Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the definitive Mortal Kombat 11 experience. It includes the main game, Kombat Pack 1, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Expansion and the brand new Kombat Pack 2 all in one package.
Arriving about a year and a half after Mortal Kombat 11’s launch, this definitive experience gives fans the ultimate experience from the legendary franchise. If you’ve yet to play Mortal Kombat 11 and are looking to jump in, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the perfect chance to join the kombat chaos.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Details
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Stadia
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X
Developer(s): NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
What’s new in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Instead of going over gameplay, I am going to focus on what’s new in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. You can read Matthew’s review of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection for gameplay highlights. Mortal Kombat 11’s new Kombat Pack 2 brings 3 new playable fighters to the arena: Mileena, Rain and Rambo. With these 3 additions, Mortal Kombat 11’s roster now sits at an impressive 37 fighters in total. Each of the characters play differently from one another but I found all 3 really enjoyable to use.
Mileena – hybrid Edenian and Tarkatan clone of Kitana
Mileena is a fan favourite since her debut back in Mortal Kombat II and my personal favourite new addition to Mortal Kombat 11. Honestly, when MK 11 first released, I was surprised that Mileena wasn’t part of the initial roster. However, that’s neither here nor there now. Equipped with 2 sais, Mileena is an evil and sadistic opportunist who excels with her combat strength and agility. Mortal Kombat 11 reintroduces some of her legacy moves along with adding brand new powers to her arsenal.
One of her new ways to attack opponents, and my personal favourite, include her sais. By placing them on the ground they erupt beneath her enemy and summon sai daggers that attack her opponent from multiple angles. Additionally, she can now turn invisible and surprise her opponents with deadly blows.
Rain – the royal Edenian demigod
Originally making his appearance in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Rain wields immense power. He now wields a jamadhar which is a katar with 3 blades and the middle hidden by 2 retracting blades. Rain can now open dimensional rifts into the water realm. As a result, this allows him to create 2 different types of portals: one made out of water and another that is purple and teleports his opponents after being launched by an attack.
In Mortal Kombat 11, Rain’s hydrokinesis can now create deadly weapons out of pressurized water and also summon tidal waves that wash away his opponents. Furthermore, Rain’s ability to turn into water now allows him to transform into an orb to throw his enemies into the air and slam them into the ground. And, he can change into a liquid state to slip past his opponents or allow enemy attacks to pass right through him.
Rambo – the iconic Special Forces soldier
Last, but certainly not least, is John Rambo. A popular character in the 1980s film series, Rambo is a former Green Beret who fought in Vietnam and knows how to deal out pain. Without any supernatural abilities, Rambo uses a small arsenal of weapons to attack his foes. At his disposal is a bow that can fire arrows with interchangeable heads, a knife with 2 different edges and a machine gun that dishes out some major damage with long range accuracy.
Rambo’s skill with guerilla warfare makes him an overall dangerous opponent. He can use items to make hidden traps, weapons and use side dashes and crawling to dodge attacks. His proficiency with a knife makes him lethal in close quarter combat.
Dynamic 4K visuals with 60 fps combat
Simply put, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate looks gorgeous. It’s 4k dynamic resolution and enhanced visuals make it feel like you are playing a fighter on a high-end arcade machine in your home. Character animations seem smoother and overall combat feels more fluid. However, the biggest enhancement comes in load times.
Essentially, you can choose a character and be fighting in a matter or seconds. And, once you’re done with a match, you’re ready to fight your next match in seconds. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has crossplay and cross generation support meaning that you can play against you friends and others online on PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the definitive Mortal Kombat 11 experience
No questions asked, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the definitive Mortal Kombat 11 experience. The amount of content included, 2 story campaigns and 37 playable characters, is well worth the price of admission. If you’re just jumping into Mortal Kombat 11, it’s a no brainer.
However, if you already have the base game you can purchase Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Expansion and Kombat Pack 2 for the same experience. Both PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game allow for a free upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions at no additional cost. And, with crossplay support, you’ll never have to worry about finding an opponent to play against online.
+ Amazing amount of content included in one package
+ Mileena, Rain and Rambo are solid additions to the roster
+ Blazing fast load times on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
+ Crossplay and cross generation support
– Cheaper to buy DLC if you already own the base game
– Only 3 new fighters added in Kombat Pack 2
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF MORTAL KOMBAT 11 ULTIMATE
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 4.5/5