Mortal Kombat X is available around the world today – and while we all expected the game to cause controversy, we didn’t quite expect it to be over microtransactions.
After purchasing the game, and downloading story mode in a 1.8GB patch, you’re faced with the option to buy additional content for the game. You might expect this to be the usual aesthetic tweaks, new skins or outfits or maybe new battle cries… but no. For a small fee, you can download an “Easy Fatality” pack, which makes it simple to execute the game’s signature moves.
These Easy Fatalities are unlocked by default at the start of the game, and mean that you can tear people’s spines out with just a couple of button-presses, but are limited to a certain number of uses. Once you’ve used them up, it’s a matter of memorising the character-specific movement/button combos that will trigger exactly the same move.
…if you don’t want to concentrate on back-back-forward-up-down-X, you can unlock a replacement pack of Easy Fatalities by exploring the Krypt and handing over some of your hard-earned in-game kredits. These, again, are offered on a limited-use basis, but they’re easy enough to find and replenish.
Don’t have the time/desire to want to wander around the Krypt? Grab your wallet, you can pick up five simplified moves for US$0.99, or 30 for US$4.99 (or local equivalent). These are available for both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, but are yet to surface on PC.
To clarify: You do not have to “buy Fatalities”. You can not buy any sort of insta-win tricks. You are buying a limited-use perk that will make the game easier, if you don’t want to learn a few more button-presses, or don’t want to play the game for long enough to find them yourself. None of these transactions are required, and Mortal Kombat X is perfectly playable (and perfectly enjoyable) without spending an extra cent.
Mortal Kombat X is available right now for PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC – PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are due out later this year. For our multiplayer review, watch this week’s episode of Player Attack!