Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection Is Unplayable Online

If you’re looking to buy the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for its online mode, you might want to reconsider your options. This compilation has what is by far the worst netcode out of any fighting game I’ve ever played. It’s somehow worse than The King of Fighters XII’s notoriously awful netcode.

I don’t even know where to begin. The biggest problem is that the game runs at about half the speed no matter what. I played Mortal Kombat II and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 online and the results were exactly the same. You can’t play it like you normally would for that fact alone. Inputs get dropped and it’s nearly impossible to do moves on reaction. There were moments when I tried jumping and kicking and the jump wouldn’t even register.

It’s completely unplayable. You can only host 1-on-1 lobbies, there is no support for spectating, no replays, or anything like that. You can’t even see the name of your opponent during a match. How is any of this even acceptable? It’s not.

Here’s some footage I just recorded of a match I played online. Ignore the fact that I don’t know what I’m doing (I was Sindel), and pay attention to how slow the game is. That’s what it’s like for every match on PSN. Who knows if the XBLA version is any better. I don’t really want to test my luck, and neither should you.

The Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection is a lazy port that feeds off your nostalgia. If you want a great fighting game with an amazing online mode, get Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike instead. It has 8-player lobbies, a spectator mode, a replay channel, YouTube uploading support, GGPO netcode, and so much more.


  1. Ouch…that looks God awful. seriously slowed down. that isn’t even a framerate problem by the look of it the game is just slow as hell.

    • lol you can tell both of us were making the dumbest mistakes too. We would push buttons and it just wouldn’t work!

      • That’d be a nightmare, you’d be like “did I press it?” *press again8 “ARGH! MY COMBO!” A miss for me, no way!

  2. Its not what I remember from when I played Mortal Kombat, its very laggy >_>.

  3. Love the ‘test your luck’ reference (:

  4. I kinda expected this kinda thing after experiencing mk2011’s lag, but really this just seems like a rushed project.

    • Im glad I got the stand alone of MKII before it was taken down from PSN a while

  5. When it said it was slow… I didnt think it would be that bad….

    Another game that wont be going near me :)

  6. Man, you just can’t screw up on something as important as online multiplayer. They better hope they can fix this, or they’ll lose sales. I won’t be buying!

  7. (-_-)
    Then it’s AVOID for me! Was looking forward to that and want to play online!

  8. Hmm judging by the trophy listing the only online ones are win one match and get a flawless victory. I’ll grin and bare this awful netcode for those two trophies then focus on what I want the collection (sorry, Kollection) for anyway (getting my ass kicked by my wife and her button mashing!) ;D

  9. :O *sobs*

  10. Thanks for this Del, I was going to get it but now I’m not. Its so slow my gran would get bored of it!

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