The world of micro-transactions collides with Mortal Kombat X as the game launches with a whole bunch of optional purchases.
Before we go any further, note the ‘optional’ word that appears above. There’s absolutely no specific need to purchase any of the following stuff for the just released MKX from NetherRealm and Warner Bros. You don’t need this DLC to beat the game, play with friends, or wage war online. In short, you don’t have to ‘pay to win’, which is always the dreaded verbiage that gets tossed around when you mention the m-t words.
Now that that’s over with, here’s the goods- there’s a few packs that are available right from the get go that more or less figure out to be of the more traditional DLC level. For starters, there’s the Kombat Pack (which we reported on a while ago), which gets you the Predator and Jason Voorhees among others, and the Krypt pack which unlocks everything in the Krypt for the tidy sum of $19.99 USD. While you could certainly go without the Krypt unlocks (which you’ll get if you play enough anyway), the character pack is pretty awesome and might warrant a purchase from the more hardcore fighting game fans out there. Goro and a new Sub-Zero are also available by the way, and for longtime MK fans, might be ever-so-slightly irresistible.
The single thing that stands out the most though, and the one thing that I’ll probably be getting out of all this stuff, is the easy Fatalities DLC. With this, the sometimes (all the time for me) super-hard to pull off killing blows for each character get way easier to do. There are two pricing levels for these, with packs of five costing you .99 cents and a mega-group of 30 going for $4.99 USD.
I know there are more than a few fans who might cry foul at this dumbing down of the finishing moves (not to mention the micro-transaction element), but for someone who’s never able to actually engage one of the most iconic elements of Mortal Kombat, well, I think it’s kind of awesome really. I don’t know if i’d buy in for the bigger pack, but for the characters that I use the most, it’d be really nice to be able to do their Fatalities every time. Food for thought.
Mortal Kombat X is out now for consoles and the PC.