HHW Gaming Review: ‘Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath” Gives NetherRealm’s Fighter Some New Energy

'Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath' Review

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It’s been more than a year since Mortal Kombat 11 was first released, and to give arguably the best fighting game of 2019 some new legs going into 2020 Aftermath has arrived.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath revigorates the fighting game by adding new stages, significant balance changes, Friendships for other characters, stage fatalities, and more.

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The best part about all of that, you get to enjoy all of those enhancements for free99.

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BUT if you want to play the three-hour expansion to MK11’s single-player story mode or issue fades with Sheeva, Fujin, and of course, RoboCop it’s going to cost you… $ 40 to be exact.

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But is it worth it?

The campaign picks right up where it ended in Mortal Kombat 11 and takes us a time-heist to save to time itself but with another twist. While the story is very predictable, it is very enjoyable as it brings back all of the all the game characters minus the guests. Shang Tsung, who is played by actor Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa who not only steals souls in the game but also every damn scene he is in. Outside of that, it’s just enjoyable filler, but it’s quite interesting that Sonya Blade doesn’t have one single line outside of a grunt. I’m just gonna assume Ronda Rousey was too busy to record additional voiceover work.

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Again, outside of some eyebrow-raising moments, helping the unlikely team of Shang Tsung, Nightwolf and Fujin go back in time and secure Kronika’s crown to restore time does manage to keep your attention for 3-hours.

The Aftermath expansion though, if we are keeping it a buck, is an expensive character pack. We all just wanted to get hands-on with the new characters Sheeva, Fujin, and RoboCop, and for the most part, they each offer unique playstyles for gamers to experience.

Fujin, the God of Wind and brother of Raiden, makes his return to the Mortal Kombat arena. He hasn’t been a playable character since Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 14 years ago.

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Once selected, you will find that he is quick and the most unique character out the three. His ability to literally run on-air, fast attacks, and unusual special moves make Fujin a fun character to master.

Now sadly, the same can’t be said about RoboCop is the standout character out of the three. Once selected, outside of all of the neat touches like Peter Weller’s voice and likeness and the callbacks to the classic film, he’s a pretty dull character. His attacks don’t really impress, but if you like characters who are “zoners,” then RoboCop is your man. But then again, this is Mortal Kombat, why would you want to kill your enemies from a distance?

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I was also pleasantly surprised with Sheeva, who is an absolute bruiser but is but can also cover ground quickly thanks to her trusty teleport stomp. Sheeva was last playable in Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011, and now she is back with a vengeance. Immediately you will notice that her combos are bone-crushing and when perfectly time with her grabs absolutely devastating. I can definitely see Sheeva being a new favorite among players going forward.

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Final Verdict

Honestly, while the story expansion is substantial and three new fighters, even with RoboCop, who is meh, they are a  welcomed addition to the game. But at the price of $ 40, NetherRealm could have honestly just found a way to separate the two because the price tag is hefty for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. Not sure if NetherRealm thought they were offering fans a brand new game with Aftermath like, for example, Destiny 2’s massive Forsaken expansion. It sure doesn’t feel that way once you experienced everything.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a solid expansion for the hardcore fans of the franchise, I understand if some folks might wince at the $ 40 price tag, which makes it a hard recommendation for everyone.

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Mortal Kombat – Paul W.S. Anderson

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Mortal Kombat

Paul W.S. Anderson

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: August 18, 1995


For nine generations an evil sorcerer has been victorious inhand-to-hand battle against his mortal enemies. If he wins a tenthMortal Kombat tournament, desolation and evil will reign over themultiverse forever. To save Earth, three warriors must overcomeseemingly insurmountable odds, their own inner demons, and superhumanfoes in this action/adventure movie based on one of the most popularvideo games of all time. Starring Christopher Lambert ("Highlander,""Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan"), Bridgette Wilson (“Shopgirl,” "TheWedding Planner"), Linden Ashby ("Prom Night," "Resident Evil:Extinction"), Robin Shou (“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li,”“Death Race”) and Talisa Soto ("Don Juan DeMarco," "License to Kill").Directed by Paul Anderson (“AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” “Death Race”).

© © 1995 New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge – Ethan Spaulding

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge

Ethan Spaulding

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 19.99

Release Date: February 13, 2020


After the vicious slaughter of his family by stone-cold mercenary Sub-Zero, Hanzo Hasashi is exiled to the torturous Netherrealm. There, in exchange for his servitude to the sinister Quan Chi, he’s given a chance to avenge his family – and is resurrected as Scorpion, a lost soul bent on revenge. Back on Earthrealm, Lord Raiden gathers a team of elite warriors – Shaolin monk Liu Kang, Special Forces officer Sonya Blade and action star Johnny Cage – an unlikely band of heroes with one chance to save humanity. To do this, they must defeat Shang Tsung’s horde of Outworld gladiators and reign over the Mortal Kombat tournament. Prepare to witness all of the bone-crushing action in this riveting Mortal Kombat Legends animated feature!

