enjoyed. I spent well over 100 hours with the game when it dropped two years ago; and therein lies this version’s biggest problem. Most people who wanted to play the reboot of the series already have on at least one other machine. While it was nice to dig back in for a while, I have moved on to other titles now, so anyone looking for a double dip will likely not get as much mileage out of this version. For the few that have yet to play it though, you are in for a treat. The PC version is by far the best looking iteration of the game, and the amount of content packed in here will keep players occupied for months. That is of course if the online manages to get a foothold.
Review copy of game provided by publisher.
- Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77I Deluxe
- Liquid Cooling: Origin Frostbyte 120 Liquid Cooling
- Processor: Intel i7 3770K with Professional Origin PC Overclocking
- Memory: Corsair 8GB 1600 Mghz Vengeance
- Graphics Card: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670