Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath has just dropped, but with it comes a hefty price tag. Is it worth spending the money for this new content?
NetherRealm Studios recently released Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath which is doing a lot to revitalize the game as well as continuing the story after what seemed to have been the end of the road for the timeline. However, I did initially come to a crossroads when buying the Aftermath pack. $40 is a bit of a steep price for an add-on that brings about two to four hours of additional story content and three new fighters.
Mortal Kombat 11 at its core is a fantastic game with a solid roster, fun and engaging story, a good variety of offline options to occupy yourself with, a really stable netcode, lots of customization, and more polish and character balance. A lot of the hindrances that plagued the early days of the game are gone for the most part. The ridiculous grind to get new character skins, equipment, and finishers have been toned down enough to be tolerable, the towers of time fights were also toned down to have less artificial difficulty, and of course the much needed balance changes to make every character viable or fair were implemented.
Looking at how the game and its variants are priced at can be stressful, since prices vary from physical and digital purposes. I want to list out a buying guide of sorts if you’re also on the fence of getting the game at three different standpoints:
If you already own the base game with no DLC
Say you bought the game last year at full retail price but didn’t go the extra mile to get the Premium Edition; I’d recommend getting the Aftermath + Kombat Pack Bundle only if you have enough interest in playing at least half of the characters that come in these two add-ons. On top of that, it has additional cinematic story chapters to further enhance the Mortal Kombat 11 experience with top-notch voice acting, choreographed fights, and interesting character interactions.
If you lightly play the game and really only play it at a casual level, the Aftermath bundles can probably be skipped unless there’s a notable discount on them.
If you already own the game with the first batch of DLC (pre-Aftermath)
You have to actually value the story and the three characters quite heavily if you already own the first Kombat Pack. $40 was easier to justify for six characters and multiple premium skins like Hellspawn Jacqui, Darkseid Geras, Klassic Skins, and so forth. I was in this category and had to hold my nose when I purchased the Aftermath add-on. However, I play this game quite often so I can justify it in that case.
Hopefully some ways down the line, you can buy the characters separately from the story (and hopefully at reasonable prices).
If you do not own the game
For whatever reason if you didn’t buy Mortal Kombat 11 this past year, now is a better time than ever to jump on it. You’re essentially getting the best value for waiting a year later. It’s best to get the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection since it retails at the same price of a AAA game but with all the DLC bundled in it. You can either buy it digitally right now or wait until June 16 to buy a physical version, though the latter will only be available in the Americas.
No matter which version of Mortal Kombat 11 you have, you aren’t excluded from accessing online features, the new stages, or the returning Friendship finishers. Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is available for purchase now for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.