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Spawn Rises From The Depths of Hell To Join The ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Roster

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Here he is Mortal Kombat fans, the one character everyone has been waiting for since he was first announced, Todd McFarlane”s comic book creation Spawn. NetherRealm Studios finally dropped the gameplay trailer featuring everyone’s favorite antihero.

NetherRealm and WB Games unveiled the final character from Mortal Kombat 11’s first Kombat Pack during today’s (Mar.8) Final Kombat 2020 event at the Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition esports series. Attendees got the opportunity to see the hellspawn formerly known as Al Simmons before the rest of the world finally did.

For those who need a bit of backstory, Simmons was one of the U.S. government’s greatest soldiers. Unfortunately, he was betrayed by his own men and mercilessly killed, and because of his life as an assassin, his spirit went to hell. There he made a deal with the devil, who is named Malebolgia, and agrees to join his army as a Hellspawn to see his wife again. BUT, like any deal you make with the Satan, it’s going to be twisted. Simmons returns back to Earth, but his body is badly burned, and his memory is all jacked up. To make things even worse when he finally remembers the deal he made, he finds his wife and is saddened to learn that his she has moved on with his best friend Terry, and the couple has a daughter together.

Dirty macking on another level.

Now he is the realm of Mortal Kombat to “fight for supremacy” against all Kombatants, and he looks like he was well worth the wait. In the trailer, we get to see Spawn in action using his Necroplasm powers as well as his signature battle-ax, chains, machine guns, and, of course, his fan-favorite cape to dish out some severe punishment to his foes. The best part about Spawn is the fact he is voiced by actor Keith David who lent his voice to the character in the Emmy award-winning HBO animated series. If you have HBO GO, you should do yourself a favor and watch it.

Too bad they couldn’t get Arnold Schwarzenegger to voice The Terminator T-800 in the game, we’re gonna let that slide.

As to when you can finally play with Spawn, if you already own the Kombat Pack, you get early access starting March 17. Everyone else will be given access to the character on March 24.

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Spawn’s trailer wasn’t the only announcement, there will be three fresh skins Mortal Kombat fans can look forward too with the Matinee Skin Pack. Jacqui Briggs gets two costumes, a Spawn-inspired “Hellspawn” and “Space Marine” look. Kotal Kahn also receives a new fit with the “Osh Tekk Vandal,” and Erron Black looks sort of like Indiana Jones with his “Swashbuckler” costume.

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We cannot wait to play with Spawn, you can watch his gameplay trailer below.

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Each and Every – Every Character in Mortal Kombat 11 Explained

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Harley Merlin 9: Harley Merlin and the Mortal Pact (Unabridged) – Bella Forrest

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Harley Merlin 9: Harley Merlin and the Mortal Pact (Unabridged)

Bella Forrest

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 21.99

Publish Date: October 23, 2019

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Mortal Engines – Christian Rivers

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Mortal Engines

Christian Rivers

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: December 14, 2018


Visionary filmmaker Peter Jackson presents a startling new adventure unlike any you've seen before. Hundreds of years after our civilization was destroyed, a new world has emerged. A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw leads a band of outcasts in the fight to stop London – now a giant predator city on wheels – from devouring everything in its path. Mortal Engines stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae Kim, Hugo Weaving, and Stephen Lang.

© © 2017 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw, emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path.

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Mortal Enemy (Unabridged) – Nicholas Ryan Howard

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Mortal Enemy (Unabridged)

Nicholas Ryan Howard

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 16.95

Publish Date: October 24, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 NRH Books, Inc.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Harald Zwart

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Harald Zwart

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: August 21, 2013


Based on the Best-Selling series by Cassandra Clare. Clary's life is turned upside down when her mother is kidnapped and it's revealed that she and her mother are actually shadowhunters – billed with protecting the world from downworlders such as vampires, werewolves and demons. Clary must discover her talents and save her mother.

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Inspired by a complex relationship in his past, frontman Ruban Nielson makes his sweetest, catchiest, most impeccably crafted music yet.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Harald Zwart

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: August 21, 2013


Based on the Best-Selling series by Cassandra Clare. Clary's life is turned upside down when her mother is kidnapped and it's revealed that she and her mother are actually shadowhunters – billed with protecting the world from downworlders such as vampires, werewolves and demons. Clary must discover her talents and save her mother.

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